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Digital Historical Research on Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Space

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Edited By Dino Mujadzevic

As digital humanities in recent years have been taking roots in major international research centers, this edited volume consisting of ten papers including the introduction seeks to examine the current state of the digital/data-driven research in history and neighboring disciplines dealing with Southeast Europe as well as with the Ottoman Empire and to give an interdisciplinary impetus by bringing together international scholars working with various digital approaches. The included papers give a broad introduction into the field and follow various methods of digital analysis and visualization incorporating approaches like corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis,GIS (Geographic Information Systems), agent-based modelling, computationalstatistics etc.

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Representations of Turkey in Bosnian Mainstream Printed Media (2003-2014): A Corpus-Assisted Critical Discourse Analysis

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Dino Mujadžević

The issue of the contemporary rise of Turkish influence in Bosnia and other Balkan countries has been a controversial topic among scholars. The 2000s and 2010s have witnessed a notable rise of Turkish official foreign policy, economic, cultural, and religious activity in the region under the Islamist AKP Party. Perceptions of this development have been mainly limited to two polarized views: a positive view that stresses cultural links and possible economic benefits, and a negative view that focuses on the perceived danger of the neo-Ottoman imperialism. Bosnia and Herzegovina, with its large Muslim population (ca. 50%), large Ottoman cultural heritage, and recent history of inter-communal war and ethnic cleansing of the Muslim (Bosniak) population is the focal point of Turkey’s foreign policy in the Balkans. As Turkey’s elite sees the establishment of its presence in Bosnia as highly symbolically important, the Turkish official and non-official actors have in recent years launched a series of cultural, media-related, educational, religious and, to a lesser degree, economic projects, mainly in predominantly Bosniak areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whereas the level of Turkish humanitarian and other help, as well as economic investments, lag behind those of Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia, it seems that Turkish actors in Bosnia and their local allies mainly focus on activities aimed to influence public discourses for the benefit of Turkey. This paper uses the theoretical framework of Critical Discourse Analysis and the corpus-linguistic methodology to analyze how the representation of Turkey in Bosnian...

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