Dona Kolar-Panov 


Dr Dona Kolar-Panov

Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (CRCC) October 1996 to February 1997 


A/Prof. Magdolna Kolar-Panov of the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia was most recently a Visiting Fellow in the CRCC in the School of Humanities. 

Dr Kolar-Panov holds an Honours degree and PhD from Murdoch University. In her undergraduate degree at Murdoch she double majored in Communication Studies and Chinese Studies. While at Murdoch University Dr Kolar-Panov taught in a range of units. Upon completion of her PhD, A/Prof. Kolar-Panov entered academia in the Republic of Macedonia at a senior level and has developed a significant publication profile. The book of her Murdoch PhD --Video, War and the Diasporic Imagination- (Routledge)- was launched in Perth at the Cultural Studies Conference in December. 

Dr Kolar-Panov spent her time at the CRCC: 

During her stay Dr Kolar-Panov gave a CRCC Seminar entitled "Crowded Skies over Macedonia" based on her recent research with Dr Kevin Robins of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University (UK) into Macedonian Media and Culture in transition. She also delivered a paper at the Australian Cultural Studies Conference entitled "Electronic Memories". 

Dr Kolar-Panov's 1994 essay "Ethnic Cleansing, Plastic Bags and Throwaway People" can be read in "The Culture and Communication Reading Room". Dr Kolar-Panov's work fits very well within the research interests of the CRCC and we were delighted to have her attached to the CRCC for this period.


Video, War and the Diasporic Community

First Edition

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies 1

ISBN 0 415 148804 Video, War and the Diasporic Community is an incisive study of the loss and (re)construction of collective and personal identities in ethnic migrant communities. Focusing on the Croatian and Macedonian communities in Western Australia, Dona Kolar-Panov documents the social and cultural changes that affected these diasporic groups on the fragmentation of Yugoslavia. She vividly describes the migrant audience's daily encounter with the media images of destruction and atrocities committed in Croatia, and charts the implications the continuous viewing of the real and excessive violence had on the awakening of their ethno-national consicousness. The author provides a valuable and unique insight into how migrant cultures are shapped and changed through the recepption and assimilation of images seen on video and television screens. Using the combination of close and powerful semiotic analysis of video texts with an informed account of social, political and historical contexts, Kolar-Panov recalls the complex relationships between ethnicity, technology and the reconstruction of identity. 

288pp. In the USA US$69.95; in Europe 47.50pounds (UK).