COMPSEES 70 (2022), no. 4, contains a thematic section titled "Making Sense of Archives", with Iva Lučić (Uppsala) acting as guest editor. The authors critically approach archival collections and record-keeping practices in Southeastern Europe as well as the ways in which these have conditioned research questions and history-writing.
Iva Vukušić (Utrecht) discusses the archive of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, whose records reveal important insights into the logics of violence during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Gilles de Rapper (Athens) explores photographic practices and their archives in the context of socialist Albania. Ana Sekulić (Sarajevo) examines the archive of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its record-keeping practices for imperial documents originating from Ottoman governance. And Amila Kasumović (Pittsburgh) engages with Habsburg documents in the state archive of Bosnia and Herzegovina, approaching them as a colonial archive in a European context.
In addition, the issue contains a study by Kristina Nikolovska (Windsor) and Raluca Bejan (Halifax), who expand Esping-Andersen's typology of welfare regimes to compare the disparities in Covid-19 infection and mortality rates in East and West European states.
In the Open Section, Ulf Brunnbauer discusses the manifold consequences of Bulgaria’s veto on EU accession talks with North Macedonia, first declared in 2019.The issue finally contains four book reviews.
Making Sense of ArchivesGuest Editor: Iva Lučić
Iva LučićMaking Sense of Archives: An Introduction567
Iva VukušićArchives of Mass Violence: Understanding and Using ICTY Trial Records585
Gilles de RapperPhotographic Archives and the Anthropology of Communism in Albania608
Ana SekulićThe Franciscan Order of Things: Empire, Community, and Archival Practices in the Monasteries of Ottoman Bosnia642
Amila KasumovićUnderstanding Colonial Archives: Reflections on Records from Habsburg Times in the Archives of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kristina Nikolova and Raluca BejanWelfare States and Covid-19 Responses: Eastern versus WesternDemocracies686
Ulf BrunnbauerSide Effects of “Phantom Pains”: How Bulgarian Historical Mythology Derails North Macedonia’s EU Accession722
Zsuzsa GilleTibor Valuch, Everyday Life Under Communism and After: Lifestyle andConsumption in Hungary, 1945–2000740
Ion MarandiciNeven Andjelic, Covid-19, State-Power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans 743
Andrej PřívaraJelena Džankić, The Global Market for Investor Citizenship: Politics of Citizenship and Migration746
Kamil GlinkaTatjana Sekulić, The European Union and the Paradox of Enlargement: The Complex Accession of the Western Balkans748
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