The Geopolitics of Memory

A Journey to Bosnia

James Riding

ibidem Press

The Geopolitics of Memory

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Pub Date: September 2019

ISBN: 9783838213118

192 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2019

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192 Pages

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The Geopolitics of Memory

A Journey to Bosnia

James Riding

ibidem Press

In this daring experiment in ethnographic place-writing, cultural geographer James Riding aims to get at the heart of post-conflict Bosnia showing the past alongside the present it created via a series of journeys and through the retelling of memories. The juxtaposition of the siege of Sarajevo and supersonic metal, the refugee journey and the aid worker traveling in the other direction, the desperation and fury to change the present yet being stuck with many of the ethnonationalist politicians and politics of the past—it is a journey to Bosnia as it is understood today in popular discourse, a war-torn place defined by ethnic conflict, yet also a journey to deconstruct and reveal more than ancient ethnic hatreds portrayed on television screens across the globe from 1992 to 1995.

Heavy with the weight of history, on the one hand, and an inspirational place with radical emancipatory politics on the other, it is only through innovative storytelling that one can attempt to give a sense of what Bosnia itself is like in words for those who have never been, and—most importantly—for those who are from there.
This book brings a refreshing approach to the region (the former Yugoslavia), the country (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the city (Sarajevo) that have been suffering, as it were, from an over-abundance of studies, reports, and analyses. Riding’s original understanding of the work of Georges Perec offers an eye-opening methodology for scholars, journalists, artists, and writers alike. The book’s innovative and experimental qualities are anchored in rigorous research, ethical commitment, and personal engagement. Strongly recommended for locals, experts, and those who are yet to fall in love with the landscape and its people. Igor Štiks, author of Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States

About the Author

James Riding is a cultural geographer and a member of the Academy of Finland RELATE Centre of Excellence at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is the editor of the collection of essays Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics, and Performance (2017) and the author of Land Writings: Excursions in the Footprints of Edward Thomas (2017).