Institute for Contemporary History

is a research institution dedicated to furthering the understanding of the recent past, facilitating the study of political, social, economic and cultural history in the context of Serbian, Yugoslav, Balkan, European, and global society.

Founded over half a century ago, the Institute builds on those traditions. Scholarly activity in the Institute is conducted in accordance with our program, through research projects and the development of scholarly cooperation. Our results are presented through our publishing activity, the organization of international, regional and local scholarly symposia, as well as the publication of our journal "Istorija 20.veka" (History of the 20th Century).

Located in downtown Belgrade, at 11 Nikola Pašić Square, (Trg Nikole Pašića 11), the Institute hosts a rich library, a documentation and digital center, thus fostering professional access to our work and promoting public interest in the recent past.


February 2, 2023

January 31, 2023: Institute Day Celebrated

Traditionally, as every January 31, the anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Contemporary History was celebrated. After the formal session of the Scientific Council, jubilee awards and the "Ljubomir Ljuba Petrović" award were presented.
January 30, 2023

January 25, 2023: Institute associate Luka Filipović defended his doctoral dissertation

On January 25, 2023, in the Ceremonial Hall of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, the doctoral dissertation on "Eurocommunism and Yugoslavia 1968‒1980" was defended by Luka Filipović, an associate of the Institute.
January 23, 2023

January 19, 2023: The “Andrej Mitrović” award was given to Radosav Tucović, an associate of the Institute

The "Andrej Mitrović" award (Andrej-Mitrović-Preis) of the Michael Žikić Foundation (Michael-Zikic-Stiftung) is awarded every other year for excellent doctoral dissertations, which in the field of social sciences and humanities advance knowledge about Germany's relations with Serbia or Yugoslavia.
January 4, 2023

December 12-17, 2022: Associate of the Institute Rade Ristanović was on research in Regensburg

As part of the bilateral project of the Institute for Contemporary History with the Leibniz Institute for Eastern and Southeastern European Studies, research associate Dr. Rade Ristanović was on a research stay in Regensburg.
December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022: Selection procedure for the Director of the Institute

The Management Board of the Institute for Contemporary History announced a public selection procedure for the director of the Institute for a mandate period of four years.
December 24, 2022

December 22, 2022: Promotion of new editions of the Institute in Arandjelovac

In the premises of the National Museum Aranđelovac, on December 22, 2022, the promotion of the latest editions of the Institute was held.
December 24, 2022

December 21, 2022: Twelfth lecture held within the “Ideas” project

Dr. Danilo Šarenac, senior research associate of the Institute for Contemporary History, held a lecture "Banditism, outlawry and brigandage in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia"
December 24, 2022

December 14, 2022: Eleventh lecture held within the “Ideas” project

Prof. Dr. Biljana Šimunović-Bešlin, full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, gave a lecture "Something is happening (in) digital history. Innovations in digital hermeneutics".