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Nationalism and identity in post-Dayton Accords Bosnia-Herzegovina

Executive Summary
ResearchersProf. Guy Robinson (Principal Investigator)
Dr A. Pobric (Research Assistant)
Funding Body/SourceThe British Academy (Elisabeth Barker Fund)
Duration2005 - 2006
AbstractBosnia- Herzegovina was established as an independent country on conclusion of the Dayton Accords in 1995 following the bloody conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The new country comprised two entities: a Croat-Muslim federation, and Republika Srpska, dominated by Bosnian Serbs. Dislocation of ethnic groups during the conflict created a sizeable refugee community and ethnic cleansing fundamentally overturned the distribution of ethnic groups that existed in pre-war Bosnia. Reconstruction of government and civil society during decade after the war saw the creation of new institutions and new or redefined identities emerging in response to internal and external geopolitical and economic forces. The research explored how ethnic and liberal nationalisms are represented in daily life in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina by means of ethnographic field work carried out in the capital Sarajevo, the southern city of Mostar and western Herzegovina, where a formerly regional museum was becoming a symbol of national identify.

Selected publication(s)

Robinson, G.M., Pobric, A. 2006 Nationalism and identity in post-Dayton Accords Bosnia-Herzegovina,Tijdschrift voor Economische en Social Geografie, 97 (3), 237-252. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9663.2006.00517.x

Robinson, G.M., Engelstoft, S., Pobric, A. 2007 Bosnian nationalism and the rebuilding of Sarajevo. In Neill, W.J.V., Schwedler, H-U. (eds), Migration and cultural inclusion in the European city Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, pp. 218-233.

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