As part of the Jean Monnet Network on “Democratization and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans” Sarajevo School of Science and Technology is organizing the international conference on “Facilitating Dialogue in Divided Societies”.  The conference that will be held on November 1-3, 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a part of the project Democratization and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans.

The conference will seek to address theoretical and empirical questions on the relationship between fostering dialogue and reconciliation in post-conflict environments. Specifically, we are seeking to answer the question of how to facilitate inter-group reconciliation through dialogue in the Western Balkans.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

  • Nataša Kandić, founder of Humanitarian Law Centre, Serbia,
  • Sonja Biserko, founder of Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Serbia,
  • Vladimir Iona, President of Roundtable on Ethnic Relations, Romania.

Sarajevo School of Science and Technology is opening call for papers to be presented at the Conference. In addressing aforementioned question, we welcome papers dealing with:

  • New theoretical and methodological approaches in studying the interaction between these two processes;
  • Empirical works that seek to explain reconciliation in the Western Balkans;
  • Comparative case studies and inter-regional comparisons with the Western Balkans;

Application from NGO representatives and policy makers working in the field of fostering reconciliation in post-conflict environments are welcomed. We also invite papers from PhD students, early career researchers and senior academics.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV sabina.cehajic@ssst.edu.ba or maja.savic@ssst.edu.ba by October 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by October 15, 2019. Read call for papers here.