Multistable FiguresOn the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-SeeingVienna: Turia + Kant, 2014
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Cite as: Gal Kirn, ‘Multiple Temporalities of the Partisan Struggle: From Post-Yugoslav Nationalist Reconciliation Back to Partisan Poetry’, in Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 163–90 <>

Multiple Temporalities of the Partisan StruggleFrom Post-Yugoslav Nationalist Reconciliation Back to Partisan PoetryGal KirnORCID


In 1989 the triumphant discourse on the ‘end of history’ brought the death of socialism and the expansion of liberal democracy. The proclamation of the end of history could also be read literally, as the death of history as a discipline with a homogenized narrative. It is in the same year that Pierra Nora wrote a groundbreaking article, which disentangled the fundamental opposition between history and memory, and at the end assumed the standpoint of memory.

Keywords: art, Yugoslav; identity politics; multistable figures; multistability; nationalism and collective memory; partisanship; poetry, Yugoslav; Yugoslav wars (1991-2001); Yugoslavia – History

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