Balkan.Perspectives #23

Pop Culture and Dealing with the Past in the Western Balkans

 This edition of the Balkan.Perspectives magazine examines a broad and diverse area: pop culture and Dealing with the Past in the Western Balkans. On one hand, this edition elaborates on the manifested and latent connections between pop culture, its different products, and its actors through various periods, the different fields of Dealing with the Past and the wars in the Western Balkan region in the 1990s and early 2000s. Thus, the editorial team acknowledges that pop culture provided – and in certain contexts still provides – a platform for the normalisation of nationalistic, one-sided, and authoritarian ideologies and ambivalently at the same time connect us through the common music, theatre play, movies, or TV series.

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Balkan.Perspectives Podcast

The Balkan Perspectives podcast is forumZFD’s audio format on Dealing with the Past and Peace Education in the Western Balkans. The podcast is produced in four languages (Albanian, BHCS, Macedonian and English) by the forumZFD offices in Bosnia and Hercegovina, […]

Interview with Shkëlzen Maliqi

Dear viewers and listeners, welcome to the Balkan Perspectives podcast! Today, I have in my studio Mr. Shkëlzen Maliqi. He is a rare and long-time art critic. Within the framework of the 23rd edition of Balkan Perspectives we have chosen […]

The Weight of the Past

While the contemporary regional cinematography has created a nearly separate thematic and genre area to confront the bloody wartime past as a constant segment of Balkan history, the theatre still enters this cathartic space timidly and unconsciously. Although in their […]

Impressum 23 – 06/2023

Editor in Chief: Alexander Vojvoda

Editorial Team: Sunita Dautbegović-Bošnjaković, Martin Filipovski, Ana Pejović

Authors: Toni Cifrovski, Dragana Gunin, Aurela Kadriu, Milena Kvapil, Shkëlzen Maliqi, Tomislav Marković, Latif Mustafa, Mirza Skenderagić, Vesna Andree Zaimović

Podcasts: Bosnia and Hercegovina: Đorđe Krajišnik, Marija Simanić Arnautović and Minel Abaz Kosovo: Latif Maliqi and Shkëlzen Maliqi North Macedonia: Radio MOF and Erzana Berisha Serbia: Liceulice, Bojan Marjanovic and Milena Kvapil

Design (Cover page): Envinion

Translation: LBG Communications (Albanian), Luna Đorđević (BHCS), Martina Kimovska (Macedonian)

Proofreading: LBG Communications (Albanian/English), Zinaida Lakić (BHCS), Zanet Ristoska (Macedonian)