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Invitation to Defense of Đejmi Hadrović

Event Label
Organisational Units
Fine Arts
Location Description
Online via Zoom

The Institute for Fine Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna kindly invites you to the defense of Đejmi Hadrović's dissertation project Sexuality and its Manifestation in Post-Yugoslav Cinematography.

The Examination Panel is made up of: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Elke Gaugele (chair), Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Marina Gržinić (first supervisor), and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Menyhért (external appraiser, Budapest University of Jewish Studies).


The discursive framework in which I approach the theory of the representation of sexuality
in post-Yugoslav cinema is based on feminist theory, queer and bio/necropolitics. In order
to arrive at an analysis of post-Yugoslav sexual identities as the main topic of my dissertation, I start from the history of sexuality and feminism in the West and compare it with the current feminist post-Yugoslav context. In my dissertation I deal with the problem of representation of gendered and queer identities in the field of current post-Yugoslav space, especially in the medium of film. The term sexuality in the title of the dissertation is primarily the subject of research. I question all those forms of sexual behavior and gender identification that cannot be identified with heteronormativity—the traditional patriarchal model of heterosexuality and the distribution of gender roles. Drawing on gender theory, queer theory, and the theory of bio- and necropolitics, I address the problem of the representation of the gendered body and queer bodies in films of the 1990s in the context of ten selected films. In the third part, I address the indefinable or the undefined that has been wrongly defined. In this case, it is the territory of the Balkan(s). Then I extrapolate the directions of cinema and define what cinema is in a socio-political context. The last part focuses on the analysis reflected in cinematic narratives from the region.

Keywords: sexuality, feminism, queer, biopolitics, global capitalism, necropolitics, post-

Short biography

Đejmi Hadrović was born in 1988 in Trbovlje, Slovenia. She had obtained her Bsc in Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of University of Primorska in Capodistria, Slovenia. As part of Erasmus exchange, she studied philosophy at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She holds an MA degree from Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. Since several years Hadrović has been living and working in Vienna, where she has been pursuing a PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts. In her academic work as well as artistic practice, Đejmi dissects and defies stereotypes pertaining to gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. She was among the artists in residence at the KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna in 2017 and received the Austrian chancellery scholarship. In 2018 she was awarded Förderungspreise der Stadt Wien [Sponsorship award of the City of Vienna] and, in the year 2022, she won Nagrada skupine OHO [OHO Young Visual Artist Award] in Slovenia.

Please join us for the defense presentation. The event will take place online.

Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting-ID: 644 2600 3401

We are looking forward to welcoming you.