Past, Present and Future of the Balkan Migrations in Countries of Central and Western Europe


Opening: 6. April 2017, 5 pm

6. ‒ 7. April, conference and film screenings
 ‒ 13. April, exhibition 
Museum of Yugoslavia
Botićeva 6
11000 Belgrade

Thursday, 6. April, 5 pm  Opening Ceremony:

Conference participants Boris Buden, Vladimir Ivanović and Želimir Žilnik will symbolically play the game EUROPOLY   The European Union Identity Trading Game (an art installation from 2004 made in the format of a social game like Monopoly) by Serbo-Austrian artist Dejan Kaludjerović.

Created in the form of a social game inspired by Monopoly, this piece of work is questioning the position of immigrants in the EU, the very idea of the EU, as well as the gap between the ideal and the practical. Non-EU citizens working in the EU have been photographed and presented in EUROPOLY through their professions. Luck, to a great extent, determines the possible rise or fall of the ’players’ who wish to become part of the EU and acquire new European identity.

The European Union defines European identity as something that is provided only within the Union and only to the European Union citizens, although Europe does not end at the borders of the Union. However, the EU does have the huge power to define European identity, to set up the rules of the game others have to join. The consumer society of the European Union has created a rule that ´everything is for sale’, including even the notions of our identities.

Thursday, 6. April

6 pm ‒ debate: “Jugodojč”

Participants: Tatomir Toroman and Vladimir Ivanović
Moderator: Ivan Velisavljević

7 pm  debate: “Parallel Stories

Participants:  Boris Buden
Moderator: Ljubica Gojgić

8 pm  Film screenings: “Kennedy returns home” and “Kennedy lost and found” by Želimir Žilnik


Friday, 7. April 

5 pm  exhibition tourJuga, my Juga Gastarbeiter stories,” guided by Tatomir Toroman, co-curator of the exhibition, and EUROPOLY conference participants Boris Buden, Vladimir Ivanović and Želimir Žilnik.

6 pm  debate: “Critical Communities in Exile”

Participants: Boris Buden and Vladimir Ivanović
Moderator: Filip Balunović

7 pm  debate: “Future of Migration”

Participants: Želimir Žilnik
Moderator: Ana Otašević

8 pm  Film screenings: “Unemployed”, “Inventory” and “Fortress Europe” by Želimir Žilnik

Installation EUROPOLY will be on display from 6. 13. April.
Applications for participation in the game EUROPOLY are made through the e-mail address:

The program is free of charge.

More about EUROPOLY
Past, Present and Future of the Balkan Migrations in Countries of Central and Western Europe

EUROPOLY – A series of regional conferences present a multidisciplinary project that tackles the important issue of migrations mainly from the Western Balkan region to the countries of Central and Western Europe, starting from the great waves  of economic migrants (so-called Gastarbeiters) in the 1960’s, over to refugees and brain drain caused by Yugoslav conflicts of the 1990’s, to the most recent refugee crisis.
The mission of the series of regional conferences EUROPOLY is to explore and map the rich social, cultural and artistic impact that this long-drawn-out migratory wave has left on the region of the Western Balkans and the countries that are most often migrants’ final destinations.
Emigration and dislocation from the country of origin often raise many questions, such as the question of return, belonging and as well as what are the consequences that this process leaves on one’s identity.

The project is implemented in a co-relation with the currently ongoing exhibition in the Museum of Yugoslavia, Juga, my Juga Gastarbeiter stories, dedicated to Yugoslav workers who were temporarily employed in Austria and Germany. The exhibition is a part of a broader research project connected to 50 years since the signing of the Agreement about hiring the workforce from Yugoslavia with Austria in 1966, and Germany in 1968.

Conference participants:
Boris Buden  Writer, cultural critic, professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus University, Weimar
Vladimir Ivanović ‒ Historian with research areas in labor and refugee migration from the former Yugoslavia, lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of South-Eastern European History
Želimir Žilnik  Film director, a pioneer of Yugoslav Black Wave film movement who in his work deals with the experiences of immigrants, refugees, returnees.


The project is supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, ERSTE Stiftung, Federal Chancellery of Austria, the City Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum in Serbia, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb, Eurocomm-PR GmbH.

Partners: Museum of Yugoslavia, t Goethe-Institut Kroatien, KIC


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