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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

 
Ajvatovica Bosnia - Dr Safet HadziMuhamedovic

http://www.bosnianlandscapes.com/

Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović has been working on a long-term investigation of sacred landscapes shared by different Bosnian communities of faith since 2010. This project started with an exploration of rituals, temporality and encounter in the southeastern Bosnian highlands and continues through Safet's current work on subterrenan rivers, syncretic cosmology and nationalism in Bosnia. Safet's 2018 book Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape is an intimate portrait of time-reckoning, syncretism, and proximity in one of the world’s most polarized landscapes, the Bosnian Field of Gacko. Centered on the shared harvest feast of Elijah’s Day, the once eagerly awaited pinnacle of the annual cycle, the book shows how the fractured postwar landscape beckoned the return of communal life that entails such waiting. This seemingly paradoxical situation—waiting to wait—becomes a starting point for a broader discussion on the complexity of time set between cosmology, nationalism, and embodied memories of proximity. The book is available to purchase from Berghan or accessible to members of University of Cambridge via this link.

Some of the anthropological visual work produced as part of this project is available at http://www.bosnianlandscapes.com/

Principal Investigator

Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović

Publications

Dr HadžiMuhamedović's related publications are available here

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