This volume deals with the relation between heritage, history and politics in the Balkans.
Author: Maria Couroucli
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This volume deals with the relation between heritage, history and politics in the Balkans. Contributions examine diverse ways in which material and immaterial heritage has been articulated, negotiated and manipulated since the nineteenth century. The major question addressed here is how modern Balkan nations have voiced claims about their past by establishing ’proof’ of a long historical presence on their territories in order to legitimise national political narratives. Focusing on claims constructed in relation to tangible evidence of past presence, especially architecture and townscape, the contributors reveal the rich relations between material and immaterial conceptions of heritage. This comparative take on Balkan public uses of the past also reveals many common trends in social and political practices, ideas and fixations embedded in public and collective memories. Balkan Heritages revisits some general truths about the Balkans as a region and a category, in scholarship and in politics. Contributions to the volume adopt a transnational and trans-disciplinary perspective of Balkan identities and heritage(s), viewed here as symbolic resources deployed by diverse local actors with special emphasis on scholars and political leaders.
Author: Roumen Dontchev DaskalovPublish On: 2017-01-30
As they gradually constructed their own ideologies and scholarly traditions, other
Yugoslav nations started formulating their own claims to the same Balkan heritage that was supposed to underpin the unity of the large South Slavic
Author: Roumen Dontchev Daskalov
The essays in this volume address theoretical and methodological issues of Balkan or Southeast European regional studies—questions of scholarly concepts, definitions, and approaches but also the extra-scholarly, ideological, political, and geopolitical motivations that underpin them.
... community living around the Park . All of them have been performed using
different approaches in accordance with UNESCO recommendations . The
Butrint National Park can help as a case study applied to the Balkan's heritage ;
how a site ...
From this point on, Balkan cities started to develop their peculiar Ottoman shape,
quite distinct from what had been there before. The oldest surviving building of
the Ottoman city of Edirne lies in the western Byzantine suburb now called
Author: Birgit Krawietz
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Modern scholarship has not given Edirne the attention it deserves regarding its significance as one of the capitals of the Ottoman Empire. This edited volume offers a reinterpretation of Edirne’s history from Early Ottoman times to recent periods of the Turkish Republic. Presently, disconnections and discontinuities introduced by the transition from empire to nation state still characterize the image of the city and the historiography about it. In contrast, this volume examines how the city engages in the forming, deflecting and creative appropriation of its heritage, a process that has turned Edirne into a UNESCO heritage hotspot. A closer historical analysis demonstrates the dissonances and contradictions that these different interpretations and uses of heritage produce. From the beginning, Edirne was shaped by its connectivity and relationality to other places, above all to Istanbul. This perspective is employed at many different levels, e.g., with regard to its population, institutions, architecture, infrastructures and popular culture, but also regarding the imaginations Edirne triggered. In sum, this multi-disciplinary volume boosts urban history beyond Istanbul and offers new insight into Ottoman and Turkish connectivities from the vantage point of certain key moments of Edirne’s history.
One should not ascribe , as is often done , everything negative in the lives of the Balkan peoples to the Ottoman heritage and everything positive to the
autochthonous cultures . Scholarship has long established that the cultures of the Balkan ...
THE OTTOMAN LEGACY By 1914 the Ottoman possessions in the Balkans had
been reduced to the city of ... here is an attempt to summarize briefly a few of the
aspects of this civilization that became a permanent part of the Balkan heritage .
Author: Barbara Jelavich
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This volume concentrates on the Balkan wars and World War II, focusing particularly on Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia since 1945.
Chapter. 4. Blood. of. Our. Ancestors: Cultural. Heritage. Management. in. the. Balkans. Michael L. Galaty. Introduction. The Balkan Peninsula is known for its
messy mix of culture, language, and religion. It is, and always has been, ...
