Peace and Division in BiH: 25 Years of the Dayton Peace Accords – 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 reality and legacy of the Dayton Peace Accords after a quarter… Continue Reading →

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 – Goran and Blaško Gabrić (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.

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 1984 Sarajevo Olympics

Thirty-five years ago today the 1984 Sarajevo 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.

Lepa Brena: “A Yugoslav”

Lepa Brena was the most famous Yugoslav singer of the 1980s. Today she continues to personify Yugoslavia to many.

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.

Tito and His Comrades

Jože Pirjevec. Tito and His Comrades. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Dalibor Mišina. Shake, Rattle and Roll: Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique. London: Routledge, 2013.

Massacre of the Present

Jurica Pavičić, “HRVATSKA JE IZVUKLA NAJVEĆU DOBIT IZ JUGOSLAVIJE! Vladajuća ideologija drži se mita da je to bila negacija hrvatskog identiteta, a istina je suprotna,” Jutarni List, 2/19/2018 [pdf]

“I, who have lost my homeland…”

I, who have lost my homeland, want to congratulate everyone who has realized their heavenly, thousand-year-old dream and gained a homeland.

“Yustalgia”

A 2012 song and video by the Bosnian rapper Haris Rahmanović AKA Priki, 31, imagined what Yugoslavia may have looked like had it never disintegrated.

Tito’s Last Town

“OVO JE POSLJEDNJI TITOV GRAD NA PROSTORIMA BIVŠE JUGOSLAVIJE ‘Kada bih mogao dignuti Broza iz groba i leći tamo umjesto njega, ja bih to učinio odmah’,” Jutarnji List, 3/11/2018 [pdf]

“It’s a poor sort of memory…”

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Poem: “Why Am I a Yugoslav?”

Dimitar Anakiev, “Zašto sam Jugosloven?” XXZ Magazin, 12/20/2018 [pdf]

The Taboo of Memory: A Pain Called Yugonostalgia

Ana Hofman. “Tabu na sećanja: Bolest zvana jugonostalgija.” Nova srpska politička misao: časopis za političku teoriju i društvena istraživanja. 11/5/2007.

Novi život partizanskih pesama (The New Life of Partisan Songs)

In December 2016, The Calvert Journal ran a story about a revival of Partisan songs in the Balkans, driven by “activist choirs.”

“The most painful state of being…”

The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly one you can never have.

General Consulate of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

General Consulate of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a nonprofit based in Tivat, Montenegro, promoting the former country.

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