Dorian Brandon Juric

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Ottawa, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10076

Approve Date

April 8, 2021

Project Title

Juric, Dorian (Ottawa, U. of) "“‘Twas always known as the bloody Frontier”: Folklore and Bosnian Identity in the Migrant Crisis"

Since 2018, a number of migrants and refugees from Asia, the Near East, and Africa have been blocked from entry into the European Union at a small border region, the Bosanska Krajina, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This research explores how traditional, right-wing, and conservative citizens in the region use the area’s history and folklore to inform and justify their engagement in anti-migrant sentiments and actions (protesting their presence, spreading rumours, enacting violence). I seek to understand the moral and political logics by which this hate or resentment is formulated in culturally-specific and historically-conceptualized terms and how those sentiments are generated, circulated, and contested among groups in the form of songs, rumours, jokes, conspiracy theories and other folklore. Unlike most research on anti-migrant violence, this project takes seriously the oft-maligned worldview of nativist groups in order to understand the appeal of these attitudes and thus better inform productive responses to them.