Lecture by Tanja Petrovich, Institute for Culture and Memory Studies, Slovenia
“Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia: Making Sense of (Post)Yugoslav Masculinity.”
This lecture is part of GSAH’s “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series organized by Dr. Nikolary Karkov.
The lecture discusses the meaning of memories of the gendered, collective national experience of mandatory military service in socialist Yugoslavia. These memories still connect several generations of men – the same men who in the 1990s more or less actively participated in the violent destruction of the country they had served. Irrespective of their personal and professional trajectories, for most of former recruits their army service experience remains important and meaningful. How does the aftermath of national trauma reveal dimensions of this militarized, yet fractured, contested, impassioned, and even sentimental masculinity? How did selves, shaped by the homogenous, socially cohesive experiences in a hierarchical military, survive the centrifugal forces of civil war? How are these memories incorporated into broader narratives through which Yugoslavia is historicized? What light they shed on the relationship between manhood, violence and nationhood? How do they complicate our understanding of state socialism and its disciplinary mechanisms, and what lessons do they hold for the future?
A Place at the Table is in many ways an MSU project because it features interviews with MSU graduate students, faculty, and staff who attended the 2017 Women’s March.
The 17-minute film attempts to unpack the experience of the 2017 March on Lansing, featuring the voices of 16 attendees. The interviewees reflect on three questions: why they attended the march, what the experience was like, and what we can do to keep the momentum of the march going. As we hear their disembodied voices, we see footage of the march that brings to life the collective experience of that day. The film features diverse voices: Latinxs, American Indian, Black, Queer, and others.
This event is free and open to the public, so come along and bring your friends and family. In case you need more incentive, there will be free food and drinks for all.
The screening is sponsored by Michigan State University, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, The Doc Lab, the Department of Media and Information, the Diversity Research Network-Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.
ZIG JACKSON / OCTOBER 8 / B310 WELLS / 7PM
Photographer and Professor at SCAD, Zig Jackson identifies and tackles issues that sometimes radically different Native American tribes have in common such as how to deal with tourism. marketing, myth, traditions, and stereotyping. He uses his work to raise awareness about cultural identity, representation, and appropriation to touch on issues like paternalism, sovereignty, and commodification.
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The Social Justice Art Festival is a collaboration between MSU colleges and units to provide a space for MSU students to utilize art as a tool to engage in topics related to social justice. Submit a sample of your artwork here to get a chance of having your artwork featured in the show. There will be cash prizes for visual and performance artists.
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