I am a doctoral researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. My three-year research project focuses on the links between memory studies, politics and conflict management by suggesting how the intentional manipulation, if not abuse, of memory feeds into mechanisms that perpetuate social divisions brought about through violent means.
Using the spaces formerly populated by ethnic Serbs in Croatia as a context for this research, I hope to explain the role of memory manipulation in maintaining previously non-observed or non-existent social divisions that have emerged as a result of the Homeland War/Croatian War of Independence.
As well, my dissertation examines the construction of Croatian national identity through the commemorative process and the tensions that emerge between the predominant “defender”/”branitelj” narrative and those of the victims of the Homeland War from all sides.
My data derives from field visits across Croatia, particularly in Lika, Dalmatia and Slavonia, where I document monuments, memorial placards and commemorations. As well, I owe a debt of gratitude to the FRAMNAT research team for their transcripts of commemorative speeches in Knin and Vukovar, among other events. I aim to triangulate the data from these sources using press articles from both Croatia and Serbia published around key commemorative events in Croatia.