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Viktoria Pashtriku

MA Candidate - Collective Memory and Disruptive Narratives in the Postwar Balkans

Born and raised in New York City, Viktoria spent her summers memorizing the streets of Prizren, Kosovo. Her firsthand experience of the postwar Balkans has influenced her passion for resistance, social change, and human rights. After receiving her BA in Literature, Language, and Criticism and Philosophy, Politics, and Society from Hunter College, Viktoria worked at various nonprofit organizations in NYC. At Gallatin, she builds on this experience in the non-profit sector by examining the collective memories of post-conflict spaces, the role of women in the transitional justice process, and the utilization of architecture, literature, art, and film as tools of controlling or disrupting memory. Her thesis will consider the ways women's narratives of wartime sexual violence are evolving the collective memory of postwar Kosovo. As a Gallatin Global Fellow in Human Rights in 2019, Viktoria spent her summer in Gjakova, Kosovo, conducting research for her thesis and exploring the ways women’s voices encourage Kosovo’s public to openly discuss the topic of wartime sexual violence.


Viktoria Pashtriku