I am currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and I research the dynamics of memory in Bosnia-Herzegovina, focusing mostly but not exclusively on the legacy of the war.
My involvement with the region of the Former Yugoslavia was initially the result of a larger interest in problems related to collective memory of political events, and when I took my Masters degree I thought that Serbia might be a good case-study. My own country, Portugal, could probably provide an equally good case, but I took the challenge of studying a region I had no prior connections to and very little knowledge about because I wanted to have the outsider’s perspective. I visited to Serbia for the first time in 2006, and have since then travelled extensively through the Balkans, having spent time in all the countries in this region except Greece.
I have meanwhile shifted my focus to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and lived in Sarajevo for 16 months between 2010 and 2011. Ten years since I started studying the culture, history and politics of the Balkans, I have developed emotional ties to this region, especially to Bosnia, but also in different ways to Serbia, Croatia and Albania. I am fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, which I have been learning since 2004.
I created this blog in 2008, so as to share impressions and reflexions derived from my direct experience living or traveling in the Balkans, as an opportunity to write for a non-academic audience, but also to try to offer a more nuanced portrait of a region that has not been fairly treated in the general media.