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May 13, 2019 - Seven King’s students and two faculty members will participate in an intensive three-week study abroad experience through four of the six countries that comprised the former Yugoslavia. The trip will begin later this month.
Under the leadership of Drs. Bridget Costello of the College’s criminal justice and sociology department and Cristofer Scarboro, a member of the history department, students will travel through Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Yugoslavia is perhaps best remembered as the site of the Balkan Wars, the bloody conflicts of the 1990s that tore apart the now-former country. The memory of the Balkan Wars continues to inform discussions about politics, social change, and national identity.
During the trip, for which students will receive academic credit, consideration will be given to the potentials and consequences of real and imagined boundaries and how landscapes shift and shape identity. The former Yugoslavia is an ideal location to consider questions of boundaries, including between the “Christian” and “Muslim worlds” and between visions of “civilization” and “barbarism”.
Program participants are pictured in front row, from left, Bridget Costello, faculty; student participants Taylor Rudy, Megan Rosler, Katelyn Talbot, and Bethany Makuta; Cristofer Scarboro, faculty. Pictured in back row, from left, are student participants Benjamin Fenstermaker and John Cassidy. Absent from photo is Issac Santiago.