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Soundscapes of Mostar: Space and art beyond the divided city

Cole, Lydia C. and Kappler, Stefanie 'Soundscapes of Mostar: Space and art beyond the divided city.', Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding .


The ‘spatial turn’ in peace research has primarily highlighted the visuality of the spaces in which peace takes place. In this article, however, we argue that ‘sound’ can challenge rigid visual markers, which are particularly prominent in divided cities. Drawing on a sound story from a larger archive, we investigate how a sound artist re-imagines the divided city of Mostar by mobilising a set of sonic memories. Our sonic reading of the Partisan’s Cemetery traces the spatial transformation of the city, which disrupts visual representations of space as divided and presents alternative spatial imaginations.

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Publisher statement:© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:22 September 2022
Date deposited:23 September 2022
Date of first online publication:19 October 2022
Date first made open access:21 November 2022

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