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    • Uses of other: Outsider is not the enemy

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    • Date: 06 May 2011
      Promotion of the book "Uses of the Other" by Iver B. Neumann was held at the cafe-gallery Glasnik in Belgrade. The author, Professor Miroslav Hadzic PhD, Professor Branimir Stojkovic PhD, and translator Maja Danon, gave the audience their insight into the book’s deeper meaning. The moderator of the discussion was Filip Ejdus.

      All of the speakers highlighted the significance of work on collective identities in Serbia today and the book’s relevance to the public discourse in Serbia. Professor Hadzic stressed out the two tasks, as he recognized them, which the book "The Uses of Others" tries to fulfil.

      One is to identify the imaginary East as it is seen from Europe, and the other is the use of collective identities in creating foreign policy. The biggest contribution of Neumann’s book is the idea that collective identities should serve as a means to living in diversity without conflicts. Professor Stojkovic said that the book has two major qualities: an academic one and an intellectually provocative one. Besides that, it gives Serbian readers knowledge of geographically far-away countries who deal with the same misuses of identity in the political arena.

      The author has thanked the speakers for understanding the book and its goal the way that he intended: as a way to shoot down the logic of outsiders (’the other’) being enemies by default. Professor Neumann spoke of his life experience and his interest in the problematique of the imaginary East. In his work, he has often encountered people who denied him the right to link questions of identity with security studies. In his opinion, today’s book promotion in Serbia is proof that he was right all along and that security and identity are intrinsically interconnected.

      Related topics:book, use of others, Neumann
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