1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Julia Barnes

My dissertation project examines an emerging form of multiethnic nationalism in modern-day Slovenia. Against the backdrop of growing Slovene ethno-nationalism and neo-Nazism, I work with a group of grassroots reconciliationists who are working to reconfigure Slovenian conceptions of kinship and belonging. Exhumation of the mass graves from the Foibe Massacres and ritual interment is the central project of the reconciliationists' peaceful nation-building, bringing the ontological project of the state down to the level of the civilian.


Nationalism, kinship, reconciliationism, violence, post-socialism, Yugoslavia, neo-Nazism, politics of memory, statecraft, memorialization, graves, exhumation.