Theorizing Culture of Transition in (Post)-Yugoslav space

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
12:00 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University's East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Marija Grujić and Tatjana Rosić Ilić.
Marija Grujić will give a presentation entitled "Gender, Politics and Urban/Rural Division in Popular Culture in Late Yugoslav/Early Post-Yugoslav Period." The talk illuminates intersections of gender and politics, reflected across the line of urban/rural division in popular culture of late Yugoslav period, and early years of so called post-socialist transition. While the period of the late 1980s, confronted with the early 1990s, was marked by political, social and economic transition, due to the fall of state-socialist system, it occurs that its end has also brought the other turning points and challenges in symbolic representations of gender and politics in popular culture in the region. One of the particular points of reference is exploring how politics of gender representation shaped the understanding of urban/rural divide in films and popular music, and  understanding of gender politics  which corresponded with the period of crucial political transformations in Europe at the time.
Tatjana Rosić Ilić will present on "Metaphor Of (Lost) Reign: Policies Of Paternity And Post-Yugoslav Cultural Space." Starting from the thesis that concepts of fatherhood are deeply metaphorically related to the concepts of political power the paper discuses new policy of representations of the fatherhood in the context of the post-Yugoslav regional culture of memory. The dynamics of the father-son relationship has always had a very important place in the literary work of Yugoslav writers, especially because of the ideological and social importance which ambivalent father-son relationship has had in the highly masculinist and masculinized culture of the region.
Marija Grujić has received her PhD degree in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest. Her doctoral dissertation explored the close intersection between turbo-folk music, gender representations and post-socialist Serbian national identity.  She works as an academic researcher at the Institute for Literature and Art in Belgrade, while she is currently also a visiting research fellow at Freie University Berlin.
Tatjana Rosić Ilić is Associate Professor of writing, literature, gender and media studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade and research fellow at the Institute for Literature and Arts, Belgrade. Visiting professor at PhD Program at Philological-Art School,  Kragujevac University. Current fields of research are critical masculinity studies, post-Yugoslav and Balkan studies, art/literature studies and activism.