This winter, Dr. Borislava Manojlovic will lead a team of students in an immersive study abroad trip to the Basque Country region of Spain. The course, titled "Memory and Conflict: Dealing with the Past Constructively," will allow students to discover how different actors and institutions address processes of dealing with the region's contentious past through education, justice, policymaking, and art.
The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as "Europe's longest war" with roots that can be traced to the time of World War II. The Basque Study Abroad trip will explore the consequences of the conflict and steps that are being taken to help spur the reconciliation process.
Students participating in the trip will interact with government officials in the Basque Parliament, civil society leaders, scholars, activists, and artists and will have opportunities to visit local cultural sights including the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Students will benefit from visiting towns and cities across the region, including Bilbao, San Sebastian, Guernica, Vitoria, Arantzazu, and Mondragon.
Dr. Borislava emphasized that the study abroad is about more than just earning class credit. "It's an opportunity for networking and collaboration, as well as to develop professional skills," she said. "Students will be able to meet with officials, scholars, policymakers and dignitaries."
The study abroad complements extensive and diverse research conducted by the school's Basque Country Research Team. The team is part of a partnership with the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, the International Center on Conflict and Cooperation at Teacher's College and AC4, George Mason University, and the Agirre Center.
The research team at Seton Hall is unique in both structure and scope. Collaboration is emphasized and advanced student members of the team are encouraged to act as mentors to new researchers. The team explores a variety of topics across sectors, and shares information in regular bimonthly meetings.
As with the study abroad, students participating in the research team have an opportunity to explore topics that interest them, from sustainable development and gender to security and terrorism.Learn more about the Basque Country Study Abroad Trip