Tag: nationalism

To be Gay is to be a Person: Why Real Orthodoxy Liberates – a Romanian Case Study

Like many other Eastern European countries, Romania draws on its Orthodoxy to communicate its ideas about gender and sexuality, and these are typically conservative in nature. Yet Eastern Orthodoxy has also invited alternative philosophical approaches to being a human person – approaches which liberate rather than become entangled with nationalist…

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Op-Ed: Liberalism, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union

Can liberalism rescue Bosnia and Herzegovina from nationalism-driven politics? Senad Osmanovic says yes. The discussion surrounding the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina has for years been at a stalemate, where old ideas and phrases get refashioned in Brussels, and returned to the country in new ​packaging. These packages promise economic development, prosperity, reforms,…

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The Week in Fear and Demagoguery

Nationalism and militarism: on the rise across the region again.  Paranoia reigns in the Balkans. Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina have completely broken down now. Kosovo’s parliament passed a resolution suspending all dialogue with Serbia until former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, wanted by Serbia on war crimes charges, is…

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A Conversation with Leandrit Mehmeti and Branislav Radeljic, Co-Editors of Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences

Leandrit Mehmeti and Branislav Radeljic Co-editors of Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh University Press, 2016)   Do you think that the series of provocative events since October/November 2014 in Serbia (namely the flag incident during the Serbia-Albania football match, the controversial visit of Albania’s…

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“Brancusi is Mine”: Modernist Sculptor as National Hero in Romania

The Romanian government has launched a new crowdfunding campaign so the public can pitch in to purchase a sculpture by the country’s most famous artist. But critics say the artist’s memory is being manipulated by state authorities to promote a nationalist agenda that stretches back to the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. …

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Queer As Turbofolk (Part VII): Gender And Performance 2

Queer as Turbofolk Part VII’s second installment of gender and performance examines the sexuality of so-called ‘older women’ and drag. Read part one of gender and performance for more. “Estrada opposes the social order that by definition puts the taboo on the sexuality of older women,” writes Olga Dimitrijevic – summing…

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Comfortable Narratives, Difficult History: The Troubled Legacy of Croatian Symbols and Nationalist Narratives

Nationalist narratives from WWII, resurrected during the 1990s War of Independence, continue to plague Croatian political life, with many potential consequences for the region. On Tuesday, Croatia marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm (Operacija Oluja) by holding a military parade in Zagreb, memorializing the ‘liberation’ of the country and…

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