The Liverpool Salon – Migrations

Friday 6th October, 2017 – 7.30pm to 9pm at Ullet Road Unitarian Church L17

When: Friday 6th October, 2017 – 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Where: Ullet Road Unitarian Church, L17

Vanessa Pupavac and Mladen Pupavac led a fascinating discussion about Migrations by the Serbian novelist Milos Crnjanski, in the light of the current migrant crisis in the Balkans.

A leading writer of Serbian modernism, Milos Crnjanski was born just north of what is now the Serbian-Hungarian border. Haunted by themes of exile and migration, much of his writing resonates with the experience of migration in the Balkans today. Published in 1929, Migrations is set on the Habsburg military frontier in the 1740s, an area which is now part of the Western Balkans migrant route north to Germany and other northern European Union countries. The novel tells the story of two brothers who have left their native Serbia to escape the domination of the Ottoman Turks. Cold-shouldered in the Austrian dominions of Empress Maria Teresa, their goal is to settle among the Slav peoples of Russia.

He was tired of migrating, tired of the restlessness that plagued the people he led as much as it plagued him. If he left the army, he would have to join his brother and travel as a tradesman from town to town, his daughter in tow; if he remained in the army, he would still be forced to travel, his duty being to pacify the migrating populations.”

Vanessa Pupavac is an associate professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She previously worked for the UN Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.

Mladen Pupavac is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the School of Politics and International Relations. Mladen previously worked as a translator for the UN International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Liverpool Salon was launched in May 2014 as part of a global network, based in cities as far a field as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Zurich, aimed at fostering thought-provoking conversations around contemporary political and cultural issues in convivial surroundings.

Migrations by Milos Crnjanski; Translated by Michael Henry Heim. London: Harvill.