Hvad blev der af »Øst«? – En introduktion og et postscriptum


DOI: https://doi.org/10.23865/noros.v34.2227


Abstract: What happened to the ‘East’? An introduction and a postscript
Is it still – if it has ever been – relevant to talk about the “East” as a special region? This article introduces, frames, and concludes on the Nordisk Østforum special theme series What happened to the “East”? It provides the theoretical foundation for the four empirical studies included in the special theme series. The article discusses the historical roots and general negative connotations surrounding the notion of “East” in both the “West” and the “East” as well as the recent revival of “Eastern” identities and their relations to the surge of illiberal currents on the global scene. Before outlining the findings of the four empirical studies, the article discusses the notion of region, offering a more dynamic concept than implied by the classical focus on geographical proximity. The article concludes by discussing the continued relevance of the “East” prefix in light of the findings of the four empirical studies. While there are manifest differences between “East” and “West” we need to caution ourselves against stereotypifications that disregard the variance and dynamics within and across the members of the two regions. The demarcation between the two are in no way fixed.

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Andersen, R. H. (2020). Hvad blev der af »Øst«? – En introduktion og et postscriptum. Nordisk Østforum, 34, 51–71. https://doi.org/10.23865/noros.v34.2227






region, identity, the ‘East’, the ‘West’