Bryanna Hocking graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a PhD in Irish Studies in 2013. Her doctoral thesis, The Great Re-imagining: Public art, urban space and the symbolic landscapes of a ‘new’ Northern Ireland, examined the politics of artistic interventions in post-conflict regeneration and peace-building programs. While at the WZB, she will carry out ethnographic field work on the role of art and the ‘tourist gaze’ in the post-communist evolution of the Berlin Wall into a site of cultural capital and civic pride. This work extends on previous research related to the artistic transformation of a prominent security barrier in Belfast, and as such is intended to produce a comparative journal article. The recipient of the Anthropological Association of Ireland’s 2011 postgraduate essay prize, Hocking holds a bachelor’s from Georgetown and a master’s from the University of Limerick, where she was a George Mitchell Scholar. A former staff writer for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Hocking has also worked as a radio producer and embassy researcher.
Srdjan Radovic is a research associate of the Institute of Ethnography SASA (Belgrade) and a PhD in cultural anthropology (2012) from the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Philosophy). He is the author of one book, editor of a themed volume, published a dozen scientific papers and several critiques and translations. He was a member of six research projects pursued in several Balkan countries, a member of two journal editorial boards, and presented at numerous conferences. Srdjan’s current research interests mostly focus on issues of memory culture and related national identity building in former Yugoslavia, especially with regard to spatial (renaming of public places and memorial heritage development) and museum practices. His research stay at the WZB will enable him to further inquire into transnational aspects of memory discourses and cross-border transfers of institutional practices aimed at creation of public remembrance of socialism in Central-East Europe, and develop this data into articles.