Old Borders and New Crossings between Kosovo and Europe

Linda Gusia (Prishtina)

Since at least WWII, Albanians in SEE, driven by both political and economic circumstances, have either been coerced to move across borders or denied the freedom to cross them. On the one hand, such movement has profoundly affected the everyday daily lives of families and communities, simultaneously creating ruptures while also enabling new connections and visions for the future. On the one hand, these movements have become central tropes for re-imagining national, political and economic belongings, as well as creating new cultural geographies. Such borders and crossings have been imagined and experienced through an array of political systems and their transformations (distances, proximities and connectivities). On the other hand, the existing scholarly research and literature, of both “inside” and “outside” scholars, has only just begun to challenge some the parochialisms in the boarder Balkan and more specifically Albanian studies. The papers proposed for this rather broad panel propose a rethinking of existing frames for the study of “Albanian culture and society” a propose a new set of directions and frameworks in addressing: a) border regimes and violent removals, b) affective and aesthetic politics of memory; c) historically shifting orders and non/freedoms of border crossings. Although focusing at different time periods and thematic clusters the papers in this panel address ways in which b/orders are transgressed, remediated, performed and remembered? By looking at historical processes that enabled emergent political and cultural tactics, trajectories and practices, the papers inquire into the im/movability of recourses and people along national, racialized, class and gendered relations within and across Southeast European borders.


New memory practices on-line and off-line: Hyper-connectivity, proximity and distance

Linda Gusia (Prishtina)

Travelling back home: Rerouting restrictions and freedoms

Lumnije Kadriu (Prishtina)

Locating the Black presence across borders in the Balkans: family histories, memories and everyday life

Elife Krasniqi (Graz)

The tactics of illegal border crossings: Mobilization and subversion in Kosovo’s 1990s borders

Tahir Latifi (Prishtina)

Re/ordering Energy in Kosovo: Of coal, water and movements

Nita Luci (Prishtina)