#022 – MILICA POPOVIĆ & JOVANA PAPOVIĆ: A look at Vučić’s Serbia and the emergence of new social movements

Street protests in Belgrade, April 2017 (Photo: Ne Davimo Beograd, Facebook) 

On 2 April 2017 Alexander Vučić became President of Serbia, winning the first round of the elections, obtaining a score of 55%, and leading in all districts of the country. The public perception and representation of Vučić within Serbia is biased by wide constraints on mainstream media, whereas foreign commentators have difficulties in defining his profile in between his former far-right party affiliation, his being “pro-European”, and the concerns about an authoritarian drift in the country. In this episode, we approach the background and the output of this event. By expanding the discussion beyond the domain of party politics and voting tendencies, we explore some aspects of Serbia’s economic landscape after the fall of Yugoslavia and embed more recent trends in a regional context. Most important, we discuss some emerging forms of social movements and their claims by introducing the impact of some factors such as the attitude of the youth, the perspective of the diaspora and the role that “Yugonostalgia” plays in contemporary politics.

Milica Popović is a PhD student in Comparative Political Sociology at Sciences Po Paris and in Balkan Studies at the University of Ljubljana. She has obtained a master degree in political science at the University Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas in Paris and a bachelor degree at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. The focus of her research is within memory studies, issues of (Yugo)nostalgia and (post)Yugoslav societies. Milica published articles on the Balkans for different journals such as Družboslovne razprave, Etudes Balkaniques, and Život umjetnosti. She also works as a freelance consultant and expert in higher education and education field, leading her own research and consulting agency “Nomade”.

 

Jovana Papović is a graduate student at EHESS Paris, translator and journalist for the web media Le Courrier des Balkans. She is interested in exploring the political dimension of cultural practices in the Balkans, focusing on youth, popular culture and political activism. She is currently co-directing with Astrea Pejović the documentary film “Non-Working Class Hero”, a picture of the youth in Serbia based on the hip-hop collective Bombe Devedesetih.

 

To cite this episode: Popović, Milica; Papović, Jovana; Guidi, Andreas (2017): A look at Vučić’s Serbia and the emergence of new social movements, The Southeast Passage #022, 08.06.2017, http://thesoutheastpassage.com/podcast/popovic-papovic-vucic-serbia-social-movements.

Links:

Newsfeed of Le Courrier des Balkans about the protests in Serbia after the elections (in French)

Reportage by the France International Radio (RFI) on the “Trap” music genre in today’s Serbia (in French)

Portrait of Ljubiša Preletačević ‘Beli’the sensational “parody candidate” gaining the third place with almost 10% of the votes (Reuters).

Article on the Belgrade Waterfront project and the Ne da(vi)mo Beograd campaign (OBC Transeuropa).

Music:

Gudroslav feat. Mimi Mercedez – “Bratstvo sestrintsvo” (Brotherhood and Sisterhood)

Original lyrics:

Ne diraj lava dok spava
Ne diraj Mimi dok dimi
Ne diraj Gudrija dok ubija
Te Žaretove matre? dopiru iz studija

Ribe sve su debele, odbijaju posni obrok
Likovi rade na ulici, nemaju topli obrok
Ako bi velike pare, plati nov nos i botoks
Reperi nas smaraju, idu na Goli otok
Bratstvo sestrinstvo, bratstvo sestrinstvo
Brat i sestra – to je isto, brate, bratstvo sestrinstvo
Ne može ništa na pola i keš ne zna za dva pola
Svi se borimo za isto, bratstvo sestrinstvo

Stil je sve i sve je u stilu
A moj stil je predebeo i kad smršam koju kilu
Moje debelo dupe zaslužilo je vilu
I udobno sedište u skupom automobilu
Tu si Mimi i Gudri i Žartikal ludi
Bitno je šta kažu ljudi, dokaži nam da smo tvrdi
Ti kad uđeš u lovu, planiraš da središ život
A ja da budem još veći idiot
Granice se lako prelaze kad shvatiš da ih nema
Ljudi se jako preneraze, al’ ja nemam dilema
Što sam potrošila, opet zaradiću

Što sam propustila, lako nadoknadiću
Gde je laka lova, gde je brz keš?
Prečicom do snova nikad ne stigneš
Torba je u ruci, glava je u torbi
Prečicom do snova, sreća je u borbi
Gde su lake žene, gde je brz seks?
Da degustiram znam samo na eks
Put do trona me loži, a ne tron
Ako je glava u torbi nek je torba Louis Vuitton

Reperi se krevelje i mlataraju rukama
Ja mlataram parama i baratam nulama
Iako publika su ribe, neću da se udvaram
Dobio sam nadimak jer se po nosu udaram
Samo pun gas i debele cave
Kad je udarim po dupetu, da se trese salce
Ove rime nisu pisane u sobi
Ove rime pisane su kod Branke Black Rose
Ortaci su u kraju, bleje bez ideje
Nijedan od njih nema razloga da se smeje
Sjebu pare koje ni ne zarade
Njih deset tali se za vutru, pa se ni ne navare
Imam praznu gajbu, to prenesi svima
Preko dana supa, porodica, noću je kriminal
Keva prvu radi, keva drugu radi
Keva treću radi, Drajzerova je na gajbi

 

Further reading:

Buden, Boris (2012): Zona prelaska. O kraju postkummunizma. Beograd: Fabrika knjiga.

Duda, Igor (2015): Danas kada postajem pionir. Djetinjstvo i ideologija jugoslovenskoga socijalizma. Zagreb, Pula: Sveučilište Jurja Dobrile.

Gilbert, Andrew; Greenberg, Jessica; Helms, Elissa; Jansen, Stef (2008): Reconsidering Postsocialism from the Margins of Europe. Hope, Time and Normalcy in Post-Yugoslav Societies. In Anthropology News 49 (8), pp. 10–11.

Greenberg, Jessica (2010): “There’s Nothing Anyone Can Do About It“. Participation, Apathy, and “Successful” Democratic Transition in Postsocialist Serbia. In Slavic rev. 69 (01), pp. 41–64.

Greenberg, Jessica (2011): On the Road to Normal. Negotiating Agency and State Sovereignty in Postsocialist Serbia. In American Anthropologist 113 (1), pp. 88–100.

Greenberg, Jessica (2014): After the Revolution. Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Horvat, Srecko; Stiks, Igor (Eds.) (2015): Welcome to the desert of post-socialism. Radical politics after Yugoslavia. London: Verso.

Jansen, Stef (2005): Antinacionalizam. Etnografija otpora u Beogradu i Zagrebu. Beograd: Biblioteka XX vek.

Kirn, Gal (2014): Transnationalism in Reverse. From Yugoslav to Post-Yugoslav Memorial Sites. In Chiara de Cesari, Ann Rigney (Eds.): Transnational memory. Circulation, articulation, scales. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 313–338.

Markovina, Dragan (2015): Jugoslavenstvo poslije svega. Beograd: Mostart.

Petrovic, Tanja (2012): Yuropa. Jugoslovensko naslede i politike buducnosti u postjugoslovenskim drustvima. Beograd: Fabrika knjiga.

Popović, Milica (2016): Exhibiting Yugoslavia. In Družboslovne razprave 32 (81), pp. 7–24.

Spasić, Ivana (2013): Kultura na delu. Društvena transformacija Srbije iz burdijeovske perspektive. Beograd: Fabrika knjiga.

Velikonja, Mitja (2008): Titostalgia. A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz. Ljubljana: Mediawatch, Peace Institute.

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