Monthly Archives: October 2010

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It is pretty amazing how much work I had to do over this weekend! And so much to post here over the next couple of days before I go off traveling to SC and NY and CT….

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Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević

Some of you may know that my brother is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He also works as a visual artist in photography, video, and other media, mostly in collaboration with his wife Gordana who is an artist.

In a few months, his book willl come out – Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević:

The central role that the regime of Slobodan Milošević played in the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia is well known, but Marko Živković explores another side of this time period: the stories people in Serbia were telling themselves (and others) about themselves. Živković traces the recurring themes, scripts, and narratives that permeated public discourse in Milošević’s Serbia, as Serbs described themselves as Gypsies or Jews, violent highlanders or peaceful lowlanders, and invoked their own mythologized defeat at the Battle of Kosovo. The author investigates national narratives, the use of tradition for political purposes, and local idioms, paying special attention to the often bizarre and outlandish tropes people employed to make sense of their social reality. He suggests that the enchantments of political life under Milošević may be fruitfully seen as a dreambook of Serbian national imaginary.

I have read most of the stuff in the book, at least in some earlier drafts, over the past few years, and I know this stuff is good! It will help you understand Serbia – in the wartime 1990s as well as before and after. And it may help you understand some other nations or some other groups of people (perhaps even TeaPartiers if you are dilligent in adjusting for different contexts, histories, etc.).

So, pre-order the book now – it will come out next May but it will be worth the wait.

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First, a question: is it possible for a WordPress blog to have both “Comment” and “Fact-check” buttons at the bottom of each post, commenting on each resulting in comments in different color, e.g., “comment” looking normal (e.g., white) and “fact-check” having a blue frame (or some other way to distinguish)?

I hope you did already, but if you didn’t, please go and vote for Christie Wilcox right now and right here.

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Intensely busy week (obviously, or you’d see more stuff on this blog otherwise). Had lunches with some smart interesting people yesterday and today, though, which is always uplifting. Lots of travel next week. Till then, read these articles and posts:
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Dinner with Anton Zuiker last night, working on ScienceOnline2011, update soon.

Preparing for next week’s travels. Need a room-mate for the NASW meeting Nov.5-7 in New Haven – will pay my part. Let me know if interested…

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These will keep you occupied for a while:

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Lots of work behind the scenes….are you ready for a more eclectic than usual mix of links?
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