The strange place called ‘our half of the city’: identity, place and landscape in divided Mostar

By Ana Aceska - The aim of this project is to critically examine and juxtapose two often separated research objectives: on the one hand, it looks at the ways in which city dwellers negotiate their ethnic identities in relation to places and landscapes in an ethnically divided city, and on the other, it looks at the ways in which the interplay between identity-formation and place-making is understood in the urban policy and planning strategies in the ethnically divided city. It employs qualitative methodologies: in-depth interviews with city dwellers and policy-makers and analyses of planning and policy decisions. The empirical research is conducted in the divided city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina: the historically mixed city of Mostar was divided city during and after the Bosnian wars (1991-95) on a Bosniac-dominated east and Croat-dominated west part of the city, having no mixed neighborhoods on any side.