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April 10, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Of Animals and Seas: Yugoslav Geopolitics and Global Space during the Cold War with Tijana Vujosevic

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During the 1950s and the 1960s Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito occupied the High Seas for months, sailing with his fleet to Asian and African countries, which he tried to recruit for the Non-Aligned movement. As part of his diplomatic performance of maritime conquest and international mediation, Tito collected animals-as-souvenirs of embodied diplomacy, which were transported by military ships and collected in a veritable Noah’s Arc – the zoos on the Adriatic island of Brioni. This lecture will focus on these peculiar practices of embodied diplomacy and its entanglements with politics of collecting, transporting, assembling, and safeguarding animals.


Tijana Vujosevic is Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia School of Design, where she teaches the history of the built environment. She specializes in modern architecture and design in the Soviet Union and communist countries. Her book Modernism and the Making of the New Man (Manchester University Press, 2017) examines the production of socialist selfhood.