Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin is a sophomore at UT Austin majoring in Eastern European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and the Persian language. She is highly interested in studying cultures ranging from Eastern Europe and the Balkans to Iran and Central Asia. Milena is especially interested in the phenomenons of nation-building, national identity, and inter-ethnic conflict that are so problematic in this region. Ukraine especially fascinates her because of its important geopolitical position, complex cultural identity, and its ongoing debates about nation-building and democracy.
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.
March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 28 mins 57 secs
balkan region, bulgarian yogurt, cultural history
Balkan historian Dr. Mary Neuburger dishes on Bulgarian yogurt with host Milena.