Identifying and explaining common views, ideas and traditions, this volume challenges the concept of Serbian-Albanian hostility by reinvestigating recent and historical events in the region. The contributors put forward critically oriented initiatives and alternatives to shed light on a range of relations and perspectives.

The central aim of the book is to ‘figure out’ the problematic relations between Serbs and Albanians – that is, to comprehend its origins and the actors involved, and to find ways to resolve and deal with this enmity. Treating the hostility as a construct of a long-running discourse about the Serbian or Albanian ‘Other’, scholars and intellectuals from Serbia, Kosovo and Albania examine the origins, channels, agents and mediums of this discourse from the 18th century to the present. Tracing the roots of the two ethnic groups' political divisions, contemporary practices and actions allows the contributors to reconsider mutually held negative perceptions and identify elements of a common, shared history. Examples of past and current cooperation are used to offer a critical analysis of all three societies.

This interdisciplinary publication brings together historiographical, literary, sociological, political, anthropological and philosophical analyses and enquiries and will be of interest to researchers in the fields of sociology, politics, cultural studies, history or anthropology; and to academics working in Slavonic and East European studies.

section Section I|57 pages

Whose land is it? The establishment of Serbian-Albanian hostility

chapter 1|19 pages

Forging the enemy

The transformation of common Serbian-Albanian traits into enmity and political hostility

chapter 2|17 pages

Producing Old Serbia

In the footsteps of travel writers, on the path of folklore

chapter 3|19 pages

“Reconquista of Old Serbia”

On the continuity of territorial and demographic policy in Kosovo

section Section II|49 pages

The Yugoslav experiment: Serbian-Albanian relations in comparative perspective

chapter 4|18 pages

The burden of systemic legitimization in socialist Yugoslavia

Discursive reduction of Kosovo protests

chapter 5|19 pages

Seeing each other

Nesting Orientalisms and internal Balkanism among the Albanians and South Slavs in the former Yugoslavia
Edited ByAtdhe Hetemi

chapter 6|10 pages

Conflicted narratives

The 1998–1999 Kosovo war in history textbooks in Kosovo and Serbia

section Section III|51 pages

Intellectuals and war: the mediators of (non-)national justice

chapter 7|16 pages

Figure of the Other as an open project

Literary works of Albanian authors from Albania and Kosovo translated in Serbia
Edited BySaša Ćirić

chapter 8|15 pages

We, Sons of the Nation

Intellectuals as generators of Albanian and Serbian national ideas and programs
Edited ByRigels Halili

chapter 9|18 pages

The symbolism of impotence

Intellectuals and Serbian-Albanian relations in the post-Yugoslav period

section Section IV|69 pages

Can there be cooperation after all: cultural and political cross-border practices

chapter 10|17 pages

Serbian-Albanian mixed marriages

When patriarchy breaks nationalist barriers
Edited ByArmanda Hysa

chapter 11|17 pages

Cultural heritage in Kosovo

Strengthening exclusion through inclusive legislation

chapter 12|18 pages

“Face to Face”

Serbian-Albanian cultural cooperation in the media
Edited ByAna Birešev

chapter 13|15 pages

The community of the dispossessed

Women’s Peace Coalition