From Balkanization to Europeanization: The politics of memory in Croatia and Serbia
This PhD research project examines the relevance of ‘dealing with the past’ in the European Integration process of the post-Yugoslav states.
In concrete terms, it analyses how Europeanization affects national politics of memory in Croatia (member state) and Serbia (candidate country) over time and whether as a result of the process of European Integration we can observe the emergence of a shared European past in political discourse and Institutional practices, that transcends national forms of memory. This project develops a qualitative approach, employed through an empirical strategy of elite interviews, an examination of mnemonic practices and a discourse analysis of political statements. By broadening our understanding of the EU Accession process, this project aims to show to what extent a self-critical stance towards the past indeed functions as a soft entrance criterion for the EU membership (and hence whether we can speak of an ‘acquis of EU values’).
Start of the project: 2015
Methods: Elite Interviewing, Participant observation method