Serbia and Yugoslavia at the World Fairs (1): 1885-1939

Ever since the world was sufficiently globalised to allow for a common cultural language of admiration for technology and industry in mid-19th century, there have been expositions which allowed every country to show their might, progress and peculiarity on the world stage. It all started with the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace of 1851, inside the Hyde Park, which dazzled the inhabitants of the … Continue reading Serbia and Yugoslavia at the World Fairs (1): 1885-1939

Pokretači #142 Radomir Lazić o Fruškogorskom lipovom medu

Radomir Lazić je nastavljač porodične pčelarske tradicije i proizovđač izuzetnog Fruškogorskog lipovog meda u Beočinu. Pričali smo o pčelarstvu, sve gorim uslovima za pčele i tome kako je Društvo pčelara “Jovan Živanović” iz Novog Sada uspelo da zaštiti lipov med. Beleške Društvo pčelara Jovan Živanović Fruškogorski lpov med i drugi zaštićeni proizvodi Vrškare Pratite Pokretače i na iTunesu, TuneIn, Stitcheru i YouTubeu, kao i na Spotify-u, a i slušajte nove epizode … Continue reading Pokretači #142 Radomir Lazić o Fruškogorskom lipovom medu

Belgrade to Novi Sad on Soko express

Train travel used to be the stuff of nightmares in Serbia. While I was in highschool I remember packing up lots of food for a 90km train ride to Novi Sad, while any attempts to venture further – to Zagreb and Budapest (both about 400km away from Belgrade) – were day-long out trips in crappy trains that stopped in crappy stations. I n a lot … Continue reading Belgrade to Novi Sad on Soko express

Pokretači #136  Srpski DNK projekat i istraživanje porekla sa Nikolom Vukosavljevićem

Nikola Vukosavljević je Glavni urednik Srpskog DNK projekta, koji je deo širih aktivnosti genealoškog ruštva Poreklo. Pričali smo o tome šta DNK analize mogu i ne mogu da nam kažu, zašto su moćna alatka u istraživanju istorije i arhelogije, iako podložna misinterpretacijama. Beleške Srpski DNK Projekat i Poreklo O političkim debatama oko korišćenja DNK u arheologiji Lep kanal o praistorijskim temama i migracijama Pratite Pokretače … Continue reading Pokretači #136  Srpski DNK projekat i istraživanje porekla sa Nikolom Vukosavljevićem

High speed rail, tragic romances, socialist extravaganza and breathtaking views: Where to go in 2022?

In the past two years, Serbia was enjoying being rediscovered by its citizens thanks to COVID travel restrictions. As everybody “did” various spas, visits to the Uvac canyon, hikes on Stara mountain and dipped Bela Crkva lakes, one could wonder if there is anything else that remains to be visited? Thankfully, yes – and this year I decided to recommend places that were hiding in … Continue reading High speed rail, tragic romances, socialist extravaganza and breathtaking views: Where to go in 2022?

Hidden Belgrade (65): Three forgotten townhouses

Belgrade’s democratic and indomitable spirit is probably to credit (or blame, depending on who you ask, and what you think) for frequent turnovers of its elites. For example, in just one neighbourhood, playful Ottoman townhouses of Zerek – currently referred to as Dorćol – in which the Muslim merchants languored on divans – gave way to mostly sober neoclassical houses of late 19th and early … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (65): Three forgotten townhouses

Lust for lustracija

Pre par meseci sam bio deo grupe sa pametnijim, finijim i pristojnim ljudima od mene, i jedan od naših zadataka je bio da zamilsimo idelanu budućnost Srbije, u kojoj je ona oslobođena bilo kakvih stega, što unutrašnjih, što spoljašnjih. U tom, nažalost ne preterano izglednom, scenariju vrlo nalik na onaj opevan u Lenonovom Imagine, je bilo sve moguće: svetske sile su se dogovorile da puste … Continue reading Lust for lustracija

Belgrade Post-Modern: Ruins at the End of History

“The only way for us to become great, or even inimitable if possible, is to imitate the ancients.” Johann Joachim Winckelmann  “As is the case with the weather: rain and storms from the West reached us and so did Postmodernism. At the very beginning of Postmodernism, a great conference was held in Zagreb on that topic, which identified vectors and positive values ​​of the movement … Continue reading Belgrade Post-Modern: Ruins at the End of History

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Karafindl: The Nutshell Times Good Kafana Guide

Given that the culinary scene in Serbia not only expanded, but changed sufficiently to attract the interest of Michelin guides, a few friends and I lamented the receding prominence of good Serbian kafanas on the culinary landscape. Yes, this is probably overly nostalgic and curmudgeonly, however once one hits a certain age, has had the chance to taste enough varied dishes and has been overcharged … Continue reading Karafindl: The Nutshell Times Good Kafana Guide

Culture War, Yugoslav style: Remembering 1971 Congress of Cultural Action

In this year of many big anniversaries – 80 years since the beginning of WWII in Serbia, 60 years since Ivo Andrić received the Nobel Prize for „The Bridge over the Drina“ – there is a strange silence about one of the most interesting event in Serbian culture which now celebrates its 50th anniversary: the 1971 Congress of Cultural Action n Kragujevac.   The Congress … Continue reading Culture War, Yugoslav style: Remembering 1971 Congress of Cultural Action

