Daniela's PhD thesis may now be obtained at any bookshop! In her book Daniela sheds light on norm socialization and conflicts over interpretations in dealing with war crimes in Serbia 1991-2012. Serbia is a real laboratory of dealing with the past, e.g. the first international criminal tribunal was erected during an ongoing conflict, and compliance in dealing with war crimes was made a condition for financial assistance and progress in the EU accession process. Daniela focusses on the domestic debates against this background, on the effects of the externally induced policies and how ambivalences and change can be explained. Reconstructing debates and contexts thoroughly, she highlights the plural interpretations of the "dealing with the past" itself and clarifies that the domestic implementation of global norms has to be understood against the background of domestic conflicts and rivalries. She shows how and under which circumstances interpretations change: From dealing with the past being understood as mean of war propaganda, later as antinational project and currency in foreign relations, to today's politicians who employ universalistic rhetoric to be "first" in dealing with war crimes. For more information please visit transcript.
On invitation of the Intercultural Network Eschborn, Daniela gave a presentation to contextualize the screening of the movie "Circles – Krugovi" on this years' day of the refugee on the occasion of the intercultural week at the Eschborn K venue. Daniela elaborated on the post-war social cohabitation in the successor states to former Yugoslavia, highlighted the processes of dealing with the wartime past in the different countries and especially the current political and economic situation.
Srdan Golubović's movie "Circles – Krugovi" starts in Trebinje, a small city in the Hercegovina, right in the middle of the Bosnian War. A Serbian soldier steps in when drunken Serbian comrades attack a Muslim acquaintance of him. 12 years later war is over, but this single event has changed the lives of the people involved and left deep marks. The Serbian-Croatian-Slovene coproduction is a plea against forgetting and on civic courage, guilt and forgiveness.
After the screening the audience discussed vividly with Daniela. Many thanks to Mrs. Dörner-Lichterbeck for the invitation and the dedicated volunteers of Eschborn K and the Intercultural Network!
Pictures: Otmar Schnee
In June 2015 we organized two days at the University of Vienna and at the C3 Center of International Development discussing Utopia of Migration, Transmigration and Queering of Spaces. Various guests from academia, students, social workers and German teachers contributed in exchanging their experiences and were inspired by a talk and workshops held by Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Professor of Political Studies, Alice-Salomon Hochschule Berlin, and Gergana Mineva, Perspectives of a Selforganization of Migrants (maiz, Linz).
Josefina Bajer, the associations' chair woman, is supporting the SEE.ID team with her new knowledge as a certified EU-fundraiser.
She will be preparing international projects with European partners and therefore signed the Code of Ethics at Prove and made contacts to potential partners.
We are looking forward to future projects and requests of interested persons in the field of culture and civil society.
FILMSCREENING IN THE OASE 22
In Vienna a film screening of "No Country of Our Time?" took place in the Oase 22 (housing estate in the Adelheid-Popp-Gasse 5, 1220 Vienan) on Friday, March 13th at 7pm place – co-organized by the Caritas Vienna team Magdalena Hubauer and Lukas Botzenhart.
Neighbours and interested persons from the Donaustadt and other Viennese districts came together and found out more about the phenomenon of Jugonostalgija. After the film screening vine and snacks were provided and Aleksandra Vedernjak-Barsegiani, filmmaker and neighbour, was answering questions.
We want to highlight two publications:
Daniela Mehler published 2014 “Entangled Memory: Toward a Third Wave in Memory Studies” in the Journal “History & Theory” together with Gregor Feindt, Félix Krawatzek, Friedemann Pestel and Rieke Trimçev. It is a theoretical and methodological article on memory research and a plea on its further development.
Shortly afterwards the five published the German anthology “European Memory as an entangled Memory. Polyphonic and multilayered interpretations of the past beyond the Nation” (“Europäische Erinnerung als verflochtene Erinnerung. Vielstimmige und vielschichtige Vergangenheitsdeutungen jenseits der Nation”), to which Daniela Mehler contributed a case study on the conflictive memory of the Srebrenica massacre.
“No Country of our Time?” was finally screened in Carinthia/Koroška, the birthplace of one of the filmmakers. On October 15th, 2013, lecture hall Three at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria, was crowded with 90 students and interested people who curiously waited for the film. Popcorn & free drinks from the ÖH Klagenfurt contributed to the good mood as well als the organizing team of MK-arte around Andreas Hudelist, who moderated in German and B/H/S (!). SEE.ID felt honoured by the introducing film review of Jasmina Deljanin-Hudelist from Belgrade who fled as a child to Germany, later studied in Croatia and now lives in Carinthia/Koroška.
After the screening, the audience posed questions to Aleksandra Vedernjak, filmmaker of the SEE.ID film collective and graduate of the University of Klagenfurt. Personal stories and those of political commitment of people from the Carinthian Slovene minority and from former Yugoslavia contributed to an animated discussion. Some viewers expressed their surprise by the overwhelmingly positive memories of the former Yugoslavia of the interviewed people. Together with historians and contemporary witnesses in the audience we tried to explain the phenomenon of jugonostalgija in providing examples from testimonials and historical facts.
Relics of remembrance of the film were exhibited in the Institute of Media Communication from June to October 2013. An exhibit was the flag of Yugoslavia, which was draped around the suitcase. The exhibition succeeded in Austria's biggest tabloid Die Krone, in which an observer outraged on a Yugoslav flag “hanging” at the University of Klagenfurt.
Thanks to Julia Strong, mk-arte, for providing the photos.
The idea of exhibiting the wonderful things that the interviewees of “No Country of Our Time?” put into the jugonostalgic suitcase had been haunting us for some time. There was hardly any screening in which we were not asked about the artefacts. A few objects of a high personal value were, of course, returned to the owners. The others were waiting in Berlin until finally they got their chance! The suitcase travelled all the way to Klagenfurt, trustingly from hand to hand: From Josefin in Berlin to Monika Homschak who travelled by train to Klagenfurt to Aleksandras mother Andrea, who gave it to Caroline Elisabeth Roth-Ebner. The assistant professor is part of the arts initiative mk-ARTE (together with Nicole Duller, Andreas Hudelist, Isabella Katzjäger, Eve Schiefer and Julia Starke) of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt.
The exhibits are being displayed in the showroom Reflectory at the University Klagenfurt from June to October 2013. We are delighted to finally have the right setting for the content of the jugonostalgic suitcase! [Image: Birgit Writze] More on mk-ARTE and the program can be found here. The University reported in its journal Unisono. On Tuesday, October 15th 2013, the film screening took place at 6pm in the Hörsaal 3 of the University of Klagenfurt in the presence of the filmmaker Aleksandra Vedernjak.