What

Remembering Yugoslavia: Memories of a Disappeared Country (tentative title*) is a project exploring how citizens of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo remember (imagine) the former Yugoslavia, a country in which they lived and “which no longer exists” (zemlja koje više nema).

The website RememberingYugoslavia.com is an online note- and scrap-book for the project, including research notes, links, contemplations, travelogues, and anything else that relates.

In exploring how people remember the disappeared country, the project looks at both what they remember and how, that is, through what means, including in contrast to official / government / elite-led discourses, and what it all means today.

The project covers the following topics using both primary research (interviews, travel) and secondary research (archival materials, media and academic articles / books, audio / video):

  • Josip Broz Tito
  • Physical environment, including architecture (buildings, parks), memorials and monuments (spomenici), plaques, gravestones, infrastructure (roads, train lines), place names
  • Museums, galleries, exhibitions
  • Books, including school textbooks, history books, memoirs, fiction
  • Traditional media, including newspaper, radio, television
  • Internet websites and social media
  • Art, including pop culture, comic strips, television series, films, music, posters
  • Objects, artifacts, and ephemera, including electronics, toys, cars, foods/drinks, appliances, furniture, clothes, postcards, stamps, coins/banknotes, photo albums
  • Yugonostalgia in all its manifestations
  • Individual / personal memories and recollections, oral histories

* Alternative titles include:

  • Remembering and Forgetting Yugoslavia: A Journey in Search of a Lost Country
  • Remembering Yugoslavia: Travels in Search of a Disappeared Country

Who

Remembering Yugoslavia is a project of Peter Korchnak (contact me).

Related past publications include:

  • “Roses of Sarajevo,” Compass Cultura, Issue #5, 12/15/2014 [original website / pdf of original website / pdf of current website]
  • “Tváre Belehradu” (Slovak original) [ “The Faces of Belgrade” (English translation, with new title “Belgrade’s Great Erasure,”) ], Týždeň, 45/2013, 11/4/2013 [jpg]
  • “Len futbal tu spája” (Slovak original) [ “Only Football Connects People Here” (English translation, with new title “Sarajevo Roses and the Temples of Bosnian Soul,”) ], Týždeň, 39/2013, September 23, 2013 [jpg]
  • Review of Michael E. Brown (ed.), The International Dimensions of Internal Conflict, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996, in: Southeast European Politics, Vol. V, No. 1, June 2004, pp. 103-105 [pdf – p. 10]
  • “Images of Yugoslavia: Past and Present,”The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Vol. 3, no. 3-4, March/June 2004, pp. 82-87 [pdf ]
  • Review of Jasna Dragović-Soso, “Saviours of the Nation”: Serbia’s Intellectual Opposition and the Revival of Nationalism, London: Hurst & Company, 2002, and Ivan Čolović, The Politics of Symbol in Serbia: Essays in Political Anthropology, translated from the Serbian by Celia Hawkesworth, London: Hurst & Company, London, 2002, in: The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Vol. 3, no. 2, January 2004, pp. 95-97 [pdf – p. 7]