Religion, Identity, and Peace at the Periphery of Europe


A faculty-led trip for Notre Dame students to Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 18-28, 2022

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites student applications for a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 18-28. The trip is led by Mahan Mirza, Teaching Professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs and Executive Director of its Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

This faculty-led student trip will bring ten students to the cities of Sarajevo, Srebrenica, and Mostar to join eight local Bosnian students and learn from local Bosnian peacebuilders and social scientists about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich history of peacebuilding, competing ethno-religious narratives, trauma and cycles of conflict, and issues of identity. Throughout the trip, Professor Mirza will be joined by Peace Catalyst International (PCI) President Martin Brooks and Sarajevo-based PCI staff member Bryan Carey in guiding students in reflections about how these topics in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s context are surfacing across Europe and the United States and how the students can reapply what they learn to their current studies and future work. The explicit parallels to the ongoing Ukraine-Russia War and competing ethno-historic narratives are also a relevant topic of discussion.

The trip is for the purpose of enrichment and experience, not for academic credit. While it is open to all students at Notre Dame, preference will be given to undergraduate students affiliated with the Keough School of Global Affairs. Cost for the trip is covered by the Nanovic Institute, with a modest contribution from the participants. The Kroc Institute has offered special scholarships to students enrolled in its programs.

Selection Process

Applications for this trip have now closed.

Depending on the number of applications, students may be invited to interview in the first two weeks of April on an agreed upon day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET (to allow for the time difference between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Final decisions will be communicated in the third week of April. Selected students must agree to attend an online orientation in early May. Students must be fully vaccinated in order to be eligible.

For more information, please contact Mahan Mirza, executive director of the Ansari Institute, at

Photo credit: “Stari Most viewed from the North” by Bernard Gagnon is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.