bosnia report
New Series No: 39-40 April - July 2004

-- Regular Forums continue on the first Monday of every month (or the second, if the first falls on a Bank Holiday) from 7 pm to 9 pm at our usual venue, The Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1 (in association with the Centre for the Study of Democracy).

The next meeting will take place on 5 July 2004, when James Gow, professor of war studies at King’s College, University of London, will introduce a discussion on ‘Milošević in The Hague: the strategy of war crimes or the chief prosecutor on trial’, in relation to the recent publication of his latest book, The Serbian Project and its Adversaries (Hurst & Co., 300 pp., £16.50).

-- On 1 March 2004, we were delighted to welcome as our speaker Robin Harris, historian, political commentator and journalist, author of Dubrovnik - a history (Saqi 2003), who introduced a stimulating discussion on ‘Dubrovnik and its Bosnian-Herzegovinian hinterland in the Ottoman era and beyond’.

-- On 5 April 2004, a large audience celebrated the publication of our latest co-publication, How Bosnia Armed by Marko Attila Hoare (Saqi Books, 179 pp., £11.99), after which the author introduced a lively discussion on ‘The birth and rise of the Bosnian Army’.

-- On 24 April 2004 a number of our publications were presented at the Sarajevo book fair on Skenderija by Miroslav Jančić, who was promoting his recent collection Bosna izvan sebe/Bosnia in Britain, published under the BI imprint.

-- On 10 May 2004, a well attended forum heard Valery Perry, who has been working since 1999 for a variety of organizations in B-H - including SFOR, OSCE and the European Centre for Minority Issues - and, since serving in 2003 on the Commission for Reforming the City of Mostar as senior report writer, has been involved in a project to establish a network of NGOs in the city, introduce a discussion on ‘Mostar - healing a city divided?’

-- From 27 to 29 May 2004 an important Bosnia-related multi-media event took place at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea, London. In ‘The Artist as Channel: broadcasting and reporting’, a performance of Edina Husanović’s ‘Point:Exit’ and a documentary record of the collaborative kite-flying event ‘Fly No Fly Zone’ were followed by Kristina Leko’s video work ‘Sarajevo International’ and Isa Rosenberger’s film work ‘Sarajevo Guided Tours’. The event’s opening day was completed by a discussion between the artists and Adla Isanović, whose video work was then featured over three days in the exhibition ‘Trading Places’.

-- On 7 June 2004, we were privileged to have as our speaker Donald Reeves, founder and director of the Soul of Europe, which has since July 2000 been working in Banja Luka, where it has established a Civic Forum in the city and campaigned for reconstruction of the Ferhadijah Mosque; he introduced and conducted a particularly vigorous discussion on ‘Banja Luka - burying the past and planning for the future’.

-- From 7 to 21 June 2004 there was an exhibition of paintings by Bosnian artist Pero Mandić at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.


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