UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


The meaning of Mira Furlan

03 February 2021, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Mira Furlan

SSEES Seminar Series in Southeast European Studies presents, The meaning of Mira Furlan. A panel event.

This event is free.

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The recently departed Mira Furlan (1955-2021) was a legend of Yugoslavian theatre and cinema, representing the hopes and visions of a generation both through her artistic work and her political and social engagement. Ousted from her job at the Croatian National theatre and driven from her home by a vicious campaign of threats and media defamation, she remade her career in the United States, where she achieved success in popular television series including Lost and Babylon 5. For many people in the region she remains an icon of artistic quality, integrity, and courage in the face of adversity.

Her passing is a moment to consider not only this extraordinary artist but the issues that she confronted and partly conquered: the role of the artist in a conflicted society, the complex interaction involving socialism, nationalsm and culture, the constrained representation of women and gendered relationships, and the parts of the society that have survived the transformation of cultures into mutually hostile camps. Our panel of cultural scholars and creators/critics of culture will consider Mira Furlan’s contribution and the current condition of cultural life in the region. The panel includes:

Sanjin Pejković, associate professor of film studies, Dalarna University

Sara Renar, singer and songwriter 

Vera Mijojlić, Southeast European Film festival – Los Angeles

The panel will be moderated by Eric Gordy, Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology.