Omarska: Call for Presentations Announced

Call for Presentations: Four Faces of Omarska
Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina
21-24 March 2015
We invite papers, performative presentations, and  The call for Local and Visiting a two-day conference Four Faces of Omarska: The Flow of Ideological (Under)Currents, which will take place in the city of Prijedor in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
DESCRIPTION: The title of this cluster points to four constitutive layers in the history of the mining complex of Omarska, located near Prijedor. It was established in socialist Yugoslavia as a large mining enterprise organized according to the principles of socialist self-management; during the Bosnian war Serbian forces turned this mine into the largest internment and torture camp in Bosnia; after the war Omarska was privatized and sold to the steel transnational Arcelor Mittal; and in 2007, the grounds around the mine/camp were used as a film set for the Serbian First World War spectacle St. George Slays the Dragon.
(For more details about the cluster, please see
STRUCTURE: This cluster will feature lectures by invited speakers as well as working groups, panels, papers and performative interventions gathered through this open call for participation. Like its title, the overall structure of this cluster addresses the four historical, political, economic and discursive “layers” we are examining in Omarska. We will dedicate one platform to each of them, and each platform will consist of a keynote by an invited speaker and a panel, round table, working group, or performative intervention. We will have two platforms a day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), and no parallel sessions. That means that the discussion will be very focused and the number of formal presentations limited. However, there will be plenty of opportunities for interactions among all participants in this cluster during working visits to Omarska and other former camp sites in Prijedor’s environs (Keraterm, Trnopolje) and evening gatherings before, during, and after the conference.
LOCATION: The conference will take place in the central area of Prijedor, either in now-dysfunctional department store Patrija or in the vacated premises of a former university nearby.  We will organize activities in other locales in and around Prijedor, in former camp sites in Omarska, Trnopolje and Keraterm, and in the nearby village of Kozarac, which suffered great losses during the war (1992-1995).
LANGUAGES: The official languages of this cluster are Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English. One of our main goals is to facilitate engagement and exchange between local and international scholars, artists, and activists. (Here, by “local” we mean those coming from this region of Bosnia, and also from other parts of the country and from the former Yugoslavia). To that end, we will provide translation to and from local language(s) and English. All of these languages will be treated equally, and CFP will be distributed both in B/C/S and English.
Platform One: Omarska as a socialist self-managing enterprise.

  • Performance and labor.
  • Factory as a form of socialization.
  • Self-managing enterprise as a social unit.
  • Social ownership over the means of production.
  • Omarska in context of Yugoslav self-management.
  • Omarska and the history of Ljubija mines.

Platform Two: Omarska as a camp.

  • Omarska as a new form of camp.
  • Old and new camps.
  • New camp and landscape of the urban.
  • Performance and forced labor.
  • Camp and transformation of social structure.

Platform Three: Omarska and globalization.

  • Violence and/of privatization.
  • Transnational capital and national capitalism.
  • War as transition.
  • Social, state, and private ownership: transition in Yugoslavia and other Eastern European countries.
  • Performance and deregulation of labor.

 Platform Four: Omarska as a film location.

  • Performance archeology and film location.
  • A/historicity of landscape.
  • Cultural production and normalization of violence.
  • Cultural production and colonization of the past.

Anticipated number of participants: 100.
Deadline for proposals is 31st October 2014, responses will be sent out by 15 November 2014.
Send your proposals and inquiries to:


The call for Local and Visiting Correspondents is also now available here.

Tags: Class Labor Economy and Performance  Disaster Recovery Resilience and Performance  Memory Testimony and Performance  Performance Studies in Europe  Performance Studies in Languages Other Than English  War Trauma Migration Diaspora and Performance  

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