How to (de)mobilise citizens- an interview with Chip Gagnon

Political Demobilisation

One of the really impressive things about Yugoslavia in the 1980s is the degree of political mobilisation throughout the area. People organised, people demonstrated. It takes a lot of organisation to get the kinds of protests that we saw in Serbia, for example, or the Sarajevo anti-war protests in 1992. So the very fact that citizens were mobilising is incredibly threatening to elites. The demobilisation strategy takes a lot of work though, but it is really not a long-term strategy. It’s a short-term strategy and in both Croatia and Serbia it bought time for the elites to shift their basis of power.

Interview with Chip Gagnon conducted by Gezim Krasniqi and Igor Stiks.

The Past of Central Europe is the Future of Europe, an interview with Zygmunt Bauman

A brighter future for Europe?

Whenever Rome conquered a new territory, not only its residents were granted Roman citizenship, but the statues of their local gods were added to the imperial Pantheon. The frame of thought behind such a strategy was kept alive through part of the modern era in parts of Central Europe which stayed away from the west-European religious wars, nation-state building and Westphalian settlement. One can suppose today that the past of Central Europe is the future of an increasingly diasporic Europe…

Interview with Zygmunt Bauman conducted by Igor Stiks

How do you see the direction of contemporary transformations of modern citizenship?

The Other Europe 20 Years Later, an interview with Jacques Rupnik

A boat with no direction?

Jacques Rupnik, professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), on unfinished states, hollow democracies in Eastern Europe, and EU enlargement.

Interview with Jacques Rupnik conducted by Igor Stiks and Gëzim Krasniqi

Cities and Citizenship, an interview with David Harvey

City and citizens

I would prefer to disaggregate the idea of citizenship. I always felt that wherever I went I sort of carried a notion of citizenship with me no matter where I was and no matter what city I was staying in. I always felt that I was a citizen of that city. And I think actually this is kind of a nice feeling because you feel like you belong anywhere and I think it would be a great idea if cities would declare themselves free zones of citizenship.

Interview with David Harvey conducted by Igor Stiks

What, in your opinion, does it mean to be a citizen today? Citizenship is generally related to states, but most of the population of these states live in cities.

Reporting the war, an interview with Allan Little

A different vision in 1984 by Jarrett Blaustein

So, what was interesting to me as a journalist was the conflict between prevailing narratives: the narrative of ‘all sides are equally guilty’, which believes that these people have been living like this in the Balkans for centuries, versus what I believed was the case, which was that this is a battle between two different kinds of political aspirations, one which is similar to our own in Western Europe, and the other one, which is much darker in the European tradition.

Twenty years after the Yugoslav war, Allan Little talks about the challenges of reporting the conflict, and the duties of the war correspondent.

Interview conducted by Jo Shaw and Igor Štiks

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