Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.
Post-Socialist Recollections: Identity and Memory in Former Yugoslavia
This chapter tracks several symbolic spaces and ‘flows’ of people, capital, and products that form the route of memorizing. Specifically, I suggest that discourses of memory and nostalgic sentiments for the former Yugoslavia circulate in a variety of texts, products and practices. This Yugo-nostalgia provides a window on to the cultural arena created by the socialist memories of the Yugoslav past and nationalist claims to an exclusionary type of national identity. At the same time, we witness the embracement of a global commercial communication order, in which culture becomes both a commodity and a source of national pride.
In the summer of 2009 I visited the Brijuni islands in Croatia, the ...