Following the Bodies of Enver Hoxha: An Illumination of Albanian Post-Socialist Memory Politics Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Rocker, Kailey
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • This research traces Albania’s post-socialist transition through the lens of Katherine Verdery’s dead-body politics and Anne Stoler’s imperial ruin(ation). I follow the dead body of Enver Hoxha, Albania’s former communist dictator, from its animations during Albania’s late socialist period – his grand burial ceremony in April 1985 and the construction of the Enver Hoxha Pyramid Museum in 1988 – to those in the following post-socialist period – his exhumation from the prestigious Martyr’s Cemetery in 1992 and the later attempts of Parliament to completely remove his memorial museum. I demonstrate two points: that Verdery’s framework of dead-body politics remains a useful analytic alongside that of imperial ruination to examine contemporary politics in post-socialist Eastern Europe and that “dead bodies” can take other ruined forms, such as monumental buildings like the Pyramid museum. The ruin expands our notion of what constitutes the dead body and its different forms in post-socialist Eastern Europe.
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  • Chua, Jocelyn
  • Wiener, Margaret
  • Rivkin-Fish, Michele
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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