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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….


RECENT POSTS

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  • We have just completed another successful study abroad program in Kosovo Serbia in May/June 2015. Borislava has been leading study abroad courses in the Balkans for 3 years know. The topic of memory, history and dealing with the past has always been her topic of interest and the Balkans represents a perfect case for studying post-conflict reconstruction.

  • ​ Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN and   Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota visited Seton Hall at the invitation of Borislava Manojlovic to discuss Brazil's role in a changing global environment. See more: https://youtu.be/ZJ842n0SVVo

  • The world has cracked a little with the loss of one of its greatest   fathers. The human family feels this loss, but instead of despair, we can see celebration and tender memory of Madiba's achievement and life. Remembering Mandela gives us hope and proves that humans can recognize goodness in its prime form. He was a leader that put his country and people first, his governance was integrative and unselfish. Good deeds that Mandela leaves behind will continue reverberating through ages transmitting the message that individuals are capable of changing the world.

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