September 22th, 14.00
House of Culture of the Faculty for Media and Communication, Terazije 34


(a discussion about the politics of memory)

Moderator: Milica Jovanović

Expert consultant is PhD Olga Manojlović-Pintar, historian
Some of the phenomena which define the XX century in its historical, cultural and socio-political sense – revolutions, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, socialism – are timewise rooted even before the First World War. These phenomena have been globalised and have settled in the ”collective consciousness” due to the conflicts of the XX century. How to position the First World War in the context of the XX century? How to comprehend its legacy and the means through which ”trench warfare” as its defining symbol (although abandoned only two decades later due to technological development) remained lingering so to define our mental maps? How, and should the violence of colonial armies over civil population be connected to the cruelties expressed in the European continent during the First World War?
The discussion will address and problematise the ”Big Bang” that is World War I – the circumstances and consequences of WWI in Europe and European culture, as well as the possibilities artistic representation of violence. Participants are globally renowned historians, philosophers and artists in the field of theatre and visual arts.

Participants are: Boris Buden, Regine Dura, Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Borut Šeparović.


September 27th, 12.00
House of Culture of the Faculty for Media and Communication, Terazije 34


Round table

Moderator: Milica Jovanović, Peščanik journalist

Historical events of the 20th century affected all those living in this territory in the same way but they also carry an individual and completely different meaning for different communities. There is practically no single written history of the Balkans because it is the subject of mutually exclusive interpretations and narratives. All the cultural diversity of the region and individual and human values which are the values of a society vanish from these narratives. One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I and two decades after the Balkan conflict the debate raises the question about the relationship between historical facts and arts and culture which do not address major historical narratives and facts and deal instead with human destinies, fears, sufferings and hopes such as exist in every historical period. For a region often said to be burdened with too much history characteristic of major devastation and suffering as well as with exclusive nationalistic narratives dividing history into ours and theirs, the issues such as culture of remembrance and responsibility are vital topics which largely determine the present political and social situation. The chief question is how do arts and culture contribute to the discussion of these topics and what is their role in explaining and raising the awareness of our present through our past. Just as the productions of This Grave is too Small for Me by Biljana Srbljanović directed by Dino Mustafić and A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kiš directed by Ivica Buljan ask what is the role of the socially engaged theatre in contemporary society, so is this debate closely related to committed culture, and particularly the role of artistic and cultural creators in the creation of a new social reality in the Balkan region.

The project was supported by ECF, the European Cultural Foundation and Forum ZDF