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Memory, History and State-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo‏



Memory, History and State-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Critically Assessing and Re-Thinking the Teaching of Memory Politics in Bosnian University Curricula



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS




We are inviting interested scholars, university educators, faculty members and researchers in early stage of their academic career to take part in our collaborative interdisciplinary international project „Memory, History and State-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Critically Assessing and Re-Thinking the Teaching of Memory Politics in Bosnian University Curricula“.

This project is being jointly implemented by the University of Zurich and the Centre for Human Rights of University of Sarajevo, with the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Development Agency, in the framework of the SCOPES scheme (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland).

The primary aim of this project is to introduce a critical approach to the use of history and memory within BiH academia and university curricula. The project is designed to strengthen educational and research capacities, to facilitate exchange of ideas and experience, as well as to provide space for critical debates on the core issues at stake.

This call is intended for researchers/faculty staff in early stage of their academic career from BiH academic and cultural institutions to participate in all phases of the project. We aim at forming a group of about 15 fully committed and interested participants who are willing to be agents of change through their own teaching and research activities in BiH universities. During the implementation of the project the aim will be to support and advance their teaching and research abilities and professional development through a collaborative international effort that offers a host of opportunities for scholars/academics in the early stage of their academic career.

Working languages of the seminar are English and Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian. This is a three year project within which the following range of activities will take place: four modular two-day workshops, with experts dealing with issues of history and memory in their research and teaching activities, that will take place in January, April, September and November 2012; a three-day international conference that will take place in June 2012; and work on a set a various publications that will include a critical assessment of existing ways of researching and teaching issues related to history and memory in Bosnian higher education, as well as the development of new approaches (December 2012 to December 2013). In addition to the aforementioned institutions we are open to collaboration with other institutions and independent researchers and academics, from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Switzerland, as well as from other countries.



Application process:



The applicants:

We are looking for junior faculty members and researchers based at the University of Sarajevo, as well as other academic institutions in BiH, who are interested in teaching and researching memory studies and developing their research and teaching skills in a challenging and collegial context. The applicants should be at an early stage of their teaching academic career, with a strong MA degree and publishing record, and preferably holding a PhD degree or enrolled in a doctoral program. We welcome applications from all disciplinary backgrounds.

It is essential that participants be committed to working as a group for an extended period of time. Each participant must have a very good command of English language in order to be able to engage with literature at an advanced level, strong interest in scholarship related to the theme of the seminar, as well as a developed interest in advancing the teaching and research process at their institutions and more widely.



Application:

The following documents must be submitted electronically and emailed as attachments to Melina Sadiković [ms@hrc.unsa.ba] AND Sylvie Ramel [sylvie.ramel@philos.uzh.ch].
A supporting statement (no longer than 500 words) in English outlining your interests in memory studies, needs and expectations from this project as well as the way in which you will aim to contribute to it;
Your academic CV with a select list of publications;
A sample of a recently published research, or work in progress (no longer than 2,000 words), that will then be discussed within the two-day modular workshops with experts.



Deadline for applications



Applications are expected no later than 20 December 2011.

The applicants will be informed about the results no later than 30 December 2011.



Please, plan for the first modular workshop to take place on 26 and 27 January 2012.



More detailed information:

Melina Sadiković [ms@hrc.unsa.ba], or Sylvie Ramel [sylvie.ramel@philos.uzh.ch].