A barren island in the Adriatic Sea was between 1949 and 1956 the site of an internment camp where Tito’s regime sent its opponents for “re-education.”
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.
There’s a Yugoslav car that was even more important than the Yugo for the country and for the country’s memory. Better known by its nickname, Fića / Fićo / Fićko, Zastava 750 was the first Yugoslav car.
A conversation with journalist and writer Slavenka Drakulić.
The scars of the Siege of Sarajevo have marked an entire generation of Sarajevans—and their children. How do children of Bosnian refugees growing up abroad, the third culture kids, form their identity?
In the last 75 years, two Yugoslav-born women were the First Lady of their respective countries: Jovanka Budisavljević was the third wife of Josip Broz Tito and Melania Knavs is the third wife of Donald John Trump.
Generations of Yugoslav women fought for Yugoslavia and then against the patriarchy in it. Many of them were artists, whose primary medium for their work were their own bodies.
The Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics AKA XIV Olympic Winter Games AKA Sarajevo 1984 were Yugoslavia’s proudest moment in the final years of its existence.
When it comes to travel writing and the Balkans, the vast majority of literature is by Western authors; travel writing about the Balkans. What’s much less known
The Yugo car headlined the inaugural episode of Remembering Yugoslavia. A part of the little Yugoslav car’s story remained unexplored, the part that made the Yugo one of the best known automobiles in history—and turned it into a legend.
Croatian historian Ivo Goldstein gives a short lecture on Yugoslavia’s history in an attempt to answer the question, “Was Yugoslavia good or bad for its peoples?”
There was Yugoslav cuisine the same way there is European cuisine. At best, Yugoslav cuisine was an amalgam of cuisines of Yugoslavia’s constituent peoples
Yugoslavia continues to disintegrate. There’s Kosovo, there’s lingering territorial and financial disputes among successor countries…and there’s Republika Srpska.
In 2016, a cantonal government decided that, in one of the secondary schools in Jajce, which was following a Croatian curriculum for all the students, a separate school would be established
A sea of ink has been spilled documenting the life and times of Josip Broz Tito.
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.
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