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Family memories

Kaja HaelbichHamburg, Germany In our course "Understanding Internal Dynamics of Societies in Conflict" we started to engage in the topic of Israel Palestine conflict by talking about memories. We discussed different kinds...

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Hierarchy and canonization of memory

Course: Memory and its role in conflict and conflict transformationLecturer: Orli Fridman Hierarchy and Canonization of Memory: Adaptation of Historiography to Socio-political Identity Construction Course participant: Jasmina Gavrankapetanović-Redžić, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina In...

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Na raskrsnici identiteta

Drinić Sevimka

Uvod

Pronicanjem unutar drugih, unutar društva jeste i put pronicanja unutar sebe gledajući se u ogledalu onih koji su oko nas. Taj odraz može da nas navede da sebe vidimo kao sliku za sebe ili kao sliku o sebi. To nužno ne imlicira konflikt ali može da dovede do promišljanja. Jesmo li suštinski ušli u stado koje nas vodi motivom pripadanja nečega što je između nas i onozemaljskog ili smo stali na bedemu granica koje je stvorila ljudska ruka? Dali jedno isključuje drugo ili je kompatibilo ili pak bi pristali da balansiramo, žongliramo na žici da budemo dobar vjernik i pripadnik nacije? Ako je 21. vijek donio ovu dilemu onda nas nije naučio ničemu novom. On je samo otvorio ponovo vrata koja nikad nisu ni bila zatvorena do kraja- vrata preispitivanja kada i koliko izdajemo dio sebe u ime drugog sebe. Na prostoru Balkana ova vrata mogu da vam otvore dženet ili džehenem, raj ili pakao. Biti religijski fanatik ili nacionalista? Pitanje je sad!

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Boxing Bosnia

Melina Sadiković

Da li je u životu sve saopćivo ili ljude spaja samo muk?
Tin Ujević

Godina 2010 je izborna godina. Tako je Bosna i Hercegovina, u septembru 2010. godine, mjesto gdje bi trebala  biti svaka osoba koja razmišlja izvan kutija. Glasačkih i mislenih, dakako. Bez sumnje, na cjelokupnom teritoriju Bosne i Hercegovine funkcionira jedinstvena vremenska mašina,  koja  vas u jednoj kratkoj šetnja bilo kojim bosanskohercegovačkim gradom ili selom (osobito kroz napuštena i porušena mjesta)  ili kroz kratki pregled političkog marketinga (nova forma reklamnog bloka, kako ga nazivaju saučesnici u svakodnevnom ispiranju na najvišoj mogućoj temperaturi)[1] nevjerovatnom brzinom vode od daleke prošlosti i/ili do još dalje budućnosti.  Sadašnjost je samo momenat u kojem objekat raskalašene političke pažnje odlučuje  kako će nazvati svoj limbo.

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Artistic Activism or Activist Art

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Reflections on Ubleha

Anastas Vangeli

Introduction: Ubleha as a reference point

If there is an adequate explanation of the state of the civil society in the Post-Yugoslav (Western) Balkans, then it is the one offered by the authors on the topic of the Ubleha. The essence of the concept, is the deconstruction of the distorted self-centrism and the lack of purpose the civil society actors are facing; at the same time it is a very accurate observation of a failed translation of a western ideal into a post-communist context.

From the reflections on Ubleha by the original authors Šavija and Milanovi?, and from the further analysis offered by Stubbs, one clearly has in mind what the Ubleha means -  it is a cause for itself far from any known system of values and ideals. Its soul is humane, but it smells like clientelism; it declares a sincere quest for a better world, but the real driving force behind it is the quest for an immediately better life of its actors.

However, the point of this paper is to argue that even though the image of the civil society in the region can be described as Ubleha, it still is a progressive phenomenon that plays mostly a constructive role in the peace-building processes. The Ubleha of the Western Balkans may be considered to be not even close to the ideal of civil society, but at the same time, it is an inevitable and a major step towards a western liberal-democratic type of civil society that is proclaimed to be the goal all the Post-Yugoslav countries pursue.

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Be Merciful, We Mean Without Mercy!

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