The attempts to escape the
nightmare of Stalinism provoke false fantasy alternatives, of vacuous
democratic participation or individual freedom. NSK works through elements of
the revolution betrayed, and in the process, instills anxiety about what is
real, and about what must be given up.
The current wave of protests in Bosnia may represent the birth of true activist citizenship. These movements discover new forms of collective organisation and explore the most fundamental questions for any society, namely social justice and equality for all. What happens in Bosnia will not stay in Bosnia.
In the last months, a wave of protest and anger has swept through
Slovenia, as thousands of people challenge the corrupt and out-of-touch
political elite of a country that was once considered the wunderkind of democratic
transition in the region.
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.
In addressing Catalunya's call for autonomy, the EU and Spain must remember lessons from Slovenia’s case for independence. There are clear parallels between the situation in Spain and that of Yugoslavia in the late 1980s.
paper of the workshop, Creating publics,
Creating democracies (seethis week's theme) explores the elusive nature of ‘the public’ in
relation to global governance and global civil society; how it is being
appropriated, invoked, silenced, and excluded in contemporary politics as well
as invested with the alternative imaginaries of a more democratic future
Two decades after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Balkan countries have a complicated relationship with their Communist past. Two recent events in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina highlight the complexities of regional identity, and the negative effects of compulsory ethnic identification.