HOMInG interview with Maja Povrzanović Frykman (Malmö University)

Conducted by Ilka Vari-Lavoisier

November 2019

“Military violence led people to re-discover the place of their daily life in conditions of thorough disruption of normality as they knew it. What can you do if your town is under siege and your home is turned into a place of fear and destruction? The notions of safety and coziness were not applicable, and yet, many people decided to stay in their homes not only during attack alarms, but also during actual attacks. Staying at home was a minimal, very private, act of resistance. At the same time, it was the safety of normality in one’s own home, the familiarity of the place, that could help people “forget” the danger. People who experienced life under siege also told me how they perceived their entire town as home.”