Voices of Kosovo in Manchester

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This article presents a study of eleven oral histories which were undertaken as part of the community oral history project ‘Voices of Kosovo in Manchester’ between 2014 and 2016. The interviewees, who are mainly young adults, recount their experiences during the conflict in Kosovo in the late 1990s, and their move to Manchester, England as refugees in 1999. The study examines the material through the lens of ‘voice’ (Bakhtin): the role of a variety of individual voices, and the role of public voices incorporated in the interviewees’ discourse. It is suggested that the childhood memory of ethno-political conflict lends itself to the expression of a multiplicity of voices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
JournalOral History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Kosovar refugees
  • memory
  • Voice


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