Sitemap

Sofija Stefanovic, Professor Of Physical Anthropology, University Of Belgrade

Face-To-Face With Prehistoric Man

I recently succeeded, while managing the Prehistoric MetaHuman project, to realise one of my childhood dreams: to encounter a prehistoric man face to face. And I would say that the unconditional pursuit of personal dreams, regardless of how crazy or unreal they might be, is the key to my own creative evolution and my joy

You ask me what’s key to someone’s success, what inspires people to create, what drives them. These are all essential questions, so I’ll try not to write too much about what’s on the surface and, instead, attempt to describe the core of my inspiration. On the surface is my formal biography, which, as the poet would say, “was wonderful and there was plenty of it”. As a scientist and professor of physical anthropology at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Philosophy, I’m happy to be able to say that my project on prehistoric maternity – BIRTH, was the first project from Serbia to receive support from the European Research Council.

The projects that I’ve managed enabled the hiring of 25 young people, while I’ve also amassed lots of mentoring work and numerous scientific publications. I recently succeeded, while managing the Prehistoric MetaHuman project, to realise one of my childhood dreams: to encounter a prehistoric man face to face. And I would say that the unconditional pursuit of personal dreams, regardless of how crazy or unreal they might be, is the key to my own creative evolution and my joy. And when we are joyful, success arrives like some unimportant consequence of our jubilation. And it is precisely the importance of jubilation to our lives that, for me, provides one of the most important insights that we should not wait for inspiration.

I stopped by to You, voila. From a dream, the truth calls. And when at daybreak all realities are acquired, One verse comes to me To say: nothing seen really is. And a poem slows before dawn And look – all is white already. In your presence, Truth springs. With a verse I stopped by to see you.

That is to say that inspiration does not reside somewhere in the outside world and we shouldn’t wait for some muse of grace to touch us. The entire world is already within us, and while we answer the seemingly simple question of who we are, parts of the world open up within us like buds that we don’t see if we’re focused on the external world. I answer the question of who I am while in silence (to my most powerful teacher) I create poems and pictures. Art is the central pillar of my world and my knowledge of self, the healer of all doubt and strife, but through it I also reach new scientific and other ideas. That’s because, when you are creating, you cease to be an individual limited by your biography and gain the freedom in which all the blessings from “God’s Garden” become yours too. That’s the very reason that I essentially agree with Štulić when he sings “art makes you stronger than you assume”. Unfortunately, it took me many years to realise that, when creating, it isn’t important whether the picture is ultimately “nice” and the song “beautiful” (which prevented me from creating for a long time, because my distinct lack of talent meant that I always found the result of my creativity discouraging). I now know that it is the very process of creation that’s important, and inspiration flows the instant I dip my pen in ink. Or rather, I don’t wait for someone or something to inspire me, rather I start the process of creation and different universes thus begin opening up to me.

I’ve already stated that poems don’t have to be beautiful, rather that it’s important for us to create them, so here I gift your readers a poem that isn’t beautiful, but during its creation I defined some new projects that I hope you’ll soon be writing about in CorD.

Related Articles

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Serbian Silence

For Putinophiles, but not necessarily for Vučić, the ideal is to repeat the scene from the NATO aggression of 1999, when SPS Secretary General...

Mirek Dusek, Member Of The Executive Committee; Head Of Europe, Eurasia And The Middle East At World Economic Forum

Life in a New Geopolitical Era

We live in very fast-paced and extremely interconnected world in which the effects of the war in Ukraine reverberate around the countries of the...

H.E. Raúl Bartolomé Molina, Ambassador Of The Kingdom Of Spain

Laying The Foundations Of Future Cooperation

Spain confirmed its unconditional support to Serbia’s territorial integrity, and also its support to Serbia’s European Union accession negotiations, particularly the opening of Cluster...

How will the Ukraine conflict impact on Serbia’s place in the international community?

Storm In The Backyard

Whenever and however the current conflict in Ukraine comes to an end, there’s no doubt that the Western Balkans and Serbia will be hit...

Aleksandar R. Miletić, Research Associate At The Institute For Recent History Of Serbia, Executive Director Of The Center For History Studies And Dialogue

Verbally In The West, Mentally In The East

The foreign policy turnaround of Vučić’s regime, like the one that occurred at the time of the signing of the Brussels agreements, could pay...

Aleksandar Popov, Director Of The Centre For Regionalism

It Would Have Been Better If We’d Chosen One Stable Chair

If the war in Ukraine persists, the post-election period will most likely see Serbia have to choose between one of the two chairs that...

Boško Jakšić, Journalist

On The Brink Of A New Cold War

In a country where almost everything is dependent on one man, the choice of Serbia in the west or Serbia in the east also...

Vladimir Gligorov, Economist And Political Scientist

Awaiting The Assigning Of Destiny

How political changes will look following contrasting outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine within certain countries, especially Serbia, will depend primarily on political decisions...

More...

Jelena Bojović, Director Of The Centre For The Fourth Industrial Revolution; NALED Programme Development Strategist

You’re A Lawyer? No, I’m A Molecular Biologist

When I enrolled at the Faculty of Biology in 1995, in the Molecular Biology and Physiology course, my dad, who was very concerned but...

Slavimir Stojanović, aka Futro, Designer, Illustrator, Visual Artist

Shoulders

Am I to die?What horror!Am I to die?What horror!And maybe I’m one that won’t.Horror. These verses by Ana Đurić Konstrakta, from her masterpiece Nobl, transport...

Iva Petrović, Director Of The Nordic Business Alliance In Serbia

Embracing Uncertainty, Facing Fear

As I embark on my new journey at the Nordic Business Alliance, I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had in my life and...

Dr Ivana Simeonović Ćelić, Art Historian, Full Professor Of The Belgrade Faculty Of Fine Arts In Retirement, Director Of Zepter Museum

Shining Light In The Darkness

The future is uncertain and the past is still unfolding. I don’t know what’s been the most important element on the path of my...

News

EU Agrees On Rules To Tame Crypto Market

The European Union has agreed on ground-breaking rules for regulating crypto assets, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, as the...

The EIB And Unicredit Promote Socially Inclusive Employment And Entrepreneurship

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and UniCredit Bank Serbia (UniCredit) have officially launched a €30 million credit line aimed...

Investments Yet To Convert Into Significant Bilateral Trade

Although trade cooperation between the U.S. and Serbia remains below the level of a billion dollars, the two countries...

New French Investments Expected

The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Serbia marked a turning point in the development of economic relations...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

EU Agrees On Rules To Tame Crypto Market

The European Union has agreed on ground-breaking rules for regulating crypto assets, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, as the...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

Iran Applies To Join BRICS Club

Iran, which holds the world's second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia,...

Scottish Government Seeks Independence Vote In October 2023

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish parliament would publish an independence referendum bill with...

Ambassador Thomas Schieb: Sanctions On Russia Will Help Serbia Progress

German Ambassador to Serbia Thomas Schieb said that democracy, freedom of thought and expression, independent institutions and human rights...

EU Agrees On Rules To Tame Crypto Market

The European Union has agreed on ground-breaking rules for regulating crypto assets, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, as the...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

Iran Applies To Join BRICS Club

Iran, which holds the world's second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia,...

Scottish Government Seeks Independence Vote In October 2023

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish parliament would publish an independence referendum bill with...

Ambassador Thomas Schieb: Sanctions On Russia Will Help Serbia Progress

German Ambassador to Serbia Thomas Schieb said that democracy, freedom of thought and expression, independent institutions and human rights...