- BA International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wyoming, Laramie (UWYO)
- MA Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Social-Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence (KU)
Šverc: Trade under the Aegis of Transnational Relations between Istanbul and Novi Pazar – or, 'Making Sense of the Yugoslav Succession Wars'
How does the collapse of the Ottoman Empire – and subsequent migration of the Muslim Slav population to Turkey – relate to the War of Yugoslav Succession during the 1990’s? This question is essential to the project’s central inquiry about how the War of Yugoslav Succession influenced transnational relations between the émigré Bosniak community of Turkey, and those Bosniaks who remained in Southeastern Europe. Bereft of acceptance among their co-ethnics of different religion at the turn of the century, and again in 1991, some Bosniaks turned to Turkey for refuge, and material aid – though not necessarily in that order. As such, the proposed project focuses on Novi Pazar’s ‘black market’ economy during the war years as a factor that rekindled, and/or strengthened existing relations between the diaspora community and the local Bosniak population in Sandžak. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the interactive nature between the state, and local, as well as émigré communities.