Guest lecture - The Sacrificed Body in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Film

Tatjana Aleksić is Professor of Balkan and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Åpent for alle.

About the lecture

In her lecture based on her book, The Sacrificed Body, Tatjana Aleksić examines the widespread use of the sacrificial metaphor in cultural texts and its importance in sustaining national discourses in the Balkan region. Aleksić relates the theme to the sanctioning of ethnic cleansing, rape, and murder in the name of national homogeneity and collective identity. The Sacrificed Body is based on the theme of the immurement of a live female body in the foundation of an important architectural structure, a trope found in texts from all over the Balkans. The male builders performing the sacrificial act have been called by a higher power who will ensure the durability of the structure and hence the patriarchal community as a whole.

Aleksić explores restrictive national discourse through the theme of sacrifice and exclusion based on gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, or politics for the sake of nation building, most prevalent during times of crisis brought on by wars, weak governments, foreign threats, or even globalizing tendencies.

The lecture will specifically focus on socialist and post-socialist film narratives dealing with issues of gender (in)equality, repressed sexuality and masculine aggressiveness, and their role in post-Yugoslav nationalist discourse.


About the guest lecturer

Tatjana Aleksić is Associate Professor of Balkan and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She is the author of The Sacrificed Body: Balkan Community Building and the Fear of Freedom (University of Pittsburgh Press, Nov. 2013) and editor of the collection Mythistory and Narratives of Nation in the Balkans (Cambridge Scholars, 2007).

Currently she is co-editing a new collection on non-regime media during the Yugoslav dissolution wars in the 1990s, Mediated Resistance, with Aleksandar Bošković of Columbia University (forthcoming from Brille in 2016).

She has published on nationalism, history, violence, film, or the body in performance in Slavic and Eastern European Journal  (SEEJ), Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Midwestern Modern Language Journal, The Slavic Review, Journal of Greek Media and Culture, and has contributed articles to many edited volumes.

Her literature and film courses deal with topics of nationalism, literary and critical theory, gender, sexuality, and vampires.

Published Jan. 19, 2016 8:54 AM - Last modified July 1, 2016 10:23 AM