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Agonistic MourningPolitical Dissidence and the Women in Black$
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Athena Athanasiou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420143

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420143.001.0001

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Gendered Intimacies of the Nationalist Archive

Gendered Intimacies of the Nationalist Archive

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(p.89) 2 Gendered Intimacies of the Nationalist Archive
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Agonistic Mourning
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Athena Athanasiou

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420143.003.0003

This chapter is about the ways in which the performative practices of the Women in Black movement of Belgrade come to inhabit and trouble such sovereign accounts of archival discursivity as a vehicle for authenticating and accommodating an incomplete past. If these activists keep something about the archive, this is what is “not yet”, in Jacques Derrida’s terms: namely, the event of an “other” archive. The concern of this chapter is with how national myths and public spectacles, which aim to manage the conditions of appropriate commemoration, draw on imageries and imaginaries of proper gender. At the same time, it is concerned with how these activists trouble the sedimented intimacies of the nationalist archive, by occupying the position of the internal enemy in ways that replot the gendered and ethnicized apparatus of belonging.

Keywords:   archive, belonging, intimacy, nationalist imaginary, public spectacle

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