#008 – Street and Place (re)Naming and Public Memorialization in Former Yugoslav Countries

with Srdjan Radovic



With the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the governments of the emerging states were concerned about how to reshape a collective identification which was distinctive and – although to different degrees – in contrast with the socialist past. In this framework, changes in toponymy were carried out to modify the meaning and the references of the public space. This process affected segments of the populations through the exposure of national and ideological symbols. Cases of marginalisation coexisted with others where it is possible to observe opportunities for citizens negotiation, resilience and overt opposition to decisions taken by institutions. Srdjan offers an interesting and complex picture deriving from several case studies of former Yugoslav towns with an approach combinig history and ethnography.

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Srdjan Radovic is a research associate at the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.Born in Titograd (present Podgorica, Montenegro), now resides in Belgrade. Srdjan’s research interests include memory cultures, public space and socialist heritage in South-East Europe. His other interests mostly include seeing friends and family, and prolonged coffee sipping.

To cite this episode: Radovic, Srdjan; Guidi, Andreas (2016): Street and Place (re)Naming and Public Memorialization in Former Yugoslav Countries, The Southeast Passage #008, 24.01.2016, http://thesoutheastpassage.com/podcast/radovic-street-renaming-memorialization-former-yugoslav-countries/


Further reading:


Azaryahu, Maoz. „The power of commemorative street name.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 14 (1996): 311-330.

De Soto, Hermine. „(Re)Inventing Berlin: Dialectics of Power, Symbols and Past, 1990-1995.” City and Society 8/1 (1996): 24-49.

Jordan, Jennifer. Structures of Memory: Understanding Urban Change in Berlin and Beyond. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.

Kuljić, Todor. Kultura sećanja. Beograd: Čigoja štampa, 2006.

Light, Duncan. “Street names in Bucharest, 1990–1997: exploring the modern historical geographies of post-socialist change.”Journal of Historical Geography 30 (2004): 154-172.

Manojlović Pintar, Olga. Arheologija sećanja: spomenici i identiteti u Srbiji 1918-1989. Beograd: UDI – Čigoja štampa, 2014.

Radović, Srđan. Grad kao tekst. Beograd: Biblioteka XX vek, 2013.

Rihtman-Auguštin Dunja. Ulice moga grada. Beograd: Biblioteka XX vek, 2000.


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Different toponyms of the same street, Sarajevo/ East Sarajevo, BiH

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Decree about the offcial renaming of the Slovenian town Velenje into Titovo Velenje. The toponym in honour of the President of Socialist Yugoslavia remained in act from 1981, one year after his death, to 1990



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