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HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2018) 'Syncretic Debris: From Shared Bosnian Saints to the ICTY Courtroom.' Tradition, Performance and Identity Politics in European Festivals (Special issue of Ethnoscripts), 20 (1). pp. 79-109.

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Abstract

This article is an anthropological postscript to the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), brought to a conclusion in 2017. Drawing on long-term fieldwork in Bosnia, I trace in the Tribunal’s archives the strange afterlives of two shared and syncretic saints, George and Elijah, their feasts and the religiously plural landscapes they encapsulated. Surfacing as debris after violent impact – displaced and disarticulated – they offer here a possibility of reading both along and against the grain of the archival expectations. I analyse the chartings of ethno-religious distinctions and the discourse of ‘historical enmities’ between Bosnian communities, with particular attention to the iterations of these arguments in the reports of ICTY’s expert witnesses. This sustained invention of the absence of shared tradition, although productive of debris, is, I argue, continually countered by the emplacement of remnants into rekindled wholes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Bosnia, festivals, syncretism, ICTY, debris
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
K Law > KJ Europe
ISSN: 21997942
Copyright Statement: Dieses Werk ist lizenziert unter einer Creative Commons Licence 4.0 International: Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 14:07
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30123

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