Tracing the Diasporic Condition—an Interdisciplinary Analysis of Identity-Formation within the Bosnian Diasporas in Vienna
In our contribution we will focus on the analysis of prose literature written by Viennese authors migrated from Bosnia. Against the background of central insights from Juri Lotman’s “Semiotic Theory of Culture”, and post colonial theory (Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak) as well as classical theory of prose (e.g. Gerard Genette) we will analyze the structures of narration which are—according to our hypothesis—characterized by the aforementioned tensions evoked by war and migration. It is to be expected that this analysis will reveal aspects of diasporic identities which could not be captured by classical sociological approaches. In literature, social conditions and personal experiences are artistically processed and already reflected. The reconstruction of these conscious or unconscious reflections on reality introduces an additional level within the research about the self-images of Bosnian diasporas living in Vienna. By bringing sociology into dialogue with study of literature our presentation will, furthermore, make an important contribution to an interdisciplinary analysis of transnational identities.