Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop

(Socialist Yugoslav Republic of) Serbia: Once Upon a Time There Was One Country (VIRTUAL)

Wed
Oct
28

Liridona Veliu, PhD Candidate, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

The chapter fits within the wider frame of the PhD project titled “Back to the Future: ‘Balkanization’ and the Euro-Atlantic Integration Processes of the Western Balkans”. The main research question I aim to answer is “How does ‘balkanization’ impact the Euro-Atlantic integration processes of the Western Balkans?”. I argue that EU and NATO integration policies towards the Western Balkans continue to be underpinned by the ‘balkanization’ discourse which perpetuates pejorative conceptualizations of the region. Serbia is one of the two case studies of the project, the other being North Macedonia. Each case study is elaborated in two separate chapters which cover different historical key events that are considered crucial in shaping the relationship between the Western Balkans, EU, and NATO, starting from the breakup of Yugoslavia. The main insight derived from the chapter attached and titled “(Socialist Yugoslav Republic of) Serbia: Once Upon a Time There Was One Country” is that the more ‘balkanized’ the Balkans are, the more unified is the West. This, I argue, can also be genealogically located in older historical articulations and continues to be reflected within a Euro-Atlantic integration context which is a reflection and descendent of the same.

For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.

About the Kroc-Kellogg Peace, Conflict, Crime and Violence Workshop
This workshop seeks to integrate and develop collaboration between Kroc and Kellogg scholars focusing on the wide range of peace, conflict, and violence issues. It is intended to be broad in scope including topics such as political and criminal violence, human rights, and transitional justice along with standard issues of civil and international war, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The format assumes that participants come to the workshop having read the paper. A discussant will start the discussion with 5-10 minutes of comments, then the floor is open. These sessions are open to Notre Dame faculty and graduate students. For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.
Workshop Organizers: Guillermo TrejoGary Goertz, Laurie Nathan, Abby Córdova, and Josefina Echavarría Alvarez.

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