Yugoslavia lives. It lives, among other things, in the architecture and infrastructure built during its existence.
Eighty years since its publication, Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia remains the most authoritative (and longest) book of travel writing on that former country.
Few travel books have had as big a real-world impact as Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan.
Yugoslavia was the most aggressive among socialist countries in using assassinations as a means of protecting the state and the communist party.
Bosnians are leaving their country in droves. Why? And what can be done about it?
There goes my hero Watch him as he goes There goes my hero He’s ordinary
Yugoslavia was a one-party system, and not everyone there liked it.
From July 2018 to January 2019, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City hosted the exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.
In July 2020, a series of 18 essays appeared on the Disorder of Things blog under the umbrella title, Yugosplaining the World.
For some two decades now the 1980s have been a rich referential resource for culture-makers across ex-Yugoslavia (and globally, of course).
Do you remember that time in the early days and weeks of the pandemic when you picked up a new hobby?
Diaspora Voices is an occasional series of conversations with ex-Yugoslavs living abroad. In this, the third installment, two millennials from Croatia living and pursuing their PhD in the UK share their stories, poems, and scholarly findings of emigration.
A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the months of March and April 2021.
Art, bravery, and community in the lesser known corner of the former country.
On February 19th, 2015, Clemente Padín, the elder statesman of Uruguayan art, replied to an email from his compatriot and young artist Francisco Tomsich with a fateful attachment:
The top scholar of Yugonostalgia, professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, and ex-Yugoslav National Army cook, Mitja Velikonja, discusses his military service, the good and the bad of Yugoslavia
The stronger [the] nostalgia, the emptier of recollections it becomes.
Graffiti dating back to the 1940s survive on walls of towns and villages from Ljubljana to the Istrian peninsula.
Across former Yugoslavia and beyond, songs of the Partisan struggle, resistance, and revolution reverberate anew in the public square.
A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the months of December 2020 and January and February 2021.
Artists have used Yugoslav World War II monuments as elements in their works to criticize official policies
In this installment of Diaspora Voices, an occasional series of conversations with ex-Yugoslavs living abroad, three people on three different continents—Australia (Parramatta, NSW), North America (Vancouver, BC), and Europe (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)—share stories of their journeys
How and when did the world’s fascination with Yugoslav socialist monuments begin?
More than a generation after Tito’s death, biographies of the Yugoslav statesman keep appearing apace. Why is that?
Historian Jelena Djureinović, PhD parses the trajectory and the many facets of historical revisionism in Serbia.
Lepa Brena was the most popular and best-selling Yugoslav singer of the 1980s, Yugoslavia’s Madonna. She continues to personify Yugoslavia for many to this day.
Travel writing about ex-Yugoslavia exploded in the 1990s as the country disintegrated in violence. The lessons the author of the first such account, Brian Hall, learned when he traveled through then-Yugoslavia in 1991 resonate today more than ever.
Two photographers born in former Yugoslavia and living abroad, Olja Triaška Stefanović (Novi Sad, Serbia / Bratislava, Slovakia) and Dragana Jurišić (Slavonski Brod, Croatia / Dublin, Ireland) have (re)claimed the memory of their disappeared homeland through their art.
…or New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Popular Music in Former Yugoslavia Parallel to Yugonostalgic enjoyment of Yugoslav-era music across the region, another related musical phenomenon emerged in the 1990s: original music glorifying Yugoslavia.
A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the months of October and November 2020.
There are surprisingly few polls across former Yugoslavia tracking people’s perception of that disappeared country and its breakup.
…or A Field Report from the Days of AVNOJ Every last Saturday in November, several thousand people from all across former Yugoslavia gather in Jajce for Days of AVNOJ, an official celebration of Yugoslavia’s founding
What has Dayton wrought and where do we go from here? Bosnian policy analysts and activists Gorana Mlinarević and Nela Porobić Isaković bring a feminist perspective to discuss the legacy of the Dayton Peace Accords after 25 years of implementation.
A Serbian and a North Macedonian graphic designer discuss Yugoslavian design as an inspiration for their work.
Two members of the Serbian diaspora share their experiences leaving former Yugoslavia, making a new life in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and staying connected with their disappeared homeland. Plus a listener’s letter from Australia.
Mitja Velikonja. Rock’n’retro: Novi jugoslavizem v sodobni slovenski popularni glasbi / Rock’n’Retro: New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Popular Music in Slovenia. Translated from the Slovenian by Olga Vuković. Ljubljana: Založba Sophia, 2013.
Donald Niebyl discusses the origin story and notoriety of his project, Spomenik Database, and the fetishization of Yugoslav-era World War II monuments.
Foreign-born, Belgrade-based tour operators, Ralph van der Zijden, from the Netherlands (iBike Belgrade & Yugotour), and Tiago Carruco, from Portugal (Into the Balkans), share the stories of their respective businesses and how the covid pandemic has affected them.
Historian Ivo Goldstein identifies the roots and actors of historical revisionism in Croatia.
A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the month of September 2020.
President Goran Gabrić takes me on a walking tour of Mini Yugoslavia.
The phenomenon of Yugonostalgia continues to elicit attention from the media and academics.
Elma Hodžić, curator at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses the museum’s memory-making activities and Bosnian post-war identity.
Art historian Vladana Putnik Prica of the University of Belgrade discusses inappropriate monuments, foreigners’ interest and generational differences in locals’ perception of spomeniks, and nostalgic songs.