Migration in the Arts and Sciences

A detail from the postcard titled The Roma People in Peć

Original project title:

Migration in the Arts and Sciences



September 2017 – February 2019



This project focuses on migration to, from and through Europe and explores its impact on European culture. The materials related to this topic have been published on Europeana within a thematic collection. The National Library’s contribution included three sub-collections: Jewish Periodicals, Roma Journey and Miloš Crnjanski. Also, our institution hosted the migration-related collection days for the first time, as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.


Project Partners:

  1. Europeana Foundation, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  2. Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Netherlands
  3. Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  4. National Audiovisual Institute, Poland
  5. National Archives of Hungary, Hungary
  6. Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Lithuania
  7. National Library of Serbia, Serbia


Project Team at the National Library of Serbia:

  • Tamara Butigan Vučaj (Coordinator)
  • Tatjana Domazet (Assistant)
  • Laslo Blašković
  • Ljubomir Branković
  • Milena Đorđijević
  • Vesna Jovanović
  • Irena Opanović
  • Sladjana Marinković
  • Masha Miloradović
  • Olga Mitrovic
  • Biljana Pantelic

Project Outcomes:

Thematic collection published on the Digital NBS

Contents published on Europeana:

NBS materials were promoted through a blog, an exhibition and a gallery:

Romani People in Europe” (a gallery, photographs selected by Maša Miloradović)

People on the Move” (an exhibition, content from the NBS collections selected by Tatjana Domazet and Tamara Butigan)

Miloš Crnjanski: A Literary Life of Migration and Exile”, a blog by Dr Milena Đorđijević (translated into English by Tatjana Domazet)

Migration Collection Days

As part of this project and the broader campaign of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the National Library of Serbia hosted the Migration Collection Days in collaboration with Europeana.

Individuals were encouraged to share their migration tales, whether tied to work, education, love or something else. Each personal story was coupled with a letter, postcard, snapshot, book, garment, or any other tangible memento. These items were promptly scanned or photographed. The narratives, alongside these digitised objects, were showcased on Europeana’s website, adding to the migration-themed collection. As a result, this collection not only houses materials from diverse European cultural institutions but also embraces the personal anecdotes shared by citizens across Europe.

Europeana Migration Collection Day, Belgrade

Read the collected stories on Europeana

Students from the Metropolitan University photographed the mementos related to migration stories and curated a digital exhibition of their family photos showcasing expatriate experiences, displayed in front of the Amphitheatre.

As part of this event, the Library also hosted a panel discussion titled “MIGRATION STORIES”, with Kayoko Yamasaki, Dana Todorović, Stevan Tontić, Žarko Radaković and Dragan Dedović. They delved into discussions about how objects act as witnesses to migrations, explored the causes and consequences of migrations, reflected on the evolution of one’s identity before and after migrations, contemplated the concept of belonging and examined the influence of migrations on literary creativity.

Радно време

понедељак – петак од 8.00 – 20.00
(поручивање публикација 8.00 – 19.00)

субота од 8.00 – 15.00
(поручивање публикација 8.00 – 14.00)

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