Each year the EMA Council of Directors selects five theses, which stand out not only for their formal academic qualities but also for the originality of topic, innovative character of methodology and approach, potential usefulness in raising awareness about neglected issues, and capacity for contributing to the promotion of the values underlying human rights and democracy.
Browsing Global Campus Europe (EMA) Awarded Theses by Subject "activists"
(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2022)
Vodopija, Helena; Glaurdić, Josip
The aim of this work was to understand how the antagonism that constitutes
the core of official memory of the 15 July coup d’état influenced the lives of
those designated as the enemy of the nation – the families of cadets and trainee
officers who were sentenced to life in prison for the alleged involvement in the
coup; to portray the change in their identity – from believers who identify with
nationalist discourse to human rights activists – and depict their creation of
counter-hegemonic movement inspired by the counter-memory of the coup.
The research showed how they regain their political subjectivity through
re-politicising the normalised subject positions of the nationalist discourse,
challenging the embedded antagonism between the nation and its other, and
countering the selective vision of justice by their actions that reflect the belief
in universal humanity.
15 July coup, counter-memory, identity, cadets and trainee officers