City of Survivors: Trauma, Hope, and Social Recovery in Sarajevo


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies




This study explores the everyday experience and ethics of social recovery, mourning, and international intervention in the aftermath of war in Bosnia and Hercegovina (BH). The dissertation is based on over one year of ethnographic fieldwork in Sarajevo, BH’s capital, which still bears the scars of the longest siege in modern history (1992-1995). Based on research on local civil society interventions in mental health and war-related trauma, the project aims to illuminate key aspects of how wars end today: how moral values, relations of care, hope, and grief are re-shaped in the course of everyday struggles to get by and to heal in broken communities.