Belgrade sites of remembrance of the ‘90s conflict
The Centre for Public History is organizing a two-hour walking tour through Belgrade City Center on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The tour participants will visit both marked and unmarked locations memorializing the conflicts that took place there in the 1990s as well as the consequences left at the end of the authoritarian regime of Slobodan Milošević. The plan is to visit a number of locations where we will speak of the roles of political parties, government institutions, the media, and the public in initiating and spreading wars, as well as about their contributions to the process of memorialization. During the guided tour we will also visit several memorials dedicated to people who suffered in the conflicts as well as a review of legal regulations governing war memorials. The purpose of this program is to speak to all the tour members about events connected to past conflicts and are appropriate for being marked in public space as well as those that have not yet had this opportunity.
Despite the prevailing narrative that Serbia did not officially take part in the conflicts that occurred on the territory of Old Yugoslavia during the last decade of the twentieth century, the memorial markings placed on the territory of Belgrade do tell a different story. Although official Belgrade persistently refuses to speak of any responsibility for warfare on the territories of Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia itself, tens of memorials have been raised both with and without the participation of local governments that have taken oppositional stands.
The tour participants will meet at 11 am at Knez Mihailova Street #35, in front of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the tour will end at the plateau across the street from the Central Railroad Station.
The Tour Leader will be Jasmina Lazović, Associate at the Centre for Public History.