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Friday, February 11

Mastering ‘Expanded Reproduction’: Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
4:00 pm
Ognjen Kojanic
Baker Hall 336B, CMU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History

The concept of “expanded reproduction” was part of the widespread system of workers’ self-management in socialist Yugoslavia. It emphasized that the growth of society’s needs was dialectically connected to the growth of production. In practice, it meant that Yugoslav workers would decide how to invest the surplus they produced and engage politically with their communities. This talk, based on ethnographic field work, focuses on the workers of ITAS, a metalworking company, and their ideas and practices.