UCL Urban Laboratory


Kristen Hartmann

School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Sarajevo's Post-Conflict Urban Environment: Interventions in the Urban Landscape and Peace Building in a Plural Society

The aim of my research is to investigate how interventions in post-conflict urban environments affect peace building in plural societies. I will analyze the impact of new sacred and secular Muslim building constructions on the plural social fabric of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). My research will examine ideas of trans-national identity formation and capital flows from countries in the Islamic world and the negotiations and contestations surrounding new architectural constructions. The urban environment plays a crucial role in the formation of identity, and within the current context of Bosnian and Herzegovinian society, uncovering how Sarajevans are reacting to new architectural projects will have implications for continued peace building in BiH.

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