Culture vs. Conflict in Kosovo

  The curtain is about to go up on a politically-charged version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Belgrade. Although the Kosovo war ended in 1999 and Kosovo declared itself independent from Serbia in 2008, deep divisions between the people of the former Yugoslavian state remain. A joint production of the classic tragedy by Belgrade’s… Continue reading

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Attack on media freedom in Paris

The murder of 12 people at the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7th has a bearing on several themes dealt with in the book. Responses by political elites, journalists, ordinary people and the producers of popular culture produced a wealth of primary source material almost overnight. Reporters Without Borders condemned the attempt by gunmen… Continue reading

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The Politics of Popular Culture

The BBC World website published a piece on February 20th chronicling a bizarre new twist to The Interview story. Read about a correspondent’s reaction to accusations by US human rights activists that he was a ‘boring imperialist’: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31535383. In the weeks following Sony’s release of a comedy called The Interview, tensions rose between the governments of the US… Continue reading

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