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Evropeizacija in pojav 'novih' regionalizmov na 'obrobjih' Evrope: Primer Himar/Himare v južni Albaniji (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.03.02  Humanities  Anthropology  Social and cultural anthropology 

Code Science Field
6.05  Humanities  Other humanities 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (1)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  22570  PhD Nataša Gregorič Bon  Humanities  Head  2009 - 2012  175 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,160 
Significance for science
The added value of this project can be found in the analysis of the »everyday Europeanisation« in Southern Albania. The ethnographic research showed how and in what ways are the hegemonic discourses of Europe and the EU, which are pertinent in the political and media discourse in the present-day Albania, important for the peoples’ experiences and imaginations. In contrast to several studies of Europeanization processes in other parts of Europe which mainly focus on group’s identification, discursive mechanisms or political geography, this project foregrounded the lived relations between people and places. In distinction to the processes of Europeanisation this research has innovatively introduced the spatial dynamics of these processes. Building from the concept of »relative locations« (Green 2005, 2012 a,b), which instead of ideological distinctions puts forth the spatial relations between people and places this project explained how the EU accession policy (the expansion of the Schengen Zone area and the European Neighbourhood policy) brought Europe, as idea and location, closer to the peoples' daily lives and their symbolic geography.
Significance for the country
This research explained how the local views are shaped in the midst of power relations and geopolitical hierarchies and how are the latter generated through the local views and everyday practices. While a large body of the anthropological studies of Europeanisation processes focused on dichotomous differentiation between “self” and “others” (which is addressed by Said’s (1978) Orientalism), or between multiple “selves” and multiple “others” (that was developed by Bakić Hayden’s (1995) “nesting Orientalisms”), this project showed how these dichotomies are often insufficient and ambiguous. Instead of identification processes the project put forth the processes of place-making and specifically questioned how the EU accession policy shifts borders and locations not only on the symbolic but also on the geopolitical map of Europe. With this it explained “why” the EU accession policy is important in the daily lives of people. According to Green (2005:1) “being where you are and being from somewhere always matters” not only from the view point of location but mainly if not exclusively in the viewpoint of relations that this particular place has to other places and people. One of the important goals of this research was to explore the social meanings and perceptions on Europeanisation processes and thus focus on the local, micro-perspectives and aspirations that engender the meanings of Europe. The research introduced the importance of the place-making for the understanding of these processes not only in Southern Albania but also in Slovenia and elsewhere in Europe.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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