Book presentation: Generation In-Between

Belgrade 2012 EU trash can

All across Europe one will find members of a generation born into the agony and aporia of the socialist societies of the 1980s. Those who grew up in the Yugoslavia of the 1980s and early 1990s, torn by conflict and crises, can testify first-hand to the horrors of the Balkan Wars. The militant violence that these children and young people endured existentially outweighs any experiences of the social and political upheaval that occurred at that time.

Today, they are young adults who are struggling to meet the challenges of their present and future lives – in the societies that emerged from Yugoslavia and in Austria. In the years to come, following the current crises in Europe, members of this generation will be faced with the task of continuing, intensifying and further shaping – or possibly even initiating – the process of integrating their countries into Europe, even though the European idea is now met with scepticism and indifference by many young adults, particularly in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

ERSTE Foundation and the Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies at Vienna University have joined forces with partners from Austria, Germany and South-Eastern Europe to study and accompany this generation that will play such a pivotal role in Europe’s future from a scientific, long-term perspective.

Our book, “Generation In-Between”, is designed to be an introductory analysis of the history, psychology and politics of this key generation.

We cordially invite you to join us at the book presentation:

Generation In-Between
The Children of the Balkan Wars: Getting to Know a Crucial Generation for Europe

A study by Rainer Gries, Eva Asboth and Christina Krakovsky, in German and English, as part of the ERSTE Foundation Studies series

When: Thursday, 10 March 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Vienna University, Aula am Campus, Altes AKH, Spitalgasse 2, first courtyard, Building 11

Please register for the event here.


7:00 p.m.
Franz Karl Prüller, Chairman of the Board of ERSTE Foundation

7:10 p.m.
The Children of the Balkan Wars: Seismogram of an Ambivalent Generation
Rainer Gries, Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies at Vienna University and Professor at Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna

7:30 p.m.
Dialogue of the Generations: Tito’s grandchildren – The Future of Europe
Young migrants from the successor states of Yugoslavia will be given a chance to have their say.

Azra Hodić, Sandra Radovanović and Matija Tunjić talk about their history and their view of Europe


former Vice-Chancellor Dr. Erhard Busek
The EU’s former Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (2002-2008) is today Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe
former Ambassador Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch
The former High Representative of the United Nations for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999-2002) is currently President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Moderated by Filip Radunović, Programme Europe Project Manager, ERSTE Foundation

The event will be held in German.

Image: Elisa Satjukow, Belgrade 2013.

The event has been recorded and is available as podcast here: