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About Adem Ferizaj

Adem Ferizaj was born in Kosovo, raised in Germany, and is studying international relations at Sciences Po Paris. He started writing for the newspaper Franz Kafka wrote for in his time. He is also a freelance journalist writing for Kosovo 2.0BalkanistPrishtina InsightDer Standard and other publications. Follow him on twitter @ademfer.

Articles by Adem Ferizaj

This week’s editors

“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Albanian rap and hyper-masculinity

Albanian rap songs are hugely popular in Albania, Kosova and Macedonia, shaping mainstream ideas of masculinity. But will a new generation of rappers pose a challenge to these norms?

Elona Kastrati: fame, feminism, and sanitary pads

Nineteen-year-old Elona Kastrati became internet-famous overnight, after she hung sanitary pads covered in feminist statements in a German city centre on International Women’s Day. Then she moved to her parents’ homeland – Kosovo.

Kosovo's 'real men'

The Be a Man project by the Kosovan NGO Peer Educators Network uses workshops and art to provide young Kosovans with an alternative understanding of masculinity.

Haveit: Kosovo’s conscience disguised in performance art

Haveit, a Kosovan art collective consisting of four young women, use their performances to explore gender and social issues.

Unidentified Serbian war criminals, and Albanian mass graves, exposed in new documentary

The 2015 documentary The Unidentified addresses the unexposed massacres in the Peja area, and the still-unidentified corpses of Albanian victims, which were transported to Serbia. 

Albanian male feminists: do they exist?

If your father is an Albanian patriarch, your socialisation makes it particularly difficult to be a feminist as an Albanian man. Yet, there are Albanian men with feminist sensitivities.

Re-telling stories: Alice Munro’s portraits of Albanian hearts

The Nobel Prize winner’s exploration, from afar, of Albanian women’s lives layers upon a history of female stories, and story-telling, and a resistance that expresses itself in a kind of fierce joy.

An insight into Bosnia and Herzegovina’s male and female survivors of wartime rape

The 2014 documentary Silent Scream addresses the issue of wartime rape during the Bosnian war – and the diverse difficulties survivors continue to face today.

Wartime rape is no longer kept under wraps in Kosovo

Two recent milestones in Kosovo – an official monument recognising women’s suffering during the Kosovo War, and an art installation commemorating wartime rape – shows that change may be coming to a topic long taboo in the country.

Haki Stërmilli’s 'If I Were a Boy': the first Albanian feminist manifesto

Haki Stërmilli 1936 novel If I Were a Boy portrays the contemporary problems of Albanian society that stem from a misogynistic mindset, and deserves to be (re-)read today.

The texture of patriarchy in Kosovo

The architectural ugliness of Prishtina and the near-impossibility of serious flirting in Kosovo’s nightlife both stem from the power monopoly of men, and the abuse of it – to the disadvantage of women. 

A window into women’s experiences in Kosovo

Isa Qosja’s latest film ‘Three Windows and a Hanging’ sensitively explores the taboo subject of the aftermath of war rape in Kosovo

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