Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
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The program incorporates educational excursions to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, allowing students to witness the effects of conflict and its aftermath in different settings. Students discover the ongoing efforts of various groups working to make the transition from conflict to new state-building processes and hear diverse perspectives on current realities and challenges.
As a result of the Dayton Agreement, Bosnia was divided into two political entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska. Students encounter different perspectives of the past and visions for the country’s future.
During this excursion, students will focus on topics such as Islam in Bosnia, the role of memorials and commemorative events in post-conflict transformation, the role of the international community in Bosnia, and EU accession. Additionally, they will be introduced to post-Dayton realities and challenges and visit both Banja Luka and Sarajevo.
During this period, students also may visit Sanski Most and the Center for Peacebuilding, Mostar, famous for its ancient bridge reconstructed in 2004, following its destruction in the last war. In Mostar, students may meet with students of the United World College (UWC). Alternatively, they may visit the memorial site to victims of Srebrenica and spend time at the Kuca Poverenja (house of Trust). Students may also have the chance to visit the University of Banja Luka and meet with local students.
Kosovo recently declared unilateral independence, unrecognized by Serbia. During this excursion, students will visit Kosovo’s capital Prishtina and be exposed to the different realities and point of view regarding the future of the frozen conflict in Kosovo. Students will witness the change of power relations in Kosovo, discuss issues relating to minority rights and human rights, and experience firsthand the vibrancy and energy of a newly independent state.
During the excursion, students will be hosted at the Levizja FOL. Presentations by local organizations could focus on Albanian perspectives in the war in Kosovo, activism for self-determination, the role of memory and myths in the process of state building, and the role of the international community and organizations such as the UN, OSCE, and the current EULEX structures.
Please note, this excursion could be modified or cancelled, should the political situation in Kosovo, as assessed by SIT, merit a change in plans.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Belgrade
Language Study: Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian
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