In her workshop Tijana Stevanović discusses the international, voluntary Youth Working Actions (YWA) from 1948 in New Belgrade as foundational for establishing the longest surviving self-management experiment in Yugoslavia. At stake is what she calls the ‘figures of hospitality’ set against establishing order through means of hostility. Her take on Derrida’s notion of hospitality thus opens a discussion into concrete forms of political organisation, whereby notions of foreignness, enmity or even the self could be traversed.
Tijana Stevanović is a researcher in architectural humanities, based at the UCL, Bartlett and the UCA, Canterbury School of Architecture, with a background in architecture and cultural studies. She completed her PhD thesis in 2018 at Newcastle University, titled ‘Incorporating Self-management: Architectural Production in New Belgrade’. It interrogates challenges posed for traditional hierarchies in architectural production during the development of self-management in Yugoslavia, 1950-1989. Tijana previously initiated collaborative projects that are concerned with the limits of representation of labour and care. Her research is published in edited volumes: Architecture and Feminisms(2017), Industries of Architecture(2015), Pedagogies of Disaster(2013), etc.
Reading the Enemies is a series of workshops where invited speakers present readings of their enemies: texts or arguments that are in opposition to their own politics. The workshops allow the participants to engage head-on with the political aspects of intellectual and artistic practices. While scholarly work normally tends to downplay, if not bracket, subjective positions, Reading the Enemies aims to bring such positions to the fore. The aim of the project is to create a collective space for the production of shared political opinion.