• Linda Gusia at Summer School as School 2018
Linda Gusia: Representation and Crisis of Visibility – from Memorial to Films

Linda Gusia at Summer School as School 2018
July 24, 2018, 19:00
Venue: Boxing Club

Summer School as School
July 16 – August 2, 2018

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce the presentation “Representation and crisis of visibility –from memorial to films” by Linda Gusia part of Summer School as School 2018 Public Program.

The discussion aims at unravelling the complex relationship between silencing and making the wartime sexual violence visible. By examining the processes of representations in the practices of memorialization, commemoration and the cinematography produced in Kosovo. Public discourse build around the issue of survivors of sexual violence clings to nationalist symbolism of constructing women as markers of nation and conveying the general understanding of sexual violence that evolve around the concept of honour, social stigma and shame. New spaces of appearance follow the same patriarchal and nationalists script that lead to underlying questions: do survivors need to remain silent to be visible in the cinematography and society that wants to narrate women’s stories but mute their voices.

Linda Gusia teaches at the University of Prishtina, Department of Sociology. She received her M.A. from New York University (2003) and her Ph.D. from University of Prishtina (2016). She is currently member of the Steering Committee at the Program for Gender Studies and Research at University of Prishtina. In 2014 she was a fellow at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, nationalism and collective memory in the context of conflict, war and public spaces. As part of her PhD thesis she interrogated ambiguities of nationalism and gender through the lens of the women’s movement in Kosovo and sexual violence as a strategy of war, looking closely at visual and textual representations of the politics of gender. Her recent publications include: Sociología pública y global de los movimientos sociales Breno Bringel y Geoffrey Pleyers (Editores) Capitullo 14 “Te estamos viendo“: protestas y violencia en Kosovo, Michael D. Kennedy and Linda Gusia, We are seeing you - Open Movement, Michael D. Kennedy and Linda Gusia; “Our men will not have amnesia”: Civic Engagement, Emancipation, and Gendered Public in Kosovo” (co-authored with Nita Luci), in “Civic and Uncivic Values in Kosova: Value Transformation, Education, and Media”, edited by Sabrina P. Ramet, Albert Simkus, and Ola Listhaug (CEU Press, 2015); and “Heshtja përkundër njohjes”, Njohja Instituti për Studime Sociale dhe Humanistike, Fakultetit Filozofik, Universiteti i Prishtinës, Prishtinë, 2014.