Dubravka Ugrešić's archive was donated to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam

Yesterday (23:00) In today’s world, the concept of home has changed, and accordingly the idea of ​​exile. Dubravka Ugrešić’s archive was donated to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. , a foundation that bears her name and is based in Amsterdam. Courtesy of the foundation, I received permission to publish Dubravka Ugrešić’s statement about her decision to donate her archive to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, writes Sinan Gudžević. Part of the Dutch literary community might consider my archival “gesture” culturally “inappropriate”, because I do not write in Dutch (so I am not a Dutch writer). However, the traditional idea of ​​belonging (most often based on the author’s nationality or ethnicity) is changing. Many writers today do not live in their “countries” or “homelands”. In addition, the concept of home has changed, and consequently the idea of ​​exile. Home is no longer home, exile is no longer exile, many of us have become “migrants” or “potential migrants”. This new constellation must initiate a new articulation or reinterpretation of the roles or guidelines of many literary “institutions.” For example, whose writer is Jhumpa Lahiri, a London-born Indian, US citizen who recently decided to write– in Italian? Which “archival” institution will receive her archive as a gift or buy it (which is the practice in the US): Indian? England? American? Or Italian? My biography consists of the experience of several cultural circles: Russian (due to my academic study of Russian literature), Yugoslav (the unique experience of writing in one language that was violently split into four languages, and in four other literatures: Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian and Montenegrin). , and Balkan, European and American experience. Today, my writing “life” could be considered a disadvantage, and tomorrow it could be an advantage. Today’s culture seems to be “migratory”. I am a “self-exiled” author living in a globalized world. News Similar news 20.11.2022 (18: 00) They want to arrange a complex with bars, restaurants, rooms for sex workers and a health center Amsterdam wants to move the Red Light District, but no one wants it in their neighborhood Amsterdam city authorities want to replace the Red Light District with a multi-story “erotic center”, but none of the citizens want it in their yard. Plans to relocate and reorganize were launched last year to tackle worsening problems, crime and “dangerous levels of overcrowding” in the area, the Guardian reports. “The red light district is one of the oldest and smallest parts of our city, but at the moment it is full of stag parties and tourists harassing sex workers,” said Ilana Rooderkerk, head of the local party D66 Strategy is to design a luxury building with one hundred rooms for sex workers , bars, restaurants, but also a health center. Although the city government proposed as many as eight possible locations, from the business district to the Haven-Stad harbor, the residents of Amsterdam did not decide on any of them. Jutarnji 16.112022 (13: 00) Port cities had a big role in the development of capitalism Pepijn Brandon: Amsterdam was deeply involved in the economy of slavery There is a very strong tradition that basically claims that capitalism goes hand in hand with the development of the modern state, which is a bureaucratic state . War initiates the development of such a state, and a bureaucratic state is particularly effective in conducting war. However, the recent history of war and capitalism shows us that there is no clear line between state bureaucracy and private companies in the organization of warfare. This was obvious to me when I started writing the book, in the wake of the American invasion of Iraq, when the role of large private organizers of the war could be seen. But these types of institutions were present throughout the entire history of capitalism, and in the Netherlands they were particularly dominant. Amsterdam was one of the main centers of organizing global commercial slavery, a place of aggressive colonial power. Its mayors really intervened in colonial politics. In the 17th century, Amsterdam owned a third of the Dutch colony of Suriname directly, not through a company. News 09.112022 (19: 00) Bubble barrier Bubble barrier solves the issue of canal pollution in Amsterdam An obliquely placed pipe with numerous holes at the bottom of the canal has a strong air supply and a thick curtain of bubbles is created that stops floating waste on its way to the open sea. Various organic debris, lighter plastic items, packages slide down the curtain towards the large metal container, i.e. the cage at the end of the pipe. Garbage is regularly collected and sorted by tugboats on the river, and private and tourist boats, fish and animals can always pass this dam unhindered. Research shows that this method removes 87 percent of waste from the water. Nacional 06.052021 (19: 30) Sex shopping center Amsterdam wants to build an erotic center outside the city. Mayor Femke Halsema also aims to improve the conditions of sex workers, she is looking for a partner with whom the graduate would build the so-called a five-story family erotic center outside the city, with a strip bar, clubs, and about a hundred rooms, a place where sexual services would be provided legally and safely. 06.032018 (15: 30) Great idea Canal cleaning as a tourist attraction in Amsterdam Due to the increase in plastic waste in the famous canal in Amsterdam, several citizens decided to start tours that introduce you to the city, but also help clean the Amsterdam and Rotterdam canals. The initiative was started 7 years ago by Marius Smit, who founded the association Plastic Whale, which promotes and helps clean the city’s canals. A full suitcase, Guardian 15.042017 (12: 45) They are forced to eat only tulips Amsterdam: Among the best in the world in reducing childhood obesity The city of Amsterdam is among the leaders in the world in stopping the obesity epidemic, especially among children, thanks to a radical and wide-ranging program that it shows results even among the poorest communities, which are normally the most difficult to help. Amsterdam has the highest level of obesity in the Netherlands, with a fifth of children obese, but from 2012 to 2015 the number of obese and overweight children fell by 12%, with the most impressive drop being among the lowest socio-economic groups. The newly introduced rules that led to the changes are simple and cheap– it is forbidden to bring fruit juices to school, and water is promoted, it is forbidden to bring cookies and sodas to school birthday celebrations, at extracurricular activities Coca Cola and McDonald’s sponsorships are prohibited, etc. Guardian 21.03.2016 (19: 10) Good cops Night watchmen keep order in Amsterdam In order to put an end to the noise and disturbances on the famous Rembrandtplein square in Amsterdam, the city authorities hired a group of so-called. night watchmen who make sure that people do not drink outside, do not defecate in public places and do not cause problems. Toulouse, Zurich and Paris and London follow their example. Guardian 26.11.2015 (22: 40) How long do they need to evaporate? European bicycle theft championship Bicycle thieves are a common occurrence in Europe. The team from Welovecycling.com organized a “bicycle theft championship” in three European cities, to see how long it takes thieves to steal a bike. They put a higher quality bike in the frequented places in Amsterdam, Rome and Prague– and they didn’t lock them. The record holder was Amsterdam, where thieves needed only 22 minutes to steal a parked bicycle, followed by Rome, where they needed 67, and Prague turned out to be the “fairest” because no bicycle was stolen at all. Each bicycle was equipped with a color bomb that was activated as soon as it was stolen, and the brass trio would accompany the act of theft with appropriate fanfare (video). WeLoveCycling.com

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