Humanity in Action Fellowship in Sarajevo

Program Description

The Humanity in Action Fellowship in Sarajevo will delve deep into the topics of transitional justice, post-conflict identity politics, peacebuilding and socioeconomic transformation in marginalized local communities. The City of Sarajevo, and other important historical sites in its surrounding, will serve as a unique case study of the rich history of multi-confessional urban living in Europe.

Academically well-rounded, the program will add diversity to the educational experiences and broaden the Humanity in Action program scope beyond Western Europe and the United States. It will provide Fellows with an intellectual framework that connects issues in Bosniaand Herzegovina to both past and current global issues. It will combine intense site visits, insightful lecture-style sessions with high level speakers and workshop-based learning units, which focus more on discussions and Fellow interactions. This combination of learning methods will allow Fellows to develop interpersonal relationships that solidify and strengthen the program itself.

By challenging Fellows’ perspectives on human rights issues, the program will aim to interrogate their own assumptions and encourage them to question their scope and depth of knowledge of multiculturalism; economic inequality; interfaith dialogue; post-conflict social apathy, social unrests, divided communities and social exclusions; growing trends of Islamophobia, Antisemitism and anti-outsider sentiments in the Balkans; resistance movements before, during and after the Second World War in Bosnia and in Yugoslavia; minority experiences and representations; progressive grassroots movements; the role of media and culture in a post-conflict setting; and civic resistance to various forms of institutionalized human rights violations. 

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2018 Agenda

June 8

Arrival Day

Fellows Arrive in Sarajevo

  • Welcome Dinner - Iftar

June 9

Team Building

  • Tour of Sarajevo City Hall and ICTY Information Center
  • Trebević Cable Car
  • Olympic Bob Sleigh Track Tour
  • Picnic and Free Time
  • Return to the City

June 10

Introduction to the Program

The Fellows will get to know the city by engaging in a game of following clues hidden around Sarajevo’s landmarks in three groups. After lunch, they will meet at the E-Net Center on the third floor of the University of Sarajevo School of Economics and Business [Trg Oslobođenja - Alija Izetbegović 1] to familiarize themselves with the agenda and the structure of the program. Unless otherwise stated in the agenda, all lectures will take place at the School. The day concludes with an interactive workshop on non-verbal communication.

  • Sarajevo Crawl
  • Introductory Meeting & Team Building
  • Meeting with Dr. Lamija Tanović, HIA BiH Board Chair
  • Non-Verbal Communication Workshop (Ira Adilagić, Human Rights Activist; Alma Mujanović, HIA Senior Fellow)

June 11

The Bosnian Knot: an Introduction

We start the program with lectures dedicated to understanding the complex political system of the country, as well as the role of the verdicts of the recently closed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

  • Introduction to the B&H Political System: the Challenges of Consociational Democracy (Dr. Dženeta Karabegović, International Burch University)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 23 Years after Dayton - An (Un)Pacified Country at the Crossroads (Dr. Dennis Gratz, Attorney-at-Law, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology)
  • Rendering Justice from Afar: Local Perceptions of the Role of the ICTY in Prosecuting War Crimes (Almir Alić, Registry Liaison, Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals)
  • How Dayton’s Incentives and the West’s Stability Fixation Impede BiH’s Development into a Real Democracy (Kurt Bassuener, Democratization Policy Council)
  • Reflections

June 12

Tolerance and Art(ivism)

After exploring the intricacies of secularism within a multiconfessional community, the Fellows will learn about the various ways of how art can intertwine with human rights and activism. The day ends with the first two Fellow’s Talks of the program - time reserved for exploring various topics of Fellows’ interest.

  • Establishing a Secular State in a Multiconfessional Society (Dr. Dino Abazović, University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science)
  • Interaction of Culture and Human Rights (Emina Ganić, Sarajevo Film Academy)
  • Artivism Workshop (Ivana Kešić, CIVITAS BiH)
  • Reflections

June 13

Overcoming Divisions

The Fellows will learn about the challenges of protecting human rights from an institutional perspective, the importance of standing up for injustice, and the “two schools under one roof” educational system which is still present in some parts of the country, as well as participate in a workshop on assertive communication.

