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Tourism and Space in Modern Bosnia

Authors: Shannon Curley*, SUNY - Geneseo
Topics: East Europe, Tourism Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Balkans, History, Tourism
Session Type: Paper
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This presentation focuses on primary source research conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina during June 2019. The purpose of the project is to explore the homo/heterogeneity of Bosnian cities as they have developed since the 1990s as part of a larger senior history thesis about modern Bosnian identity formation. The thesis is a two-part paper and web project that seeks to educate an English-speaking audience about contemporary Bosnia as well as develop new conclusions about international knowledge and tourism’s role in Bosnian identity. Primary research was conducted in the cities of Brčko, Tuzla, Mostar, Trebinje, and Sarajevo using a combination of methods such as: photography, interviews, walking tours, museums, and historical archives. These five cities span the three administrative areas of Bosnia and two of them (Sarajevo and Mostar) were significantly structurally affected by the Bosnian War. Additionally, Sarajevo, Mostar, and Tuzla are among of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Because over one million foreign travelers now visit the country each year, it is important to understand how history is being told by tour guides, museum displays, and monuments. These tourist experiences are complicated by a discussion of their historical significance in relation to the knowledge base of English-speaking tourists. As this research is in progress, the conclusions are forthcoming.

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