Author: Helaine Silverman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Social Science
Cultural heritage is material – tangible and intangible – that signifies a culture’s history or legacy. It has become a venue for contestation, ranging in scale from protesting to violently claimed and destroyed. But who defines what is to be preserved and what is to be erased? As cultural heritage becomes increasingly significant across the world, the number of issues for critical analysis and, hopefully, mediation, arise. The issue stems from various groups: religious, ethnic, national, political, and others come together to claim, appropriate, use, exclude, or erase markers and manifestations of their own and others’ cultural heritage as a means for asserting, defending, or denying critical claims to power, land, and legitimacy. Can cultural heritage be well managed and promoted while at the same time kept within parameters so as to diminish contestation? The cases herein rage from Greece, Spain, Egypt, the UK, Syria, Zimbabwe, Italy, the Balkans, Bénin, and Central America.
Five Narratives of Pomak Heritage — From Forced Renaming to Weddings
Fatme Myuhtar-May ... Bulgaria immediately singled out the Muslim Pomaks for
conversion to Orthodox Christianity during the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913
Author: Fatme Myuhtar-May
In Identity, Nationalism, and Cultural Heritage under Siege, Fatme Myuhtar-May makes a case for the recognition of Pomak heritage by presenting five stories from the past and present of the Rhodope Muslims in Bulgaria as examples of a distinct cultural identity.
2 The Heritage of Horrors Writing about the Balkan genocides is different than
writing about the Holocaust. Regarding the Holocaust there is a remarkable
consensus among scholars of various nationalities about the main outline of
events and ...
Author: Paul Mojzes
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
During the twentieth century, the Balkan Peninsula was affected by three major waves of genocides and ethnic cleansings, some of which are still being denied today. In Balkan Genocides Paul Mojzes provides a balanced and detailed account of these events, placing them in their proper historical context and debunking the common misrepresentations and misunderstandings of the genocides themselves. A native of Yugoslavia, Mojzes offers new insights into the Balkan genocides, including a look at the unique role of ethnoreligiosity in these horrific events and a characterization of the first and second Balkan wars as mutual genocides. Mojzes also looks to the region's future, discussing the ongoing trials at the International Criminal Tribunal in Yugoslavia and the prospects for dealing with the lingering issues between Balkan nations and different religions. Balkan Genocides attempts to end the vicious cycle of revenge which has fueled such horrors in the past century by analyzing the terrible events and how they came to pass.
In a period when, particularly in the West, the study of archaeological remains is enriched through new methods derived from the natural sciences and when there is general agreement on the need for more investment in the study, restoration ...
Author: Nona Palincas
In a period when, particularly in the West, the study of archaeological remains is enriched through new methods derived from the natural sciences and when there is general agreement on the need for more investment in the study, restoration and conservation of the tangible cultural heritage, this book presents contributions to these fields from South-Eastern Europe. This region is characterised by a contrast between the rather limited development of the above scientific methods and the particularly rich and diverse material remains of its past societies, as well as by an obvious need to bring closer together traditionally-trained archaeologists with specialists in natural sciences interested in the research and conservation of ancient material remains. The title 'Bridging Science and Heritage in the Balkans' intends to show that the volume is part of this effort. The departing point of this volume is the 5th Balkan Symposium of Archaeometry (25-29 September 2016, Sinaia, Romania), where most of the papers published here were presented in preliminary form. The contributors are specialists from South-Eastern Europe as well as from other European countries working there. Some chapters focus on methods (in the research of glass, restoration of stone monuments affected by contemporary graffiti, conservation by irradiation of organic materials such as wood and human and animal body remains); most chapters present case studies (analyses of ceramics, metals, soils, wood anatomy, isotope-based reconstruction of human diet, ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating, technology assisted field survey, as well as restoration of paper and pigments); sometimes several methods are combined. The volume covers nearly all aspects of heritage sciences employed in this part of Europe.
According to the dictionaries , the Bulgarian word for “ legacy ” also means " heritage ” , “ inheritance ” , “ patrimony ” , etc . ' . In everyday life and colloquial
language this is something that is readily accepted . In crime novels and films
one can ...
Author: Raymond Detrez
Publisher: Peter Lang
The enlargement of the EU with the Balkan countries has aroused the skepticism of many. Although EU admission is primarily a matter of economic and political concerns, questions of cultural import are readily brought into play: Does the country in question conform sufficiently to «our» standards of a «European identity»? The problematic status of the Balkans in this respect largely consists in their common Byzantine and Ottoman legacies. By focusing on Bulgaria and its neighbours Romania, Greece and Turkey, the authors of this collection attempt to elucidate how mutually incompatible the «cultural identity» of the Ottoman «successor states» and that of Europe are. Ample attention is devoted not only to the perception of the Balkans in the West, but also to the self-image of people in the Balkans and perceptions they hold of the West. If anything like a Balkan identity can be said to exist, what is its relation to the various ethnic, national, religious and linguistic communities? Notably, what was and is the role played by religion in nation state formation? The relationship with Europe forms the thread that runs through the discussion of these issues.
The name Balkan Peninsula was readily accepted since it was parallel to the
names of the other two peninsulas in Southern Europe, ... Ethnic Balkans The
modern Balkan states share a geographical unity and historical heritage dating
back to ...
Author: Olga M. Tomic
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book discusses the morpho-syntactic Balkan Sprachbund features in nine languages in which they are most numerous. It contains a wealth of Balkan linguistic material. The focus is on displaying similarities and differences in the representation of the most widely acknowledged Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic features and their interaction with other features in the structure of the DP or the sentence of individual languages.
Thesame polyphonic phenomenon is present ina wide area ofthe Balkans,
applied in formsof Orthodox sacred music ... Balkan polyphonic musichave
treated these forms as a very archaic, local and exclusively Balkan heritage
dating back to ...
Author: Margaret J. Kartomi
Category: Performing Arts
First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
aving learned something about the contemporary Balkan scene, we now take a
dramatic step back in time to see ... They promoted the idea that crossing
boundaries of ethnic heritage through music and dance could help immigrants
Author: Mirjana Lausevic
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Divi Zheni identifies itself as a Bulgarian women's chorus and band, but it is located in Boston and none of its members come from Bulgaria. Zlatne Uste is one of the most popular purveyors of Balkan music in America, yet the name of the band is grammatically incorrect. The members of Sviraci hail from western Massachusetts, upstate New York, and southern Vermont, but play tamburica music on traditional instruments. Curiously, thousands of Americans not only participate in traditional music and dance from the Balkans, but in fact structure their social practices around it without having any other ties to the region. In Balkan Fascination, ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates this remarkable phenomenon to explore why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no familial or ethnic connection. Going beyond traditional interpretations, she challenges the notion that participation in Balkan culture in North America is merely a specialized offshoot of the 1960s American folk music scene. Instead, her exploration of the relationship between the stark sounds and lively dances of the Balkan region and the Americans who love them reveals that Balkan dance and music has much deeper roots in America's ideas about itself, its place in the world, and the place of the world's cultures in the American melting pot. Examining sources that span more than a century and come from both sides of the Atlantic, Lausevic shows that an affinity group's debt to historical movements and ideas, though largely unknown to its members, is vital in understanding how and why people make particular music and dance choices that substantially change their lives.
The memory of the Balkans in Arabic writings Eyal Ginio In 1996 Muhamed
Mufaku alArnaut, doubtless the current ... The book was intended to acquaint the
Arab reader with the rich Muslim heritage of the Balkan Peninsula and with the ...
