bosnia report
New Series No:32-34 December - July 2003
 
Diary

Ž 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 7 July 2003, when Emir Suljagić, himself a survivor of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, will introduce a discussion on ‘The Hague, Truth and Justice’; afterwards there will be a first UK screening of ‘Trijumpf zla/The Tritumph of Evil’, a documentary film based on the trial of General Radoslav Krstić, sentenced in 2001 to forty-six years for genocide, directed by Mirko Klarin for SENSE Production (with the support of OSI and the German government)..

Ž On 2 December 2002, there was a reception to mark the publication (by Saqi Books in association with The Bosnian Institute) of Letters to the Celestial Serbs by Gojko Berić, after which his former colleague Gordana Knežević, wartime deputy editor of Oslobođenje, introduced a discussion on the experience of bringing out the Sarajevo daily throughout the siege. On 6 January 2003, following a well-attended launch for his recently published Milošević - a Biography, Adam LeBor spoke on the intriguing topic: ‘Inside the mind of Milošević. On 3 February 2003 the forum was addressed by Gregory Kent, who teaches international relations at the University of Sussex, on the subject of: ‘Framing genocide and intervention: the Bosnian War and British media’. On 3 March 2003, after a reception celebrating the publication of ‘Aza Beast’ - a Bosnian war journal by Colum Murphy, former UN deputy head of political affairs in B-H (1993-5), the author introduced a discussion on ‘Why outside military intervention was needed in Bosnia’. On 7 April 2003 the Sarajevo political scientist Zlatko Hadžidedić introduced a lively discussion on the subject of ‘Bosnia and the Nation’. On 12 May 2003 the best known satirical journalist from the former Yugoslavia, Petar Luković, addressed the challenging question: ‘Are there independent media in Serbia?’ before a large audience. Finally, a very well attended forum on 2 June 2003 heard Skender Hyseni, principal advisor to President Rugova, introduce a vigorous discussion on ‘Kosova: today and tomorrow’.

Ž On 6 November 2002 BI chair of trustees Noel Malcolm was among the first - 3 Bosnian, 2 non-Bosnian- recipients of the newly established Preporod Awards, in recognition of his intellectual contribution as a historian of Bosnia, and his political engagement on behalf of B-H from the earliest days of the aggression against it.

Ž On 18 February 2003 a promotion took place in Sarajevo of the Bosnian edition of Institute trustee Brendan Simms’s Unfinest Hour, under the title Najsramniji trenutak: Britanijia i uništavanje Bosne. This was organized ( with support from the British Council) by Buybook (Sarajevo), who co-published the book with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (Belgrade); publication was made possible by The Bosnian Institute and the Fund for Central and East European Book Projects.,

Ž From 2 to 4 May 2003 The Bosnian Institute organized a three-day seminar on Serbia since the fall of Ranković, which took place in Dubrovnik in partnership with the Inter-University Centre, under the auspices of Professor Ivo Banac. A distinguished group of historians, human-rights activists, journalists, social scientists and political analysts – not just from Serbia itself, but also from Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia - took part in the seminar, and a book will be produced.

Ž On 30 May 2003 the musicians of Mostar Sevdah Reunion gave an outstanding concert - featuring the Roma singer Ljiljan (Petrović) Buttler, who grew up in Bosnia - at the Barbican (London), as part of the X-Bloc Reunion festival. This was preceded by a scholarly and informative talk (with audio excerpts) on Sevdalinka, by noted Bosnian ethno-musicologist Professor Ankica Petrović of UCLA.

 

 

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