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Remembering Yugoslavia

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A journey through the memory of a disappeared country, Remembering Yugoslavia explores how the people of the former Yugoslav republics remember and imagine their former homeland, which no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes every two weeks.

A journey through the memory of a disappeared country, Remembering Yugoslavia explores how the people of the former Yugoslav republics remember and imagine their former homeland, which no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes every two weeks.

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United States

Description:

A journey through the memory of a disappeared country, Remembering Yugoslavia explores how the people of the former Yugoslav republics remember and imagine their former homeland, which no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes every two weeks.

Language:

English


Episodes

All the Monument's a Stage

3/1/2021
Artists have used Yugoslav World War II monuments as elements in their works to criticize official policies or inaction. In the process of performing such artistic interventions, these artists have created contemporary monuments. Three such artists, Siniša Labrović (Croatia), Elena Čemerska (North Macedonia), and D.A. Calf (Australia) discuss their interventions. Featuring the songs "Termopil" ("Termopylae") by Sara Renar (Croatia) and "A bre Makedonče" ("Macedonian Boy") performed by Zbor...

Duration:00:47:40

Diaspora Voices II

2/22/2021
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 in diaspora. Home, identity, nationalism, family, love...and that disappeared country that connects us across the planet and the ages. Featuring the songs "Vreme je" by Yugo Project...

Duration:00:57:44

On Spomenik Photography - Jan Kempenaers & Jonk

2/8/2021
How and when did the world's fascination with Yugoslav socialist monuments begin? Who started the fire and who is stoking it? Photographers Jan Kempenaers (Belgium) and Jonk (France) share their work on spomenici, sources of their inspiration, and views on the monuments' social media notoriety. Featuring the song "Spomenik" by Lepša Brena (Serbia). Graffiti, abandoned places, and assorted ruins also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country...

Duration:00:32:34

Tito and His Biographers

2/1/2021
More than a generation after Tito’s death, biographies of the Yugoslav statesman keep appearing apace. Why is that? What else is there to say about Tito, his life, and his legacy? And how do all these books on the same subject of historical record differ? Three authors of biographies of Josip Broz Tito published since 2000—Ivo Goldstein, Jože Pirjevec, and Geoffrey Swain—discuss their motivations for writing, how their books are distinct, and, of course Tito himself. Featuring 11 versions...

Duration:00:52:12

The Upside Down of Serbian Historical Revisionism - Jelena Djureinović

1/25/2021
Historian Jelena Djureinović parses the trajectory and the many facets of historical revisionism in Serbia. Assorted presidents, collaborators, and royals also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per month. RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Jelena-DjureinovicInstagram.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPatreon.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPayPalSupport the show...

Duration:00:36:40

Travel Writing About Ex-Yugoslavia - Brian Hall & Marija Krivokapić

1/11/2021
Travel writing about former 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. Next, Marija Krivokapić from the University of Montenegro helps place Brian’s book and those about Montenegro in the context of travel writing as a genre. At the end, a story of a rare breed of travel writer: a former Yugoslav. The New York...

Duration:00:40:42

Pictures of YU - Olja Triaška Stefanović & Dragana Jurišić

1/4/2021
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. Their photographs speak of searching, deep loss, fragmentary memory, and, in a way, closure. Bogdan Bogdanović, Rebecca West, and little Eskimos also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory...

Duration:00:31:26

Rock'n'Retro

12/14/2020
...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. In this episode of Remembering Yugoslavia: the music of New Yugoslavism. Thanks to the generosity of their creators, performers, and record labels, the episode features 12 songs: The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country...

Duration:01:14:02

“Happy Birthday, Yugoslavia!”

12/1/2020
... 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 at the Second Session of the Antifašističko vijeće narodnog oslobođenja Jugoslavije (Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia) which took place there on November 29, 1943. Political anthropologist Larisa Kurtović helps make sense of this event in this...

Duration:00:48:29

Peace and Division in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Gorana Mlinarević & Nela Porobić Isaković

11/23/2020
...or 25 Years of the Dayton Peace Accords 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 century of implementation. Milan Lajčák, Miss Bosnia, and JFK also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter...

Duration:00:46:08

I Design YU Design - Ognjen Ranković & Zoran Cardula

11/16/2020
A Serbian and a North Macedonian graphic designer discuss Yugoslavian design as an inspiration for their work. A legendary Yugoslav designer, Donald Niebyl, and Alexander the Great also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:23:08

Diaspora Voices I

11/9/2020
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. Nelson Mandela, Patreon members, and assorted Yugoslav sports stars also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times...

Duration:00:43:04

Ace of Spomenik Database - Donald Niebyl

11/2/2020
Donald Niebyl discusses the origin story and notoriety of his creation, Spomenik Database, and the fetishization of Yugoslav-era World War II monuments. Jan Kempenaers, Balkan bureaucrats, and warm and fuzzy feelings also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:35:44

Balkan Travel Spies - Ralph van der Zijden & Tiago Carruco

10/26/2020
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 their passion for the place, how they started their businesses, thoughts on Yugoslavia, and how the covid pandemic has affected their operations. The Mayor of the Hague, a Belgrade taxi driver, and a giraffe also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer...

Duration:00:43:45

Croatia's Political Tragedy – Ivo Goldstein

10/19/2020
Historian Ivo Goldstein identifies the roots and actors of historical revisionism in Croatia. Croatian exiles, a Serbian war criminal, and Lauryn Hill also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per month. RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Ivo-GoldsteinInstagram.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPatreon.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPayPalSupport the show...

Duration:00:30:48

Yugoslavia as an Alternative Political Project - Tanja Petrović

10/12/2020
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. American bombs, Yugoslav products, and Slovene Yugonostalgics also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:32:47

Mini Yugoslavia: A Field Report

9/28/2020
President Goran Gabrić takes me on a walking tour of Mini Yugoslavia. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per month. RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Mini-YugoslaviaInstagram.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPatreon.com/RememberingYugoslaviaPayPalSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

Duration:00:36:07

Croatia's History Illness - Hrvoje Klasić

9/21/2020
Hrvoje Klasić discusses historical revisionism in Croatia and life as a celebrity historian. A 1980’s president of Yugoslavia, Tito’s corpse, and rakija-guzzling neighbors also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:31:30

Das Ist Museum - Elma Hodžić

9/14/2020
Elma Hodžić, curator at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses the museum's memory-making activities over time and Bosnian post-war identity. Ordinary people, multiple Tito statues, and Valter also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:32:21

12,000 Monuments (and Nothin' on Map) - Vladana Putnik Prica

9/7/2020
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. Partisans, Miodrag Živković, and, almost inevitably, Lepa Brena also make an appearance. The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to four times per...

Duration:00:31:38