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In Power? Ana Brnabić, Abjection, and Class Privilege

  • Bojan Bilić
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Abstract

During a parliamentary debate held on 23 December 2016, Aleksandar Martinović, the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party caucus, engaged in a homophobic diatribe targeting another member of parliament Marinika Tepić for supposedly opposing the nomination of Danica Marinković for the Anti-Corruption Agency Board solely on the basis of her being a married woman with two sons. An aggressive tirade would not have been anything particularly surprising for a former prominent official of the far right-wing Serbian Radical Party (Srpska radikalna stranka) had he not been interrupted by his party colleague and president of the National Assembly Maja Gojković, who was so determined to prevent him from speaking that she turned off his microphone. In the ensuing commotion Gojković, forgetting that her own microphone was still on, awkwardly whispered “Ana is here”, trying to make Martinović understand that his hateful speech was not appropriate in the presence of Ana Brnabić, who in August of that year became the first openly lesbian member of government in Eastern European history (Petrović 2016, online).

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  • Bojan Bilić
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  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências SociaisUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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