What Messages Come From Remembering Places That No Longer Exist? – The Anti-War Resistance during the 1990s in Belgrade

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, The Centre for Public History (CPH) is organizing a tour through Belgrade City Center so that we can visit several key locations in the anti-war resistance in public space during the 1990s.  Particular attention will be given to predominant events characterizing the first half of that decade.

Although it would be an exaggeration to say that there is no remembrance of the resistance to the war(s) during the 1990s, this statement certainly holds true with regard to public and official remembrance in Serbia.  Remembering the various anti-war protests and activities which existed in that period are today mostly limited to the personal memories of their participants or (although not always) to small activist groups.  A part of the response to the question of how it was possible for Milošević’s wartime regime to last as long as it did despite its devastating consequences can also be found in his ability to destroy alternatives in which war was a vital factor.  This tour will be targeted toward remembrance of one such alternative:  the history of the resistance to war in Belgrade during the 1990s – its opportunities and limitations – then ways in which it corresponded to the broader socio-historical context; however, there will also be discussion about the messages from those places of remembrance which are now absent from the public and political memory of Serbia.

The tour will commence at 12:00 am from the Students’ Cultural Center (Kralj Milana #48).
The Tour Leader will be Marijana Stojčić, Associate at The Centre for Public History.

Public tour is free of charge and everyone who wants to attend should apply by sending an e-mail to office@cpi.rs, by Thursday, April 11th.

Public tour is supported by the Reconstruction Women Fund, as part of the CPH’s “Suppressed Memories” Program.