This article explores various aspects of how young Slovenian and Macedonian intellectuals, belonging to the last Yugoslav generation, articulate their (new) spaces of belonging and identity. I look at their Yugoslav memories and address a relatively straightforward question: how was the former Yugoslav community imagined, interpreted, represented, rejected, accepted and in what ways has this image of community been reappropriated and reimagined by the informants? From the narratives, my informants appear to identify with the former Yugoslavia as a multicultural space, a civic space that was based on a common socialist and pluralist culture, with its collective myths and rituals. However, as I suggest, Yugoslav identity starts to appear as a strange feeling of belonging, whereby that which has been familiar becomes suddenly and inexplicably alien. Furthermore, the concept of national identity seems to replicate and recycle the very supranational Yugoslav logics it wants to oppose.
|Publication status||Published - 2007|