Subaltern Studies and Interpretation of Post-Yugoslav Space Cover Image

Subalterne studije i tumačenje postjugoslovenskog prostora
Subaltern Studies and Interpretation of Post-Yugoslav Space

Author(s): Zoran Ćirjaković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: postcolony; break-up of Yugoslavia; subaltern; provincializing Europe; modernization; cosmopolitan liberals; nationalism; Balkanism; Serbism; neoessentialism

Summary/Abstract: This article attempts to show the relevance of the Subaltern Studies for various interpretations of the violent break-up of Yugoslavia and its consequences. 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the South Asian Subaltern Studies Group, which has subsequently grown into one of the most influential schools of postcolonial critique. But, aside from the Women's Studies, numerous useful insights that had been developed by the Subalternists have had here only a minor influence on the interpretations that have often led, instead of delegitimizing negative stereotypes and essentialist narratives of Balkanism, into their ethnocentric reformulations. The article introduces the subalternist discourse of „provincializing Europe“, expressed primarily through representation of European history and experience as particular and culturally-conditioned, as a possible way for „deprovincializing Balkans“ and delegitimizing neoessentialist interpretations that have found a prominent place in the analysis of Post-Yugoslav disorder.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 91-112
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Serbian