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On the silence that deny war-time wrape

Annika Björkdahl och Johanna Mannergren Selimovic have published the article "Feeling Silence in a Place of Pain" in International Feminist Journal of Politics. The article describes the denial of war-time wrapes in the small town of Višegrad in eastern Bosnien-Herzegovina.

"What are we doing here? We are here to experience how a place of pain is layered by silences that oppress, erase and deny, and to understand possibilities for breaking such silences. But now we are trapped in the silences that we came to research."

Annika Björkdahl och Johanna Mannergren Selimovic visited the hotel Vilina Vlas in the small town of Višegrad in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

"From reading witness statements we know that the hotel had been the headquarters of the Bosnian Serb paramilitary and turned into one of the most infamous wartime rape camps, where hundreds of Bosniak women were raped. /.../Most people in the town deny that these things happened."

 

Artikeln  Feeling Silence in a Place of Pain publicerades i International Feminist Journal of Politics 19(3): 383-385 som en kommentar om etnografiskt fältarbete.

Annika Björkdahl's personal home page.

Johanna Mannergren Selimovic's home page

 

 

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