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Remaking History: Tracing Politics in Urban Space

We explore the similarities in the patterns of historical revisionism that occurred in Belgrade and Sarajevo after 1990 by renaming public spaces.

The project maps the names of streets and squares in two cities during and after the break-up of Yugoslavia. Its goal is to examine the impact of war in a transitional context and the constant fragmentation of a common narrative through the renaming of urban units in both cities. The research examines the political instrumentalisation of capitals in the transition from a socialist state to capitalist ethno-national entities, while at the same time explores whether there are points of overlap and common matrices that revise the past. Also, the research deals with the issue of appropriation of (representative) public space in the capitals and investigates if there is any space in them for minority narratives.

The project is implemented within the program Tandem for Culture - Western Balkans in cooperation with Philopolitics (Belgrade) and the International Burch University (Sarajevo). Project is funded by MitOst (Berlin) and European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam).

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