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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
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
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
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
Interview with Slavenka Drakulic 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
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
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 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
INTERVIEW WITH STEFANO LUSA BY NATASHA SARDZOSKA The unhomelessness – that is the condition of extra-territorial and cross-cultural initiations. To be unhomed is not to be homeless, nor can the ‘unhomely’ be easily accommodated in that familiar division of social life into private and public spheres. In that displacement, the borders between home and world … Continue reading BALKANIZATION OF BORDERS
Preliminary Conference Programme is now online.