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Drakulić on intellectuals during Yugoslaw wars, Rutgers University Conference, 1992 speech

The conference “Intellectuals and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe” took place on April 9-11 1992 at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

On the conference Slavenka Drakulic delievered a speech about the role of the intellectuals in the Yugoslav wars.

Partisan Review (4/1992) published speeches of all participants, who are listed on the  cover. Drakulić’s whole speech can be read on this link (pp. 736-740).

Partisan review_1992

NEW TITLE – Nevidljiva žena i druge priče

In her new collection of short stories Nevidljiva žena i druge priče – Invisible woman and other stories (Fraktura, Zagreb), Slavenka Drakulić poses many provocative questions. We seem to have broken most taboos, but the taboo about aging is as persistent as ever.  Does the old age make us invisible, what happens to our bodies, our relationships to others and to ourselves? How do we cope with pain, forgetting and shame of getting older? What does aging mean for women under pressure to look young and attractive?


The whole first story can be read here. (Croatian only)

And a quick reminder of the 2014 Eurozine text on women’s writing on aging: Flirting with a stranger.