Project “I am a refugee” featured in the book Peripheral Europe

Friday, November 20th, 2020 | News

I am refugee, stories and illustrations made in collaboration with Ljubljana based Italian writer Widad Tamimi from 2015/2016 are featured in the book Peripheral Europe: On Transitology and Post-Crisis Discourses in Southeast Europe by Ksenija Vidmar Horvat, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020

With the project we wanted to cast a light on the suffering of people migrating along the Balkan route, which also crosses our country, and help neutralizing the negative image of refugees and xenophobia spreading across local mediascape and social networks. Stories were published weekly in online and print edition of Delo (newspaper in Slovene language) under the title ‘Begunec sem (I am a refugee)’ from January till April 2016.

About the book
This book looks at the financial (2007-2008) and the refugee (2015-present) crises and post-crisis development in the EU. The key argument here is that the (mis)management of these crises has been in part conditioned by the specific course of the Europeanisation which occurred during the integration of the post-socialist East. The enlargement processes ran on the premises of a shared European identity, in effect turning the social contract of the new Europe into a cultural contract. This has resulted in betraying the commitment to core values of democratic development, both East and West. The book specifically studies the impact of the “cultural turn” through the discourse of the transition in the Balkan periphery of the ex-Yugoslavian region. Based on rich theoretical and regionally specific empirical research, it will be of interest to scholars in the fields of EU integration, Eastern European studies, cultural studies, studies of post-socialism, and border studies.

About the author
Ksenija Vidmar Horvat is Full Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research includes questions of cultural identity, EU integration, post-socialism, ex-Yugoslavian culture, nationalism and gender. She has authored and edited 10 books, including Imagined Mother: Gender and Nationalism in the 20th century (2015); Cosmopolitan Patriotism (2012), and In-between Europe: Essays on European Culture and Identity after the End of the Cold war (2009). She has also been on the editorial boards of several international journals and published over sixty book chapters and journal articles.

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Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA