Lecture Series: Historical and Current Developments in Southeastern Europe and the Near East
The lecture series “historical and current developments in Southeastern Europe and the Near East” draws on the lecture series “Southeastern Europe—Historical Anthropology” which were held between 2003 and 2008 and invited international scholars to talks and workshops in Graz. The current series seeks to highlight current international research at the University Graz by inviting an interdisciplinary mixture of renown scholars to Graz. It thus seeks to encourage academic exchange , to provide younger researchers in Graz with the opportunity to discuss cutting edge scholarship and to anchor Graz as a centre for research on Southeastern Europe. The lecture series is co-organised by the Centre for Southeast European Studies, the Centre for the Study of Balkan Societies and Cultures and the Centre for Southeast European History.
Although often perceived pure decoration, design has a wide potential of being an agent of change in society. How much responsibility lies on the shoulders of designers and whether we should be mere observers of activists?
In consideration of the relationship between the basic notion that defines the contemporary economy - politics - culture my attempt is to articulating three starting points. The first determines the acceleration of complex digital age that I will call technosphere.
In the spirit of consumer culture that marked the sixties, the Croatian Republic of Yugoslavia recorded a sudden development of the textile industry. New business strategies, such as the association of textile and ready-made factories in the sixties, provided a great industrial progress.
Lecture challenges common approach to sustainability as given in natural environment only. An issue of sustainable social environment is offered by way of analysis in social criticism and conceptual thinking within the field of design theory and design practice as linked opposite.
Focusing on the interplay between art, design, and cultural activism in the city of Bihać, this presentation examines the multilayered and complex issues of social instability caused by the so-called transition, collapse of industry and depopulation.
War in Croatia lasted from 1991 to 1995. Shortly thereafter, monuments dedicated to those who took part in it began to emerge. The lecture will present a kind of inner view of the process of making monumental plastics in Croatia with the presentation of concrete examples.