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Macedonia & Its Questions

Origins, Margins, Ruptures & Continuity


Edited By Victor A Friedman, Goran Janev and George Vlahov

Macedonia and its Questions: Origins, Margins, Ruptures and Continuity is a multi-disciplinary book of 11 chapters, containing contributions that span the fields of linguistics, political science, sociology, history and law. The title of the book purposefully references but simultaneously interrogates and challenges the idea that certain nation-states and certain ethnicities can in some way constitute a "question" while others do not. The "Macedonian Question" generally has the status of a problem that involves questioning the very existence of Macedonians and one of the aims of this volume is to reframe the nature of the discussion.

Victor Friedman is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Chicago and Honorary Adjunct at La Trobe University. His Ph.D. in both Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures is from the University of Chicago, and he holds the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. He is a foreign member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of North Macedonia, the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Kosova, and the Academy of Sciences of Albania, and he holds the "1300 years of Bulgaria" jubilee medal from the Republic of Bulgaria as well as the Medal of Merit from the Republic of Macedonia. He has received awards for outstanding contributions to scholarship from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and from the Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. His research deals with all aspects of the languages of the Balkans as well as Daghestanian and Kartvelian linguistics.

Goran Janev is professor of social anthropology at the "Sts Cyril and Methodius" University, Skopje, Macedonia. He is employed as a research fellow at the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research at the same University. He has completed a DPhil in Social Anthropology at the Oxford University. He has written about the interethnic relations and the rise of ethnocracy in Macedonia and the symbolic landscape transformations in the construction of the national identity. His current research interests focus on urban studies, public space, symbolic landscapes, socialist monuments, cultural heritage, and diversity.

George Vlahov is an academic at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and a PhD candidate who specialises in social theory. He has previously written about Arnason's social theory and the "Macedonian Question".