Belgrade Baroque

  • Marko Jobst


This text, composed of two layers, brings together queer auto-fictions with the architectural histories of an elusive Serbian Baroque in the city of Belgrade. It explores the issues of heteronormativity, nationhood and religion. It is an autofiction that places special emphasis on the siting of memories in Belgrade, Serbia – Yugoslavia as it was – and focuses specifically on the Cathedral Church of Archangel Michael, one of the rare examples of what could be understood as second generation Baroque architecture in the orthodox Christian country. The desired aim of the broader project is to perform an act of queering of the Serbian ideological, national and religious frameworks, of Belgrade and its buildings, and of academic modes of relating architectural and urban histories. An aspect of this process was the approach to illustrations, which are textual: the footnoted fragments that run alongside the main narrative thrust of the text are simultaneously its illustrations and their own captions. Sometimes reflexive, at other times tangential, they hint at a second level of research that lies beneath the seemingly literary treatment of the piece.

The text is introduced by a reading compiled by Naomi Stead


A. Ignjatović, U srpsko-vizantijskom kaleidoskopu: Arhitektura, Nacionalizam i imperijalna imaginacija 1878-1941 (In the Serbo-Byzantine Kaleidoscope: Architecture, Nationalism and Imperial Imagination 1878-1941) (Beograd: Orion Art & Univerzitet u Beogradu, 2016).

B. Vujović, Saborna Crkva u Beogradu (The Cathedral Church in Belgrade) (Beograd: Narodna Knjiga, 1996).

S. Pop-Lazić, Nekropole rimskog Singidunuma (The Necropoles of Roman Singidunum) (Beograd: Singidunum No. 3, 2002) 1-70.

Vujović, Saborna Crkva u Beogradu, op. cit. (note 4).

S. Velmar-Janković, Kapija Balkana (Gateway to the Balkans) (Beograd: Stubovi Kulture, 2011).

P. Davidson, The Universal Baroque (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007).

Barokni Beograd (Baroque Belgrade) (Beograd: Arheološki Institut Beograd & Muzej Grada Beograda, 2019).

Author Biography

Marko Jobst

Marko Jobst is a writer and researcher based in the UK. Until recently he was Architecture Undergraduate Theory Coordinator at the Department of Architecture and Landscape, Greenwich University, London. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from Belgrade University and MArch, MSc and PhD from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in Architectural History and Theory. He has practiced architecture in Belgrade and London and taught at a number of London schools of architecture. He has published on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and creative/performative writing, and is the author of A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (Spurbuch AADR, 2017). He is the co-editor of Architectural Affects: After Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge, 2020/21) with Hélène Frichot, and is currently working on a series of queer fictions.

How to Cite
JOBST, Marko. Belgrade Baroque. Writingplace, [S.l.], n. 3, p. 76-92, dec. 2019. ISSN 2589-7691. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2020. doi: