April 3 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alma Vardari-Kesler
CREEES Visiting Scholar

Encina Hall West, Room 208

Since the Dayton Agreement (1995) all the countries belonging to the “Western Balkan’s basket” have been subjugated to the unified Western  political and economic “tool-kit” advancing the prospects of democracy, market-economy and multiculturalism. Lumping together the regional societies, it has facilitated an EU policy-making and a regional research agenda that mutes the cultural, historical, political and economic traits of the local societies and current state institutions. In an attempt to amend the conceptual silence and speak the domestic voices, this talk will present an overview of the negotiation process between Kosovo and Serbia as situated in the context of Kosovo’s supervised statehood. But, while opposing the institutional mindset, this presentation will embrace a bottom-up approach of exploring the local contention, focusing on the emergent contentious discourses and practices (2010-2013). While the EU state-builders and the local politicians present the negotiations as crucial to “the normalization process of the regional relations”, I will argue that the domestic contenders frame them as “imposed and risky”, because they undermine Kosovo’s sovereignty.

See Alma Vardari-Kesler's bio here.

Open to Stanford affiliates. RSVP requested.