Category Podcast

The Ghosts of Balkan Ghosts (Podcast Episode 42)

Few travel books have had as big a real-world impact as Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan.

“UDBA je sudba”: Yugoslav Killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est (Podcast Episode 41)

Yugoslavia was the most aggressive among socialist countries in using assassinations as a means of protecting the state and the communist party.

The Great Bosnian Emigration (Podcast Episode 40)

Bosnians are leaving their country in droves. Why? And what can be done about it?

Svetlana Slapšak: A Yugoslav Dissident (Podcast Episode 39)

Yugoslavia was a one-party system, and not everyone there liked it.

Toward a Concrete Utopia (Podcast Episode 38)

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.

Yugosplaining the World (Podcast Episode 37)

In July 2020, a series of 18 essays appeared on the Disorder of Things blog under the umbrella title, Yugosplaining the World.

Dream of the Yugoslav ’80s (Podcast Episode 36)

For some two decades now the 1980s have been a rich referential resource for culture-makers across ex-Yugoslavia (and globally, of course).

A Galaksija Not So Far Away: The Story and Legacy of the Galaksija Computer (Podcast Episode 35)

Do you remember that time in the early days and weeks of the pandemic when you picked up a new hobby?

Petrova Gora Monument: From Utopia to Dystopia (Podcast Episode 34)

The Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija at Petrova Gora, or Peter’s Mountain, in central Croatia, belongs to the most notorious derelict Yugoslav-era monuments.

(Croatian) Diaspora Voices (Podcast Episode 33)

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.

Mother Freedom, Father Land: The Revival of Kočani’s Monument to Freedom (Podcast Episode 32)

Art, bravery, and community in the lesser known corner of the former country.

The YUruguayan Connection: The Lost World of Yugoslav Mail Art (Podcast Episode 31)

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:

Mitja from the Russian Blocks and the Deficit of Yugoslavia (Podcast Episode 30)

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

Long Live 1940s Graffiti (Podcast Episode 29)

Graffiti dating back to the 1940s survive on walls of towns and villages from Ljubljana to the Istrian peninsula.

Spit and Sing, My Ex-Yugoslavia! (Podcast Episode 28)

Across former Yugoslavia and beyond, songs of the Partisan struggle, resistance, and revolution reverberate anew in the public square.

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

On Spomenik Photography (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.

Travel Writing About Ex-Yugoslavia (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 (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.

“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: 25 Years of Dayton (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 (Podcast Episode 17)

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

(Serbian) Diaspora Voices I (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.

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 (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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