Protiv Nenormalnog: An analysis of the #protivdiktature Protests in the Context of Memory Politics of the 1990s in Serbia

April 2017 saw a wave of large demonstrations in cities and towns all across Serbia, following the victory of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in the first round of the presidential elections, held on 2 April. With the largest demonstrations taking place in Novi Sad, Niš and Belgrade, with simultaneous protests in smaller towns as well, thousands of students (referred to as “the Facebook generation”) gathered in the streets marching against the “dictatorship” (Protiv diktature). This slogan spread first as the hashtag for the demonstrations on social media networks, and later in general reference to the events.

Orli Fridman

Orli Fridman


Orli Fridman is the Academic Director of the School for International Training (SIT) Study Abroad program in the Balkans (Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo) and a lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS). Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the internal dynamics of societies in conflict, memory work and memory activism in societies in and after conflict, the role of social memory studies in teaching and researching conflict transformation, and critical approaches to encounters of groups in conflict.

Srdjan Hercigonja

Srdjan Hercigonja


Srdjan Hercigonja holds an MA degree in Political Sciences-International Politics from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. He works as a junior researcher at the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University. Working within the field of peace and conflict studies, his current research is focused on conflict transformation in post-Yugoslav countries, collective memory in post-conflict societies, and relations between art and politics in the context of war and genocide.


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