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Journal Articles


Book Reviews

  • Karabegovic, Dzeneta (2014). Book Review of “Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Divided Societies. Transitional Justice." by Nevin T. Aiken. (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2013.), Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 4 (1-2): 92-93.
  • Karabegovic, Dzeneta (2013). Book Review of "Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace from the Ashes of War?" edited by Roland Kostić and Mikael Eriksson (Oxford & New York: Routledge 2013), Journal of Peace Research 50, no. 6: 767.


Works in Progress 

  • Karabegović, Dženeta (2015). "Neither Here Nor There: Diaspora and Returnee Commemorative Practice in Post-Conflict Society. To be submitted to an ISI-ranked journal.

Abstract: While social science has more recently focused on the multitude of actors beyond the state, the state nonetheless remains central when it comes to debates about collective memory, cultural heritage and the subsequent production and reification of national and ethnic identities. Academic debates around transitional justice have similarly engaged with these issues following atrocity. How states address, ignore or perpetuate selective narratives is thus of particular interest. This paper examines multidirectional dimensions of memory through diaspora and returnee commemorative practices. Empirically, the paper traces two initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized annually between local and diaspora actors in the homeland in public spaces, as well as through media campaigns and social networks in host countries and beyond. These initiatives contest ethnicized, dominant, state-led narratives, raise awareness of past atrocity, and ask for public recognition by the state in an effort to reaffirm and incorporate these events into official narratives. They present a struggle between the diaspora and returnee populations and local state structures between remembering and forgetting. Thus, the paper argues for the need to incorporate diaspora populations around issues of memory in post-conflict settings in a more systematic way as such initiatives provide a unique transitional justice mechanism.

Presented at ISA Conference, February 2015, New Orleans

  • Karabegović, Dženeta (2015). “You sound so authentic!” Research Encounters with Diaspora, in Diaspora, as Diaspora. To be submitted to an ISI-ranked journal.

Abstract: While a widening range of actors is increasingly acknowledged within international relations, the role of the researcher in this context has only recently gained more prominence. This paper engages further by dynamically exploring the insider-outsider divide in fieldwork situations when researchers and informants may occupy hybrid positions and operate from different positionalities by asking how this can contribute to knowledge production. This is particularly the case with topics related to transnationalism. The paper draws from the author’s fieldwork experience with individuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina in Europe as well as in a post-conflict setting, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Difficulties and possibilities are explored in particular when it comes to the reification or reluctance of accepting norms in local contexts of post-war settings. Through interviews with conflict-generated diaspora as well as local and returnee populations, the influence of language and local ties in the community and country of origin are juxtaposed with experiences in countries of settlement, especially in relation to diaspora mobilization. The article provides practical guidance, explores inherent challenges and advantages of using such methodologies, and argues a strategic approach and reflexivity should be carefully considered not only when building research designs, but throughout the research process as well.

Presented at ISA Conference, February 2015, New Orleans and Diasporic and Migrant Identities: Social, Cultural, Political, Religious and Spiritual Aspects, April 2015, Sarajevo, BiH

  • Karabegovic, Dzeneta (2014). "Local Matters and Transitional Justice: Diaspora Mobilization for Education and Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina." To be submitted to an ISI-ranked journal.

Abstract: Scholarship on diaspora has gained prominence in international relations over the last fifteen years through discussions on transnationalism, remittances, homeland and host land relations, the role of diaspora in peace and conflict, as well as security. Transitional justice literature has only recently begun to examine the role of diaspora involvement in transitional justice approaches. At the same time, scholars are increasingly also approaching and considering transitional justice from more localized perspectives such as civil society, or piecemeal approaches. This article aims to further both fields by exploring the impact that localized diaspora mobilization has on transitional justice efforts. It answers how diaspora mobilize for education and youth policy in their homeland and on what grounds, in particular in relation to transitional justice mechanisms. It examines different examples of transnational diaspora mobilization, advancing the argument that one of the main ways of influence when it comes to diaspora in their homelands in post-conflict, transitional settings, is through education and investment in youth. Post-conflict societies politicize issues such as education, thus not following through on transitional justice mechanisms that are necessary for a post-conflict society to move beyond. Diaspora mobilization comes into play here as diaspora use the language of transitional justice and human rights when implementing and promoting their initiatives and projects.

Presented at ISA Conference, March 2014, Toronto and Third Joint PhD Symposium on South East Europe, June 2014, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.