This course provides an international field experience in the arts, culture, and social activism in two of the recently-independent nations of the former Yugoslavia. The program will be centered on Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, and cultural projects in the city that have fostered aesthetic experimentaion and social debate. Sarajevo features a mix of religious and historical traditions, and is emerging out of the war and upheaval that dominated the city during the 1990s. In Ljubljana, students will examine the activities around Metelkova, a cultural enclave in the city created by punks, squatters, and intellectuals in the 1990s, and that today consists of several music clubs, art galleries and studios, gay and lesbian clubs, and meeting places for teenagers and others.
Students will use writing, video, audio, and photography to explore the dynamics of alternative media and arts - their successes and failures, dynamism and chacultural production -- its successes and failures, dynamism and challenges.
Students will also have a chance to meet internet activists, filmmakers, radio producers and others exploring innovative approaches to media. The course includes a short trip to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, to broaden their experience of developments in the Balkans.
Eligibility and Prerequisites:
A student of any academic discipline may apply. This 3-credit ICA will serve as a companion to COM 301, Alternative Media, to be offered in Spring 2013. Enrollment in COM 301 is recommended by not required. Experience in media or artistic production is beneficial, but also not a prerequisite. Permission of the instructors is required for enrollment in the ICA. Rising sophomores are able to apply, but should contact the faculty directors of the program.
The tentative cost of the program is $2,350 (the specific fee will be determined once more logistics have been arranged). This fee includes lodging, most meals, transportation within these countries, seminars, entrance fees, and insurance. Please note: Airfare is not included in this cost.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. Students who qualify for the $1,200 study abroad voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of this program.