14 April 2016

Cultural stories: Lecture by Goran Stefanovski “Tintin in the Balkans”

On 14 April (Thursday) the EU InfoCentre of the Delegation of the European Union organised lecture by Goran Stefanovski titled “Tintin in the Balkans - their clichés about us and our clichés about them”.

The country’s leading playwright, screenwriter and essayist talked about cultural and socio-political stereotypes of the relationship between the Balkans and Europe. The lecture reflected on the clichés and stereotypes shaped by popular media in the example of a Tintin cartoon. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ (French: Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of comic albums created by the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (1907–1983), known by the pen name Hergé.

The series was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. By the time of the centenary of Hergé's birth in 2007, Tintin had been published in more than 70 languages with sales of more than 200 million copies. In one of the issues the story tells of a young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who travel to the fictional Balkan nation of Syldavia, where they combat a plot to overthrow the monarchy of King Muskar XII.

Goran Stefanovski (born 1952 in Bitola, lives in Canterbury, UK) is a prominent playwright, screenwriter and essayist. He founded the playwriting department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, where he was a professor until 1998. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Brown University, USA, and a visiting professor at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2002 he joined Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, as a senior lecturer in screenwriting. Stefanovski is a widely performed and published dramatist with many international awards to his name. He is involved in research of scriptwriting theory and practice, as well as in issues of cultural identity and politics.

More about the lecturer: www.goranstefanovski.co.uk.