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dhr. J. (Josip) Kesic MA

Moderne Europese Letterkunde
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
  • Bezoekadres
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: D 3.03
  • Postadres:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252273

PhD Research (2012-2016):


'European Peripheries: stereotyping and (self)characterization in Spanish and South-East European cultural representations’


This project analyses the cultural responses from two European border regions - Spain and Balkans - to the resilient stereotypical images often portraying them as exotically not fully 'European', be it in negative terms in politics or economic affairs, or in positive terms when it comes to ethnic music (for example, flamenco and Gypsy music). Though the peripheries have been an object of cultural representation and stereotyping, the primary sources and the perspectives from the regions themselves are rarely investigated. These cultural voices need to be taken into account for processes of representation and identity formation are not a one way process.           

Supervised by Joep Leerssen and Guido Snel, this research works within the framework of imagology as it analyses canonical and influential literary texts and cinema, in order to understand the effects of dominant stereotypical images onto cultural 'bordering' and identity formation of both these 'peripheries' as well as European identity. To put it differently, this research investigates the complex, multidirectional relationship between social stereotypes, cultural production and identity formation of these border identities in the second half of the 20th century.






The corpus of the cultural objects (novels, films, essays, plays) I analyse in my research includes, among others:

Carmen (1983), a 'postmodern' adaption of Prosper Mérimée's novella from 1845, directed by Carlos Saura.

Paz Vega as Carmen in Carmen (2003), directed by Vicente Aranda.

La confesión de Carmen, a textual adaption of Mérimée's novella, by Román Gubern (2012)

Underground (1995) directed by Emir Kusturica, one of the most influential cultural objects representing former Yugoslavia in Europe in the 1990s.

Euralien (1998), a play written by Goran Stefanovski.

Europe in Sepia / Europa u sepiji (2014), a collection of essays by Dubravka Ugresic.


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  • Kešić, J., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2016). Anti-nationalist nationalism: The paradox of Dutch national identity. Nations and Nationalism, 22(3), 581-597. DOI: 10.1111/nana.12187 [details]
  • Kešić, J., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2016). Nationalism Without Nationalism? Dutch Self-Images Among the Progressive Left. In J. W. Duyvendak, P. Geschiere, & E. Tonkens (Eds.), The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World. (pp. 49-71). London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53410-1_3 [details]


  • Kesic, J. (2013). Eerbetoon en ongemak. In F. Wekker, R. Voss, S. Holla, J. Pach, J. Kesic, & C. de Olde (Eds.), Verleider & verlichter: columns voor Bart van Heerikhuizen. (pp. 58-59). Diemen: AMB. [details]


  • Kesic, J. (2012). Authenticiteit: gemaakt of gemaakt? Sociologisch Mokum, 2011-2012(4), 18-20. [details] [PDF]
  • Kesic, J. (2012). Potentiele Passie. In C. Bouw, C. Brinkgreve, C. Bröer, & A. de Regt (Eds.), De hinderende werking van het verleden: vriendenboekje voor Rineke van Daalen. (pp. 66-67). Amsterdam: UvA Sociologie en Antropologie. [details]

Media optreden

  • Kesic, Josip (16-03-2014): Stereotypen over Zuid Europa en over uitkeringstrekkers [Radio] Amsterdam, Amsterdam FM Stereotypen over Zuid Europa en over uitkeringstrekkers.


  • Kesic, J. (organiser) (21-1-2015 - 23-1-2015): Ravenstein Seminar, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Kesic, J. (organiser) (12-12-2012 - 14-12-2012): Culturalization of Citizenship. On Racism, Populism and Authenticity, Compagnie Theatre Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Kesic, J. (organiser) (25-11-2011): Workshop Nationale herinnering, Centrum voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Leiden (Netherlands) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Kesic, J. (speaker) & Brouwers, A.A. (speaker) (10-3-2012): Religion in secular countries: the role of Christianity in constructions of Dutchness and Danishness, Citizenship, Democracy and Diversity: Comparisons, Bogazici University, Istanbul.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (13-12-2012): "Civilized" nationalism: constructions of Dutchness and the Dutch Historical Canon, International Conference: Culturalization of Citizenship On Racism, Populism and Authenticity, Compagnietheater Amsterdam.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (17-4-2012): Eroticism: love, pornography and taboos in Georges Bataille, Guest lecture in: Dance me to the end of love. Romantic Love Narratives and Sex, Gender (by Margriet van Heesch), UvA.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (24-9-2012): Georges Bataille en seculiere modi van het sacrale in de populaire cultuur, Guest lecture in: Migratie & jeugdcultuur (BA 3, by F. Guadeloupe), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (26-4-2012): Imagined Communities op de Balkan, De Andere Blik: over conflict, University of Amsterdam.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) & Duyvendak, W.G.J. (speaker) (20-8-2011): "Decent Dutchness." The Dutch Historical Canon and the Instrumentalization of the Past, American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting 2011, Las Vegas, USA (Ceasar's Palace).
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (2-5-2011): Georges Bataille en seculiere hertovering, Guest lecture in: Sociologische Theorieen 1B (by Bart van Heerikhuizen), Amsterdam.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (25-11-2011): De historische canon en ‘beschaafd Nederlanderschap': tussen politieke instrumentalisering en wetenschappelijke ontkenning, Workshop ‘Nationale herinnering’, Centrum voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Leiden.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (3-11-2010): Not History but Our Story. Dutch Identity and the Instrumentalization fo the Past, The Culturalization of Citizenship - Comparative Perspectives, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Kesic, J. (speaker) (30-9-2010): Het paradoxale verlangen naar authenticiteit in een tijd van commercie en consumptie, Second Sight Trend Event 2011... and Beyond, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam.


  • Wekker, F., Voss, R., Holla, S., Pach, J., Kesic, J., & de Olde, C. (2013). Verleider & verlichter: colums voor Bart van Heerikhuizen. Diemen: AMB. [details]
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