Mr Dino Kadich (2018)
From a young age, I was keenly aware that the neat categories that bound and define our sense of belonging--ideas like "home," "nation," and "family"--were much more complex and difficult for some than for others. My experience growing up as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in Tucson, Arizona, gave me the opportunity to understand how political geography is produced in the everyday, through acts of inclusion and exclusion small and large. When I began my studies at the University of Arizona, I learned that such quotidian experiences were of enormous value to scholars trying to understand how political geographic realities that we take for granted are enacted and reproduced. Since then, my research has been focused on understanding how young people negotiate the fractured post-conflict politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In particular, this work has looked at how Sarajevo youth mobilize hip-hop culture as a way to build community, make sense of these politics, and attempt to change them. After I complete my B.A. in Geography and Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, I will pursue an M.Phil. in Geographical Research at Cambridge, where I hope to continue my work with Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth using participatory, creative methods. I hope to use this work to complicate common perceptions of BiH youth as either a 'panacea for peace' or 'apathetic', and show how urban life has become a key site of political contestation for young people.