Is Another Citizenship Possible? Hopeful Political Practices in the Post-Dayton Impasse

Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter explores opportunities for negotiating alternative spaces and visions of citizenship through instances of cultural activism and artistic production that might challenge and subvert conventional gender roles. It discusses their fragile potential to undermine the totalitarian ethnicization of space, politics and belonging, through the articulation of marginalized narratives of the war, as well as the peace to come.


Feminism Cultural activism Bosnia Feminist art DIY citizenship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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