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Call for Applications – COURSE: Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia

Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia

Project on Peacebuilding is organising a weeklong course examining the history, context, and changing politics of peacebuilding

It is now more than twenty five years since the war in Bosnia but the economy is still struggling, the infrastructure is still crumbling, and the political institutions are still stalled in conflict. For the international community, Bosnia is the textbook case for post-conflict peacebuilding, but what has actually been achieved?

This weeklong course will engage students in the history, political context, and processes of change in Bosnia since the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. Students will participate in workshops designed to expand their understanding and knowledge of peacebuilding and its challenges, in addition to guided site visits in the region.

This immersive experience is ideal for people (18-30) who want to learn more about the history of Bosnia and activists currently working in the region. You do not have to be enrolled in a university to participate.

Now in its fifth year, the Project on Peacebulding provides the chance for learners to engage in cross cultural learning, gain experience in the field, and develop their research and public speaking skills through interactive workshops designed to challenge and engage future peacebuilders. We are keen to work with young adults of all backgrounds from Bosnia, the Balkan region, and internationally.

When: 2-8 August 2018
Where: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Who’s eligible: Young people and students (ages 18-30). Participants must be fluent in English.

Costs:
We cover the travel expenses for participants living in Bosnia. Those living outside Bosnia will need to fund their own travel to Prijedor. Once in Prijedor, the travel, food and basic shared dorm accommodation will be covered in the program. Please bring additional spending money to cover some food for the week.

Application process:
The deadline for submission is 15 May 2018. Please complete the attached application form and send this along with your CV (resume) to projectonpeacebuilding@gmail.com. Feel free to contact us with questions about this opportunity.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified in June. If you have any questions about the program and the logistics of taking part, please feel free to contact the Most Mira team.

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Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia           
Additional information

While most courses on the Balkans focus exclusively on the 1992-1995 conflict and Dayton agreement, this course aims to dig deeper into current politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whole generations of Bosnian young people have grown up in the post-conflict political context, which was focused with who and what was done during the war, but these factors do not define all of current Bosnian politics. The Bosnian diaspora who fled to Europe, US, and elsewhere, have growing influence, both financially through remittances and through social movements and political activism. Bosnia’s struggling economy has forced young people to be innovative in business and careers. There are also questions about how to make democracy work at both the local and national level. This course will explore issues of poverty, environmentalism, gender, sexuality, art, community activism, and NGO politics.

Finally, most courses on the Balkans are located in capitals – Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb – but miss the local dynamics of post-conflict politics. This course takes place in Prijedor, North West Bosnia, and will be an important contrast to accounts of peacebuilding in urban settings.

 “PoP provides the chance for young Bosnians to confront a past that their parents will not enter, in a safe and supportive environment.” – Azra, 2017 participant  

“I have learnt how to speak to people about a very difficult subject. I learnt a lot about being in a team and being aware of sensitivities.” – Kate, 2017 participant

“The exchange of knowledge and experiences over the course of the workshop has tremendously enriched my understanding of the region.” – Karina, 2014 participant

Sample Schedule:
9am – Session 1: Site visit to local war memorials and former detention sites
11am – Session 2: Workshop with local peacebuilders and human rights academics
2pm – Session 3: Conducting a survey on local attitudes to peacebuilding in the community
6pm – Social time: BBQ and performance by local musicians

Certificates of participation will be given to participants who complete the full weeklong course.

Partners
This project is organised by Most Mira in partnership with the EU Studies Center at the City University of New York.

Most Mira is a charity that works in the UK and Bosnia Herzegovina to bring together children and young people to make friends across ethnicities and celebrate diversity in the Prijedor area, northern Bosnia Herzegovina. Since 2009, Most Mira has organised youth arts festivals, theatre workshops, peace building visits and tours and architectural workshops.

The European Union Studies Center (EUSC) at the City University of New York brings together American and European scholars, students and business professionals to encourage the exchange of ideas about the European Union. The goal is to facilitate research and stimulate transatlantic dialogue.

For more information, check out our reports and website: www.mostmiraproject.org.

Reports from previous Project on Peacebuilding (POP) courses: POP 2013, POP 2014, POP 2015, POP 2017.

Apply now – Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia

Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia

Project on Peacebuilding is organising a weeklong course examining the history, context, and changing politics of peacebuilding

It is now more than twenty years since the war in Bosnia but the economy is still struggling, the infrastructure is still crumbling, and the political institutions are still stalled in conflict. For the international community, Bosnia is the textbook case for post-conflict peacebuilding, but what has actually been achieved?

This week-long course will engage students in the history, political context, and processes of change in Bosnia since the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. Students will participate in workshops designed to expand their understanding and knowledge, in addition to guided site visits in the region.

This immersive experience is ideal for young people or university students (18-30) who want to learn more about the history of Bosnia and activists currently working in the region.

When: 2-8 August 2017
Where: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Who’s eligible: Young people and students (ages 18-30). Participants must be fluent in English.

Costs:

Participants living in Bosnia will have their travel expenses to the residential covered, those living outside Bosnia will need to fund their own travel. Once at the residential travel, food and basic, shared accommodation will be covered in the program. Please bring additional spending money to cover some food for the week.

Application process:

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2017. Please complete the application form (below) and send this along with your CV  (resume) to info@mostmiraproject.org. Feel free to contact us with questions about this opportunity.

