In recent years memory has become the object of increasing interest for the human sciences; in this vein a large number of corpora of memories, life stories, interviews and similar documents have been collected, especially regarding conflict and post-conflict situations, and these are often made available on the Internet. However, it is not merely through a multiplication of records that it will be possible to obtain a more precise reconstruction of the past, but rather through interrogations that, from our present time, are projected into the past, questioning the data from a specific point of view. This is the aim of the analysis conducted in this article. The corpus analysed is a particular collection of memories, an electronic archive of interviews with Kosovan women with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The analysis enables us to formulate some hypotheses about the construction of gendered identity and difference, and to suggest some ideas for reconciliation practices. The article shows how subjectivity is always the result of a complex set of relations, especially in its gendered component, which is a complex semiotic construction. Finally the representations of the ‘enemy’ are analysed, showing how they change as we move from the sphere of public discourse to that of private experience.

Remembering the Future. The Construction of Gendered Identity and Diversity in the Balkans

VIOLI, MARIA PATRIZIA
2007

Abstract

In recent years memory has become the object of increasing interest for the human sciences; in this vein a large number of corpora of memories, life stories, interviews and similar documents have been collected, especially regarding conflict and post-conflict situations, and these are often made available on the Internet. However, it is not merely through a multiplication of records that it will be possible to obtain a more precise reconstruction of the past, but rather through interrogations that, from our present time, are projected into the past, questioning the data from a specific point of view. This is the aim of the analysis conducted in this article. The corpus analysed is a particular collection of memories, an electronic archive of interviews with Kosovan women with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The analysis enables us to formulate some hypotheses about the construction of gendered identity and difference, and to suggest some ideas for reconciliation practices. The article shows how subjectivity is always the result of a complex set of relations, especially in its gendered component, which is a complex semiotic construction. Finally the representations of the ‘enemy’ are analysed, showing how they change as we move from the sphere of public discourse to that of private experience.
Happiness and Post-Conflict
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