  • Mosaic of Human Rights in BiH: Attainable, Segregated, or Denied? (Dr. Jasminka Džumhur, Ombudsperson for Human Rights of BiH)
  • Civil Courage in Times of War and Peace (Dr. Svetlana Broz, GARIWO)
  • Communication Workshop (Dijana Duvnjak, Foundation 787)
  • Perspectives on Segregated Education in BiH (Nerin Dizdar, human rights activist)
  • Reflection and Planning Tomorrow’s Study Trip

June 14

Study Trip to Konjic and Mostar

During the first study trip of the program, the Fellows will explore Tito’s Nuclear Bunker (ARK D-0), built in secrecy in the mountains of Konjic. After lunch, the group will proceed to Mostar and explore the city famous for its Old Bridge (Stari Most).

  • Meeting at City Hall - Departure to Konjic
  • Visit to Tito’s Bunker in Konjic
  • Lunch in Jablanica
  • Arrival to Mostar - Guided Tour of the Old City
  • Departure to Sarajevo

June 15

Eid - Day Off

June 16

Preparations for the Civic Campaigns

As we approach the program week dedicated to implementing the Fellows’ three group civic campaigns, the Fellows will explore two of the topics they will be working on at the end of June. At the end of the day, they will pitch their ideas to the Humanity in Action team and work on preparing the project proposals for their respective campaigns.

  • Lecture on Media Literacy in BiH (Dr. Anida Sokol, HIA Senior Fellow and Sanela Hodžić from Mediacentar Sarajevo)
  • Lecture on Voting among Youth (Dario Jovanović, Coalition for Free and Fair Elections “Under the Magnifier”)
  • Civic Campaign Development & Presentations

June 17

Preparations for the Civic Campaigns

The preparations for the practical aspect of the program continue with the Fellows meeting their respective civic campaign mentors in separate groups. The day ends with an exploration of a part of the history of Sarajevo: a guided tour through the city while learning about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the events that led to World War I.

  • Creative Writing Workshop (Lejla Šarčević, Researcher)
  • Meeting with Civic Campaign Mentors:
    • Media Literacy group: Hatidža Gušić
    • Mediacentar Artivism group: Masha Durkalić, journalist
    • Elections group: Marko Matović, HIA Senior Fellow
  • Planning for Tomorrow’s Study Trip
  • World War I Tour of Sarajevo with Harun Išerić, HIA Fellow

June 18

Study Trip to Banja Luka

The second study trip of the program is to Banja Luka and Prijedor, where the Fellows will learn about transitional justice in a local context. Accommodation on June 18 is provided at Hotel Tesla [V Kozarske brigade 5, Banja Luka]. Please pack lightly, since it is an informal attire one-day trip, and the luggage capacity of the bus is limited.

  • Meeting at City Hall - Departure to Banja Luka
  • Welcome Address by Tanja Topić, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung BiH
  • Lunch followed by short walk through Banja Luka city center
  • Talk with Gordana Katana, Journalist at Oslobođenje
  • Talk with Zlatica Gruhonjić, Jovana Jankovski and Slavica Topić, Center for Democracy and Transitional Justice - CDTJ

June 19

Study Trip to Prijedor

  • Departure to Prijedor
  • Talk with Mirsad Dautović, President of the Regional Association of Camp Detainees of the Banja Luka Region
  • Visit to Youth Center “Kvart”

June 20

War Childhood Museum

Enjoy your morning off! The day starts in the afternoon with a visit to the unique and youth-led museum focused on childhoods that have been affected by war. After two Fellow’s Talks which will be held in the informal setting of Cafe Tito, the group will meet at the local Youth House for a barbecue.

  • Guided Tour of the War Childhood Museum (Sandra Mehmedović [Logavina 30-32])
  • Barbecue at the Youth House

June 21

Civil Society and Youth Initiatives

Civil society initiatives are important means of having the citizens’ voices heard within a community. The Fellows will learn about the history of activism in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly focusing on LGBT activism, and end the day with positive examples of youth business initiatives and ideas.

  • Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dr. Damir Banović, University of Sarajevo; Liam Isić, Sarajevo Open Center; Vladana Vasić, Sarajevo Open Center)
  • Civil Society Initiatives in BiH (Darko Brkan, Zašto ne? (“Why Not?”))
  • Youth Social Entrepreneurship in BiH (Dr. Samira Nuhanović, Independent Researcher)
  • Reflection

June 22

Exploring the Media

The Fellows will learn about objective reporting in the media through visits to the headquarters of Al Jazeera Balkans and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network BiH, as well as attend a workshop on how to promote their own causes in both traditional and new media. The day also includes a lecture on “connections” between genetics and ethnical heritage.

  • Visit to Al Jazeera Balkans (Marina Riđić, journalist; Melina Kamerić, PR Officer)
  • Visit to Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) BiH (Mirna Buljugić, Executive Director)
    • Documentary Movie Screening: “How Islamist Extremism Destroyed a Bosnian Family”
  • Lecture on Genetics and Ethnicity (Dr. Damir Marjanović, Rector and Professor at International Burch University)
  • Workshop: Media Activism and Social Networks (Mirza Ajnadžić, journalist)

June 23

Fighting for Justice

The day is dedicated to exploring human rights protection mechanisms at the citizens’ disposal, the struggle of attaining justice within the judicial system for women victims of war, as well as challenges in identification and recovery of remains of missing persons.

  • Human Rights Protection at the State Level in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Aiša Telalović, Restart)
  • Learning from the Recovery and Identification of the Missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Admir Jugo, Ph.D. Candidate, Durham University)
  • Seeking Justice for Women War Victims (Armela Ramić, Attorney-at-Law)

June 24

Study Trip to Srebrenica and Tuzla

The final study trip of the program is divided into two parts. The first relates to memorialization of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. The Fellows are advised to dress modestly, since the study trip includes a visit to a religious memorial site (head covering for women advised). After a two-hour guided tour in Potočari, the Fellows will travel to Tuzla, where they will attend a panel on social dialogue and justice with local activists and workers.

  • Departure from Sarajevo City Hall
  • Arrival to Srebrenica and a Guided Visit of Potočari Memorial Center (Amra Begić-Fazlić, Head of Visitor Service at Potočari Memorial Center; Hikmet Karčić, Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks)
  • Departure to Tuzla
  • Discussion on Social Justice and Worker’s Rights (Dr. Damir Arsenijević, University of Tuzla Faculty of Philosophy, and guest panelists)
  • Reflection
  • Return to Sarajevo

June 25

Identities and Narratives

After participating in an interactive psychodrama workshop about the role and importance of identities, the Fellows will continue to explore different memorialization narratives through lectures on memorial sites and attitudes towards crimes committed by members of one’s “own” group.

  • Psychodrama Workshop (Zvjezdana Jakić and Vedrana Rebić, Association for Integrative Psychotherapy “Psychodrama)
  • The Ethics of Visiting Memorial Sites (Dr. Veronica Czastkiewicz, Visiting Scholar)
  • Between Denial and Recognition: Attitudes towards “Own Crimes” in Post-War Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dr. Nicolas Moll, Independent Researcher)
  • Final Reflection

June 26 - July 1

Civic Campaign Implementation

July 2

Civic Campaign Group 1 Public Event

Civic Campaign Group 2 Public Event

July 3

Civic Campaign Group 3 Public Event

Closing Ceremony for the Sarajevo Fellowship

July 4

Day Off

July 5

Travel to Strasbourg, France

July 5-8

Ninth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Berlin



Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina also wishes to thank our partners, host families, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. These contributions help to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and the promotion of human rights.

The Humanity in Action in Sarajevo Fellowship is generously supported by:

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