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ABOUT BORISLAVA

Borislava Manojlovic is an expert in conflict analysis and resolution, dealing with the past, education in post-conflict settings and atrocities prevention. She is the Director of Research Projects and Adjunct Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. Her consulting services include conflict resolution training and small business coaching, online courses and seminars, program development, evaluation and data analysis.  Read More…. 

…Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There’s no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.

What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.
You are the message.

(Leonard Peltier, “My life is my sun dance”, Prison writings)

MY APPROACH

Conflict is an unchartered territory that needs to be approached with curiosity and willingness to learn. Conflict can be seen as a world of chaos that we are encroaching upon; a world of patterns, interactions and rules that often defy logic and vary dependent on context and relational constellations. Conflicts are adaptive complex systems whose features cannot be explained as a consequence of only one or few simple causes. 

A complex systemic approach considers multiple causes and events dynamically influencing each others to produce change. Change in such systems occurs as a consequence of shifts in ways of engagement and interaction within the system. Shifts might emerge through dedicated processes of inquiry, interacting and learning collaboratively with others, probing the boundaries and possibilities for peace. 

By learning together about constructive options of engagement and by being comfortable about plunging into the chaos of unknown, we can create a momentum for peace, integrity and forgiveness.

RESEARCH

As the Director of Research, Borislava led and implemented numerous research projects that focus on dealing with the past, genocide prevention, forgiveness in governance, conflict management, peacemaking, education in post-conflict contexts, assessment and evaluation of peace programs and plans. Read more….


On the bridge dividing and connecting North and South Mitrovica, Kosovo.

TEACHING

Borislava’s focus has been on developing new pedagogical strategies, methods and curricula that would inspire students to pursue academic and personal excellence. Specifically, she has developed original syllabi and exercises for numerous traditional, online and study-abroad courses that she taught. Read more… 


STUDY ABROAD IN THE BALKANS

Studying the Post-Conflict Politics of History and Memory in the Balkans

This course examines various ways and practices through which post-conflict societies deal with a contentious past. We will visit two post-conflict societies in the Balkans – Serbia and Kosovo – and learn on the ground how the politics of collective remembering impacts the dynamics of relationships among different ethnic groups. Read more….


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  • The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as “Europe’s longest war” with roots that can be traced to the time of Spanish Civil War and before. On 20 October 2011, ETA announced a ‘definitive cessation of its armed activity’ and the peace process could start. Despite the Basque people’s strong support for dialogue and negotiations, the Spanish and Basque governments could not agree on the nature of peace process. Historical grievances, victimization, issue of prisoners, requests for greater autonomy and the lack of political will have placed the peace process at a

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Identity, Memory and Post-Conflict Reconstruction CONF 695/385  (3 Credits) $3,890             May 28-June 5, 2016   SPACE LIMITED – APPLY NOW by March 1, 2016 Post-conflict reconstruction is not about returning to some previous “stability,” which may have brought about conflict in the first place, but about societal change, which enables conditions for sustainable peace.  The aim of this course is to understand not only how a contentious past and historical memories and narratives impact the ways in which post-conflict societies function, but also to look

  • In January 2016, I led a team of students in an immersive study abroad trip to the Basque Country, Spain. The course, titled "Memory and Conflict: Dealing with the Past Constructively," allowed students to discover how different actors and institutions address processes of dealing with the region's contentious past through education, justice, policymaking, and art. The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as "Europe's longest war" with roots that can be traced to the time of Spanish Civil War and before. The Basque Study Abroad trip explored the consequences of the

  • Traveling from the cool and cloudy Bilbao towards the sweltering heat of Barcelona, I feel a tinge of regret for the unseen, undiscovered, of inability to savor all the wonders of one place in a short period of time. In my mind’s eye, people and places I visited in the Basque country become alive. My travels first took me to sun-bathed Biarritz where easiness and quiet elegance, uninterrupted by the hassles of a big city, is a way of life. Then, to the picturesque neighboring villages of Saint Jean de Luz and

  • On April, 27, 2015, I presented on individual responsibility and peace activism in a panel with my Macedonian colleagues from Skopje, at ASN Conference, SIPA, Columbia University. The notion of responsibility for peace in this presentation is examined through the analysis of stories told by seven peace activists that have chosen to promote peace in the midst of the violent 1990s conflicts in the Balkans by resisting or rejecting violence. The study aims to explore what it means to perform responsible action (i.e. why certain individuals choose peace in the midst of

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