Between Homeland and Hostland
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
28 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB
28 May 2019, from 6.30pm
Contemporary Balkan Art and Spotlight Theatre invite you to the screening of The Landslides and conversation with Helena Ivanov and Sanja Vico.
The Landslides depicts the life of an immigrant, seen from the perspective of one person – Helena Ivanov, who moved from Belgrade to England to pursue further education. The documentary discusses how a personality is split in half when one leaves their homeland and moves abroad. In the film, she is seen as speaking from a ‘Serb perspective’ and from an ‘English perspective’ clarifying what she loves and misses in relation to both of her homes.
Helena Ivanov is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economic and Political Science. Before moving to London, she completer an MPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a BA in Politics at the University of Belgrade. Helena has also participated in competitive debating and won numerous prizes, including the European Universities Debating Championship in English as a Second Language.
Sanja Vico (PhD Goldsmiths, University of London) is concerned with ordinary or banal expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism among Serbian Londoners on digital media. Based on her findings, most participants perceive Serbian national identity as stigmatised due to the legacy of the civil war in the 1990s. Most participants hence employ different strategies in digital media environments in coping with the perceived stigma and redefining what it means to be Serbian. These strategies depend on the period of migration and choice of platform, and although all participants share an orientation to the Serbian identity, what it means to be Serbian and their expressions of identity may vary considerably. Dr Vico’s findings also suggest that social surveillance on social media significantly shapes the ways these participants use different media platforms. Accordingly, we can distinguish between identity performances on publicly oriented platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and privately oriented platforms such as WhatsApp and Viber. Manifestations of banal nationalism and banal cosmopolitanism on publicly oriented platforms often aim at correcting or redefining national identity, whereas the predominant manifestations of banal nationalism on privately oriented platforms often lead to reinforcing national identity.
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