Topic 2009: Identity

The collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 triggered a frenzied phase of nation-building in Eastern Europe, while some Balkan nations embarked on armed conflicts aimed at strengthening national, religious and cultural identities.

To mark that anniversary and to explore the contemporary landscape after two tumultuous decades of fragmentation as well as European integration, applicants for the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence were invited to explore the broad concept of “Identity” in the Balkans.

Has the drive to establish separate national identities and corresponding nation-states now reached its conclusion, and is the attraction of the EU proving a stronger force?

Is migration creating new supra-national or rather composite identities in the Balkans?

Has a new European identity emerged as a by-product of European Union expansion, and is it at the expense of national identities?

Have EU enlargement and European internal disputes caused a crisis in the EU’s identity, and if so, how is that affecting the path of Balkan states to membership?

Participants were encouraged to also explore the theme of identity through different kinds of issues, such as gender, generation, new technologies, minorities, and questions concerning religious and cultural identities, or to unpack ideas about economic identity - such as globalisation versus national brands.


11 Dec 2009 / 12:11

Sweet and sour

Sabina Niksic in Sarajevo
08 Sep 2009 / 10:10

A question of bureaucracy and co-operation

Adrian Mogos
03 Sep 2009 / 09:09

Normal people in abnormal times

Barbara Matejcic
31 Aug 2009 / 10:22

On the road

Maja Hrgovic
27 Aug 2009 / 11:32

The more you know, the less you want to say

Sabina Niksic
24 Aug 2009 / 12:22

Book of Records

Momir Tuduric
21 Aug 2009 / 13:33

A Big Dilemma

Boris Georgievski
05 Aug 2009 / 11:11

Children vs. Adults

Yana Buhrer Tavanier
03 Aug 2009 / 13:20

When you have nothing to say, say nothing

Sabina Niksic
30 Jul 2009 / 10:10

To Berlin via Vranje

Momir Turudic