Our work and who we are as a Collective is an ever-evolving and ever-(re)shaping practice of being and research. We strive and hope to constantly reflect on, interrogate, and reframe our research agenda(s), as well as our understandings of the region we call ‘home’ and of us as a Collective. We do so in order to create space that can accommodate each and all of us. We do not necessarily agree on everything and we do not strive to reach uniformity of thought and/or being. We make mistakes, but we aspire to leave our minds and souls open for the discomfort of un- and re-learning, for the wobbliness and in-betweenness in both research and being.
Even though our collective work so far has stayed within the bounds of traditionally defined academia, informed by our individual experiences as engaged academics, we aim to both think and act critically as a Collective too. Driven by feminist and decolonial worldviews, our goal is to become even more engaged in solidarity and community building within and beyond academia, activism, and post-Yugoslav region.
Learning with and from decolonial, anticolonial, and feminist scholars and activists across different spaces and time, our work fits in and across two broad themes:
Knowledge production in IR: critical/postcolonial/decolonial IR
Within international relations (IR) our works are at the intersection of peace- and statebuilding, transitional justice, diaspora studies and post-conflict studies. Even though IR in Global North academia has been exposed to more pluralist epistemologies over the past ten years, to a large extent it remains Western-centered and Western-centric in its inquiries. In our work, we challenge Western theories and methodologies and centre “knowing otherwise” 1) by engaging with knowledges and experiences from a region that has mainly been the object of IR knowledge, rarely the knowing subject; and 2) by actively deconstructing and interrogating regimes of truth in IR. In doing so, our aim is to contribute to IR scholarship that is epistemologically pluriversal and cognizant and reflexive to agency, subjectivity to politics and faculties in and from the Global East and the Global South.
Our work is also focused on critically deconstructing politics and societies in the post- Yugoslav space. We research political and civilizational encounters between groups and societies in the (former) Yugoslavia and structures of international interventions in the region, especially as they relate to processes of state- and peacebuilding and transitional justice. In doing so, we are interested to understand the fluctuating place of the Balkans and the post-Yugoslav space in the symbolic geography of EU/Europe. We pay particular attention to power relations emanating from ethnic, religious, cultural, linguistic, racial, sexual and gender differences within the peoples of the (post) Yugoslav space.
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