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Serbia, Montenegro and Republic of Serpska

January – June 2008


  1. New courses and new centres:




  • The first Centre for Canadian Studies opened at Megatrend University, Belgrade, coordinated by professor Slobodan Pajovic, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation.


Marija Knežević, PhD, Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, University of Montenegro:

  • An Introduction into Canadian Literature

  • Canadian Short Story




2. Conference participation


  • Vesna Lopicic. Globalizacija: od utopije do utopizma (Globalisation: From Utopia to Utopism). Druga multidisciplinarna konferencija Jezik, književnost, globalizacija u organizaciji Departmana za anglistiku Filozofskog fakulteta u Nišu, Niš, Srbija, 19. april 2008.




  • Vesna Lopicic. Problem stereotipa u ratnoj književnosti: dva kanadska romana (The Problem of Stereotype in War Literature: Two Canadian Novels). Nauka i nastava na univerzitetu, Naučni skup povodom dana Filozofskog fakulteta, Pale, Univerziteta u Istočnom Sarajevu, Pale, 17-18. maj 2008.




  • Dusan Stamenkovic. The Clash of Continentalism and Globalization and the Semiotic Fight for the Survival of Canadian Identity. Jezik, knjizevnost, globalizacija:




3. Academic publications


  • Vesna Lopičić, Aspects of Autobiography: The Book of Revenge. SVEN, Niš, 2008. 163 stranice (monografija) (ISBN 978-86-7379-158-6; COBISS.SR-ID 149782028).




  • Vesna Lopičić. “Memories of Identity in Simić’s Yesterday’s People.” History, Politics, Identity: Reading Literature in a Changing World, Edited by Marija Knežević and Aleksandra Nikčević-Batrićević. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. (pp.73-89) ISBN (10): 1-84718-509-6, ISBN (13): 9781847185099 (sa Milenom Kostić)




  • Vesna Lopičić. U potrazi za (jezičkim) identitetom, Srpski jezik 13-1-2, godina XIII, Beograd, 2008. (sa Tatjanom Paunović) ISSN =354-9259


4. Visiting lecturers


English Department, University of Montenegro, organised the following lectures:


Professor Victor Kennedy, University of Maribor,

  • “Canadian Historical Fiction“, February 19, 2008;


Professor Michelle Gadpaille, University of Maribor,

  • “Exploring Native Canadian Writing,”

  • “Canadian Short Fiction: Approaches and Strategies,”

  • “Body Politics in Margaret Atwood,” February 19-21, 2008;


Professor Vesna Lopičić, University of Niš,

  • “Rudy Wiebe, 'Where's the Voice Coming from?'”,

  • “Margaret Laurence, ‘To Set our House in Order’”,

  • “Alice Munro, ‘Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You’”,

  • “Margaret Atwood, ‘The Man from Mars’”, March 18, 2008.



5. Grants


Vesna Lopicic. FEP grant for the proposal: Fiction IntoFact: From Literature to Culture.


6. Young Canadianists


  • Masters Thesis, Dušan Stamenković. ’Provincialism, Gothic, Grotesque: Davies’s Fifth Business and McCuller’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter’. Defended on September 6, 2008 at the Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. Supervisor, prof. Vladislava Felbabov. The board: prof. Vesna Lopicic and prof. Vladislava Gordic Petkovic.




  • Diploma Thesis, Ilijana Sasa: Serbian Writers in Canada. Accepted 15 April 2008. Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis. Supervisor, Prof. Vesna Lopicic.



7. Cultural activities related to Canada organised by the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade coordinated by His Excellence, Mr. MacDougal and Ms.Olgica Marinkovic, Cultural and Academic Relations Officer:


* The Canadian Embassy, Belgrade City Assembly and the Culinary Association of Serbia organized an Orthodox Christmas lunch for over 100 residents of the shelter for homeless adults and old people in Belgrade.
* HOM attended the presentation ceremony of the digitalisation project at the Serbian military archive on 4 February in Belgrade with Assistant Minister of Defence Dusan Spasojevic who thanked Canada for its generous contribution.
* HOM and other Embassy representatives conducted an active media campaign to promote the fund-raising concerts by the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the Belgrade youth orchestra "Borislav Pascan" on 30 March.
* HOM opened the first full-fledged Canadian Studies Centre in Serbia at Megatrend University in Belgrade on 1 April.
* HOM opened the exhibition by Canadian visual artists Biljana Vujicic and Nadia Ionta in Belgrade on 16 May.
* HOM participated in the opening of the Drop-in Center for streets kids in Belgrade, supported from the Canada Fund, on 31 May.
* The Embassy actively supported the "Youth 2 Youth" fund-raising concerts by the Ottawa Youth Orchestra in Canada and the Belgrade Youth Orchestra "Borislav Paschan" in Belgrade. The concerts, sponsored by the North America Serbia Business Forum, raised approximately 15,000 euros for the refurbishment of a Belgrade drop-in centre for street kids.
* The Embassy celebrated the month of La Francophonie in March with a concert by Canadian jazz duo Carmen & David from Québec on 13 March. The Embassy also supported the "dictée de la Francophonie" in Belgrade and it football team competed in the Francophonie tournament on 15-16 March.
* First Canadian Studies Centre in Serbia was opened at the largest private university - Megatrend in April. Prof. Stephen Brooks from University of Windsor gave an introductory lecture on Canadian political culture for this occasion.
* HOM opened the first Canadian film festival in Belgrade on 24 June.  The festival, organized by the NGO ArtLink and in partnership with Belgrade Film Festival FEST, included feature, documentary and experimental films.  The film "Fugitive Pieces" featuring Serbian actor Rade Serbedzia opened the festival.  Other films included Guy Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the world" and several documentary films selected by Canadian filmmaker Nena Toth.   Denys Arcand's "Les invasions barbares" closed the festival on 28 June.  The HOM and other Embassy representatives appeared on a number of TV shows in the week preceding the opening, to promote the festival. Local mobile company MTS (also promoter of Blackberry) was the general sponsor of the event with a EUR10,000 contribution.

Other visiting artists and events

* Four Canadian feature films were presented during the Belgrade Int'l Film Festival - FEST08 in February and March 2008.
* Canadian film director Hossein Fazeli won the Belgrade Golden Plaque at the Belgrade Short and Documentary Film Festival for the film T-Shirt ex aequo in the category of experimental film.
* Canadian violinist Oleg Pokhanovski and pianist Megumi Masaki performed in Guarnerius Art Centre in January 2008.
* The photo art exhibition Literary Landscapes by Canadian artist Stephen Douglas was presented in the OR during the Canada Day reception on July 1.

Academic relations

* Academic and Cultural Officer attended the European Canadian Studies Conference in Grainau, Germany, in February, and a seminar on the new concept of Canadian Studies program in Munich.
* Canadian professor Stephen Brooks from University of Windsor gave a series of lectures on Canadian foreign policy, and Canada-U.S. relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade


8. Translations of books and special issues of journals

- Sergej Macura. Northrop Frye: Fools of Time, Ch. 1 – "My Father As He Slept: The Tragedy of Order", Trag, Vol. XIII, Vrbas, March 2008, pp. 92–119. [Translation includes foreword and explanatory footnotes]


  • Sergej Macura. Northrop Frye: Fools of Time, Ch. 2 – "Tailors of the Earth: The Tragedy of Passion", Trag, Vol. XIV, Vrbas, May 2008, pp. 72–93. [Translation includes explanatory footnotes]

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