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November 28, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: FREE
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty



Brad Roth, Professor of Political Science and Law; Dalia Ibrahim, Undergraduate, Political Science; Sheham Saif, Undergraduate, Political Science; John Sedarous, Undergraduate, Political Science



The Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia, hosts an annual multidisciplinary short course on ethnic conflict, co-founded by WSU Political Science Professor Otto Feinstein during the 1990s Yugoslav wars. WSU student participants go on to travel to conflict sites in Bosnia and to the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Professor Brad Roth, whose research has explored multiple legal aspects of the Yugoslav dissolution, led the 2018 trip and supervised three related Undergraduate Research (UROP) projects. 


Armed conflicts among rival ethno-nationalist-dominated forces tore apart Yugoslav communities with long histories of multi-ethnic cooperation. “Ancient hatreds” explanations have thus given way to a scholarly focus on structural and institutional factors, as well as on the effects of political demagoguery. 


Dalia Ibrahim is investigating the role of accounts of past atrocities (remote and recent) in mobilizing support for ethno-nationalist political agendas. Sheham Saif is examining the relationship between the configuration of electoral processes and the rise of ethno-nationalist political entrepreneurship, with a focus on the 1990 Croatian election. John Sedarous is comparing and contrasting ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia and in the United States, with an eye to the relative roles of deep-seated societal divisions and the tactical provocations of political instigators.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact The Humanities Center at 313 577 5471 or