Workshop: “Salvaging the Space of ‘Normality’: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in postwar Bosnia,” Larisa Kurtovic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 19

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Salvaging the Space of Normality: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in Postwar Bosnia”

by Larisa Kurtovic
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Larisa Jasarevic, Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Tuesday, 4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
April 19, 2011

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: Drawing on the 2008 ethnographic research in postwar Bosnia, this paper chronicles the attempted “banishment” of socialist Santa from Sarajevan public kindergartens and the many acts of political protest this “attack” engendered.  The passionate defenses of this magical children’s figure helped bring into focus anxieties about the crisis of social reproduction caused by infusion of nationalist agendas into postwar pedagogies. Meanwhile, the kindergarten affair also exploded a wave of complaints about the perceived onslaught on ‘normal life,’ an elusive category whose political and conceptual work I trace in this paper across multiple terrains and sites.  Ultimately, his paper argues that in the independent Bosnia, revalorization of certain Yugoslav era values, in particular that of socialist multinationalism, often becomes seen as crucial for keeping alive not only the dream of an inhabitable future, but also of a unified Bosnian state.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung( or Natalja Czarnecki ( Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

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Damir Imanović Lecture on “Sevdah Changes: The Genealogy of a Traditional Bosnian Music Genre” at Loyola University Chicago, September 24

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), in conjunction with with the Bosnian American Community and Cultural Center and Loyola University, is proud to support the Chicago visit of noted Bosnian musician and ethnomusicologist Damir Imamović.

Wednesday, September 22, 20108:30 PM

Damir Imamović performs Bosnian Sevdah music at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Free ticketed event. $5 suggested donation.
BOX OFFICE: 773.728.6000 for reservations

Thursday, September 23, 20106:00 PM to 7:20 PM
Sevdah Music Workshop with Damir Imamović
Old Town School of Folk Music;  4544 N Lincoln Ave
REGISTER NOW | Seats Available: 25 | Price: $20

Friday, September 24, 2010 | 3:30PM
Public lecture: “Sevdah Changes: The Genealogy of a Traditional Bosnian Music Genre”
Loyola University Chicago; Crown Center Auditorium, 1001 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Description: Sevdah music is the most developed branch of traditional music in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its history is rich and ambiguous, ranging from solitary saz players’ recordings, today almost forgotten, to popular recordings of big orchestras from the 1950s onward.  Damir Imamovic is one of the most important Sevdah performers of his generation. While researching the roots and modes of interpretation in this music, Damir Imamovic discovers a whole new world of wide-ranging influences and creates an alternative history of the genre. This lecture focuses on the historical transformation of key traits of the Sevdah music, its genealogy and its potential for future development. Imamovic’s presentation will be of note to those interested in music, cultural history, anthropology and ethnology, Balkan and Eastern European studies, Slavic languages and poetry, Turkish classical and folk music, and (former) Yugoslav cultures.

Damir Imanović, Bosnian sevdalinka performer at The Old Town School of Folk Music, September 22-23

“Damir Imamović’s reinterpretation of Sevdah music writes out a new chapter of its history.”- JazzFest Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Damir Imamović is one of the most important Bosnian musicians of his generation and an authority on Sevdah, an ancient traditional form of music unique to the Balkans particularly Bosnia-Herzegovina. Damir has made several notable recordings and takes this traditional art to new heights with soaring, passionate vocals accompanied by guitar. Imamović will perform from 8:30-10:30pm on September 22 at The Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Ave.). On September 23, he will give a workshop at the same location.

To see a full list of upcoming Chicago area events featuring Imanović, please click here.

“Literature and Individual Sovereignty,” Aleksandar Hemon, June 3

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture

Aleksandar Hemon

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7 pm

Social Science Research Building, Room 122

1126 East 59th Street


Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, which will be published by Riverhead Books on May 14, 2009.  Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was here, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.  Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

This lecture is the fourth in a series which honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Prior Kirschner Lecturers include Sara Paretsky, Alex Kotlowitz, and Juan Mendez. Their talks may be seen at:

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Human Rights Program will present the 2010 Ignacio Martin Baró awards and recognize the achievements of students graduating with the Minor in Human Rights.

University of Chicago Human Rights Program

5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773-834-0957


Call for Applications: Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari, Deadline: May 14

*Call for Applications: Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari*

5 places are available for a 3-week research program in July 2010 in Srebrenica-Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina for research topics related to Genocide, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Studies, and Human Rights.

The program is open to MA students, PhD candidates, or researchers affiliated with an academic institution. Fluency in English is required. We welcome applicants of every citizenship and nationality.

Full room and board, as well as transportation within BiH will be provided at no cost to participants.

Program Dates: 5 July – 24 July 2010

Application Deadline: 14 May 2010

Detailed information is available at:

The Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari, established through the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center, is a three-week program for postgraduate students and researchers to conduct research projects on topics related to Genocide, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Studies, and Human Rights.

The program integrates field research with an opportunity to participate in the annual Peace March from Nezuk to Potocari and to attend the Commemoration Ceremony in Potocari. Following this, researchers remain in Srebrenica to conduct their projects; participants will be provided with working space in the facilities in Potocari and will have access to primary resources from prominent institutions in the field.

During this time, there will be guest lecturers, discussion opportunities, and visits to locations relevant for field research. Researchers will present their progress at the end of the program.

Participants will be provided with free room and board, as well as transport within Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants must cover their own travel expenses to Sarajevo.

For details, please see website: