Key Research Interests and Expertise

  • The history of football and its interaction with politics, nationalism and conflict
  • Transnational sport history 
  • Socialist Yugoslavia and its successor states
  • Nationalism and state construction
  • Cold War sport
  • Urban history



Dr Mills is interested in supervising undergraduate, MA, and research students in the areas of southeast European history, nationalism and state construction, twentieth century socialism, and the history of sport.

 

Select Conference Papers:

"The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State", Keynote Speech, Football and Politics in Central-Eastern Europe Research Network, University of Warsaw, Poland, January 2019

"'Like Jules Verne's Fantasies': South Slav Footballers, South American Tours, and Yugoslav Politics in the 1930s", Global Yugoslavia, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, November 2018

"Visiting 'Our Slavic Brothers' - Football Club Tours and Soviet-Yugoslav Relations in the Turbulent Cold War Years", The Game of the Peoples? Historical Perspectives on Football in Russia, German Historical Institute, Moscow, Russia, June 2018 

"On the Rocks – Lower League Football and the Internal Complexities of Socialist Yugoslavia in the 1950s", ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Annual Convention, Chicago, USA, November 2017

"'The Pitch itself was No-Man's Land': Siege, Zeljeznicar Football Club and the Grbavica Stadium", BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Cambridge, United Kingdom, April 2016

"Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack Following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948", ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) 9th World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 2015

"Uses of Language as a Signifier of Ethnic Difference in Yugoslav Football Culture", AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015

"Football under Siege - The Wartime Game in Bosnia and Hercegovina, 1992-1996", ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Annual Convention, Boston, USA, November 2013

"Football Supporters' Groups, Sports Magazines and the Beginning of the End for Socialist Yugoslavia, 1986-1991", BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) / ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) European Congress, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, April 2013

"Ideological Promotion and Nationalist Suppression: Club Football and the Creation of Socialist Yugoslavia, 1945-1991", Annual Convention of NASSH (North American Society for Sports History), University of California, USA, June 2012

"Fighters, Footballers and Nation Builders: Wartime Football in the Serb-held Territories of the Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996", Nations and Nationalism Workshop, Scientific Network for the Research of East European Sport History, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2012

"The Role of Football in the Construction and Destruction of Socialist Yugoslavia: 1945-1992", History Research Seminar Series, School of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, April 2012

"'It all broke down in the Maksimir': To what extent did a legendary football stadium riot contribute to the destruction of Yugoslavia?", Seminar Series at the History Faculty, University of Oxford, UK, May 2011

"'It all broke down in the Maksimir': To what extent did a legendary football stadium riot contribute to the destruction of Yugoslavia?", Annual Convention of NASSH (North American Society for Sports History), University of Texas, USA, May 2011

"FK Vojvodina, 'Red Firm' and the Repercussions of the Yogurt Revolution: 1988-1991", Annual Conference of BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, April 2011

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