Screening Bosnia

Screening Bosnia: Geopolitics, Gender and Nationalism in Film and Television Images of the 1992–95 War

by Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has published widely on topics relating to television drama, cultural geopolitics and media images of mental distress. His previous books include Madness, Power and the Media (2009) and Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
  • DOI:
  • ISBN:
    9781623564971 (hardback)

    9781623565923 (epub)

    9781623567071 (epdf)

    9781501304415 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Screening Bosnia
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The Bosnian war of 1992–1995 was one of the most brutal conflicts to have erupted since the end of the Second World War. But although the war occurred in ‘Europe’s backyard’ and received significant media coverage in the West, relatively little scholarly attention has been devoted to cultural representations of the conflict. Stephen Harper analyses how the war has been depicted in global cinema and television over the past quarter of a century. Focusing on the representation of some of the war’s major themes, including humanitarian intervention, the roles of NATO and the UN, genocide, rape and ethnic cleansing, Harper explores the role of popular media culture in reflecting, reinforcing - and sometimes contesting - nationalist ideologies.