Comparative Southeast European Studies 71 (2023), 1

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Comparative Southeast European Studies 71 (2023), 1
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Tackling and Regulating Disasters

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Comparative Southeast European Studies
Sabine Rutar, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung, Landshuter Straße 4, 93047 Regensburg, E-Mail:
Sabine Rutar, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung, Regensburg

Comparative Southeast European Studies, 71, no. 1, 2023, is available online in open access:

This issue features a thematic section entitled “Tackling and Regulating Disasters” with Elya Tzaneva (Sofia) as guest editor. The issue offers comparative perspectives on various technological and environmental disasters and the ways local communities have coped with them. Yelis Erolova (Sofia) and Yulia Tsyryapkina (Barnaul) conduct a comparative study of memories of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exposure in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Bulgaria and discuss issues of awareness, preparedness, and reactions to this disaster. Tatyana V. Saveleva and Natalia B. Danilenko (Miass) focus on similar aspects based on a nuclear exposure that happened in the southern Urals earlier. Wei Jiang (Beijing) explores the post-earthquake city re-building in China and discusses the opportunities for low-carbon development that this natural catastrophe brought. Tram Thi Phuong Nguyen (Beijing) explores another kind of disaster: the politically motivated forced displacement of Tajik indigenous populations in China and the social and cultural struggles to local communities that it brings. Finally, Mila Maeva (Sofia) examines the local community reactions and coping strategies after the train explosion in Hitrino (Bulgaria). In the Open Section, Norberto Pignatti (Tbilisi) discusses policy perspectives, challenges, and opportunities related to energy security in Georgia. The issue concludes with four book reviews.


Elya Tzaneva
Tackling and Regulating Disasters. An Introduction 1

Yelis Erolova and Yulia Tsyryapkina
Local Reflections on the Chernobyl Disaster 35 Years Later: Peripheral Narratives from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Bulgaria 12

Tatyana V. Saveleva and Natalia B. Danilenko
Atomic Atlantis: Ethnography of Settled Villages 32

Wei Jiang
Breaking the Carbon Lock-In Effect in Post-Disaster Rebuilding: A Case Study of a Wenchuan Earthquake-Stricken City in China 48

Tram Thi Phuong Nguyen
Migration Strategies and Human-Made Disasters: Considering Tajik Migration Policy Initiatives in Tashkorgan from the Perspective of Disaster
Anthropology 74

Mila Maeva
How Local Communities Overcome Disaster and Crisis 96

Policy Analysis

Norberto Pignatti
Energy Security Challenges and Opportunities for the Country of Georgia 119

Book Reviews

Christian Voß
Lea Ypi, Free: Coming of Age at the End of History / Margo Rejmer, Mud Sweeter than Honey. Voices of Communist Albania 134

Iva Vukušić
Hikmet Karčić, Torture, Humiliate, Kill. Inside the Bosnian Serb Camp
System 138

Mina Radončić
Carsten Stahn, Carmel Agius, Serge Brammertz and Colleen Rohan, eds., Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia:
A Multidisciplinary Approach 141

Věra Stojarová
Danilo Mandić, Gangsters and Other Statesmen. Mafias, Separatists and Torn States in a Globalized World 145

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