Lectures in General History were first introduced at the Lyceum in 1838. Studies of History continued in 1863 at the Great School and the Faculty of Philosophy, and later on at the University in 1905. The Department of History at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Belgrade University was officially established in 1963.
The Department of History offers graduate, master and doctoral studies. Areas of learning and research are: 1) History of Ancient Greece and Near East, 2) History of Ancient Rome, 3) Medieval History, 4) Medieval History of Serbs, Serbian Church – Slavonic Language and Historical Geography, 5) Byzantology, 6) Modern History, 7) Modern History of Serbs, 8) History of Yugoslavia, and 9) Contemporary History.
Today, the Department of History consists of ca. 40 faculty staff members (15 of which are medievalists) and enrols about 450 students.
The current chairman of the Department: Nikola Samardžić, Ph.D., Professor
Within the Faculty, medieval history is also studied in the following research centres:
Centre for Cypriot Studies
Centre for Theory of History
Centre for Historical Geography and Historical Demography
The research of medieval history, in addition to teaching and activities of the afore-mentioned Centres, is also conducted through the activities of three projects which are organized by the Department of History of the Faculty of Philosophy, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.
Courses on Medieval History include:
Professors of medieval history at the University of Belgrade:
Ljubomir Maksimović Ph.D. Professor Emeritus. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrija Veselinović Ph.D. Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Radivoj Radić Ph.D. Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Siniša Mišić Ph.D. Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Smilja Marjanović-Dušanić Ph.D. Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vlada Stanković Ph.D. Associate Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Đorđe Bubalo Ph.D. Associate Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jelena Mrgić Ph.D. Associate Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Miloš Antonović Ph.D. Associate Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatjana Subotin-Golubović Ph.D. Associate Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Dejan Ječmenica Ph.D. Assistant Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maja Nikolić Ph.D. Assistant Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Marko Šuica Ph.D. Assistant Professor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nebojša Porčić Ph.D. Assistant Professor. E-mail: email@example.com
Žarko Vujošević M.A. Assistant. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Institute of history was founded on 21 May 1947, as one of the first scholarly institutes of the Serbian Academy of Sciences, with the aim to explore economic, social, political and cultural history of the Serbian people, as well as their relations with South Slavs and other Balkan nations, and at the same time to improve and develop all branches of historical science. Institute for collecting of sources 1908–1918, founded by professor Stanoje Stanojević in 1922, represented the precursor of the Institute of History.
Viktor Novak was named the first director of the Institute, with Georgije Ostrogorski as his deputy. Until 1961, the Institute was a unit of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and afterwards became a separate institution by the decision of the Serbian Government.
The Department of Byzantine Studies existed until 1948, and the creation of the Institute of Byzantine Studies as an independent institution. The Department of Antiquities was transferred to the Archaeological Institute in 1952. When the Institute of Contemporary History and the Institute of the History of the Workers’ Movement were founded – the Department of the Study of the National Liberation Movement was no longer needed, while the Department of the Auxiliary Historical Sciences was attached to the Department of Medieval Studies. The field of interest of the Institute of History was thus chronologically restricted to the period ranging from the Middle Ages, to the beginning of the 20th century, more precisely, to the year of 1918 and the creation of Yugoslavia.
Directors of the Institute were: academician Viktor Novak (1947–1953), Ilija Sindik (1954–1958), academician Mita Kostić (1958–1961), academician Jorjo Tadić (1961–1969), Relja Novaković (1970–1973), Danica Milić (1973–1987), Slavenko Terzić (1987–2002), Tibor Živković (2002–2010) and Srđan Rudić (2010–). All directors but two were medievalists and the current one is also a researcher of the Middle Ages.
At this instant, there are two projects dedicated exclusively to the study of medieval history, engaging a total of 19 researchers (active or in retirement), historians, art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and classical philologists by education.
Number III47025: Ethnogenesis of Serbs during the Middle Ages: A Comparative Analysis of Historico-cultural Heritage, Genetic Material and Artifacts of Material Culture from the Aspect of Analytical Chemistry – Irena Cvijanović (head of project), Aleksandar Uzelac, Igor Stojić, Dejan Bulić, Dejan Crnčević, Dragana Kunčer, Vladeta Petrović.
Number 177029: Medieval Serbian Lands (13–15th Century): Political, Economic, Social and Legal Processes – Đuro Tošić (head of project), Marica Malović-Đukić, Biljana Marković, Srđan Rudić, Neven Isailović, Ivana Komatina, Miloš Ivanović, Aleksandar Krstić, Dragić Živojinović, Aleksandra Fostikov, Aleksandar Jakovljević, Jelena Glušac.