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“After the Revolution: Youth Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Postsocialist Serbia,” Northwestern University, February 22

The Northwestern University Department of Anthropology 2009 – 2010 Colloquium Series
Proudly Presents:

Jessica Greenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

on Monday, February 22 at 3pm
Anthropology Building (1810 Hinman Ave), Seminar Room 104

Dr. Greenberg will be presenting the following:

After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of
Disappointment in Postsocialist Serbia

On October 5, 2000 the citizens of Serbia staged a mass democratic
revolution on the streets of Belgrade. Hundreds of thousands of people
poured into the capital demanding in signs, songs, whistles and chants
that Slobodan Milošević accept electoral defeat and step down as the
country’s leader. Democratic activists, opposition leaders, and
students had overcome ten long years of authoritarian control of
government and media to bring democracy to Serbia. In the years
leading up to the revolution, student democratic activists became a
symbol of hope, courage and energy in Serbia and internationally.
October 5th marked both the high point and the end of the love affair
with these young revolutionaries. Two years later, when I began my
research with student activists, their image had been tarnished.
Former opposition members, government ministers, and media figures
dismissed student groups as at best irritating and at worst corrupt.
For many people, inside and outside the country, Serbia’s
revolutionary tale was one of hope turned to disappointment, promise
to failure. In narrating their hopes for a democratic future, people
had drawn on the images and discourses of youth protest.  “After the
Revolution”  traces the history and significance of revolutionary and
post-revolutionary political expectations in order to demonstrate how
disappointment shapes Serbia’s emerging democracy. Democratic failure
in Serbia was produced when both local and international actors judged
post-revolutionary democracy in terms of expectations generated in the
crucible of the student-led revolution. Democratic youth
revolutionaries promised positive political transformation and a more
hopeful future for Serbian citizens. But actual democracy delivered
poverty, social unrest and factional struggle. I will demonstrate how
youth and student activists have become metonymic for the movement
from hope to disappointment in newly democratic Serbia.

A reception will follow the event. All are welcome.

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Anthro. Dept. Seminar Series: “The Social Life of Shrines in the Contemporary Caucasus,” Bruce Grant (NYU), February 8


Bruce Grant

Associate Professor of Anthropology
New York University

speaking on

“The Social Life of Shrines in the Contemporary Caucasus”

Monday, February 8,  3:30 pm  Haskell 315

Here is some background information

BA               1985     McGill (Anthropology)
PhD              1993    Rice (Anthropology)

2004-05  Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Interests:  Former Soviet Union, Siberia, Caucasus; Azerbaijan; (post-) Soviet nationality policies; expressive culture; state culture; nationalism; shamanism; Islam; historiography; cinema; modernism; histories of anthropology

Selected Publications

1995    In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas. Princeton U Press. (Winner of the 1996 American Ethnological Society Prize for Best Book in Anthropology by a First Author.)

2009  The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus, Cornell U Press

2007   “Brides, Brigands, and Fire-Bringers: Notes Toward a Historical Ethnography of Pluralism,” IN Grant and Yalcim-Heckman, eds, Caucasus Paradigms, 47-74.

2005  “The Good Russian Prisoner: Naturalizing Violence in the Caucasus Mountains,” Cultural Anthropology 20(1): 39-67

2004  “An Average Azeri Village (1930),” Slavic Review 63(4) 705-731

2001  “New Moscow Monuments, or, States of Innocence,” American Ethnologist 28(2): 332-362.

1999  “The Return of the Repressed: Conversations with Three Russian Entrepreneurs,” in G. Marcus, ed., Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation, U Chicago Press, 241-267

1997  “Empire and Savagery: The Politics of Primitivism in Late Imperial Russia,” in Brower & Lazzerini, eds., Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917. Indiana U Press 292-310

1993  “Dirges for Soviets Passed: Conversations with Six Russian Writers,” In G. Marcus, ed., Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics, and Nation, U Chicago Press, 17-51

1993  “Siberia Hot and Cold: Reconstructing the Image of Siberian Indigenous Peoples,” in Diment & Slezkine, eds., Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture. St. Martin’s Press, 227-253.

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Graduate Paper Competition, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Deadline: March 1


The Society for the Anthropology of Europe is calling for abstract submissions for its annual student paper competition. Three selected finalists will be invited to present their work alongside senior Europeanist anthropologists in an SAE-sponsored panel at the 2010 AAA meetings in New Orleans. One of the three finalists will receive the SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize, which comes with a $400 cash award. The winner will be announced at the SAE business meeting. This decision will be based on the AAA-length paper which the finalists must submit by October 1, 2010. The papers should be written with the goal that they will ultimately be elaborated and submitted for publication. All three finalists will be encouraged and receive guidance from a senior anthropologist such that they can pursue publication in relevant journals.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit a 500-word (maximum), single-authored abstract to Andrea Muehlebach ( by March 1, 2010. Students will be notified by March 14 regarding the committee’s decision.