Author: Amy Singer
Much traditional historiography consciously and unconsciously glosses over certain discourses, narratives, and practices. This book examines silences or omissions in Middle Eastern history at the turn of the twenty-first century, to give a fuller account of the society, culture and politics. With a particular focus on the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Egypt, Iran and Palestine, the contributors consider how and why such silences occur, as well as the timing and motivation for breaking them. Introducing unexpected, sometimes counter-intuitive, issues in history, chapters examine: women and children survivors of the Armenian massacres in 1915 Greek-Orthodox subjects who supported the Ottoman empire and the formation of the Turkish republic the conflicts among Palestinians during the revolt of 1936-39 pre-marital sex in modern Egypt Arab authors writing about the Balkans the economic, not national or racial, origins of anti-Armenian violence the European women who married Muslim Egyptians Drawing on a wide range of sources and methodologies, such as interviews; newly-discovered archives; fictional accounts; and memoirs, each chapter analyses a story and its suppression, considering how their absences have affected our previous understandings of the history of the Middle East.
Author: James George Cotton MinchinPublish On: 1886
Not that the National Party have in any sense forfeited or abandoned Bulgaria ' s heritage in Macedonia , any more than the Serb National party has abandoned
Servia ' s heritage in “ Old Servia ; " but the Nationalists of both countries feel that
... this message is imbued with the nationalism which overwhelmed the region ,
destroying much of the Balkan heritage in acts of bloody - mindedness . All the
more reason for appreciating Levinsohn ' s even - handed interviews with
Author: Anthony Howell
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Performing Arts
In the seventies the Yugoslav avant-garde contributed key players to the international arena of art. The work of Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Braco Dimitrijevic and others made an impact at the Biennales of Paris and Sydney; the articles of Zoran Popovic were cited by Art & Language; and many important figures such as Joseph Beuys, Joseph Kossuth and Simone Forti made contact with the art scene in Belgrade or performed at its progressive Student Cultural Centre. Since those heady days Belgrade has become an isolated city and Serbs are ostracised by the international community. What has happened to the art scene in Serbia? How do artists survive in an economy ruined by war and by sanctions? How do they react to the stress of demonisation? Anthony Howell is a frequent visitor to Serbia. In this journal he describes the intellectual life which continued to flourish in Belgrade (at least until his last visit in the spring of 1997), lectures by Victor Burgin and by the British Ambassador, exhibitions, theatre festivals and events by Serb artists, his own performances and how they were received, his excursions to historical sites and his intimate relationship with a young woman in Belgrade which revitalised his existence after the death of his mother.
Her examination of the theme of national and ethnic identity against the
background of Balkan history addresses in particular the uses to which culture is
put in the construction of identity . Kadare ' s view of a Balkan heritage shared by
Author: Peter Wagstaff
Publisher: Peter Lang
This volume assesses the importance of border crossings in the evolution of European culture and identity, as reflected in the work of modern European writers and film-makers. Contributors chart the processes of transition from stability to change, from the known to the culturally unsettled, treating the themes of migration, exile, allegiance and belonging, journey, marginality, the legacy of war and displacement, memory and the denial of memory. What emerges is a cross-disciplinary reappraisal of the concept of identity, in which fixity is replaced by movement, and in which the dynamic process of story-telling, with its narratives of migration, exile, and borders crossed, mirrors the shifting and nomadic pluralities of modern existence.
In representative photographs of the postwar Kolo Club Marian set against the
memories of the prewar Balkan Sextette, we ... to performances of Kolo Club
Marian and ethnic church picnics in Serb Park, even if they are not of Balkan heritage.
Author: Michael Barton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
For much of the 20th century, the name Steelton represented a great industrial complex that stretched nearly four miles along the Susquehanna River near the state’s capital of Harrisburg. Immigrants from all over Europe, particularly Slavs and Italians, worked with African Americans from the South at the Bethlehem Steel Company and gave Steelton its reputation for ethnic diversity, second only to its fame for industrial productivity. Catholics, Protestants, and Jews filled the town’s various houses of worship, but the taverns on Front Street, across from the mill, were crowded too. The town’s powerful athletes were often state champions, beating schools many times larger. The townsmen were all proud as well of their loyal service in U.S. forces in the two world wars. The vintage images in Steelton chronicle the history of this exceptional and diverse community.