Persistence of a Double Vision: Montenegro, Serbia, and the Politics of Identity since 1918

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Dr. Srdja Pavlovic (Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton).

Are Montenegrins a distinct nation within a broader South Slavic framework? Are they defenders of Serbdom and Christendom, and the “best of all Serbs”? Are they Serbs who adopted a toponym as their ethnic name? When it comes to answering these questions, Montenegrins have not been of one mind. Last 200 years of Montenegrin history have been informed and influenced by the questions about nationhood and identity. In his most recent book Balkan Anschluss, Srdja Pavlovic addresses the issue of dual identity in Montenegro in the context of the post-WW I state creation in the region. The lecture entitled the Persistence of a Double Vision is the story about the longevity and ambiguity of multilayered identities in Montenegro, and of the impact contemporary regional politics have on its many manifestations.