“Avant-garde and Totalitarianism Revisited: Soviet Visual Culture, 1920s-1940s” Northwestern University, March 4-5

Avant-garde and Totalitarianism Revisited: Soviet Visual Culture,
1920s-1940s/ will take place March 4 from 5-8pm and March 5 from
1-7:30pm. This conference is co-organized by Art History Professor
Christina Kiaer and Ph.D. candidate Angelina Lucento.
It is made possible by generous support from the Florence H. and Eugene E. Myers
Charitable Trust Fund, with additional support from:

The Department of Art History
The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
The Slavic, East European, and Jewish Studies Cluster
Department of German
Department of Radio, Television, Video, and Film

Northwestern University
1880 Campus Drive room 3-400
Evanston, IL 60208

phone 847-491-3230

“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.

Northwestern University: “Twenty Years of Laughter and Forgetting: Eastern/Central European Literature Since 1989”, October 15

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet in person one of the rising stars of the
Czech literature and her colleagues from Central Europe!

The Czech Consulate General in Chicago and Northwestern University in
cooperation with the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International
Program cordially invite you to a special literary reading and roundtable in
presence of writers Petra Hůlová (Czech Republic), Ferenc Barnas (Hungary)
and Drago Jančar (Slovenia):

Twenty Years of Laughter and Forgetting: Eastern/Central European Literature
since 1989

Moderator: Andrew Wachtel, Dean of The Graduate School, Northwestern

October 15, 2009
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Northwestern University Library
Forum Room
1970 Campus Drive, 2-South, Evanston, IL 60208

Free and open to public

Sponsored by The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago,
Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative
Studies, The Graduate School, The Department of Slavic Languages and

About Petra Hůlová

Petra Hůlová was born in Prague in 1979 and has published five critically
acclaimed novels in Czech. She won the Magnesia Litera Prize in the Czech
Republic in 2002 for ” Paměť mojí babičce”, here released as All This
Belongs to Me. Her prose “Umělohmotný třípokoj” won Jiri Orten Prize and the
novel “Stanice Tajga” Skvorecky Prize 2008.

Ms. Hůlová´s novel All This Belongs to Me translated in English by Alex
Zucker will be published by Northwestern University Press, book series
“Writings from and Unbound Europe”, in early October. This book as well as
Czech originals of Ms. Hůlová´s others novels will be on sale and available
for signing by the author after the reading.