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Lecture: "War and transformation. Forms and conflicts of memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 1990s."

The BMBF-funded research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites all interested parties to the last online event in its colloquium in the winter semester 2020/21 on Thursday, 11 February. This time the topic is "War and Transformation. Forms of memory and conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 1990s". The speakers are Elma Hašimbegović and Nicolas Moll. The event begins at 4 pm.

Glass wall
Glass wall in the foyer of the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo (Photo: Jens Schley, 2019)

Seven states have formed on the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia since 1991 and as a result of several wars; there was no “peaceful revolution” here. The idea of a multiethnic socialist state was replaced by ethnonationalist ideas which included the murderous policy of "ethnic cleansing".  The most striking illustration of this is the Bosnian War with its three-year siege of the city of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre with more than 8,000 dead which was qualified as genocide by international courts. .

How is a culture of remembrance formed under such brutal conditions and what does the transformation of a society mean here? How does the experience of war and the experience of murderous nationalism shape the memory of the former socialist Yugoslavia? And what does that mean for the very practical remembrance work on the ground?

Elma Hašimbegović and Nicolas Moll would like to address these questions and then discuss them together with the colloquium, also in a comparative perspective with Germany. Elma Hašimbegović heads the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, the former “Museum of Revolution”. Nicolas Moll coordinates the “Memory Lab” from Sarajevo, a trans-european platform for remembrance work.

+++ Attention: The event will be held in English! +++

The colloquium takes place digital via the plattform Cisco WebEx. (Meeting room: uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/DuT.Erfurt)


The meeting room will be opened 15 minutes before the start of the event.
There is no need for separate registration at WebEx. You can join the meeting directly via your internet browser. If you need more information about the access to the meeting room or further help please don't hesitate to contact us via: dut.info@uni-erfurt.de