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.
April 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 22 mins 4 secs
cultural identity, nostalgia, public history, turbofolk, yugoslavia
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.