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Paradoxes of Project Subjectivity in Bosnia and Herzegovina: International Intervention and Reconfigurations of Work (2017-2018, 2018-2019)


Publication: 10.58367/NECY.2023.2
Field of study: Anthropology

This paper analyses the relationship between international intervention in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and reconfigurations of labor. Positioned primarily against permanent publicly-funded jobs, still widely regarded as a norm, short-term project-based employment under the umbrella of a postwar humanitarian, peacebuilding, democratizing intervention is marked by specific forms of precarity, living from project to project (along with certain degree of privilege). Based on qualitative research amongst people engaged in internationally funded projects, the study asks: what changes has such employment produced in understandings of work as such, life trajectories and subjectivity?

Keywords: project-based employment, international intervention, precarity, post-fordist affect, yearning for ‘normal life’, neoliberal agency

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