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An Australian - Croatian comes to Belgrade / Suzana Jačmenović

2015 Summer School Participant
Course: Mnemonic Battles and Memory Activism in and after Conflict

Within our class ‘Mnemonic Battles and Memory Activism in and after Conflict’ led by Dr. Orli Fridman, we had focused discussion on social political commemoration events that we partake in and the significance they held.  Interestingly, those who shared the same nationality did not necessarily commemorate the same events, the variety may be an expression of the multiple strains nationalism can encompass or perhaps it demonstrates how a nation-state does not always achieve the homogeneity it strives for.

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International intervention: Where are we? / Irina Jolevska

2015 Summer School Participant
Course: The Challenge of International Intervention: Balancing Justice and Order

When I applied for the 2015 CFCCS Summer School I did not know what to expect. What I found here was better than what I was hoping for. An extraordinary mixture of people from all around the world gathered here in Belgrade to discuss important topics and to share their views, opinions and experiences. I can say with certainty that I have learned as much from them as I learned in the classroom. I had the amazing opportunity to learn from Dr. Maxine David and to attend the lecture of Amira Hass, for which I am very grateful.

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We Need More Inclusive Memory Communities! / Srdjan Hercigonja

2015 Summer School Participant
Course: Mnemonic Battles and Memory Activism in and after Conflict

During our second session of the Mnemonic Battles During and After the Conflict course of the Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies, conducted by Dr. Orli Fridman, we had quite an interesting assignment. We had to list three dates on which we celebrate or commemorate something. Since we were discussing political calendars, it had to be a date that is important in our individual memory, but that has some connection with social or political memory. I found this task challenging. At first, I couldn’t remember any date in the political calendar that I can really mark. A thousand thoughts have passed through my mind – all related to the question of my own political identity, since I was well aware of the fact that memory (including personal remembrance) and identity are interconnected.

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Walls of our lives / Stevan Tatalović

2015 Summer School Participant
Course: Orientalism, Balkanism, Occidentalism: Thinking through discourses of Othering and Conflict

On November 9th 2014 hundred thousand people gathered in Berlin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Probably none of these people thought that we would have a new wall in Europe next year. On that same day, I had the opportunity to talk with Boris Buden (philosopher, writer and cultural critic), and ask him how he felt twenty five years ago, when the wall came down.He answered that he was inspired, young and crazy. Although Buden criticized what we called Europe twenty five years later, he probably could not predict that in 2015 someone will draw plans for new walls at the boarders of European fortress.

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Beyond Geographical Borders… / Salaam Bannoura

2015 Summer School Participant
Course: Mnemonic Battles and Memory Activism in and after Conflict

Growing up in zone of ongoing conflicts and uprisings, I had always gone through a cycle of endless questions that usually started with a WHY, and were never answered! Why was I brought up here? Why me? Why are my people suffering? Why did I become aware of all this at a relatively young age? Why did this all had to happen in the first place?

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