The 4th Week of American Culture and Society Begins


The 4e American Culture and Society Week, organized by the Center for American Studies, started today and will run until April 2, 2022 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade.

American heroes, superheroes and anti-heroes are the themes of the conferences to be held at the Faculty.

“Professors from the Department of History, Sociology, Art History, Ethnology, Anthropology and Psychology will give a series of lectures on American heroes, superheroes and antiheroes, through which they will give a lot of information on American history, culture and society. Although these workshops are primarily intended for students in the Faculty of Philosophy, they are also open to anyone interested in learning more about the cultural and social history of the United States,” says Simona Cupic, professor in the Department of History of Art from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade.

Thomas Jefferson, Sitting Bull, famous and anonymous civil rights activists, environmental heroes, Scarlett O’Hara, Blade and Captain America, plus many Marvel heroes, offer answers to questions about racial equality and gender, activism, art and popularity. Culture.

Professor Cupic notes that they all have America in common, but the differences are many, and it is from these differences that we understand how many different “heroic” stories there are.

“In other words, it becomes clear that there is not just one America and that any attempt to create a single image is in fact based on stereotypes, insufficient knowledge and prejudices. The basic idea behind this initiative is to draw attention to these differences through dialogue that leads to a true understanding of America – from the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and civil rights movements to the BLM (Black Lives Matter), from the American dream to the Kennedy assassination, from the suburbs to the prairie to McDonald’s to NASA, from cowboys to Berkeley. Studying and deconstructing unreliable and popular ‘knowledge’ is important for our students as a model for thinking about social phenomena in America and abroad,” says Professor Cupic and adds that visits to Kinoteka (Yugoslavian film archives ) are also planned during the 4e American Culture and Society Week.

(Politics, 28.03.2022)

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