Regional Context

The Balkans is a region that extends from central Europe to the Mediterranean Sea and includes the following countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey. There are contesting definitions of the Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, because some define the region geographically, where only portions of some of the countries fall within the region, and others define it culturally and historically.

Possible Project Work

This project with the International Field Program of the New School will take students to the Balkans where they will start their journey in Greece. Students will be completing a mapping project on the policy implications of the March 20th agreement between the EU and Turkey regarding the refugee crisis. Students and faculty will be moving around the region in order to capture the broader implications of this agreement and to assess the changes on the ground, traveling to Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and finally ending their IFP in Kosovo. They will be focusing on three areas of inquiry: impact on refugees, changes in physical infrastructure (focusing on urban spaces as well as camps, border points), and implications for the actors on the ground who are working with the crisis (state and non-state). Students will speak to the local administrative actors as well as the NGO staff, volunteers in order to gain a better understanding of the changes that have taken place since the agreement has been in force.

An example of a project delivered during the 2017 IFP can be found here.

Partner Organizations

  • The Youth Initiative for Human Rights is a regional organization and students are meeting in each of the three Balkan countries.
  • Dukakis Center at the American College of Thessaloniki.
  • OSCE in Balkans.
  • Red Cross in Bulgaria.
  • Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees in Bosnia.

Faculty Country Coordinator

Everita Silina

Program Info and Requirements

  • Begins: 1 June 2017
  • Ends: 31 July 2017
  • Open to: Graduate students from The New School
  • Supervisor: Everita Silina
  • Contact:  silinae@newschool.edu
  • Language Requirement: No proficiency requirement.
  • Spring semester course: Borders, Migrants States (NINT 5773/CRN 7631) or Humanitarian Intervention (NINT 5225/CRN 7618) and Lab – International Field Seminar – Balkans, Section F (NINT 5900/CRN 3077).
  • Schools and Programs: Open to all graduate school programs, and advanced undergraduates. Non-New School students may also be considered.
  • Lodging:  Hotels, boats, and apartments.
  • Concentrations: All concentrations in International Affairs are applicable to this program.
  • Syllabus: Available by request.