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The Cold War in Translation: Milovan Djilas in the English-speaking World
During the Cold War, the U.S. government supported the translation of dissident writers from the Soviet bloc, whose writings could not be published in their own countries. One of the earliest examples was Milovan Djilas, a senior Yugoslav official who became disaffected with the dictatorship established by Josip Broz Tito and published books about the pathologies of Soviet-style Communism. The distribution of his works in English translation helped the West in its political campaigns against Communism during the Cold War.

Apr 20, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ellen Elias-Bursać
Independent Scholar and Translator
Ellen Elias-Bursać is a translator, teacher, and independent scholar. She has worked as a language preceptor for Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian at the Harvard University Slavic Department, in addition to intermediate language instruction at the Critical Languages Institute at ASU. In spring 2018, she taught two translation-studies courses at the Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb University on a teaching Fulbright. In spring 2019, she was translator-in-residence at the University of Iowa's MFA in literary translation. For six years, between 1998 and 2010, she worked as a reviser in the English Translation Unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. She served as President of the American Literary Translators Association and contributing editor at Asymptote.
Nadia Boyadjieva
Visiting Scholar @Davis Center
Professor Nadia Boyadjieva, D.Sc., obtained an M.A. in History from Sofia University and an M.A. in Law from the New Bulgarian University. She completed her Ph.D. at Sofia University in 1999 with a dissertation on U.S. policy toward the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2016 she is a Full Professor at the Balkan Studies Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In addition to her posts at the Institute of Balkan Studies, she has been a full professor of international law and international relations (since 2013) and chair of the Department of Comparative and International Law at Plovdiv University since 2012 and retains those positions even after moving to the Institute of Balkan Studies as her primary affiliation. She received her D.Sc. in Law (International Law and International Relations) in 2017.
Mark Kramer
Program Director, Cold War Studies Program @Davis Center