Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in the Balkans

Info Session Recording from Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (Pass: Balkans2022!)

Participants: All MIIS graduate students, alumni, and Middlebury community members are welcome.

What: 1-week immersion course through four countries in the Balkans guided by Dr. Thor Sawin of the Middlebury Institute

When: March 19-27, 2022

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2022 (AltruVistas registration link)

Cost: $2,804 (includes double-occupancy hotel stay, local transportation, and two meals per day)

Learn more (video overview)

Group Size: There is a 20-person cap for this program. This allows the group to connect more closely with site visit hosts and each other.

Learning outcomes for all students

  • Narrate the events after the breakup of Yugoslavia and analyze the role identity, religion, language, and political ideology played in the conflict.
  • Identify processes or ideologies in the time period leading up to the break-up of Yugoslavia still present today
  • Compare and contrast what has been effective in transforming the post-conflict societies that we are visiting
  • Learn basic BCS, basic Albanian, and the Cyrillic script.

Additional learning outcomes for students interest in language education and policy 

  • Practice methods in learning conversational language before a trip, and reflect on language use while on the trip.
  • Understand the felt needs of English language teachers in the region, the constraints and opportunities
  • Identify classroom practices and curricular interventions that are effective for peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Analyze English’s role in the linguistic landscape in the region, and the indexical values and social capital ascribed to the English language at various scales of social organization
  • Describe the complex ideological and linguistic genesis and consequences of the many named varieties of South Slavic languages (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin)
Co-sponsoring
Organizations
Altruvistas
2175 La Mirada Drive
El Sobrante, CA 94803
415-735-5407
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
410 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93940
831-647-4100
Contact Persons
Malia Everette
CEO/Founder
malia@altruvistas.com
(510) 290-0573
Thor Sawin
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
tsawin@middlebury.edu
(831) 646-0622

Additional Details

Payment Deadlines:  $500 deposit due February 15, 2022; Balance due March 1, 2022. Total price is $2804.

Course Credit: 2 credits, pass/fail (no credit option available)

Financial Aid: Students taking the program for academic credit may request Federal loans to cover the cost of travel and the program fee. Email finaid@miis.edu for more information.

Immersive Learning Funding: Apply for a 1000 USD immersive learning funding award. This funding is only available to current MIIS students.

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