Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


Capitalised Balkanisation

November 21st, 2008

Until recently, there were just two capital cities, one in former Yugoslavia and one in Albania. But now there are eight in the Western Balkans. Common to all of these new cities is that not only do they confirm their status as capitals, they are also actively reshaping themselves and, most interesting, growing distinct from each other. In all eight national capitals, but also in the emerging provincial capitals, we are witnessing a process of self-determination wherein each city strives to be distinct while not opposing the others. (more…)