#001 – RUŽA FOTIADIS: “Traditional Friends and Orthodox Brothers” – Greek-Serbian Friendship in the 1990s between Discourse and Praxis


Borba -26.06.1992 “A Greek-Yugoslav Confederation!”

During the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, the notion of a special relationship between Greece and Serbia dominated the public discourse in both countries. The study of the “Greek-Serbian Friendship” examines the capabilities of rhetorical strategies based on the “emotional” and makes a contribution to larger debates about the logic of friendship and enmity and transnational mobilisation.

ruzaRuža is a Ph.D. candidate at Humboldt University researching Greek-Serbian relations in the 1990s and the notion of a “traditional friendship”. Her interests lie in tracing stories and travelling the Balkans.

To cite this episode: “Fotiadis, Ruža; Guidi, Andreas (2014): “Traditional Friends and Orthodox Brothers” – Greek-Serbian Friendship in the 1990s between Discourse and Praxis, The South East Passage #001, 01.12.2014, http://thesoutheastpassage.com/podcast/fotiadis-greek-serbian-friendship/

Further Reading:

Fotiadis, Ruža: Von orthodoxen Brüdern und traditionellen Freunden – die Idee der griechisch-serbischen Freundschaft, in: Tanja Zimmermann (Hg.): „Brüderlichkeit“ und „Bruderzwist“. Mediale Inszenierungen des Aufbaus und des Niedergangs politischer Gemeinschaften in Ost- und Südosteuropa. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014, 465-483.

Fotiadis, Ruža: Christenbrüder und Türkenfreunde: Griechisch-serbische Beziehungsbilder im 19. Jahrhundert, in: Stefan Troebst u.a. (Hg.): Post-Panslavismus. Slavizität, Slavische Idee und Antislawismus im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Wallstein-Verlag 2014, 363-387.

Tokić, Ruža: „Traditional bonds between Orthodox brothers“. Notions of Greek-Serbian friendship. In: Südosteuropäische Hefte, 1 No.1 (2012), 123-127.

Gounaris, Basil C.: “A Mysterious Bond forged by History”: The Making of the Greek-Serbian Traditional Friendship in 19th Century Greece, in: Balkan Studies 45, 1 (2004), 5-22.

Χατζηπροδρομίδης, Λεωνίδας: Η δολοφονία της Γιουγκοσλαβίας. Αθήνα: Επίκεντρο 1990 (Hadžiprodromidis, Leonidas: Umorstvo Jugoslavije. S grčkog preveo Zoran Mutić. Sarajevo: Šahinpašić 2004).

Michas, Takis: Unholy Alliance. Greece and Milošević`s Serbia. College Station: Texas A&M University Press 2002.

Milosavljević, Olivera: U tradiciji nacionalizma ili stereotipi srpskih intelektualaca XX veka o „nama“ i „drugima“ (Ogledi, broj 1). Beograd: Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji  2002.

Sutton, David E.: Memories Cast in Stone. The Relevance of the Past in Everyday Life. Oxford: Berg 1998.

Karakatsanis, Leonidas: Turkish-Greek relations: rapprochement, civil society and the politics of friendship, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.

Ethnos.13.07.1995
Ethnos – 13.07.1995
“They raised the Greek flag in Srebrenica”