Columnist, Lider Press (Zagreb)
Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow
(January – March 2013)
Divided Cities – a Frozen Conflict
Symbiosis between cities and walls have always existed, the earliest form of a city was one surrounded by walls. However, in divided cities this relationship becomes so profound that it has turned dysfunctional. Without violence partition walls would not exist, but violence is causing division and division is causing violence, and so the whole issue is cyclical. In my project “Divided cities – a frozen conflict” I will explore the reasons for violent urban partitions along ethnic lines: When do such partitions occur? Who supports it? What does it cost? And why do seemingly healthy cities succumb to it?