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Dino Kadich, BA (Hons), MPhil

Dino Kadich, BA (Hons), MPhil

PhD candidate

Young people at Europe's margins: An intimate geopolitics of the future

Biography

Career

  • 2017-18: Education programme intern, Tucson Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Centre

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Geography and Africana Studies, University of Arizona
  • MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge

Awards and scholarships

  • Beinecke Scholarship (2017)
  • Pillar of Excellence Award, University of Arizona (2017)
  • Outstanding Senior Award, College of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Arizona (2018)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, MPhil (2018-19)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, PhD (2019-22)

Research

Young people have long been the objects of utopian and dystopian imagination, seen as ushering in novel forms of politics or apathetically enduring a dark, disconnected future. At Europe's margins, however, youth are navigating something profoundly nearer than utopia/dystopia: simply put, they are searching for tomorrow. In my research, I explore how young people imagine and enact (alternative) futures as they negotiate neoliberal political economy, exclusionary political projects, and challenges to traditional senses of life-course. I locate this research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although it has relevance to many places that are marginalised by the European project. In tracing this process, I argue that these everyday practices constitute an intimate geopolitics of the future.

My work takes artistic expression as an opening through which to explore these issues. Inspired by the rich tradition of participatory action research in geography, I use the process of digital video creation to elicit feelings and senses of the future. This approach draws on the lush, sensuous, and disturbing worlds that can be created through video, as demonstrated by contemporary artists working in the medium such as Gillian Wearing and Mona Hatoum. By bringing contemporary art closer to geographical research, I hope to contribute to emergent work in creative geographies and facilitate further collaboration.

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Kadich, D. (2021). "Young people, hip-hop, and the making of a 'grammar for unpolitics' in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina." Geopolitics 26 (5): 1307-1330. doi:10.1080/14650045.2019.1608436.

Other publications

External activities

  • Member of American Association of Geographers
  • Member of the Infrastructural Geographies Research Group