Occupation in 2-6 Pictures (2): Strahinja Janjić – a traitor’s traitor

On July 28th  1942, 36 year old Strahinja Janjić was taken to the infamous Banjica camp, on the charge of planning to assassinate Milan Nedić, the head of the puppet government that was helping the Germans control “German occupied territory of Serbia”. Banjica, ran in tandem by the Gestapo and Nedić’s government, claimed more than 3,800 lives and was the place where anti-fascist Serbs, Jews … Continue reading Occupation in 2-6 Pictures (2): Strahinja Janjić – a traitor’s traitor

Pokretači #123 Monika Lang o ilustracijama, stvaralačkom putu i stranputicama

Monika Lang je jedna od najboljih ilustratorki u ovom, sve boljem, polju u Srbiji. Pričali smo o njenom stvaralačkom procesu ali i putu koji je sama krčila kao free-lancer do nekih od najboljih grafičkih rešenja u proteklih par decenija kod nas.  Beleške Džef u Veneciji, smrt u Benaresu – Džef Dajer Intervjui sa pokretačima Majstora i Margarite i Zaokreta (Monikini više nego zadovljni klijenti!) Suveniri … Continue reading Pokretači #123 Monika Lang o ilustracijama, stvaralačkom putu i stranputicama

Vrnjačka Banja: Remembrance of Things Past

Driving down to Vrnjačka Banja, on a hot July day without a working AC in my car, like we did in our Lada in 1990s, was my Madeleine moment. I was there only once before – with my maternal grandparents in May 1990 – when they decided to christen me on the sly to avoid my atheist father’s protestations, which made that trip have an … Continue reading Vrnjačka Banja: Remembrance of Things Past

Pokretači #121 Stefan Tošović o akcijanju i akciji u sportu i medijima

Stefan Tošović je čovek iza Akcijanja u akciji, jednog od najboljih novih medijskih projekata koji približavaju sport, fitnes ali i druge discipline gledaocima. Stefan, inače bivši urednik Men’s Healtha Srbija, je podelio i svoje uvide u svet fitnesa i medija, dve industrije koje su se ozbiljno promenile u protekloj deceniji. Beleške: Stefanov osvrt na sport tokom pandemije Intervju sa Stefanom Kneževićem Stol kod Bora Pratite … Continue reading Pokretači #121 Stefan Tošović o akcijanju i akciji u sportu i medijima

Hidden Belgrade (64): Community spaces

I only noticed Romansa, a Dorćol institution, when a friend of mine casually said it is where her mum likes hanging out with her neighbours. I probably ran and cycled past it hundreds of times – my wannabe yuppie fitness fervour very much at odds with the languor of its patrons, who, no matter the time of day, hung out in its pleasant tiny overgrown … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (64): Community spaces

From biosphere reserves to industrial boom towns: Where to go in Serbia in 2021

Although travel destination listicles are traditionally made at the start of the year, I do thing differently… and these times are different, as at the start of the year we had little idea of how much we could go around at all. So here it is, the ultimate list of places you have to see in Serbia this… or else… Kragujevac Modern Serbia’s second capital … Continue reading From biosphere reserves to industrial boom towns: Where to go in Serbia in 2021

Homosexuality in Serbia through the Ages

One of my first encounters with the concept of other sexualities was when, as kid visiting my grandmother`s tiny summer house in Montenegro I was walking around the yard and pointed to a far-away house on a land neighbouring ours and asked who lived there. „That was cousin M.`s house…“ she said, somewhat darkly, unlike her eager explanations of who else lived in the 20km … Continue reading Homosexuality in Serbia through the Ages

RETVRN: Remembering the Serbian Middle Ages

One of the most commonly heard, yet, as it often happens, misattributed, Churchill quotes about the Balkans is that its nations „produce more history than they can consume“, always irritated me for both of its condescending and exoticizing attitude. What is that makes Balkan history so indigestible? Isn’t it the case that it is hardly only the Balkan people’s who shaped this region’s history (and … Continue reading RETVRN: Remembering the Serbian Middle Ages

Идентитетска економија

Свако ко бира да своје ограничено време на Земљи проводи пратећи дискусије у традиционалним и друштвеним медијима о култури и политици у Србији и суседству, а поготово на Западу, није могао да избегне пораст у броју, али и жару дискусија о идентитетима – етничким, полним, сексуалним – то јест о ”политикама идентитета” (Identity politics).  Плодне за изношење најразличитијих ставова јер сви имамо по нешто да … Continue reading Идентитетска економија

Pokretači #116 To Ginfinity and beyond

Tijana i Boris Faćol iz Subotice su jedni od prvih proizvođača zanatskog džina na sve “uzavrelijem” srpskom tržištu. Pričali smo o njihovom putu od rakije do džina, nagradama koje su osvojili sa svojim sjajnim kreacijama kao i o Subotici, vrlo jedinstvenom i divnom gradu, koji je sve više na preduzetničkoj mapi. Beleške:Ginifinity sajt (ginfinity.rs/) i instagram (www.instagram.com/gin_finity/)O Subotici: thenutshelltimes.com/2020/03/03/whe…erbia-in-2020/Još jedan Subotičanin pokretač : thenutshelltimes.com/2018/10/30/pok…grad-subotica/O Rakiji: thenutshelltimes.com/2020/11/09/pok…anom-radomanom Pratite Pokretače … Continue reading Pokretači #116 To Ginfinity and beyond