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Genocide in Srebrenica: Towards a Long-Lasting Memory. Sarajevo, 12-13 May 2015

Call for Papers

International conference

�Genocide in Srebrenica: Towards a Long-Lasting Memory�

12th and 13th May 2015 - Sarajevo

The 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide will be marked on 11 July 2015. The Srebrenica genocide is the worst massacre that occurred on European soil since the Holocaust. At least 8,372 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys were systematically executed by Bosnian Serb Army and Police. The genocide in 1995 was preceded by massacres and �ethnic cleansing� throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina since the start of the war in 1992. The victims of the Srebrenica genocide were found in hidden mass graves all over Eastern Bosnia. Their remains were identified by state-of-the-art DNA technology and buried at the Srebrenica-Poto�ari Memorial Center.

Twenty years on, the society in Bosnia and Herzegovina is faced with complex questions of justice, denial and reconciliation. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina have prosecuted dozens of Bosnian Serb Army and Police officers. This includes high-ranking generals, officers and direct perpetrators. However, the question of political responsibility as well as direct responsibility still remains. According to Gregory Stanton, the last phase of genocide is denial. The level of denial of the crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Bosnian Serb Army and Police still remains high in Republika Srpska. There is a high-level political tendency of supporting, financing and publicly denying crimes committed against the Bosniak population from 1992-95. Another important question the Bosnian-Herzegovinian society is facing is remembrance. How should we remember the victims of the genocide? What are the tools to be used for establishing long-lasting collective memory of the genocide victims?

We would like to open up the floor for dialogue about genocide denial, collective memory and remembrance as well as to establish a network of scholars and researchers working on these issues. We are hoping to offer an opportunity for exchange and discussion of ideas, theoretical and empirical findings, as well as methodological approaches focusing on post-genocide society in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in the diaspora. Therefore we invite researchers, academic staff, professors, but also post-graduates, PhD candidates, activists and civil society representatives to submit their contributions for this conference. We welcome contributions covering following topics:
1) Ideology behind Genocide: Classification, Symbolization and Dehumanization of Bosniaks
2) Forms and Methods of Genocide Denial
3) Collective Memory: Comparative Analysis
4) Memorials and Monuments: Comparative Analysis
5) Life after Genocide: Bosniak Widows and Survivors

Important deadlines:
Deadline for abstract submission 5.1.2015.
Successful applicants will be notified latest y 30.1.2015.
Deadline for submission of the paper draft 15.4.2015.
Deadline for submission of the final paper 31.5.2015.

Selected papers will be published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Official languages of the conference are Bosnian and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available during the whole conference. There is no conference fee. Food and working materials will be provided for all participants. Additionally, accommodation will be provided for speakers.

You can apply for participation at the conference at the following link: �Application for conference participation�

The Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks is the research institution of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our work focuses on theoretical and empirical research of written, oral, spiritual and material tradition of Bosniaks as well as their social and cultural reality. The Institute directs its efforts at provision and encouragement of high quality, objective research in our research areas as well as at establishment of contacts with researchers as well as similar local and international institutions. For all further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: Our website is: