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Mirroring Europe

Ideas of Europe and Europeanization in Balkan Societies


Edited by Tanja Petrović

Mirroring Europe offers refreshing insight into the ways Europe is imagined, negotiated and evoked in Balkan societies in the time of their accession to the European Union. Until now, visions of Europe from the southeast of the continent have been largely overlooked. By examining political and academic discourses, cultural performances, and memory practices, this collection destabilizes supposedly clear and firm division of the continent into East and West, ‘old’ and ‘new’ Europe, ‘Europe’ and ‘still-not-Europe’. The essays collected here show Europe to be a dynamic, multifaceted, contested idea built on values, images and metaphors that are widely shared across such geographic and ideological frontiers.

Contributors are: Čarna Brković, Ildiko Erdei, Ana Hofman, Fabio Mattioli, Marijana Mitrović, Nermina Mujagić, Orlanda Obad, and Tanja Petrović.

Tanya Richardson

mobilizing a private army to defend his majority control over Naftogaz Ukraine and a more sustained effort by the President and allies to curtail his power. Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was appointed as head of Odessa oblast on May 30, 2015 with great fanfare and media spectacle. His goal

Neil Robinson

given of his image and image-making. Whatever else happens in Russian politics one of the enduring legacies of the Putin era will be the personalization of politics as spectacle (as opposed to the personalization of politics as patrimonialism; which is a Russian constant). Even the opposition is in on

Hugh Ragsdale and Richard Stites

Moscow Club of the Nobility, where Pyatnitsky tried to reduce the jarring spectacle of peasants performing on an indoor stage by what he called the scenic method- replicating a village street and erecting cabins right on the stage in a familiar attempt to de-theatricalize by means of realistic sets. Some

Laurence Senelick

is on shakier ground. Although, as she points out, the “future first Soviet generation was more likely to have seen … itinerant theatre, performances that mixed music with theatrical spectacle, and touring troupes that shifted their casts and repertory with each season (p. 30),” she underestimates

Elizaveta Surits

. People 'danced , and with them danced the white turrets and colonnades. At moments of climax nothing on stage stood still. Even the tower-houses began to rotate, subject to the general dynamic, the joyous tone, of the spectacle. One of Lopukhov's other productions which, it would seem, had nothing in

Myroslava M. Mudrak

illuminate chosen segments of the makeshift skeletal set; the functional aspect of the event itself, that is, to create a propagandistic spectacle outdoors among the masses; and in the same functional vein, the use of exaggerated, marionette-like gestures and mime as an educational element to emphasize the

Gregory Sporton

are, and in the context of the internal discussions of the company, the who is very important. The obscure contributors are stalking horses for the views of others, and are playing their part in the spectacle that was Soviet ballet, internal squabbling and all. The statements here are taken as read

Paul Schmidt

spectacle, when action comes suddenly to an end. This moment at best becomes a moment of transfiguration, of enlightenment, when things are in some way made clear; at the worst, it is a noisy concatenation of the elements of the spectacle, knotted together in what has come to be called a denouement. 285