Yana Hashamova (Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Slavic) and Sunnie Rucker-Chang (Associate Professor of Slavic and AAA) discuss their co-edited (with Oana Popescu Sandu (Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, U of Southern Indiana) volume which highlights latent tensions between center and periphery, engages with the issue of racialization related to the Balkans, examines border flows and cultures of mobility, and exposes contradictions in social values, which give rise to national anxieties.
About the Book
Cultures of Mobility and Alterity: Crossing the Balkans and Beyond
The first book on the ways the Balkans mirror the Western discourse of "othering" and racialization. While the Balkans have often been "othered" by the European or American West, this volume is the first to analyze the mirroring cultural and rhetorical processes occurring when Balkan nations also engage in the othering of newly arrived migrants in a process of nesting orientalism. Setting these two perspectives in dialogue is so far unique in scholarly writing.
Exciting perspectives on the cultural factors and discourses shaping the migrant experience in the Balkans, as developed in both media and literature.
The multidisciplinary approach analyzes intersecting discursive flows in the realms of culture, politics, and media to reveal similar conclusions on the way migrants are perceived and understood as they move through the Balkans. The book also is the first to examine representations and the impact these representations have on the immigrant, refugees, and the communities in which they live using both a contemporary and a historical lens.
Bringing together a collection of scholars from three continents and several disciplines, the volume shows how othering, based on gender, racialization, class, and language, travels in complex ways and is often influenced by transnational as well as local histories that must be considered collectively.
About Mershon Monday
Mershon Mondays encourage Ohio State researchers in different disciplines, career stages, and professional networks to share ideas and perspectives on global security questions. A light lunch is served. Given a strong response in the fall, we're now requesting advance registration.