‘Offending the Audience’ & Offending Victims?

The awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature to Peter Handke for his ‘influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experien

ce’ has reignited debates about the author’s relationship with Serbian nationalism during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia. The controversy re-emerges at a time when right-wing populism defines politics in Handke’s native Austria, and attempts for EU enlargement in the Balkans have been repeatedly frustrated. This interdisciplinary symposium discusses the relationship between Handke’s writings, nationalism, genocide survivors, and the future of politics in the wider Central European space.


Prof Andrew Barker, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Dr Tereza Valny, School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Alexander Mesarovich, School of Social and Political Science

Dr Gëzim Krasniqi, School of Social and Political Science


Patrick Utz, School of Social and Political Science

All welcome
Drinks provided

Date: 7 November 2019

Time: 17:30-19:00

Location: Centre on Constitutional Change, 3rd Floor, St John’s Land, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

The facebook event can be found here.