New publication: “Division and Denial and Nothing Else? Culture of History and Memory Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

In: Cultures of History Forum, Imre Kertész Kolleg University Jena, April 2015.
Online:http://www.cultures-of-history.uni-jena.de/index.php?id=67
The article gives an overview of the fragmented culture of history in Bosnia and Herzegovina, twenty years after the end of the 1992-1995 war which left the country deeply divided along political and ethnic lines. Parallel ethnonational narratives about the past are dominating the public sphere, with especially controversial interpretations of the 1992 -1995 war and the Second World War. In the same time, it is important not to reduce the memory landscape in BiH to its ethnonational divisions: variations within the dominating narratives and a wide range of attitudes towards them, local specificities and dynamics, as well as various efforts to challenge denial and also to build bridges between different memory groups, are some additional layers which provide a far more nuanced picture of the current culture of history in BiH.