Vladislav Beronja is an Assistant Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a co-editor of a volume Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture (2016). His current book project, Unacknowledged Losses: The Literature of Exile and Trauma in the Wake of Yugoslavia, examines the literary responses to the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and their aftermath as oppositional and politicized practices of mourning.
Professor Beronja has taught classes on Central and Eastern European literature and cinema; on popular music genres and cultural identity in the Balkans; on modern warfare and visual culture; and on nostalgia and popular culture in Eastern Europe and the U.S.
Episode | July 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia
Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!
Episode | April 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 22 mins 4 secs
cultural identity, nostalgia, public history, turbofolk, yugoslavia, культурная идентичность, ностальгия, публичная история, турбофолк, югославия
Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. Listen for a few clips of some of the most popular songs of the era.