So it has been quite a while since I posted on here. This does not mean that I have stopped thinking about minority rights, just that I have been busy reading, writing and attending conferences in the time that I haven’t spent preparing for the new academic year both as a Director of Teaching and Learning and a teacher of human (and minority!) rights within the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.
A highlight of the last couple of months was reflecting on my last published paper ahead of the first ‘blended’ Critical Legal Conference hosted by Dundee earlier this month for the FrankenEurope panel, focusing on Central Europe as a particular socio-legal space. These insights and reflections were inspired by some of my summer reading (or re-reading/), including the following:
Bakić-Hayden, M. (1995). “Nesting orientalisms: the case of former Yugoslavia.” Slavic review 54(4): 917-931.
Todorova, M. (1997). Imagining the Balkans, Oxford University Press.
Mishkova, D. (2018). Beyond Balkinism: The Scholarly Politics of Region Making, Routledge.
Mujanovic, J. (2018). Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans, Oxford University Press.
Klein, J. (2019). Making Minorities in the Eurasian Borderlands: A Comparative Perspective from the Russian and Ottoman Empires. Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands. K. A. Goff and L. H. Siegelbaum, Cornell University Press: 17-32
Tlostanova, M. (2015). Postcolonial Theory, the Decolonial Option and Postsocialist Writing. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 186: 25-45.
Decoloniality and post-socialism are therefore emerging themes in my thinking and writing, reflecting on minority rights (at least as presently understood and lobbied for) as a Western and/or Central European concept and the relationship between the two, the legacy of Versailles (my current focus) and whether we see ongoing ‘orientalisms’ either in the work of the relevant human rights monitoring bodies and European institutions, or within different regions (a likely theme of the book).
A short post for now, but I decided it had been too long and I wanted to post before the busyness of the start of term term takes over. I am very much looking forward to sharing with, and learning from, this year’s human rights students on the LLM International Human Rights Law, the MA Human Rights and those taking human rights as a final year option. Bring it on!!