All the Monument’s a Stage (Podcast Episode 27)

Artists have used Yugoslav World War II monuments as elements in their works to criticize official policies

Diaspora Voices II (Podcast Episode 26)

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 to and through life… Continue Reading →

On Spomenik Photography – Jan Kempenaers & Jonk (Podcast Episode 25)

How and when did the world’s fascination with Yugoslav socialist monuments begin?

Tito and His Biographers (Podcast Episode 24)

More than a generation after Tito’s death, biographies of the Yugoslav statesman keep appearing apace. Why is that?

The Upside Down of Serbian Historical Revisionism – Jelena Djureinović (Podcast Episode 23)

Historian Jelena Djureinović, PhD parses the trajectory and the many facets of historical revisionism in Serbia.

Lepa Brena: A Yugoslav Woman

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 – Brian Hall & Marija Krivokapić (Podcast Episode 22)

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.

Pictures of YU – Olja Triaška Stefanović & Dragana Jurišić (Podcast Episode 21)

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.

Rock’n’Retro (Podcast Episode 20)

…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.

Ex-Yugoslavia in the News, October-November 2020

A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the months of October and November 2020.

Polls Tracking Perceptions of Yugoslavia and Its Disintegration

There are surprisingly few polls across former Yugoslavia tracking people’s perception of that disappeared country and its breakup.

“Happy Birthday, Yugoslavia!” (Podcast Episode 19)

…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

Peace and Division in BiH – Gorana Mlinarević & Nela Porobić Isaković (Podcast Episode 18)

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.

I Design YU Design – Ognjen Ranković + Zoran Cardula (Podcast Episode 17)

A Serbian and a North Macedonian graphic designer discuss Yugoslavian design as an inspiration for their work.

(Serbian) Diaspora Voices I: Ivan Colic & Andrea Jovanovic (Podcast Episode 16)

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.

Rock’n’Retro

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.  

Ace of Spomenik Database – Donald Niebyl (Podcast Episode 15)

Donald Niebyl discusses the origin story and notoriety of his project, Spomenik Database, and the fetishization of Yugoslav-era World War II monuments.

Balkan Travel Spies – Ralph van der Zijden + Tiago Carruco (Podcast Episode 14)

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.

Croatia’s Political Tragedy – Ivo Goldstein (Podcast Episode 13)

Historian Ivo Goldstein identifies the roots and actors of historical revisionism in Croatia.

Yugoslavia as an Alternative Political Project – Tanja Petrović (Podcast Episode 12)

Director of Ljubljana-based Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Tanja Petrović, discusses the new lives of Yugoslav objects, Yugonostalgia, and the political potential of socialist Yugoslavia today.

Ex-Yugoslavia in the News, September 2020

A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the month of September 2020.

Mini Yugoslavia: A Field Report (Podcast Episode 11)

President Goran Gabrić takes me on a walking tour of Mini Yugoslavia.

Croatia’s History Illness – Hrvoje Klasić (Podcast Episode 10)

Hrvoje Klasić discusses historical revisionism in Croatia and life as a celebrity historian.

Yugonostalgia: A Compendium of Analyses

The phenomenon of Yugonostalgia continues to elicit attention from the media and academics.

Das Ist Museum – Elma Hodžić (Podcast Episode 9)

Elma Hodžić, curator at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses the museum’s memory-making activities and Bosnian post-war identity.

12,000 Monuments (and Nothin’ on Map) – Vladana Putnik Prica (Podcast Episode 8)

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.

Ex-Yugoslavia in the News, August 2020

A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the month of August 2020.

Yugofuturist Rock’n’Roll – Petar Janjatović (Podcast Episode 7)

Petar Janjatović, author of Ex-YU Rock Encyclopedia 1960-2015, discusses the endurance of Yugoslav rock and the political power of music.

Yugoslavia as Cultural Subversion – Martin Pogačar (Podcast Episode 6)

Martin Pogačar, PhD, a research fellow at the Ljubljana-based Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, discusses the subversiveness of Yugoslav pop-culture and Yugoslavia’s digital afterlives.

Future Mo(nu)ments – Sanja Horvatinčić (Podcast Episode 5)

Sanja Horvatinčić, PhD, a researcher at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb, applies a bottom-up, heritage-from-below methodology to analyze Yugoslav WWII monuments and modernist architecture.

Ex-Yugoslavia in the News, July 2020

A roundup of Yugoslavia-related news for the month of July 2020.

Made in Yugodom – Mario Milaković (Podcast Episode 4)

Mario Milaković, the founder of Yugodom, a stay over museum of mid-century modern Yugoslav design, discusses his creation, tourism, and Yugonostalgia.

The Origin Story of Remembering Yugoslavia (Podcast Bonus Episode)

I, the creator, producer, and host of the Remembering Yugoslavia podcast, Peter Korchnak, tell the project’s origin story.

The New-New Life of Yugoslav Partisan Songs – Ana Hofman (Podcast Episode 2)

Ethnomusicologist Ana Hofman discusses the history and revival of Yugoslav Partisan songs, performed today by activist choirs around former Yugoslavia. Featuring Partisan songs by Zbor Praksa and KIC Pop Hor.

You Go, You Go, Yugo – Antonija Buntak (Podcast Episode 1)

The inaugural episode of Remembering Yugoslavia is all about the Yugo car.

Launching the Remembering Yugoslavia Podcast: Why Remember Yugoslavia?

Remembering Yugoslavia started with an idea of covering various aspects of the disappeared country’s memory politics, from Tito to products to architecture.

Remembering Zagreb’s Tito Square

Two years ago, Zagreb’s Tito Square was renamed Republic of Croatia Square.

Post-Yugoslavia

Dino Abazović and Mitja Velikonja, eds. Post-Yugoslavia: New Cultural and Political Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Katarina Radulović: A 13-Year Old Yugonostalgic?

Pinkove zvezdice is an American Idol-like program of the Serbian TV Pink in which children perform. One of the stars of recent years is Katarina Radulović.

Serbian Spaces of Identity

Zala Volčić. Serbian Spaces of Identity: Narratives of Belonging by the Last “Yugo” Generation. New York: Hampton Press, 2011.

City Tours with Old Yugoslavian Cars

A number of companies in the capital cities of ex-Yugoslavia provide tours in vintage Made-in-Yugoslavia vehicles.

A Big Farewell Kiss

And, finally, a big farewell kiss to my beloved Yugoslavia. We probably won’t meet again, dear, but nothing will ever replace you in my heart.”

Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism

Srećko Horvat and Igor Štiks, eds. Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia. London: Verso, 2015.

Post-Yugoslav Constellations

Vlad Beronja and Stijn Vervaet, eds. Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.

Mirjana Karanović: “I Am a Yugoslav”

“Yubilej: Ja sam Jugoslovenka,” Novosti, 11/30/2018

Leksikon YU Mitologije: Yugonostalgia or Crowd-Sourced Mythology?

Leksikon YU Mitologije (Lexicon of YU Mythology) is a collaborative 2004 book, and an ongoing online project, compiling 800+ short narratives of Yugoslavian popular culture.

Remembering Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics

Thirty-five years ago today the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics started. The event was Yugoslavia’s proudest moment in the final years of its existence.

Zajednička borba

A CD released in 2012 compiled 23 songs by bands from across former Yugoslavia to promote anti-fascism and anti-fascist activism.

Yugoslavia Online

Yugoslavia has been resurrected and continues to exist on the world wide web.

Yugoslavian Music Without Yugoslavia

Ana Petrov. Jugoslovenska muzika bez Jugoslavije: koncerti kao mesta sećanja. Beograd: Delfi, 2016.

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