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• 14​ 01​ 2015 •
Boris Buden Some Parallels Between the Violent Breakup of Yugoslavia and Today's Ukrainian Crisis

SOME PARALLELS BETWEEN THE VIOLENT BREAKUP OF YUGOSLAVIA AND TODAY’S UKRAINIAN CRISIS

King Georg, Cologne

14 01 2015

History never repeats, but sometimes a comparison of two events separated by decades can disclose remarkable similarities and continuities: a falling-apart of a society along cultural dividing lines, a mobilization of the past in current conflicts, the promise of European integration, the irreversibility of violent transformations, etc. What Giorgio Agamben argued about the dissolution of Yugoslavia seems to fully apply to what is taking place today in Ukraine: there will never be a return to normality and restoration of the old social contract. Instead, a state of exception born from violence will turn into a permanent condition and go so far as to spread all over the globe.

Boris Buden, PhD, is an author and publicist. He studied philosophy in Zagreb and cultural studies at the HU in Berlin. In the 1990s he was editor of the magazine Arkzin, Zagreb. His essays and articles encompass such topics as philosophy, politics, and cultural and art criticism. Among other titles he has translated into Croatian are two books by Sigmund Freud. Buden is the author of Der Schacht von Babel. Ist Kultur übersetzbar? (Berlin, 2004) and Zone des Übergangs. Vom Ende des Postkommunismus (Frankfurt/Main, 2009).