Jelena and Christina on the seminar Feminism vs nationalism in Serbia – in cooperation with Kvinna till Kvinna.
Three seminars in two different dresses – Jelena Visnjic, feminist activist from Belgrade, was the star of the book fair in Gothenburg. She spoke about feminism and anti-militarism in Serbia, explained why she is called sex-and-the-city-feminist in the book and talked about feminism as a general political struggle rather than a struggle only for women’s rights. People of all ages came to listen to Christina and Jelena at the International Square at the book fair. Serbia is apparently a hot topic among book- and library lovers in Sweden.
On her last night in Sweden, Jelena was exhausted but also energized.
– My trip to Sweden has shown me again how important it is for feminists to cross borders – both external and internal ones. Through my talks with feminists in Sweden it has become clear to me that the feminist fight is not finished in Sweden either and that victories in the past easily can be lost again through political changes.
Jelena also had the opportunity to discover the very handsome Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, whose book “Ett öga rött” has been translated to Serbian (Oko crveno), and to do some Madonna moves and quotes on the stage, as substitute to being at the concert happening in Montenegro the same day as the book fair. Jelena admitted both to being like a virgin in Sweden, and being a material girl (because it’s a material world, Jelena did some fundraising from the stage for her future research center).
– I got a lot of optimism and energy from people that I met who seem to have a genuine interest in Serbian civil society, who are involved in cultural production and who are big hedonists – it’s a perfect combination, says Jelena.
Jelena on stage in her third seminar – about women human rights defenders – with Annika Flensburg and Gerd Johnsson-Latham from Kvinna till Kvinna.
Christina was interviewed by different media about the coming book. One interview was for Swedish public service radio – in Serbian. You can listen to it by clicking on this link. The interview starts in the 12th minute: