“You Don’t Mess With Ajvar”: Food Preparation as a Manifestation of Macedonian Identity

Ruzhica Samokovlija Baruh (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

This paper consider the emergence of ajvar in 2018 as a response to the imposed referendum on the controversial “Prespa Agreement”. The agreement was a compromise between Macedonia and Greece, aimed at resolving a twenty-seven-year-old name dispute. Many Macedonians expressed their displeasure with the government’s decision by participating in a variety of traditional and modern activities, including the production and consumption of ajvar, a popular Macedonian dish. I examine how ajvar became a symbol of resistance and subversion, as well as how its’ cultural and national meanings challenged the political hegemony in Macedonia.

Part of 05-13 Food and Identity, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm