Looking for Bosnia

Developed through a series of encounters with a Bosnian Serb soldier Stojan Sokolović, this book is a meditation on the possibilities and limitations of responding to the extreme violence of the Bosnian war. It explores the ethics of confronting the war criminal and investigates the possibility of responsibility not just to victims of war and war crimes, but also to the perpetrators of violence. The book explains how Stojan Sokolović attenuated the author to the fact that he was responsible, to everyone, all the time, and for everything. It exposes the complexity of the categories of good and evil. Silence is also the herald of violence, or its co-conspirator. The author and Stojan Sokolović were trapped in violence, discursive and material, and discursive that leads to material, and material that emanates from and leads back to discursive. Two years after beginning his research into identity and the politics of conflict in Bosnia and Kosovo, the author got the opportunity to visit the region presented itself. According to the vast majority of the literature of the 1990s on Bosnia, it was clear that the biggest problem with nationalist violence and intolerance was to be found in Republika Srpska. The book is the author's discourse on a variety of experiences, including those of ethics, politics, disasters, technologies, fieldwork, adventure tourism, and dilemmas.

War monuments and the contradictions of Japan’s post-imperial commemoration

tower was recommissioned to fit into the ‘new democratic’ post-war Japan–a goal both desired by the Japanese people and sanctioned by their American occupiers. After 1945, new structures were created to serve as lieux de mémoire that would replace an imperial, martial form of memory with a new representation of Japan as a victim of war. The iconic ‘love statue’ is a

in Sites of imperial memory
Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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books of county treasurers for maimed soldiers will help uncover how welfare systems attempted to cope with the enormous strain of supporting so many victims of war. The project will also address how political considerations and contested memories of the conflict influenced the provision of military welfare to the wounded and bereaved of both sides. In encouraging men to enter military service, Parliament’s leaders used the promise of medical care and pensions to strengthen their war effort and shore up support for their cause. In doing so, the Long Parliament

in Battle-scarred

interior in an organised fashion. This more disciplined behaviour was acknowledged by Jerzy de Moldenhower who inspected the activities of CKO in August 1915 as a representative of the Council of the Assemblies of the Polish Relief Organisations for Victims of War (Rada Zjazdów Polskich Organizacji Pomocy Ofiarom Wojny, RZ POPOW), as well as by W. Grabski, Plenipotentiary of CKO and future Prime Minister of the Second Polish Republic.23 Refugees attempted to maintain their dignity. They demonstrated a sense of their national, cultural and linguistic distinctiveness

in Europe on the move
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Humanity and relief in war and peace

region where atrocities were committed on all sides and claims to nationhood contested the same territory. 26 Her response on visiting the region in 1913 was correspondingly less Gladstonian than that of most of her Balkan Committee colleagues: the sufferers she encountered were less the victims of a particular oppressor than universal ‘victims of war’. But she was also

in Calculating compassion
Challenges and technological solutions to the ­identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context

application of forensic archaeology and anthropology in Colombia’s conflict’, in Ferllini (ed.), Forensic Archaeology and Human Rights Violations, pp. 170–204. Djuric et al., ‘Identification of victims’. Identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios   133 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 D. Komar, ‘Lessons from Srebrenica: the contributions and limitations of physical anthropology in identifying victims of war crimes’, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 48 (2003), 1–4. M. Šlaus, D. Strinović, N. Pećina-Šlaus, H. Brkić, D. Baličević, V

in Human remains and identification

overcrowded that local committees were simply unable to assist refugees satisfactorily. Officials bemoaned what they saw as chaos.6 In the first months of the war the Russian authorities failed to understand the scale and the challenge posted by mass displacement. Guided by the experience of previous wars, they shifted the care of refugees to charitable organisations such as the committee of her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna for the provision of temporary assistance to the victims of war. However, it was impossible to solve the knot of the most

in Europe on the move
An analysis of post-2006 Timor-Leste

constructs women as victims of men’s violence against each other, which fosters insecurity (war), as well as specifically men’s violence against women. In the victim narrative, men have agency and engage in war, whereas women are victims of war. The victim narrative of women’s protection is a further gendering of women into passive roles and, conversely, men into active roles. The focus of this narrative tends to be on women’s experiences of sexual violence both in times of conflict and during post-conflict reconstruction. The most frequently cited evidence of an

in The politics of identity
The Serbian retreat, 1915

realize the heroism of the Serbian nation, not only during their defeat and their retreat, October to December, 1915, but also during the summer of political temptation in 1915.38 While the ‘heroism’ of the Serbian people, the victims of war, is rarely questioned, other accounts of the retreat are far more critical of the Serbian authorities and the way they managed, or failed to manage, the invasion of their country. Sir Ralph Paget, in his ‘Report on the Retreat of Part of the British Hospital Units from Serbia’,39 submitted after the event, expresses frustration at

in British women of the Eastern Front