By Dušan I. Bjelic
Normalizing the Balkans argues that, following the old styles of colonial psychoanalysis and psychiatry in British India and French Africa in addition to Nazi psychoanalysis and psychiatry, the psychoanalysis and psychiatry of the Balkans through the Nineties deployed the language of psychic normality to symbolize the gap of the opposite as insane geography and to justify its army, or its symbolic, takeover. Freud's self-analysis, stimulated via his trips in the course of the Balkans, used to be a harbinger of orientalism as articulated by means of acknowledged. besides the fact that, while acknowledged meant Orientalism to be a critique of the ancient development of the Orient by way of, and on the subject of, the West, for Freud it constituted a clinical and psychic fact. Freud’s self-orientalization grew to become the structural origin of psychoanalytic language, which had tragic outcomes within the Balkans whilst a demonic conjunction constructed among the ingrained self-orientalizing constitution of psychoanalysis and the Balkans' personal propensity for self-orientalization. within the Nineties, within the ex-Yugoslav cultural house, psychoanalytic language was once utilized by the Serb psychiatrist-politicians Drs. RaÅ¡kovic and Karadzic as conceptual justification for inter-ethnic violence. Kristeva's discourse on abject geography and Zizek's conceptualization of the Balkans because the genuine have performed violence to the quarter in an highbrow sign up on behalf of common subjectivity. Following Gramsci’s and Said’s 'discourse-geography' Bjelic transmutes the psychoanalytic topos of the imaginary geography of the Balkans into the geopolitics inherent in psychoanalytic language itself, and takes to job the practices of normalization that underpin the Balkans’ politics of insanity.