BYS Seminar held - “Migration and Diaspora in the Balkans: Trends and Challenges”

Another module of lectures at the Balkan Youth School was held by Assist. Prof. Dr. Laura Kromják from the Tomori Pál College Budapest on 26 April 2020. Professor Kromják, whose specialization is in diaspora and identity politics, memory, and trauma discourse of Bosnian and Herzegovinian refugees now living in the U.S., is also a commissioner for Western Balkan Academic Cooperation at Tomori Pál College facilitating capacity-building projects. Professor Kromják delivered a set of lectures titled: “Migration and Diaspora in the Balkans: Trends and Challenges”.

During the seminar students had the opportunity to learn some of the basic definitions of migration, theoretical paradigms that are used in studying migration processes, pull and push factors for movement of people with particular emphasis on Western Balkans, and other relevant concepts. Interactive discussion during the seminar included questions like: How do migrants, as transnationals, build new solidarities in receiving countries? In what ways do migrants maintain connections with communities in their country of origin? How can migrant identity be culturally (re-)defined in diaspora in relation to the homeland? What can we learn from listening to migrants’ testimonies, and how can they impact on some of the assumptions by policy makers? How can diaspora be an engine of development in homeland?

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The Balkan Youth School is an educational platform in the humanities, social and religious sciences. The study program is organized through modules, providing basic knowledge of history, human rights, international relations, political theories and issues, socio-political and religious issues, Ottoman history, arts and architecture, genocide studies, leadership and political thought.

The project is being implemented by the Balkan Studies Center of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and supported by The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).