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Mediantrop - Instead of a Foreword – 6

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Mediantrop No. 6

April, the month that saw our special edition devoted to the work of Dušan Makavejev, is also the month of our regular, trimonthly issue. This speaks of the Board of Editor's need to persevere in publishing intriguing regional investigations and analyses of the current cultural practices. We also have new contributors and in this respect we are more than pleased that the young Roma scholar, Marija Aleksandrović, has started writing for Mediantrop. We expect her new contributions in the forthcoming issues. Most research on Roma culture is carried out in Vojvodina, as is, incidentally, the case with research on all other ethnic communities. Our Vojvodina editor, Ileana Ursu, is particularly interested in presenting the greatness and significance of all ethnic communities in the province.

Iztok Sitar, a strip artist and comic strip historian, brings us “Stoletje slovenskega stripa” [A centennial of Slovenian strip], to the joy and delight of the fans of the "ninth art" in the region at large. Snježana Banović, a Mediantrop co-editor presents a portion of her study, "Kazališni umjetnici u NDH – između totalitarizma, spektakularizacije i umjetnosti" [Theater artists in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) – between totalitarianism, spectacularization and art]. A title intriguing enough to draw the attention of researchers of state and theatrical practices in the whole region and a rare female theatrologist to undertake to explain what is going on behind the scenes of state politics in the theater.  

No less intriguing is Irena Jukić Pranić's introduction to the globally important book, Ženski strip na Balkanu [Women's strip in the Balkans], published by Fibra, Zagreb, in 2010. This exceptional book of strips by 24 female Balkan cartoonists had a run of a mere 500 copies. At least 5,000 copies of it should have been printed on account of how valuable and needed the book is, but there was not enough money. This is only the beginning of our paying homage to this publishing project.

Milan Vlajčić and Greg deCuir review Skerlić's celebrated film Top je bio vreo [So Hot was the Cannon].

Serbian theatrology is again represented by one of the best, Zlatko Paković. His text, "Patriotic All-around," is a compilation of his three reviews for the daily Danas and provides a cross-section of pro-national delusions and achievements in interpreting cultural heritage.

Macedonian authoresses Goševa and Vaseva are a testimony to an exciting theatrological scene in Macedonia.  So far, all our Macedonian female contributors have been most warmly welcomed on the pages of Mediantrop. It is so essential that we be in touch, so that we may stay in touch with all the parts of the region.

Those of you who, issue after issue,  have been following the texts by Olga Zirojević, who is employed as a historian, but is also a prominent regional ethnologist, will be more than pleased with her text about the national dish, burek. Food culture is an important sociolinguistic domain within ethno-anthropology.

The appearance of our new contributor, saxophonist Dušan Petrović, with a text based on an uncannily lucid international culturological platform, emphasizes our need to collaborate with as many artists as possible who express their ars poetica in a direct and easily understandable manner.

Last but not least is Rajko Grlić's text "Moj filmski rečnik" [My dictionary of film]… at a time when Belgrade TV Studio B is showing his Yugoslav films once a week.

                                                            Zorica Jevremović Munitić