Professor Kenneth Morrison

Job: Professor of Modern Southeast European History

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078385

E: kmorrison@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/humanities

 

Personal profile

Professor Kenneth Morrison specialises in modern Southeast European politics and history, with an emphasis on Serbia, (including the Sandžak), Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has published widely in his field and is the author of Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009), Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the Frontline of Politics and War (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Nationalism, Statehood and Identity in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury, 2018), and the co-author of The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press). He has published chapters and articles in numerous edited books and journals.

Kenneth edited the memoirs of Colm Doyle, Head of the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM) and Lord Peter Carrington's representative in Bosnia & Herzegovina and is currently working on a new book (Bloomsbury Academic) entitled 'Witnessing Existence: Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo', with the renowned photojournalist and academic, Dr Paul Lowe.

In 2017, Kenneth was appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords International Relations Select Committee for their 'UK and the Western Balkans' inquiry which culminated in the detailed report entitled ‘The UK and the Future of the Western Balkans’, which was published in January 2018. In 2018/19, Kenneth was a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He also has extensive experience in the media and was field producer for and contributor to the ‘War Hotels’ documentary series produced by Al Jazeera.

He has won numerous prizes for this research and teaching and was shortlisted for the Times Higher ‘Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ in 2018. 

Kenneth is the Co-Director of the Hotel History Foundation, which is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; the Deputy President of the Montenegro-UK Society (London and Podgorica) and is a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. He is also the Chair of the Professoriate of the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities.

Research group affiliations

  • Member of the Jean Monnet Centre for European Governance (DMU-CEG) 
  • Deputy Director of the Institute of History 

Key research outputs

Kenneth Morrison, ‘The June Events: The 1968 Student Demonstrations in Yugoslavia’, in Matthew Stibbe & Kevin McDermott (eds.) The Prague Spring after Fifty Years: A Reassessment, Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2018.

Kenneth Morrison ‘Change, Continuity and Political Crisis in Post-Socialist Montenegro’, Sudost Europa, Munich, 2018. 

Kenneth Morrison, Nationlism, Statehood and Identity in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Kenneth Morrison, Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the Frontline of Politics and War (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

Kenneth Morrison, ‘The Trajectory and Parameters of Democratic Transition in Montenegro, 2006 – 2014’, in Sabrina Ramet (ed.), Building Democracy in the Western Balkans (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Kenneth Morrison, ‘Ethnic Minority Parties in Montenegro: From Marginalisation to Integration’, in Marko Valenta & Sabrina Ramet (eds.), Ethnic Minority Parties in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2015).   

Kenneth Morrison, ‘The Political Characteristics of Intra-Orthodox Conflict in Montenegro’ (with Nebojša Čagorović) in Gorana Ognjenović (ed.), The Politicisation of Religion: A Case Study of Yugoslavia and its Successor States (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

 ‘The Orthodox Churches in Macedonia and Montenegro: A Comparative Analysis’ (with Aleksander Zdravkovski) in Sabrina Ramet (ed.) Religion and Politics in Central and Southeast Europe Since 1989: Controversies, Conflict, Change (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). 

Kenneth Morrison & Elizabeth Roberts, The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press, 2013)    

Kenneth Morrison, ‘Montenegro: A Polity in Flux 1989 - 2000’, in Ingrao & Emmert (eds.), Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholar’s Initiative (Purdue University Press, 2012). 

Kenneth Morrison, Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009)

Kenneth Morrison, Change, Continuity and Consolidation: Assessing Five Years of Montenegro’s Independence (London School of Economics, LSEE Papers) 

Kenneth Morrison, The Criminal State Symbiosis and the Yugoslav Wars of Succession, in Colas & Mabee, ‘Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires (Hurst & Co., 2010) 

Kenneth Morrison, The Political Life of Milo Djukanović, Sudosteuropa, Sudost Institut, Munich, 2009) 

Research interests/expertise

Modern Southeast European History, Nationalism, 'War Hotels'   

Areas of teaching

20th century European history; The Cold War; The history of Yugoslavia and its successor states.

Qualifications

  • PhD, History and Area Studies (University of Stirling) 
  • MA (Hons.), Politics and International Relations (University of Aberdeen)

Courses taught

History BA (Hons)

  • Yugoslavia and Beyond (HIST 3009)
  • The Cold War: Issue and Controversies (HIST 2017)
  • The Cold War (HIST 2007)
  • Kenneth also contributes to the History MA programme and the MA module 'Regional Security in the European Neighbourhood' (MA Global Politics)

Honours and awards

  • Shortlisted for the Times Higher Award (Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), November 2018
  • Winner of the DMU Oscars Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence, October 2018
  • Winner of the Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, DMU, October 2018.  
  • Winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Prize, DMU, June 2014
  • Winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Prize, DMU, June 2011
  • Winner of the Trevor Thomas Prize for Teaching Excellence (UCL-SSEES), May 2007

Membership of external committees

Member of the Organising Committee for the 'Why Remember?' annual international conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Member of the Editorial Board for the journal 'Contemporary Southeast Europe' (Graz, Austria)

Member of the Editorial Board for the Western Balkans Security Observer (Belgrade)

Member of the Advisory Board of Transconflict (Serbia)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College

Member of the AHRC Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Programme Management Committee

Projects

Kenneth is currently working, with Dr Paul Lowe, on a new book for Bloomsbury Academic entitled 'Witnessing Existence: Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo'.  

Key research outputs

Kenneth Morrison, Nationlism, Statehood and Identity in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Kenneth Morrison, Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the Frontline of Politics and War (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

Kenneth Morrison & Elizabeth Roberts, The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press, 2013)  

Consultancy work

In 2017 Kenneth was appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords International Relations Committee for their 'UK and the Western Balkans' inquiry. Hev advised the Committee during the evidence gathering phase and the writing of the report, 'The UK and the Future of the Western Balkans', which was published in January 2018.

He has been regularly engaged as an external expert by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 2005. He has also conducted consultancy for the UK Serious Fraud Office, NATO and the UK Embassy in Montenegro, among others.

Current research students

  • Bozena Miljic (Rock Music in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
  • Gani Asllani (Ethnic Albanians in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1945 - 74)  
  • Peter Harris (The Peace Movement during the First World War) – PhD, Co-supervisor with Panikos Panayi  
  • Aleksander Zdravkovski (Politics, Religion and Autonomy in Serbia’s Sandžak region) – PhD, Co-supervisor with Sabrina Ramet (NTSU, Trondheim, Norway)

Professional esteem indicators

Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords International Relations Committee (UK and the Western Balkans inquiry), 2017/18.

Member of the Editorial Board for the journal 'Contemporary Southeast Europe' (Graz, Austria).

Member of the Editorial Board for the Western Balkans Security Observer (Belgrade)

Concucted peer reviews for the following journals: Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Nations and Nationalism, Nationalities Papers, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, South East European Review, Sudöst Europa, the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Democratization and Citizenship Studies.

Conducted peer reviews for the following publishers: Hurst & Co., Bloomsbury Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, Purdue University Press, University of Georgia Press, Istros Books and Oxford University Press.

Concuted peer reviews for the following research councils: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Kenneth was a Visitng Senior Fellow at the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011/12.  

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