Gallery and Video

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Bolshevik Borders and Post-Soviet Nationalism: A Tale of Two Neighbors

Harrison King From Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, to the ongoing war of attrition in eastern Ukraine, to speculations about a possible Russian incursion into Estonia or Latvia to test NATO’s resolve, talk of borders dominates current discussions about politics in the post-Soviet space. While some conflicts appear to be recent developments with shallower … Continue reading Bolshevik Borders and Post-Soviet Nationalism: A Tale of Two Neighbors

BALKAN CULTURE IS AMALGAM OF SEPHARDIC CUISINE AND MUSIC

Interview with David Albahari By Natasha Sardzoska David Albahari (1948 - ) is a Serbian writer with Sephardic Jewish origins. He was born in Peć, has graduated at the University of Belgrade and lived in Zemun in Serbia and Calgary in Canada. He also a literary translator from English. His collection of short stories Description of … Continue reading BALKAN CULTURE IS AMALGAM OF SEPHARDIC CUISINE AND MUSIC

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” John Locke

In the run-up to the conference on ‘Borders and administrative legacy’, an interdisciplinary summer school which I attended last July came to my mind. Annually, the Paris-based Centre interdisciplinaire d'études et de recherches sur l'Allemagne (CIERA), the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies in Wrocław and the Department of History of Eastern and … Continue reading “Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” John Locke

The Turks and Tatars from the Romanian Dobruja region as ambiguous ethnographic subjects: reflexivity on a research angle shif

This text is a reflective exercise on the shifting research approaches in the ethnography of two Romanian minority groups, which possibly coincides with an ontological shift in an anthropologist’s vision on a profession. These two groups – Turks and Tatars - inhabit partly Bucharest and mainly Dobruja, a historical and geographical region in Romania and … Continue reading The Turks and Tatars from the Romanian Dobruja region as ambiguous ethnographic subjects: reflexivity on a research angle shif

DWELLING IN BORDERLINE, FEELINGS OF BEING UPROOTED

Interview with Slavenka Drakulic[1] Natasha SARDŽOSKA Natasha Sardžoska, (Macedonia, 1979) poet, journalist, interpreter, translator (FR, EN, IT, ES, PT, MK), is currently a PhD candidate, researching nomadic artists from the ex-Yugoslavian countries at the Karls Eberhard Universität Tübingen, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Università degli Studi di Bergamo in the frame of the Erasmus Mundus … Continue reading DWELLING IN BORDERLINE, FEELINGS OF BEING UPROOTED

Old Believers in Estonia and Ukraine: On the Borders Between Tradition and Modernity

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to visit two communities of Old Believers: the villages along the western bank of Lake Peipsi in Estonia and the village of Bila Krynytsya in southwest Ukraine. Despite being geographical far apart, I was struck by a similar juxtaposition which occurs in both communities regarding … Continue reading Old Believers in Estonia and Ukraine: On the Borders Between Tradition and Modernity

Borders and what they do: lessons from a lost Habsburg province

Why write about a province that has long ceased to be and is currently divided between three states?  Irina Marin explains why she wrote about the historic Habsburg province of the Banat of Temesvár[1] Well-hidden behind the title Contested Frontiers in the Balkans: Ottoman and Habsburg Rivalries in Eastern Europeis a monograph of the Banat … Continue reading Borders and what they do: lessons from a lost Habsburg province