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Assisted “voluntary” return of women to Kosovo

Rhetoric and reality within the framework of development

Sandra Sacchetti

socio-economic development of their home countries. This article investigates the “development qua AVR” rationale by describing the real-life AVR experiences of four women from Kosovo and juxtaposing them with the claim that assisted return can foster

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On Institutional Pluralization and the Political Genealogies of Post-Yugoslav Islam

Jeremy F. Walton and Piro Rexhepi

specific successor nation-states: Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia, and Slovenia. We have chosen this constellation of post-Yugoslav states strategically. 2 In general, treatments of Islam in the western Balkans privilege Bosnia, and Sarajevo in particular

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Teaching about the Holocaust in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia

A Comparative Analysis

Esilda Luku

National Differences The people and governments of Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia experienced the Holocaust in different ways. Albanian leaders, during Italian and German occupation, refused to implement anti-Jewish policies and

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Black hole state

Human rights and the work of suspension in post‐war Kosovo

Agathe Mora

Much has been made of the Agambenian framework of exception and the regime of legal suspension it establishes. This paper ethnographically examines the hard work that is required to produce legal suspension within the parameters of the law by looking at the practice of property restitution of transitional institutions in post‐war Kosovo. Kosovo’s ‘black hole state’ reveals how the legal bureaucracies established to usher in human rights serve to perpetuate the state of suspension rather than realising their utopian goals.

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History Teaching in Albania Following Educational Reform in 2008

Denis Vuka

This article explores history teaching in Albania, with particular emphasis on educational and methodological aspects of new history textbooks published after the liberalization of the school textbook market in 2008. National history textbooks serve as a basis for the assessment of changing educational principles and methodologies in history teaching in terms of five qualitative factors: educational aims, teaching techniques and methodologies, historical narratives, visual materials, and sources. The article thus assesses the degree to which textbooks fulfill their educational function and help to put learning theories into practice. The author also places the revision and reevaluation of national history textbooks in Albania in context by comparing them to the progress of Kosovo's recently established educational system.

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Assessing the significance of borders and territoriality in a globalized Europe

Jaume Castan Pinos

English abstract: During the 1990s a deterritorialization emerged, a "borderless world" trend that tended to dismiss borders as increasingly irrelevant to the human experience. Thus, the idea that borders were becoming increasingly fuzzy became popular in political discourse, particularly in Europe. This article challenges this vision, which, despite losing importance in academic circles, has now been reproduced in popular culture, arguing that borders have not been removed and that territoriality still plays a crucial role at the beginning of the 21st century. This claim will be justified with evidence stemming from different policies, dynamics, and discourses. By analyzing the importance of territoriality from three different angles (policy, territorial disputes, and discourses), the article aims to demonstrate that borders and their "barrier" function are likely to continue being significant in the foreseeable future.

Spanish abstract: Durante la década de 1990 surgió una tendencia de de-territorialización, o "mundo sin fronteras", que pretendía descartar las fronteras como algo cada vez más irrelevante para la experiencia humana. Así, se hizo popular en el discurso político la idea de que las fronteras eran cada vez más borrosas, particularmente en Europa. Este artículo cuestiona esta visión que, a pesar de perder importancia en círculos académicos, ha sobrevivido en la cultura popular, argumentando que las fronteras no están desapareciendo y que la territorialidad sigue desempeñando un papel crucial a principios del siglo XXI. Dicho argumento será justificado con evidencias procedentes de diferentes políticas, dinámicas y discursos. Mediante el análisis de la importancia de las fronteras desde tres ángulos distintos (políticas de securitización, disputas territoriales y discursos), el artículo pretende demostrar que las fronteras y su función de barrera, probablemente continuaran siendo importantes en el futuro previsible.

French abstract: Au cours des années 1990, émerge une certaine tendance à la déterritorialisation et à l'aspiration d'un «monde sans frontières», fondée sur le rejet des frontières que l'on jugeait incompatibles avec l'expérience humaine. Ainsi, l'idée selon laquelle les frontières devenaient de plus en plus floues s'est popularisée dans le discours politique, en particulier en Europe. Cet article remet en question cette vision qui, bien qu'ayant perdu de son importance dans la sphère académique a été reproduite dans la culture populaire, en faisant valoir l'idée que les frontières n'ont pas été dissoutes et que la territorialité joue encore un rôle crucial au début du 21e siècle. Cette affirmation sera soutenue par des preuves provenant de différentes politiques, dynamiques et discours. En analysant l'importance de la territorialité sous les trois angles différents que sont la politique, les querelles territoriales et les discours, l'article vise à démontrer que les frontières, dans leur fonction «barrière», continueront à jouer un rôle significatif dans l'avenir.

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The dangerous politics of identity

Albert Doja

Ger Duijzings, Religion and the politics of identity in Kosovo, London: Hurst, 2000, xv + 238 pp., ISBN 0231120990.

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Koinova, Maria. 2013. Ethnonationalist conflict in postcommunist states. Varieties of governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 328 pp. Hb.: US$69.95. ISBN: 978‐0812245226.

Denis S. Ermolin

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Legal dynamics in a border area

Between customary law and state law

Nebi Bardhoshi

This article considers factors that have effected and influenced the continuity of the customary law named the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini in some areas of Albanian and Kosovo. It draws on ethnographic data on the border area villages between Albania and Kosovo to discuss the dynamics and tensions that are created between state and non-state law vis-à-vis justice in highly complex and problematic social, economic, and political contexts. Customary law and state law seem to be two conflicting legal ideologies. However, the article considers everyday settings where people make use of both legal systems in order to regulate matters especially related to property issues. The new legal realities create around property ownership imply new type of relations vis-à-vis family and kinship structures which oscillate between the two systems.

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“Ein Staatsmann mit Geschichte”: Joschka Fischer's German Past

M. Anne Sa'adah

Joschka Fischer (b. 1948), Germany’s foreign minister and for several

years one of the country’s most popular politicians, is a man of

the moment, of consequence both domestically and beyond his

country’s borders. Nationally prominent as leader of the “realo” faction

of the Greens, he was instrumental in turning a protest movement

into the partner in power of the Social Democratic Party

(SPD). During the Kosovo crisis, he was a key figure in securing

German participation in the NATO intervention. He has played an

influential role in the unfolding debate about institutional reform

within the European Union. During the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian

violence, he has actively tried to bring the parties to the table.