Blog Archives

Summer 2011 Curriculum Development “Violence Overload? Promoting Sensitivity to Human Suffering: The Case of Bosnia,” REEEC, UIUC

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its upcoming Summer 2011 Curriculum Development Workshop.

We would appreciate your assistance in spreading the news about this upcoming workshop to your K-12 email lists.  Attached is a flyer you can download, print, and post.  The workshop website may be found at this address: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/teachers/curriculum/.


Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)
Tagged: , ,

Lecture: CSI in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Harold Washington Library Center, May 10

Posted in: Chicago Events
Tagged: , , ,

Workshop: “A Detour to Islam: Popular Health Therapies in Postsocialist Bosnia,” Larisa Jasarevic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 1

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and The Middle Eastern History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) proudly present:


“Three Lights on Queen’s Face:  Ethnography of mêlée” 

by Larisa Jasarevic
Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Discussant:
Noha Forester, Lecturer of Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Friday, April 1st, 4:00-5:30pm
Pick Hall 218
5828 S. University Ave.

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This text is about therapeutic encounters at Nerka’s, singularly powerful and popular healer in contemporary Bosnia, which has seen an explosion of magical and medical market since the 1990s war and peace. While sorcery and Koranic healing appeal to people in Bosnia irrespective of their religious backgrounds, Nerka’s inventive, irreverent, and inconsistent rituals simultaneously enact and displace the ethno-national and religious differences and passions that are conventionally wedded to the three dominant Bosnian peoples: Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Eastern Orthodox Serbs, and Bosnian Catholic Croats. This essay begins with Jean-Luc Nancy’s reserved handling of identity and ethnicity in his “Eulogy for Mêlée,” written in 1993 for Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, under siege but shifts attention to the ritual spaces where the practice and idea of mixing is far more frenzied but perhaps no less critical or effective. Nerka, whom patients’ have lovingly titled the Queen of Health, offers no easy model of multicultural citizenship but the uncertainty that reigns in her office, gathers followers around the impossibility of belonging.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

Posted in: University of Chicago Events
Tagged: , , ,

Workshop: “Salvaging the Space of ‘Normality’: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in postwar Bosnia,” Larisa Kurtovic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 19

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Salvaging the Space of Normality: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in Postwar Bosnia”

by Larisa Kurtovic
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Discussant:
Larisa Jasarevic, Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Tuesday, 4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
April 19, 2011

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: Drawing on the 2008 ethnographic research in postwar Bosnia, this paper chronicles the attempted “banishment” of socialist Santa from Sarajevan public kindergartens and the many acts of political protest this “attack” engendered.  The passionate defenses of this magical children’s figure helped bring into focus anxieties about the crisis of social reproduction caused by infusion of nationalist agendas into postwar pedagogies. Meanwhile, the kindergarten affair also exploded a wave of complaints about the perceived onslaught on ‘normal life,’ an elusive category whose political and conceptual work I trace in this paper across multiple terrains and sites.  Ultimately, his paper argues that in the independent Bosnia, revalorization of certain Yugoslav era values, in particular that of socialist multinationalism, often becomes seen as crucial for keeping alive not only the dream of an inhabitable future, but also of a unified Bosnian state.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, athttp://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

Posted in: University of Chicago Events
Tagged: , , , ,

Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “Pouring Out Postsocialist Fears: Practical Metaphysics of a Therapy at a Distance”, November 4

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Pouring Out Postsocialist Fears: Practical Metaphysics of a Therapy at a Distance”

by Larisa Jasarevic
Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Discussant: Sean Dowdy, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Thursday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
November 4, 2010

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This paper looks at the healing practice of strava that translates as “great fear,” with a long oral history in Bosnia but particularly popular since the end of Socialism and of the 1990s war. The postsocialist therapy, informed by gifting dispositions, is a bustling business that intervenes into disorders that people commonly relate to the new de-monetized economy. Strava treatment presupposes distance since the therapist rarely touches the bodies at hand and interventions are habitually arranged by concerned intimates in the patients’ absence. Inspired by Bruno Latour’s (1993 and 2006) advice to expand our notion of agency in the direction of the native’s pointing finger, I approach strava and its claims to efficacy at a distance not as a traditional and symbolic practice but as a therapy that competes with psycho-pharmaceutical treatments of anxiety and depression in contemporary Bosnia. However, a commonplace therapeutic blunder—an accidental mixing of “fears” water and Coke—which therapists shrug off as of no consequence, points to the models of action that are best explored outside the pragmatics of science studies and with the insights of classic theories of sympathetic magic (Mauss [1902] 1950; Tylor [1871] 1920; and Frazer 1922). By thinking what makes strava water—carefully prepared with prayers and handled by the therapist’s and the patient’s wishing breaths—alone potent while Coke remains flat, I propose that this therapy is the domain of wishing which does not interrupt a sphere of new political economy but nevertheless intervenes effectively in the carnal bodies that suffer it.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung (syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

Posted in: University of Chicago Events
Tagged: ,

Global Youth Connect, Summer 2010 International Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia, Deadline: January 10

Global Youth Connect Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia — June 23 – July 13, 2010

Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications from young leaders (ages 18-30) for our Summer 2010 international  human rights delegation to Bosnia.

GYC’s human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross cultural boundaries and learn about the daily reality of human rights as experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world.  Each delegation weaves together three core sets of activities: a human rights training workshop with local youth activists, site visits to local organizations, and hands-on fieldwork projects.

This delegation to Bosnia will explore the roots of the conflict and the dynamics of justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding as experienced in Bosnia fifteen years after the major conflict in Europe ended with the Dayton Peace Accords.  Participants will gain experience in conflict resolution and transformation and deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially youth.  Participants will have an opportunity to meet with Bosnian NGOs working on issues of human rights, community development, youth empowerment, and conflict resolution.  The program will also include a workshop with Bosnian youth and the opportunity to work hands-on with several local organizations to assist them in their daily activities. For more information, see below, and please contact Miki Jacevic, Bosnia program director at miki@globalyouthconnect.org with any questions.
Program Tuition:  $2,500

Application Deadline:      January 10, 2010 with rolling admissions until December 20 for up to half of the delegation.

How to Apply: Visit www. globalyouthconnect.org/participate and Download an application at  www.globalyouthconnect. org/ Bosnia June 2010 Application.doc

We invite interested young leaders to apply.  We are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-30 and who possess U.S. citizenship or residency as well as international students studying full-time at a U.S. college or university.  Most importantly, applicants should wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social justice.  Participants will become part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for compassion, human rights and responsibility.

For detailed information on program activities, costs, fundraising/financial aid, and application information, please visit:www.globalyouthconnect. org/ Bosnia June 2010 Application.doc

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)
Tagged: , ,