Tag memory

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.

“…nostalgia suffices unto itself…”

The stronger [the] nostalgia, the emptier of recollections it becomes.

On Spomenik Photography (Podcast Episode 25)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 Woman”

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

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]

“It’s a poor sort of memory…”

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

“The most painful state of being…”

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

In Praise of Forgetting

Rieff, David. In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.

The Collective Memory Reader

Olick, Jeffrey, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, and Daniel Levy, eds. The Collective Memory Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Travels with Herodotus

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Travels with Herodotus. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

The Ministry of Pain

Ugrešić, Dubravka. The Ministry of Pain. Translated by Michael Henry Helm. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Remembering Utopia

Luthar, Breda, and Maruša Pušnik, eds. Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2010.

The Spirit of Mourning

Connerton, Paul. The Spirit of Mourning: History, Memory and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“It will end in a fog…”

I think that the picture of Yugoslavia, of the life in it, and what kind of country it was will be less and less clear as more and more time passes since its breakup.

“The struggle of man…”

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

Post-Communist Nostalgia

Todorova, Maria, and Zsuzsa Gille, eds. Post-Communist Nostalgia. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.

“The thing I miss about communism…”

I was about 18 when these Changes happened. I studied hard in school and did all the things I was supposed to do. But it was for nothing.

Remembrance of Things Past

Proust, Michael. Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1. 1913.

How and what different generations remember

As I reviewed media coverage of Republic Day in Yugoslavia’s successor countries, I saw parallels with Slovakia in how different generations remember the former country.

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