Date

2013

Department or Program

Anthropology

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Anastasia Karakasidou

Abstract

My research focuses on the efficacy of the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a judicial mechanism established in The Hague in response to the mass atrocities committed throughout the northern Balkans in the 1990s. Based on my ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Sanski Most, a small town in northwestern Bosnia, I explore residents’ notions of justice following the Yugoslav wars and their overlap as well as disjuncture from Western priorities and initiatives. More broadly, my research hovers at the intersection of legal anthropology and human rights. While it is founded soundly in anthropological methodology and literature, I also utilize insights from other disciplines in order to contribute to the growing multidisciplinary discourse surrounding transitional justice.

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