(čet) 5. svibnja 2016. / 19.00 - 21.00 / Kino Europa - Velika dvorana

The Balkan Left

Speakers: Vuk Perišić, Tanja Petrović, Nenad Porobić
Moderator: Dragan Markovina

Taking into consideration the general revitalization of the clerical nationalist right, practically on the whole of ex-Yugoslavia’s territory, which is on one hand manifested in the rehabilitation of collaborationist regimes and Second World War movements, and on the other in serious attempts at diminishing freedom of the press and pandemic provincialization of culture, there isn’t a shred of doubt that the whole of the Balkan region is living through another youth of the 90s and its values. Such state of things testifies to the grave defeat of the left, which not only fails to articulate some new policies and lead a serious resistance towards the existing trends, leaving the initiative to individuals and civil society organizations, but is also unable to offer a vision for future development of the society. Bearing in mind that this state of being lost is the result of not properly working through the causes of the defeat at the beginning of the 90s, but also of a broader powerlessness of the left in Europe, the panel analyzes several phenomena that burden the left in the Balkans. First, it represents an analysis of the causes of the defeat; second, it is an antagonism between the so-called new left and what it finds liberal; third, its affirmation of nationalist values established during war years, and fourth, the persistent avoidance of Yugoslavian context largely contribute to powerlessness of the left in the region.