Our Daily Byzantium: Medieval Heritage, Nation-building, and Politics in Serbia
The scheduled event ‘Our Daily Byzantium: Medieval Heritage, Nation-building, and Politics in Serbia’ brings together an international group of historians, art historians, and cultural theorists to discuss cultural heritage and nationalism in Serbia and the wider Balkans. Using the recent elevation of a colossal monument to Stefan Nemanja (a 12th century ruler of the medieval Serbian principality) in the centre of Belgrade as a discussion prompt, the panel will explore the ‘national story’ taking form in Serbia. By no means the exception in its use of medieval monuments and medieval characters to shape nationalist narratives, the current Serbian government has not only selectively invested in heritage conservation, but has also been actively constructing heritage monuments. There is a clear medievalism (or byzantinism) in the elevation of the church of St Sava or the new statue of Stefan Nemanja, one that seeks a direct link to an imagined medieval past to make new monuments appear ancient and remote. The panel will discuss these developments, as well as how medievalism and byzantinism developed historically and have been deployed as part of a modern political project, both in Serbia and the wider Balkans.

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Date: 25 March 2021, 16:00 (Thursday, 10th week, Hilary 2021)
Venue: Online with Zoom
Speakers: Dr Alexandra Vukovich (Oxford), Dr Milan Vukašinović (Uppsala), Professor Filip Ejdus (Belgrade), Dr Milena Repajić (Belgrade), Professor Marko Šuica (Belgrade), Professor Aleksandar Ignjatović (Belgrade), Dr Višnja Kisić (Europa Nostra Serbia/UNESCO), Professor Miloš Jovanović (UCLA), Dr Mirela Ivanova (Oxford), Professor Emir O. Filipović (Sarajevo)
Part of: TORCH New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World
Booking required?: Required
Booking url: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-daily-byzantium-medieval-heritage-nation-building-and-politics-in-se-tickets-141161272165
Audience: Public
Editors: Laura Spence, Belinda Clark