Interdisciplinary workshop addressing issues related to the post-conflict resolution in the former Yugoslavia. A group of international scholars and non-governmental activists analyzes various topics within three thematic clusters: political mythologies, reconciliations, and future integration processes.
The last ten years in the republics of the former SFRY had been shaped, among other things, by two factors. First, by persistent efforts of various international organizations (both government agencies and the NGO sector) to find modalities for engaging former adversaries in a discussion about remembering and forgiving and about a possibility of coexistence. Second, the lack of will of the local political elites and government to fully and properly facilitate such a discussion.
Recognizing the importance of investigating causes of Yugoslavia’s destruction, our aim is to carry the analysis further into issues that are specific for the post-war situation in the former Yugoslavia. Thus central emphasis is on reconciliation and post-conflict resolution. Such focus is shaped by the understanding that the success of future recovery and integrative processes (regional, European, global) will depend on the ability and willingness of both the elites and the communities to initiate and complete the reconciliation.
In order to better understand these issues they need to be related to political culture and in particular, political myths, on the one hand, and institutions of international justice and governance on the other. The political myths as not only a reminder of the past but they evolve in interaction with the new realities of post-Yugoslav states and their various positioning in the larger European and global contexts. The impact of the institutions of international justice and governance on the post-war situation in the former Yugoslavia will be elaborated on at different levels and analyses will vary from general to case-specific ones.
These phenomena are indeed multi-dimensional and they require expertise of various disciplines. We seek to offer a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. The phenomena under consideration will be discussed both at the general and more concrete levels, and both in their historical trajectories and present dynamics.
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