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Footnotes on Europe: Dubravka Ugrešić and ‘t Barre Land on the fear of the intellectual

In 1991 the war in former Yugoslavia broke out. Writer Dubravka Ugrešić stood up against the nationalism and the xenophobia that was spread. It resulted in her fleeing her home country Croatia. Horribly enough, history seems inclined to repeat itself and today we see a nationalistic spectre haunting Europe, accompanied once again by anti-intellectualism. Universities for instance are vilified by many populist leaders. Together with writer Dubravka Ugrešić and ‘t Barre Land we look at present-day Europe and discuss how nationalism endangers the freedom of art, thought and culture.

This evening we talk with internationally praised writer and literary scholar Dubravka Ugrešić. She has written extensively about these and other topics. She has described her work as footnotes by the major events in Europe. She is known a.o. for Ministry of Pain (2005), Karaoke Culture (2011) and Europe in Sepia (2014) and more recently Fox (2017) and The Age of Skin (2019) appeared.

The conversation with Ugrešić will be alternated with fragments of 1991, the theatre play by collective ‘t Barre Land. A piece based on the work of Ugrešić. 1991 floats between fiction and autobiography, it is a play with memory and language.

The programma will start at 20:30 at De Balie (Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10) in Amsterdam. The programme is in English.
Tickets and more information can be found at: https://debalie.nl/agenda/footnotes-on-europe/

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Dubravka Ugrešić

Dubravka Ugrešić

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