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Time and narrative: Temporality, memory, and instant history of Balkan wars

Abstract : In this article, we explore the ways in which from the beginning to the end of twentieth century different temporalities and historicizations stemming from different narrative perspectives on the Balkan wars have constructed different commonplace, timeworn and enduring representations. In practical terms, we take issue with several patterns of narratives, such as the sensationalism of media industry, the essentialization of collective memory, the securitization of imaginary threats and the pacifist activism of normative transformations. It is our contention to argue that they historicize certain moments of rupture, which are subsequently used and misused to construct an anachronistic representation of Southeast Europe that may conceal hidden interests. Contrastingly, an alternative narrative that emphasizes a “history from below” as an apperception of the temporality of being can offer a revisionist approach that may show the futility of ahistorical accounts.
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Enika Abazi, Albert Doja. Time and narrative: Temporality, memory, and instant history of Balkan wars. Time and Society, SAGE Publications, 2018, 27 (2), pp.239-272. ⟨10.1177/0961463x16678249⟩. ⟨halshs-01412261⟩

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