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Interventions in Cultural and Knowledge Production and Activism: Resisting Violence in Everyday Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This colloquium will critically engage with some experiences, lessons and interventions in cultural and knowledge production in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are related to the issues of violence and its normalization in everyday life in the post-war context.  It will focus on two areas of concern in this regard: the current situation with the survivors of wartime sexual violence, and recent struggles against corruption, impoverishment and injustice occurring in the sphere of labour and post-war economy. Two respective specific examples (Association Naš Glas [Our Voice] and DITA factory) are chosen to illustrate some common tendencies when it comes to the instances of violence, insecurity and injustice in everyday life and in institutional politics.  
By way of explaining several key features of the political economy of affects and bodies in the social fabric of Bosnia and Herzegovina through these two case studies, the aim is to foster a productive discussion about the conundrums of violence and fear, victimisation and grief, as well as revolt and hope, which underpin the public demands for social justice.  In this sense, the accent is also placed on several instances of recent cultural and knowledge production tied to grassroots activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina which resist current deadlocks and aim at such forms of sociality that foster affirmative visions and actualisations of solidarity, equality and hopeful politics.



Friday, April 22, 2016. 12:00 PM


Encina Hall West, Room 219


CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies




RSVP requested.
This event is open to Stanford affiliates.