Book Review

Jensen, J. (2022). Memory Politics and Populism in Southeastern Europe. Routledge


  • Ivana Stepanović Institute of Advanced Studies Koszeg

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ethnography, memory studies, memory politics, Balkans


This book is a unique ethnographic project that reveals the hidden trajectories between memory politics and populism in Southeastern Europe through eleven case studies. The authors are putting architectural designs, memorials, and commemorations under the magnifying glass and uncovering the forgotten heroes or historic events to find untold stories and understand how memories are being fabricated, reinterpreted, and redeemed from the oblivion or pulled out of the original context to tailor-make populist narratives which are always serving political actors to pursue their goals and ambitions. The case studies show how the same historic events, personalities, and (non)places can be interpreted in different ways depending on the ethnic-nationalist codes used to (re)produce identities and imagined communities which leads to the strengthening of enmities. The authors explain how war heroes and ideological categories merely represent empty signifiers in their quest to debunk myths that underly the official government policies as well as conspiracy theories that persistently undermine the projects of reconciliation in the region.




How to Cite

Stepanović, I. 2024. Book Review: Jensen, J. (2022). Memory Politics and Populism in Southeastern Europe. Routledge. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics. 9, 4 (Mar. 2024), 199–201. DOI: