Researching Balkans

Collaborative Performing? The Contested Nature of Theater in Belgrade

by Sarah Edwards SIT Spring 2016 Whitman College During my interviews and conversations with people in the theater community, I found this unexpected tension between alternative and institutional forms of theater and the accompanying forms of collaboration. This tension expressed itself in numerous ways, but it was best highlighted by certain controversies surrounding “Romeo and …

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Out and About in Sarajevo

by Matthew Zarenkiewicz SIT Spring 2016 Villanova University “The more time you spend in Sarajevo,” a local Sarajevan friend said to me one bright Sunday morning, “The quicker you’ll realize that it is a lie.” It was the second week of my research project on queer activism in Sarajevo since 2008, and he asked me …

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A Rose in a City Square

by Conner Gordon SIT Spring 2015 DePauw University This article was originally published on The Prindle Post, a global forum for ethical reflection hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. It was Sarajevo that originally brought me to the Western Balkans. A novel about the Bosnian city, of all things. In high …

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An Answer for Srebrenica

by Conner Gordon SIT Spring 2015 DePauw University This article was originally published on The Prindle Post, a global forum for ethical reflection hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. It was rainy and cold in eastern Bosnia, much colder than the previous days spent in Sarajevo. After being bundled into a …

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In Wake of the Tomahawk

by Conner Gordon SIT Spring 2015 DePauw University This article was originally published on The Prindle Post, a global forum for ethical reflection hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. It was a chilly afternoon in Belgrade, and my group and I had already seen a lot. For the past few hours …

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Seeking Out Schrodinger’s Cat

by Conner Gordon SIT Spring 2015 DePauw University This article was originally published on The Prindle Post, a global forum for ethical reflection hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. The weather app on my phone isn’t working, though maybe working incorrectly is the best way to put it. By most indications, everything is perfectly normal; backgrounded …

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Sarajevo

by Anna Squires SIT Fall 2015 Colorado College This morning I woke up in Sarajevo – the “Swiss Cheese City”, as the locals called it during the 1992 – 1995 siege, when forces from the Army of Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serbs, led by General Mladić) assaulted the city from the surrounding hillsides until it was so …

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