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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

history, education, citizenship, Balkans, former Yugoslavia, civil society

Abstract

This thesis explores the work of historians, history teachers, and NGO employees engaged in regional initiatives to mitigate the influence of enduring ethnocentric national histories in the Balkans. In conducting an ethnography of the development and dissemination of such initiatives, I queried how conflict and controversy are negotiated in developing alternative educational materials, how “multiperspectivity” is understood as a pedagogical approach and a tool of reconciliation, and how the interests of civil society intersect with those of the state and supranational actors. My research sought to interrogate the field of power in which such attempts to innovate history education occur, with attention trained on the values encoded and deployed in this work.

First Advisor

Krista M Harper

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