Selected writers of Yutlantis will be presented as mapmakers of a trans-ethnic »civilisiation« whose contours may still be seen (in the works of fiction), though the polity that produced it is irretrievably gone. The key reference is the continued aesthetic and ethical legacy of late Danilo Kiš, the »last Yugoslav« writer, and the way »post-Yugoslav« writers drew on and reshaped his use of multiple local stocks of knowledge without being consumed by either.
Aleš Debeljak is a Slovenian writer, poet and cultural critic who teaches Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana. He recieved his PhD from Syracuse University and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been one of the co-editors of the journal Nova revija. His publications include: The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and European Postcommunism (2004), Dictionary of Silence (1999), Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms (1998) and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (1994). He was awarded several prizes including the Slovenian National Book Award. Currently he is a Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.