Selection will be based on the submitted abstract, which must deal with some aspect of European anthropology and/or European anthropology’s contribution to the broader field. This rule will be interpreted liberally to include papers of a comparative and/or theoretical nature. Selection criteria include how well the abstract addresses the conference theme of “Circulation” and the quality of the research project. The abstract should include a clear statement of the problem being investigated as well as the methods and results of the study, the theoretical literature which the paper aims to address, and the significance of research. Judges will evaluate originality, contribution to the field, and writing style appropriate for a manuscript in preparation for publication in an academic journal.

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Anthropology Department Monday Seminar Series: “A Jewish Sensorium?: “Material Culture and Embodiment in Germany 1890-1930,” November 23



Leora Auslander

Professor of History, Jewish Studies, and the History of Culture
University of Chicago

speaking on

“A Jewish Sensorium?:  Material Culture and Embodiment in Germany 1890-1930”

Monday, November 23, 2009, 3:30 p.m., Haskell 315

Here is some background information:

PhD        1988     Brown University (History)
MA         1982     Harvard University (History)
BA         1979     University of Michigan (History/Medieval Studies)

Current Book Projects:

Strangers at Home: Jewish Parisians and Berliners in the Twentieth Century

Commemorating Death, Obscuring Life?  The Conundrums of Memorialization



2009    Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France. Oxford, Berg, 2008; U California Press 2009

1996   Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France.  University of California Press


2009  “Archiving a Life: Post-Shoah Paradoxes of Memory Legacies,” in Ludtke & Jobs, eds, Unsettling Histories. Frankfurt, Campus Verlag.

2009  “The Boundaries of Jewishness or when is a Cultural Practice Jewish?” Jewish Social Studies, Vol 8:1:  47-64

2005  “Beyond Words,” American Historical Review, 110:4: 1015-1045.

2005  “Regeneration through the Everyday? Furniture in Revolutionary Paris,” in Art History 28:2  227-247.

2005  “Coming Home?  Jews in Postwar Paris,” Journal of Contemporary History, 40:2  237-259

2003 (w/ T. Holt)  “Sambo in Paris: Race and Racism in the Iconography of Everyday Life,” in Peabody & Stovall, eds., The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, Duke U Press.

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Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “‘Surviving’ and the Limits of Experience: Health Anxieties, Obituary Gatherings, and Popular Politics at the Bosnian Market,” November 11

The Medicine, Body and Practice Workshop in conjunction with the Anthropology of Europe Workshop present Larisa Jasarevic (Anthropology):

“Surviving and the Limits of Experience: Health Anxieties, Obituary Gatherings, and Popular Politics at the Bosnian Market”

Discussant: TBA

For a copy of the paper, please email Owen Kohl: owenkohl [at]

Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the coordinators at mbpcoordinators [at] in advance.

Time: 4:30-6pm, November 11. Location: Haskell Hall (5836 S. Greenwood Ave), Rm 101

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Smeall Summer Fellowship for Linguistic Anthropology Research, Deadline: December 15

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce the new Christopher Smeall Fellowship in Anthropological Linguistics as part of SAR’s Summer Scholar program. The Smeall Fellowship is awarded to a pre- or post-doctoral scholar in anthropological linguistics to complete an article-length project. The fellowship period is June 15–August 10, 2010, and includes a $1,000 stipend, a residence and office on the SAR campus, library support, and an allowance account. For more information, including online application and deadlines, please visit:

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“Secularism and Cosmopolitanism”, a lecture by Anthropology Visiting Professor Étienne Balibar, October 15

Professor Balibar is Professeur émérite, Université de Paris X Nanterre (Political Philosophy), and Distinguished Professor of Humanities, at University of California, Irvine. His research interests include: political philosophy, Critical Theory, Epistemology of the Social Sciences, and Ethics. He has also worked on questions of philosophical anthropology (the subject and the citizen), extreme violence and the problem of civility, politics as war and war as politics, individuality and transindividuality, borders and the representation of the stranger, universalism and cosmopolitics. Time: 5:00pm, October 15. Location: Social Sciences 122 (1126 E. 59th St.).

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Politics, Communication and Society Workshop: “Sentimental Kritika: Hazardous Dialectics and Deictics of Accountability in Socialist Secular Criticism” by Jonathan Larson, October 21

Prof. Jonathan Larson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, will share his paper “Sentimental Kritika: Hazardous Dialectics and Deictics of Accountability in Socialist Secular Criticism”. Prof. Larson’s interests include the political economy of language, the acquisition and practice of sociocutural knowledge, and sociocultural processes in time and space. He has conducted most of his fieldwork in Martin and Bratislava, Slovakia. Time: 4:30pm, October 21. Location: Wilder House (5811 South Kenwood Ave).

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