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Wednesday 12 April 2023 11.00 - 13.00
V-2 SOC03 Decolonising Empires: Transnational Actors and Social Reform in the Post-Imperial Balkan Spaces
Västra Hamngatan 25 AK2 134
Network: Social Inequality Chair: Marco H.D. van Leeuwen
Organizers: Michele Mioni, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen Discussants: -
Moderators: -
Blendi Çali : Decolonization in the Political Discourse in Kosovo
The aim of this paper is to examine how decolonization in the Global South impacted current discourses of liberation and development within Europe and especially how it influences the political speech of the Albanian politicians in Kosovo. The discourse on decolonization and historical processes that generated this production of discourse ... (Show more)
The aim of this paper is to examine how decolonization in the Global South impacted current discourses of liberation and development within Europe and especially how it influences the political speech of the Albanian politicians in Kosovo. The discourse on decolonization and historical processes that generated this production of discourse will be analyzed to understand the mobilizing factor of the main political party in power in Kosovo and the anticolonial discourse of its politicians. The critique addresses not only Serbia but also the international protectorate and the public discourse produced aimed towards the Albanians in Kosovo to be positioned as colonized and an othered group. Through the paper, it will be given a more detailed presentation of this discourse involving its origin, process, use, and history. (Show less)

Deona Cali : The League of Nations and Decolonization in Albania
The aim of this abstract is to analyse the role of the League of Nations on twentieth-century decolonization in Albania expanding beyond the heyday of post-war decolonization covering a timeline from 1920-1939. It introduces a wide range of actors who shaped processes of decolonization and the development from representatives of ... (Show more)
The aim of this abstract is to analyse the role of the League of Nations on twentieth-century decolonization in Albania expanding beyond the heyday of post-war decolonization covering a timeline from 1920-1939. It introduces a wide range of actors who shaped processes of decolonization and the development from representatives of new states and imperial powers, bureaucrats and experts of the League of Nations in Albania. The topic of the League of Nations involvement in decolonization is multifaced. As an organization, the League of Nations faced challenges in engaging nations in international cooperation. It was together with other international organisations a hub for forging anti-colonial and inter-imperial alliances contributing to the simplistic view and arguments that presents international organisations as instruments of neo-colonialism. It served as a public forum for meaning of decolonization more generally and the decolonization of specific places in particular as Albania. The research objective of this paper is to analyse the role of the League of Nations, its employees, and the Albanian immigration societies as historical actors in their own right who sought to respond and shape the process of decolonization in Albania and sometimes in particular cases not following the lead of government representatives. (Show less)

Jill Massino : The Global South and Socialist Romania: State and Popular Perspectives
This paper explores state and popular discourses about the Global South in Romania. As decolonization unfolded, Romania began forging diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations with developing countries. Consequently, state media and school manuals highlighted the culture and peoples of newly independent states, while also critiquing the neocolonial practices of Western ... (Show more)
This paper explores state and popular discourses about the Global South in Romania. As decolonization unfolded, Romania began forging diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations with developing countries. Consequently, state media and school manuals highlighted the culture and peoples of newly independent states, while also critiquing the neocolonial practices of Western powers. As a corollary, they showcased Romania’s commitment to peace, sovereignty, and human rights as well as the benevolence of socialist systems. Mobilized by the state as a tool for promoting alternative modernity and national autonomy, the Global South was also part of the everyday imaginary: Romanians of various ages and occupational backgrounds wrote to the party leadership to share their views on liberation struggles and newly independent nations. Thus, the Romanian state and its citizenry could find common cause around certain issues, illustrating the salience of national roads to socialism in the 1960s and 1970s. (Show less)



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