Goran Musić is a social historian of labor in East-Central and Southeast Europe, approaching the field from a broader disciplinary background in Global History, Nationalism Studies and Political Economy. After earning a PhD degree in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, he held positions at the University of Graz, Central European University and the University of Vienna, where he researched, published and taught on theoretical and methodological aspects of Global Labor History, 20th Century Revolutions, Social Transformations in (Post)Socialism, Workplace Democracy, Global Value Chains and East-South exchanges during the Cold War.
He is the author of Making and Breaking the Yugoslav Working Class: A Story of Two Self-Managed Factories (CEU Press) which tells the story of industrial labor in socialist Yugoslavia, looking into the altering ways in which the blue-collar workers understood the recurring cycles of crisis and reforms of workers’ self-management, the changing nature of the relationship between different occupational groups inside the factories, as well as the interplay between class and national identities. Full CV.
Current Research Project
Sewing the Periphery Together: European Textile Production Subcontracting and the Transformation of Labor in the Balkans and Maghreb deals with the origins of outward processing production schemes in the textile industries, asking how have transformations of production processes in Western Europe influenced development polices, labor relations and gender roles among workers on its Eastern and Southern periphery.