About the Journal
spacesofidentity.net is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary international web journal that was operational from 2001-2008. spacesofidentity.net was dedicated to issues of tradition, cultural boundaries and identity formation in Central and Eastern Europe. Articles were peer-reviewed and make contributions to debates in cultural studies, scrutinizing the post-Soviet symbolic geographies that emerged during the last decades of the twentieth century. Objects of analysis were the histories and narratives in which often conflicting forms of identification are negotiated. Feelings of territorial cultural belonging, of Heimat and exile were analyzed, for example, through the prisms of migration patterns, diasporic experiences and urban lifestyles. Essays and scholarly articles came from a number of disciplines: history, sociology, and political science, as well as literature, linguistics, ethnology, cultural anthropology, cultural geography, cultural studies, film studies and gender studies.
spacesofidentity.net was launched by the team of the research project “Tradition, Cultural Boundaries and the Construction of Spaces of Identity: Case Studies for Central Europe" (1999-2001, led by Markus Reisenleitner), which was located at the Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies (now Wirth Institute) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta and funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science as part of the Cultural Studies program launched in 1998 by Christina Lutter. spacesofidentity.net was a collective effort and the responsibility of a team of editors (Wladimir Fisher, Susan Ingram, Srdja Pavlovic, Markus Reisenleitner, and Andriy Zayarnyuk).