South Atlantic Quarterly
Geopolitics, Hegemony, Balkan Peninsula, Social Conditions, USM
This essay focuses on Balkan discourse geography as a hidden contingency of the intellectual work of Slavoj Žižek and Julia Kristeva. It takes into account the extent to which their self-proclaimed cosmopolitanism and universalism reflect disidentification with their Balkan origins. This disidentification alerts one to the unacknowledged centrality of Kristeva's and Žižek's Balkan origins to their writing about the region, and it also points to the Balkanist character of their intellectual production.
Bjelić, D. I. (2009). The Balkans: Radical Conservatism and Desire. South Atlantic Quarterly, 108(2), 285-304.