Description: Twenty years after the Dayton Accords the scars of the Balkan Wars are still evident in several of the countries that comprised the former Yugoslavia; but in Bosnia and Herzegovina, they are particularly noticeable—both literally, in the many artillery-damaged buildings and sidewalks, and figuratively, in the deep distrust and resentment that still exists between the country’s Muslim Bosniaks and its Christian Serb and Croat populations. As an area whose history lies at the intersections of empires and geographical and cultural constructs, the part of Southeast Europe known as the Balkans continues to offer a rich case study of the fraught consequences of national identity formation in post-conflict contexts. This course will use literature, memoirs, site visits to monuments and museums, and meetings with civil society actors to provide students with a multidisciplinary set of lenses to analyze the formation and consequences of national identity, especially in a post-conflict context.
Students will spend ten days on Beloit College’s campus and ten days in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Instructors: Gabriella Cerghedean & Amy Tibbitts
Description: This international block course to Spain and Morocco will contribute to and expand Beloit College’s Program of International Education through directly involving students in the ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue on issues that shape our world. The course will give students the unique opportunity to explore firsthand the topic of human rights in present-day Spain as well as to interconnect it with the complex historical legacy of past migrations between Spain and North Africa, across the Mediterranean. “Negotiating Identities and Migration: a Challenging Journey into Medieval and Contemporary Spain & Morocco” is a topics course taught in English; majors will be required to do some or all of the written work in Spanish.
Students will spend the full three weeks in Spain with a two-day trip to Morocco.