Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities

Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities

by Hariz Halilovich


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ISBN-13: 9781782387626
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Space and Place , #10
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hariz Halilovich, social anthropologist and writer, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious research and writing awards in Australia and internationally.

Table of Contents

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A note on pronunciation of some specific Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian characters

Glossary of non–English words

List of selected abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Journey through Bosnian War‒torn Communities

  • Writing Displacement of Bosnians
  • Practical Challenges
  • Theoretical Challenges
  • Methodological Challenges
  • Reflexive Ethnography
  • Ethics and Politics of the Research

Chapter 2. Klotjevac: Forced Displacement and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in an Eastern Bosnian Village

  • Reunion
  • When You Forget July
  • Journey to a Village
  • Once there was a Community
  • Beliefs and Rituals
  • Taboos
  • In Šljivovica Veritas
  • Human Geography of the Place
  • Annihilation of a Community
  • The ‘(UN)Safe Area’ Srebrenica
  • Recognising Genocide
  • Back to the Present
  • Mapping displacement
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Beyond the Sadness: Narratives of Displacement, Refuge and Homecomings among Bosnian Refugees in Austria

  • Debating Displacement
  • Narrating Displacement
  • Sejo in Vienna
  • Edita’s ‘Wonderland’ in Vienna

    Mapping Edita’s Lost Home

    Less than ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ Between Edita and Ibro
  • Prijedor Region—Blueprint for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’
  • Massacre in Hegići
  • Massacre in Brdo
  • Edita, Ibro and Sejo in Austria
  • Edita’s Homecoming
  • Torn Between Home and Exile, Past and Present

Chapter 4. (Dis)Placing Memories: Monuments, Memorials and Commemorations in Post–war Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • The Funeral at Hegići
  • Omarska
  • Keraterm and Trnopolje
  • Srebrenica/Potočari Commemorations
  • Mostar Carrying its Cross
  • Sarajevo Remembers

Chapter 5. Reframing Identity in Places of Pain: A Photographic Essay of Displacement and Memory

Chapter 6. Trans–local Diasporic Communities in the Age of Transnationalism: Bosnians in Australia, Europe and the US

  • Debating Diaspora
  • Emergence of the Bosnian Diaspora
  • One Family, Two Languages, Many Cultures
  • ‘German Bosnians’ in Sweden and ‘Aussie Bosnians’ from Germany
  • The Trans–local Within the Transnational
  • Brčko in Melbourne
  • Strengthening Unity through Inter–marriage
  • Other Forms of Trans–localism in Action
  • Formation of Trans–local Diasporic Communities
  • Conclusion

Chapter 7. Measuring the Pain of Others: Gendered Displacement, Memory and Identity

  • Re–counting the Displaced
  • ‘Not in My Front Yard!’: The Case of Fata Orlović
  • Ethnic Engineering
  • Uncounted ‘Collateral Damage’: The Case of Aunty Edina
  • (Mis)using IDPs
  • RefugeeWomen in Diaspora
  • Mothers’ Children

Chapter 8. Concluding the Journey through Bosnian War–torn Communities

  • Bosnian Vikings
  • Bosnian Midwesterners
  • Vienna Blues
  • Unearthing the Missing in Bosnia
  • From St Louis to St Albans: All Roads Lead to Hanna’s Café


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