Education PYPA 2010


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Sarajevo, July 18 - 27, 2010

It's our pleasure to inform you that we are organizing the 3rd Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy for persons from across the former Yugoslavia who are active in the fields of peacebuilding, dealing with the past, human rights' protection. This event is tailored for activists, students, researchers, theoreticians, journalists and all others whose focus is peace work.

Our basic intention is to contribute to the advancement of peacebuilding practices and theory in the Post-Yugoslav Countries and offer those who deal with peacebuilding the opportunity to:

  • l critically evaluate and reflect on practices and models applied to date in the peacebuilding field regarding the region of former Yugoslavia and beyond;
  • l become introduced to new theories and practices of peacebuilding from different parts of the world.

After academies of the last 2 years (which consisted of three simultaneous courses organized during a single session) and their remarkable experience, this year's Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy offers three different courses, (held at the same time and at the same location) to the interested activists and researchers:

July 18 - 27, 2010

1. Religion and Nationalism
Vjekoslav Perica, University of Rijeka
Working language: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
For more details on the course and lecturers click here.

2. Understanding elements of collective violence and mass crimes (with the Yugoslav and Rwandan case - in the context of Great Lakes region)
Vlasta Jalusic and Tonci Kuzmanic, Peace Institute, Ljubljana
Working language: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
For more details on the course and lecturers click here.

3. Memory and its role in Conflict and Conflict Transformation
Orli Fridman, SIT Study Abroad (Balkans) and MA program in Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University (Belgrade)
Working language: English.
For more details on the course and lecturer click here.

Each participant can only attend a single course.

Participation Prerequisites:

  • Experience in peacebuilding work in any of the abovementioned fields
  • Willingness to attend the selected course during its whole, eight-day, duration (late arrivals and early departures will not be tolerated)
  • Willingness to fulfill all obligations related to the course (reading the recommended literature, writing a final essay)
  • Fluency in English (prerequisite for 3rd course)
  • Minimum age for participation is 21 years

Work Methodology:

The courses combine lectures (to a lesser degree) and interactive work method (extensively) through group discussions, small group activities, analysis of video and written material. This type of methods assumes the participants' active involvement and contribution in creating a good work dynamic.

The total duration of each of the courses is eight days - seven work days and one free day in the middle of a course. Work day is divided into two blocks - morning and afternoon, with a break for lunch and rest between them.
All participants are to receive the selected course's written material a few weeks ahead.

Logistical and Technical Information

If you wish to partake, please fill out the attached application and send it to us by May 31, 2010 at the very latest.
E-mail it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or fax it to: +387 33 715 482
Up to twenty applicants will be selected per course. You are be notified of the selection results by June 10, 2010, at the very latest. We kindly ask that you fill out the attached questionnaire as detailed as possible as it is the basis for the selection process.

The participants' accommodation and the courses' activity rooms are in the Franciscan Student Dormitory complex (Franjevacki studentski dom) which is located in the Sarajevo's neighborhood of Grbavica, about 15 minutes' walk to downtown.
The newly built complex meets all of the Peace Academy's needs. The accommodation is organized in double rooms.

Total cost of participation in the 2010 Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy is 700 €. All food and accommodation expenses, as well as lecturers' honoraria are to be covered by the organizers.  Financial support for the Peace Academy has been provided by Mennonite Central Committee and Balkan Trust for Democracy.

The participants are responsible for covering their traveling expenses along with the Peace Academy's obligatory participation fee. Support for travel and visa expenses is available for applicants from Macedonia and Kosovo. In addition, participants are also responsible for covering their travel insurance expenses.

The obligatory participation fee for the Peace Academy which must be paid upon acceptance for the academy:
A) 50 € for participants from the Post-Yugoslav countries.
B) 200 € for participants from other countries.

Note for participants from the Post-Yugoslav countries

If you or your organization can contribute to the Peace Academy's sustainability by paying a larger participation fee (150, 250 or 350 €), please note that in your application.

For all additional information regarding the Peace Academy please look at the documents at this website or contact us directly:

Randy Puljek-Shank and Amela Puljek-Shank
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone/fax: +387 33 715 482

Address: Grbavicka 91 (MCC)
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina