BB: Slaven Crnić – Beyond Death: The Afterlife of Yugoslavia in Post-Yugoslav Queer Literature

While the seemingly straightforward adjective “post-Yugoslav” has been popular across disciplines since the 1990s, what exactly it is that makes something “post-Yugoslav” has been far from undisputedly determined. Due to lose ends at its definitional core, the “post-Yugoslav” conceptual framework has recently been critically (and occasionally heatedly) reexamined. Exploring the applicability of the rubric of “post-Yugoslav literature” in the context of queer fiction, this presentation explores the complex entanglement between politics and history and non-normative sexuality and gender in several contemporary texts. The presentation will argue that the designation of “post-Yugoslav queer literature” provides the indispensable conceptual framework for understanding the ways in which queer fiction takes up and transforms ostracized socialist and transitional era cultural objects and values into sources of personal and political remedy.

Slaven Crnić is a visiting postdoctoral junior fellow in the Field of Excellence “Dimensions of Europeanization”, University of Graz. He holds a PhD in Comparative Gender Studies from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and Vienna. He has previously taught at the Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Rijeka) and has been a teaching assistant at the Department of Gender Studies (CEU). Slaven was a visiting PhD researcher at the Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Vienna. His current research interests are post-Yugoslav queer literature and performance arts, and the intertwined problematics of sexual citizenship, cultural memory, and processes of Europeanization and globalization.

14.11.2023 13:00 – 14:00


Zentrum für Südosteuropastudien, SOEGA & Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft


Location: SR 111.41, BEETHOVENSTRASSE 8 4. OG 8010 GRAZ