Everyday Art in Postwar Bosnia


Kate Parker Horigan (Western Kentucky University)

Accepting that ordinary people use tradition to “create the future out of the past” (Glassie 1995), folklorists look to tradition in contexts of crisis to see both how people remember conflicted pasts and how they envision their future. This paper builds on folkloristic scholarship on everyday art to contextualize fieldwork in present-day Bosnia. The presentation will focus on how three women use creative work—including gardening, sewing, embroidery, cooking, and knitting—to reckon with the suffering of the Bosnian war (1992-1995) and attempt to build a different future than the one that their past appears to dictate.

Part of 36-04 Nostalgia, Memory, and the Everyday Arts, Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm