The Sarajevo Fellowship
June 3 – July 1, 2020
Placing Bosnia’s human rights realities today into the context of its recent violent history and transitional justice
The City of Sarajevo and its surrounding region provides a unique case study in how groups with different identities coexist. It is one of just a few truly “multiconfessional” cities in the world: Muslims, Catholics, and the Serbian Orthodox share power. It also has one of the bloodiest and most tumultuous recent histories of any country in Europe.
The Sarajevo Fellowship delves into nuanced discussion of transitional justice, post-conflict identity politics, and peacebuilding. It uses both the urban and rural landscapes around the capital to help Fellows connect the unique diversity of Bosnia and Herzegovina to international issues of ethnic nationalism, right-wing extremism, and the crafting of pluralistic democracies.
Recent Fellowship Speakers
Our renowned speakers come with a wide range of backgrounds and love to share their knowledge and perspectives with our Fellows and community.
Snapshots from the Fellowship
After the month in Sarajevo, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For the eleven months following their time in Sarajevo, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins in Sarajevo.
Toward Durable Solutions for the Internally Displaced in Bosnia & Herzegovina
To gain a more intimate understanding of life as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Bosnia, Senior Fellows Chad and Aida gathered a diverse team to conduct a qualitative, substantive survey of the residents of Tasovčići Collective Center, a housing area for IDPs on the outskirts of Mostar.
Navigating the Murky Media Waters
Media Literacy is a board game created by Senior Fellows Bişenk Ergin, Noor Evers, et al. meant to bring the topic of media literacy to young people by mixing fun games and education, teaching them how to navigate through murky media waters.
Poetry of the City
"Poetry of the City” is an art project that focuses on drawing attention to the walls in the public space and securing the memory of the city of Sarajevo.
Fellows then channeled their questions into creative energy to build an art-meets-activism "artivism" campaign to address the politicized and charged borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, more specifically, of Sarajevo.
Become a Fellow
Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
135 Fellows per year