Student trip snapshots: Exploring religion and peacebuilding at the periphery of Europe

Author: Josh Stowe

Sarajevo Trip

A group of Notre Dame and Bosnian students used a May 18-28 trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina to study religion, identity, and peacebuilding. 

The experience brought participants to the cities of Sarajevo, Srebrenica, and Mostar to learn from local Bosnian peacebuilders and social scientists about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich history of peacebuilding, competing ethno-religious narratives, trauma and cycles of conflict, and issues of identity. It included stops at a number of historic sites, including several that figured prominently in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. 

Facilitators helped students reflect on how the trip's central themes are relevant in Europe and the United States, and how students can apply what they learned to their current studies and future work. 

Facilitators included Mahan Mirza, executive director of the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion; Martin Brooks, president of Peace Catalyst International (PCI); and Sarajevo-based PCI staff member Bryan Carey.

The trip was possible thanks to the generosity of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Below are a few highlights from the trip that participants shared on social media.

Below are a few highlights from the recent student trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina that participants shared on social media.