Yugoslavia, the Union of Southern Slavs, was designed to bring together a diverse mix of identities, histories, and religions. That was until war erupted in the 1990’s, and Yugoslavia began to break apart. In its place, Europe gained six new countries, and a region with a complicated history became even more complicated. Bosnia in particular, a nation made up of three primary religious ethnic groups, went from peace to violence in a matter of days. Now, less than 30 years later, the wars are over, but challenges to long-term peace remain.
When we travel through the countries of the former Yugoslavia, we are confronted with some incredible stories, from the times when the country was a global leader to horror stories of war. As we hear and collect these different perspectives though, it is striking how the historical narratives and perspectives before, during, and after the war vary. How might we make sense of the overlapping and conflicting narratives of history in the region? How can we understand how history and identity are crafted? How might we help everyone understand that history has a voice?
Visiting Zagreb, Korcula, and Dubrovnik in Croatia and Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia with Atlas Workshops
, we will begin to unravel the complex reverberations of conflict. We’ll talk with members of different organizations, generations, and ethnic groups to learn how communities are working to channel painful memories into a positive and more peaceful future. We’ll get a sense for the divisions and debates that still linger, and expand our own perspectives on what it truly means to build peace in the world.
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