Newspaper Editorial Board

Jasmina Husanovic, theorist of politics and culture and cultural-political worker, Tuzla Towards emancipatory politics of witnessing - politics of the missing and governing trauma through codification/mathematization/depoliticisation at the crossroads of (inter)national regimes of 'therapeutic/transitional justice, lecture/discussion

Mathemes of Re-association, Lecture Room No.2

Newspaper editorial board, 2008.

The newspaper and the editorial board Mathemes of Re-association are informative space to discuss contemporaneity.

The Monument Group is establishing the Editorial Board of the newspaper, which will start working on 26. September 2008, on the opening day of the 49th October Salon, and finish on 9. November 2008, on the closing day of the exhibition.

After two months of work in the exhibition space, the editorial board will publish the newspaper Mathemes of Re-association, which will inform about, and cover the effects of dislocation of the scene of contemporary science and theory from Bosnia and Herzegovina, into Serbia, that is to say, the editorial board space will serve as an intermediary in the debates initiated by these two discourses within Serbia’s public and intellectual space.

In the center of the debates are the following concepts: missing persons, victims, mathemes, traumas, and testimonies — concepts that originated through the discourse of contemporary science and theory in Bosnia and Herzegovina. By dislocating of the scientific and theoretical community from Bosnia and Herzegovina into Serbia, a space is being created for the discussion and collaboration with scholarly, administrative, and theoretical community, and interested public in Serbia.

Within the editorial board space, the content of the newspaper will be presented, considered, and developed in two distinct registers:

–       Contemporary criminological-forensic scientific community of the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP — Sarajevo/Tuzla/Lukavac). During twelve years of its work, using the achievements of complex forensic processes related to the the recovery and identification of persons missing from the Srebrenica genocide, ICMP has developed a forensic method of re-associating persons missing, as well as the unique administrative technique of managing post-war traumas. This method of work has become the globally accepted model for identifying missing persons; it is being used in the cases of missing in the war in Iraq, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, in establishing identity and number of persons missing during the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s, but also for identifying victims of natural disasters: the tsunami in South Asia, hurricane Katrina in the US State of Louisiana, and the typhoon Frank in The Philippines.

–       Register opened by the youngest generation of theorists of politics and culture of memory, witnessing about trauma, and emancipatory policies from Tuzla and Sarajevo. Lectures and debates will open up a field of criticism of political practices of regimes of knowledge and power, placed around the issue of missing persons with regard to the work of the ICMP. This should initiate a debate with international trauma management instances: scientific institutions, forensic-criminological and juridical communities from the perspective of the anthropology of law, cultural production, and literature.

The Monument Group, 2008, September

Damir Arsenijević, culture theorist; Darinka Popmitić, artist; Svebor Midžić, culture theorist; Branimir Stojanović, theorist of psychoanalysis; Milica Tomić, artist.

The main topic of the work of the Monument Group is the politics of memory.

The main working axioms of the Monument Group are:

– discussion = monument;

– there is no memory without politics

The main working axiom, discussion = monument, the Monument Group realizes through developing a strategy of the production of autonomous discussion space, where a debate about ideology and politics of the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia is possible.

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