Bosnian Post-Refugee Transnationalism

After the Dayton Peace Agreement

  • Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic
    Pages 1-18
  3. Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic
    Pages 45-73
  4. Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic
    Pages 75-110
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 135-137

About this book


This book develops a new concept of post-refugee transnationalism to describe experiences of Bosnian refugees who settled in Ireland after fleeing the conflict in 1990s Bosnia and Herzegovina. The book explores their ambivalent relationship with their host and home countries, Ireland and Bosnia, arguing that their current experiences are best described as post-refugee transnationalism. Post-refugee transnationalism is characterised by Bosnians dividing their time between the two countries rather than permanently settling in either and by engaging in summer migrations and diasporic interconnections and affiliations. The book proposes post-refugee transnationalism as different to other instances of transnationalism by stressing its enforced origin provoked by the conflict and institutionalized by the Dayton Peace Agreement. The book combines Foucault’s biopolitics, David Theo Goldberg’s understanding of nation states as racial states and Giorgio Agamben’s expansion on the idea of potentiality, to develop the concept of post-refugee transnationalism.

Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland. She specialises in the sociology of conflict with particular focus on post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her current research focuses on the subject of radicalisation in Europe and Balkan Peninsula. 


Bosnian refugees transnationalism post-refugee transnationalism racial state theory biopolitics governmentality Dayton Peace Agreement Ireland interculturalism multiculturalism community development identity Bosnia and Herzegovina ethnicity nationalism summer migrations diaspora space of possibility grey zone of potentiality

Authors and affiliations

  • Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity CollegeDublinIreland

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