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Ana Dević

NIAS Individual Fellow

Project title

Failures of a Cultural Theory and the Rising Radical Right, East and West: Liberal Multiculturalism and Its Transplants

Project description

The project’s task is to, first, theorize the applications of the model of multiethnicity or liberal multiculturalism, as it was grafted in the peace treaties administered by Western actors in regions of ethnonationalist violence in order to create viable democratic polities. My cases are drawn from studies in (post-)Yugoslav postwar spaces, such as the peace agreements for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, and Kosovo.

The second step is to establish a link between the international politics that fixed the multiculturalist ethnonational schemes for practicing citizenship and emerging/strengthening radical anti-immigrant right-wing movements that base their political views on the same ethnonational premises. The aim is to make a link between the peace agreements in the post-Yugoslav space and the growing body of networks between the radical right groups in the ‘core’ European Union and those in the postsocialist region (focusing on France, Germany, Russia and Serbia) as another dangerous impasse of the ethno-cultural framing of citizenship. The project is methodologically based on the critique of the Kymlicka’s model of liberal multiculturalism. To strengthen the theoretical and methodological framework, I go beyond the genealogies of ethnonationalism in Western liberal multiculturalist model, by including the forms of official nationalisms as they existed in East and Southeast European countries during socialism.

Selected publications

“Class, Conflict and Power between Hegemony and Critical Knowledge: A Journey through the Debates,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2022, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 11-38.

“Hijacked Feminism and Patriarchal Nostalgia of the New Right: The Paradoxes of Gender Discrimination and Token Women,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2021, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 226-245).

“The Eurasian Wings of Serbia: Serbian Affinities of the Russian Radical Right,” in Valery Perry, ed., Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21st Century Manifestations of an Historical Challenge (Hannover:  ibidem-Verlag; Columbia Uni Press, 2019, pp. 109-138).

 “Ottomanism and Neo-Ottomanism in the Travails of the ‘Serbian National Corpus’: Turkey as the Recurrent Focus of the Serbian Academia,” Die Welt des Islams, 2016, Vol. 56, Nos. 3-4, pp. 533-547.

“What Nationalism Has Buried: Powerlessness, Culture, and Discontent in Late Yugoslav Socialism,” in Paul Stubbs, Igor Duda and Rory Archer, eds., Social Inequalities and Discontent in Yugoslav Socialism (London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 21-37).

“Jaws of the Nation and Weak Embraces of the State: The Lines of Division, Indifference and Loyalty in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” in Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe, ed. Pal Kolsto (Oxford: Ashgate, 2014, pp. 51-86).