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Geographical testimony: a short history of a Yugoslav family

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2017.

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I attempt in this essay to travel outside of and beyond the more spectacular or established geopolitical discourses associated with research on post-conflict regions, and follow instead the trail of another more essential or everyday history and geography. Listening to and responding to the testimony of a single Yugoslav family, I draw from and write of memories of former places, initially returning to the traumatic moments of 1992, and a journey across Europe. In so doing, I reflect upon the use of testimony in geographical writing, positioning it as an inherently geographical psychoanalytic technique, which not only eases suffering in individuals and communities, but also offers new possibilities for societal change and transitional justice in post-conflict regions.

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Author(s): Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Cultural Geography

Year: 2017

Volume: 34

Issue: 2

Pages: 250-267

Print publication date: 04/04/2017

Online publication date: 13/10/2016

Acceptance date: 01/08/2016

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0887-3631

ISSN (electronic): 1940-6320

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2016.1237609

Notes: Green open access: included in Tampere University TamPub Repository


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ECF 2013-638