Special issue :Changing Memoryscapes in post- Yugoslav Countries: Social (Re)construction of Places of Memory

Introduction: What exactly do we mean when we think of research of and in the post-Yugoslav space, Southeast Europe, the Western Balkans, "the region (region)", the "former country (bivša država)", or "the neighbourhood (sus(j)edstvo)"? Since the breakup of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), the territory this country once occupied has been intensively labelled with multiple geographical, political and cultural significations. While a spatial turn has impacted the social sciences and humanities globally since the 1980s, there has been comparatively little attention paid to the role of space and geography in the research on identity and nation-building in former Yugoslavia. Therefore, although most of the post-'89 research dealing with Southeast European studies has concentrated on Yugoslav war/post-war studies and identity studies, said research has predominantly focused on political elites and institutions, leaving the agency of individuals and/or groups and their representation unproblematised. Therefore, a bottom-up approach is essential to grasp the other part of the spectrum of the ‘political’ – discursive acts that "involve power, or its inverse, resistance."

Ana Ljubojević

Ana Ljubojević

Ana Ljubojević is a Marie Curie fellow at the CSEES, University of Graz, Austria. Previously, she was a EURIAS postdoctoral fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIAST) in Warsaw and a NEWFELPRO postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration (CEDIM), Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, Croatia. She obtained her PhD in Political systems and institutional change at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. She has conducted research on the mechanisms of transitional justice in Croatia and Serbia and has research interests in memory studies, cultural trauma and social production of memory.

1.What makes Vukovar the place of memory in Croatian mnemonic landscape?
2. Compare official to grassroots memories in Vukovar.
3. Do you know of similar practices outside of the Southeast European context? Discuss and compare.



Southeastern Europe