Retracing Images

Visual Culture after Yugoslavia

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The essays in this collection disclose cultural and political dynamics as they occurred before and in the wake of Yugoslavia's dissolution (1991-92) by analyzing visual data such as film, art, graffiti, street-art, public advertisement, memorials, and monuments. Within the vast field of Balkan Studies such visual materials have rarely been taken for important empirical evidence. Against the still widely held presumption that the cultural production of allegedly "totalitarian" states such as Yugoslavia can be neglected as they were penetrated by state ideology, the contributions offer a corrective image of the complex ideological dynamics and discoursive potentials in various artistic and cultural fields. Phenomena such as "Titostalgia", nationalist mobilization, nation-branding, rewriting of history, inventing of traditions, and symbolic violence that have surfaced in recent years are interpreted in the light of Yugoslavia's legacy.


Contributors include: Zoran Terzić, Elissa Helms, Miklavz Komelj, Nebojša Jovanović, Isabel Ströhle, Sezgin Boynik, Gregor Bulc, Davor Beganović, Robert Alagjozovski, Gal Kirn, Mitja Velikonja, Daniel Šuber, and Slobodan Karamanić.

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Biographical Note

Daniel Šuber, Ph.D. (2006) in Sociology, University of Konstanz (Germany), is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He has worked on Social and Cultural Theory and Sociology of conflict with special interest on post-Yugoslav societies.

Slobodan Karamanić is a research assistant at the Center of Excellence 16, University of Konstanz, and a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology of Everyday Life at the Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities. He has published numerous articles on political and cultural history of (post-)Yugoslavia and the Balkans.

Review Quotes

"Der Sammelband vermag aufschlussreich Einblick in die gegenwärtig vorherrschendende Ausrichtung der Forschung zu Sudeuropa zu geben. Nahezu alle Beitrage des Bandes fordern Argumente der Jugoslawienforschung heraus und bemühen sich dezidiert einen neuen Blick auf die Jugoslawische Gegenwart zu eröffnen."
Miranda Jakiša (Humboldt-Universität) in Zeitschrift für slavische Philologie 69 (2012), p.240

"Daniel Šuber und Slobodan Karamanić haben ein überaus anregendes Buch herausgegeben, in dem sie die „visuellen Kulturen“ der postjugoslawischen Gesellschaften auf innovative Art und Weise in den Blick nehmen. [...] Es ist auch nicht nötig, unbedingt einen neuen disziplinären Teilbereich zu eröffnen. Wichtig sind vor allem Fortschritte der Forschung. Und genau das geschieht in vorliegendem Buch. Es liefert Themen, Kategorien und Forschungsansätze, die zweifellos nützlich sind. Damit ist es ein wichtiger Beitrag zum besseren Verständnis der postjugoslawischen Gesellschaften."
Stefano Petrungaro (Regensburg) in Südosteuropa 61 (2013), H. 1, S. 146-165

Readership

All those interested in the logics of the conflict underlying the Yugoslav Wars since 1991, especially from disciplines that regard cultural developments as central to their approach, including sociologists, art-historians, anthropologists and those working in Visual and Cultural Studies.

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