Ten lessons from ten years: What the United States can learn about democracy and populism from a decade of right-wing party dominance in Macedonia, and how it ended

November 29, 2017
6:30 PM
ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall bldg, Rm 195
Event Description: 

Dr. Rumena Bužarovska received her doctoral degree in Literature at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (UKIM - Универзитет „Св. Кирил и Методиј“) in Skopje, Macedonia.  She is currently serving as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Philology at UKIM.  Dr. Bužarovska also has taught Macedonian in the Critical Languages Institute (CLI) of the ASU Melikian Center.  In 2015, she was a research fellow at the JFK Institute of American Studies in Berlin, Germany, and in 2016, was selected for Ten New Voices of Europe as one of the most interesting writers working in Europe by an international jury for Literature Across Frontiers.  Among her most recent books are My Husband (Skopje: Blesok, 2014), a collection of short stories, and What's Funny: Humor in Short Stories (Skopje: Blesok, 2012). 

Regarding the event, "Ten lessons from ten years...":

"After several years of persistent protests, a decade of silence in the media and widespread fear among its citizens, Macedonia managed to overcome the rule of a strong populist right-wing government which looked like it was there to stay. This decade of rule exacerbated already existing policies that enabled massive corruption, heightened nationalistic tensions, deepened the extent of poverty, caused environmental neglect that resulted in deadly pollution, and ultimately pursued a change of national identity that was embodied in the physical transformation of Skopje, Macedonia’s capital city.  Coupled with an unprecedented wiretapping scandal, these changes paradoxically brought about a rise in social activism and criticism, spurring mass protests that demanded a move towards democracy. This talk aims to examine this tumultuous time for Macedonia, showing what the United States and the world can learn from this exceptional time of political and social turmoil."