SHAPING REVOLUTIONARY MEMORY: Book presentation and discussion in Ljubljana


Book presentation and discussion with the editors and authors Sanja Horvatinčić and Beti Žerovc: Thursday, 1 February 2024, 18:00, ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana

In the discussion, moderated by Tanja Petrović, Principal Research Associate at Institute of Culture and Memory Studies ZRC SAZU, Sanja Horvatinčić and Beti Žerovc will present the book that offers a comprehensive overview of the vast production of monuments in socialist Yugoslavia (1945–1991) dedicated to the antifascist People’s Liberation Struggle in the Second World War and the socialist revolution.

The book brings a thorough and interdisciplinary exploration of this phenomenon and a rich visual material to examine its key characteristics and specificities: What memorial practices and commemorative traditions preceded the development of monument-making in socialism? Who commissioned these monuments and how did Yugoslav cultural and memory politics influence their production? Who were their authors and what defined their formal and typological features? How was Yugoslav monument production related to comparative efforts abroad? What commemorative practices developed around monuments? How is this legacy evaluated and received today, both in the post-Yugoslav successor states and internationally?

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Sanja Horvatinčić is a Research Associate at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb, where she is currently, among others, part of the project NAM Globe_EXCHANGE: Models and Practices of Global Cultural Exchange and Non-aligned Movement. Her research focuses on the production of monuments and remembrance culture in socialist Yugoslavia, as well as on heritage and memory politics in the post-socialist context.

Beti Žerovc is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her areas of research are visual art and the art system since the mid-nineteenth century, with a focus on their roles in society. She is the author of several books, including When Attitudes Become the Norm: The Contemporary Curator and Institutional Art (2015, reprinted in 2018) and co-editor of the awarded catalogue On the Brink: The Visual Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–1941) (2019).

Tanja Petrović is a principal research associate at the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies ZRC SAZU. She is interested in the uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacies in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape the reality of these societies. She is the author and editor of several books, among others: Yuropa: Jugoslovensko nasleđe i politike budućnosti u postjugoslovenskim društvima (Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and Politics of Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies, 2012), an edited volume Mirroring Europe: Ideas of Europe in Europeanization in Balkan Societies (2014), and Utopia of the Uniform: Affective Afterlives of the Yugoslav People's Army (2024).

The event is organized by the Igor Zabel Association and ZRC SAZU; supported by the Slovenian Book Agency