Photo: Ivana Maček. Published in Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime by Ivana Maček (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). “Washing and filling water containers at the hose that was the only source of water for the entire neighborhood. In the background lawns have been planted with vegetables. Sarajevo suburb of Hrasno, September 1994".
Photo: Ivana Maček. Published in Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime by Ivana Maček (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). “Washing and filling water containers at the hose that was the only source of water for the entire neighborhood. In the background lawns have been planted with vegetables. Sarajevo suburb of Hrasno, September 1994".

 

Photo: Ivana Maček. Published in Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime by Ivana Maček (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). “A “Sarajevo tin can” (sarajevska konzerva), a stove constructed out of a five-liter tin can from humanitarian aid. A source of pride and humiliation for besieged Sarajevans: Pride at the creativity and practical inventiveness, and humiliation because of the war and inadequate humanitarian aid. Sarajevo September 1994".
Photo: Ivana Maček. Published in Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime by Ivana Maček (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). “A “Sarajevo tin can” (sarajevska konzerva), a stove constructed out of a five-liter tin can from humanitarian aid. A source of pride and humiliation for besieged Sarajevans: Pride at the creativity and practical inventiveness, and humiliation because of the war and inadequate humanitarian aid. Sarajevo September 1994".

The breaking up of Yugoslavia led to a war that broke out in 1991. In 1995, a peace treaty to end the war was signed – the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Ivana Maček is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology. Her project “Belonging in Bosnia. Cultural Dynamic of Collective Identities in the Context of 'Dirty War'” was the first project conducted during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It resulted in the internationally published monograph Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).

The book deals with the lived experiences of ordinary people in Sarajevo between 1992 and 1996. It documents the coping strategies people adopted and the creativity with which they responded to desperate circumstances.

Find out more about the book.

Ivana Maček was interviewed on Swedish Radio a few weeks ago about the war in the Balkans. Read more and listen to the programmes.

Learn more about Ivana Maček’s research.