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)
2175 La Mirada Drive
El Sobrante, CA 94803
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
410 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Contact Persons
Malia Everette
(510) 290-0573
Thor Sawin
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
(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 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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