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Seeing each other: nesting orientalisms and internal Balkanism among the Albanians and South Slavs in the former Yugoslavia

Atdhe Hetemi (UGent)
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This study has been prepared as part of the project 'The figure of the Enemy: rethinking the Serbian- Albanian relations' which is being implemented within the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the field of social sciences in the Western Balkans (RRPP), leaded by the University of Fribourg, financialy supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Abstract
The article examines the role of the Orientalist and Balkanist discourse in the Former Yugoslavia with a particular focus on Albanians. Western Orientalist and Balkanist stereotypes in the Yugoslavia are examined arguing that the Orientalism and Balkanism of peoples living in the Yugoslavia was and is viewed differently from Western standards and by the peoples living in the Yugoslavia in the way how they perceive each other. In addition, this article analyzes the perceptions of Albanians living in the Yugoslavia, both in the sense of how they defined themselves and how they were viewed by the South Slavic majority. Methodologically, the article relies on three seminal works Edward Said’s “Orientalism”, Milica Bakic-Hayden’s theories on “nesting Orientalisms” in the Balkans, and Maria Todorova’s analysis of the external practices of representation of the Balkans. It is argued that these authors provide a useful theoretical framework for exploring the distribution of the Orientalist and Balkanist discourses in Yugoslavia.
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Albanians, Balkanism, Yugoslavia, Orientalism, West, Serbs

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Hetemi, Atdhe. 2015. “Seeing Each Other: Nesting Orientalisms and Internal Balkanism Among the Albanians and South Slavs in the Former Yugoslavia.” In Figure of the Enemy : Rethinking Serbian-Albanian Relations, ed. Aleksandar Pavlović, Adriana Zaharijević, Gazela Pudar Draško, and Rigels Halili, 117–131. Beograd: IFDT & KPZ Beton, Beograd 2015.
APA
Hetemi, A. (2015). Seeing each other: nesting orientalisms and internal Balkanism among the Albanians and South Slavs in the former Yugoslavia. In A. Pavlović, A. Zaharijević, G. Pudar Draško, & R. Halili (Eds.), Figure of the enemy : rethinking Serbian-Albanian relations (pp. 117–131). Beograd: IFDT & KPZ Beton, Beograd 2015.
Vancouver
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Hetemi A. Seeing each other: nesting orientalisms and internal Balkanism among the Albanians and South Slavs in the former Yugoslavia. In: Pavlović A, Zaharijević A, Pudar Draško G, Halili R, editors. Figure of the enemy : rethinking Serbian-Albanian relations. Beograd: IFDT & KPZ Beton, Beograd 2015; 2015. p. 117–31.
MLA
Hetemi, Atdhe. “Seeing Each Other: Nesting Orientalisms and Internal Balkanism Among the Albanians and South Slavs in the Former Yugoslavia.” Figure of the Enemy : Rethinking Serbian-Albanian Relations. Ed. Aleksandar Pavlović et al. Beograd: IFDT & KPZ Beton, Beograd 2015, 2015. 117–131. Print.
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  author       = {Hetemi, Atdhe},
  booktitle    = {Figure of the enemy : rethinking Serbian-Albanian relations},
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  title        = {Seeing each other: nesting orientalisms and internal Balkanism among the Albanians and South Slavs in the former Yugoslavia},
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