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Petzer, T (2007). Topographien der Balkanisierung. Programme und künstlerische Manifestationen der Demarkation und Desintegration. Südosteuropa, 55(2/3):255-275.



Maps drawn by cultural policies and the arts have accompanied the political and territorial rearrangements of South East Europe during the 20th century. At the beginning stands the Yugoslav avant-garde movement Zenitizam. It proclaimed the ʺBalkanisation of Europeʺ as a programme of creative destruction of established aesthetical-ethical and political systems, to be achieved by unleashing the Balkanic force. Delineating the semantic shifts in the reassessment of the terminus technicus ʹBalkanisationʹ, the cultural and artistic topographies reveal the coherence between politics, violence and art. The paper discusses these topographies and the implicit strategies of demarcation that are in contrast to stereotyped concepts of the Balkans and Yugoslavia. In these strategies, ʹBalkanisationʹ manifests itself as a figure that runs opposite to the delimitation of geographical, political and cognitive spaces.



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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Deposited On:22 Apr 2010 15:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:05
Publisher:Südost-Institut von Marie-Janine Calic
Official URL:http://www.suedost-institut.de/suedosteuropa.htm

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