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Living with the Beast: Everyday Life in Authoritarian Serbia
Worcester, MA, April 2000


CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, Massachusetts
invites you to attend the Biennial Seymour M. Logan conference
LIVING WITH THE BEAST: EVERYDAY LIFE IN AUTHORITARIAN SERBIA

to be held Friday, 7 April 2000
at Lasry House (corner of Woodland and Hawthorne streets)


The title of the conference is a phrase by the Belgrade philosopher and
antiwar activist Radomir Kostantinovic. His essay introduced the book
Another Serbia, a collection by the antiwar "Belgrade Circle" which seeks
to describe and analyze the political, social, cultural and historical
conditions that made aggressive nationalism and war against civilians
possible. This conference explores the experience of everyday life in the
regimes under which war and state-sponsored mass murder was carried out in
the former Yugoslavia. It is meant to introduce the audience to the
self-examination being carried out by some scholars in both Serbia and
North America, which interrogates ethnic nationalism in power, its values
and methods, and its causes and consequences. We are motivated by the need
to understand nationalist mobilization and the acceptance of crimes
against humanity as an element of state policy. We need to move beyond
viewing the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia as ethnic or religious
conflicts, the way they are commonly presented--and to explore them as
conflicts between nationalist rural nostalgia and cosmopolitan urban
culture, between the ethic of modernity and the frustration of
displacement. The presentations here are meant to contribute to a new
understanding of connections between culture, authoritarianism and
state-sanctioned violence.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

10:00 - 10:10 AM
Welcome: Shelly Tenenbaum (Clark University), Eric Gordy (Clark
University)

10:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel I. AUTHORITARIANISM IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Andjelka Milic (University of Belgrade): War, Families and Generations
Jasminka Udovicki (Massachusetts College of Art): All Sides, Hot and
	Bothered
Ana Devic (Brown University): Nationalism and Powerlessness of Everyday
	Life: A Sociology of Discontents in Yugoslavia Before the Breakup
Joel M. Halpern (University of Massachusetts): Politics and Images:
	Heroism and Illusion
Chair: Regina Robo (Clark University)


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Break for lunch


2:00 - 4:00 PM
Panel II. CULTURE AND VIOLENCE

Sreten Vujovic (University of Belgrade): Material Conditions and Urban
	Life
Eric Gordy (Clark University): Yugo-Rock, Turbo-Folk and Social Division

Marko Zivkovic (University of Chicago): Who Are the Riders of the
	Cultural Apocalypse?
Chair: Naama Haviv (Clark University)

4:00 PM
Reception

Sponsored by the Seymour M. Logan Faculty Fellowship, Department of
Sociology, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Communication and Culture,
Peace Studies, Higgins School of the Humanities, Women's Studies,
Government and International Relations, Center for Holocaust Studies,
Office of the Dean of the College

Parking: There is usually ample parking available on the surrounding
streets. There will also be spaces available for conference attendees at
the parking lot of St. Peter's Church on Main Street and at the former gas
station on the corner of Main and Crystal.

For further information:  Eric Gordy
+1-508-793-7230
egordy@clarku.edu