Participants had the opportunity to talk to Norbert Mappes Niedieck, which many perceived as inspiring, as it gave them the perspectives from other countries in their attempts of dealing with the past. Dinka Corkalo Biruski, professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb expanded on the notion of “victimhood competition”, stressing that for the entire process of reconciliation it is essential to listen to other peoples’ stories. Participants concluded that most what they know of the past comes from media and the internet, while school curricula address these issues poorly.
Following this event, the FES BiH office in Banja Luka, organized a regional conference titled “Critical Culture of Remembering – Between Memory, Denial and Condonation – How Do We Treat the Past” on September 28th in cooperation with a local NGO in Banja Luka called “Oštra Nula”. The conference addressed the conflict of ideological paradigms and the influence of the World War II narrative with regional relations. Most participants agreed that critical culture towards remembering and commemoration is severely jeopardized, as the wrong perception of one’s own history has become central in the public discourse. Participants emphasized that none of the local societies could go forward until they confront themselves with their recent past adding that it is vital to search outside of the absurdity of war and remember it as a collective calamity where innocents suffer. Everyone agreed that it is pointless to try and identify the winners and the losers of, but rather try and rebuild society around ideas of equality, justice and peace.
Kupreška 20, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our publications as soon as they are available: send us your contact info via info(at)fes-soe.org.
EU citizens and Third Country Nationals are formally in very different situations when it comes to their mobility and rights in the European Union.... More
Europe is regrettably witnessing a return of war. Russia’s assault on Ukraine, a sovereign European nation, is likely to become the largest European... More
Consequences of the war in Ukraine are felt well beyond its borders, and the circumstances have already caused unprecedented shifts in foreign policy... More
Inclusive energy transition includes the concept of just transition but also goes beyond it, encompassing the energy democracy and the involvement of... More
Politics around Europe are becoming one-men (rarely women) shows. From the likes of Orban and Janša to Vučić and Đukanović – the political influence... More
Third edition of Political Trends and Dynamics and the last one in 2021 offers insights on diplomacy in Southeast Europe – one of the critical tools... More
Nine countries, one region: a first-of-its-kind political economy study on the barriers to an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable... More