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified in May.

 

Additional information

While most courses on the Balkans focus exclusively on the 1995 conflict and Dayton agreement, this course aims to dig deeper into current politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whole generations of Bosnian young people have grown up in the post-conflict politics, which was focused with who and what was done during the war, but these factors do not define all of current Bosnian politics. The Bosnian diaspora who fled to Europe, US, and elsewhere, have growing influence, both financially through remittances and through social movements and political activism. Bosnia’s struggling economy has forced young people to be innovative in business and careers. There are also questions about how to make democracy work at both the local and national level. This course will explore issues of poverty, environmentalism, gender, sexuality, art, community activism, and NGO politics.

Finally, most courses on the Balkans are located in capitals-—Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb—but miss the local dynamics of post-conflict politics. This course takes place in Prijedor in the north of BiH and will be an important contrasted to accounts of peacebuilding in urban settings.

“Changes are needed if we want a better tomorrow for the entire nation, and only people in BiH can make those changes.”     – Tanja, 2014 participant

“The exchange of knowledge and experiences over the course of the workshop has both tremendously enriched my understanding of the region”   -Karina, 2014 participant

Sample Schedule:
9am – Session 1: Site visit to local war memorials and former detention sites
11am – Session 2: Workshop with local peacebuilders and human rights academics
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Session 3: Conducting a survey on local attitudes to peacebuilding in the community
6pm – Social time: BBQ and performance by local musicians

Certificates of participation will be given to participants who complete the full weeklong course.

 

Partners:

This project is organised by Most Mira in partnership with the EU Studies Center at the City University of New York.

Most Mira is a charity that works in the UK and Bosnia Herzegovina to bring together children and young people to make friends across ethnicities and celebrate diversity in the Prijedor area, northern Bosnia Herzegovina. Since 2009, Most Mira has organised youth arts festivals, theatre workshops, peace building visits and tours and architectural workshops.

European Union Studies Center (EUSC) at the City University of New York brings together American and European scholars, students and business professionals to encourage the exchange of ideas about the European Union. The goal is to facilitate research and stimulate transatlantic dialogue.

For more information, check out our reports and website: www.mostmiraproject.org.

Reports from previous Project on Peacebuilding (POP) courses: POP 2013, POP 2014, POP 2015.

Call for Applications – POP Bosnia 2015

Project on Peacebuilding – Bosnia 2015

When: July 20-24
Where: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Who’s eligible: Young people and students (ages 18-30) from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Applicants with artistic skills, advocacy experience, and/or a background working with youth are encouraged to apply. Participants must be fluent in English.

Kevljani, BiH

About the Program:

The project seeks applicants for a 5-day program to engage in workshops, discussions, site visits and trainings that explore how arts, activism, and youth can contribute to local and national peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Overview:

Participants will engage in discussions about the legacy of conflict and current human rights issues in the region, participate in art workshops, and develop advocacy skills through specialized trainings. The group will include 10 people representing the Bosnian and international community, in addition to artists and activists from the Prijedor area.

The Context:

Since the war ended almost two decades ago, tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina between members of different ethnic groups pose significant social, political and economic challenges. The conflict has marked the Prijedor region, which saw several tragedies, including displacement, detention camps, and recently discovered mass graves. Young people in the region grow up in segregated communities, attend ethnically divided schools, and learn divergent histories. Despite these issues, the international community has largely ignored the region and institutionalized the divides in the local communities. Our project will provide a space for young activists to share ideas about current challenges, contribute to an ongoing peacebuilding project, and learn advocacy tools that they can employ to help improve their home communities. This project also builds on a partnership between Humanity in Action and Most Mira begun two years ago; you can find more information on our website: https://projectonpeacebuilding.wordpress.com.

The Program:

The 5-day program in Prijedor focused on new perspectives on peacebuilding at the local and national level. Workshops will cover topics including art and activism, protests and social movements, gender, sexual identity, and community organizing. The project will also spend time touring the area and learning the history and context of the local community. The project will conclude by producing a joint art project.

Costs:

Bosnian participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Please bring additional spending money to cover some food for the week.

Application process:

The deadline for submission is 12 June 2015. Please submit a CV and 300-word statement of interest (including any experience working in the field of human rights, peacebuilding, or youth) to peacebuilding@humanityinaction.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified in June.

Application for HIA Project on Peacebuilding 2014

WHEN: 1-5 June 2014

WHERE: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: Bosnian and international Humanity in Action Senior Fellows and activists and artists from the Prijedor region. Participants must be fluent in English.

About the Program

The project seeks applicants for a 5-day program to engage in workshops, discussions, site visits and trainings that explore how arts, activism, and youth can contribute to local and national reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Applicants with artistic skills, advocacy experience, and/or a background working with youth are encouraged to apply.

Overview

Participants will engage in discussions about the legacy of conflict and current human rights issues in the region, lead arts workshops with youth, and develop advocacy skills through community organizing skills trainings. The group will include 15 people representing the Bosnian and international Humanity in Action Senior Fellow networks, in addition to artists and activists from the Prijedor area. This program will take place following the activities surrounding the White Armband Day, commemorating the violence in Prijedor during the war. Participants will also engage with an annual youth festival with a local peacebuilding NGO, Most Mira (Bridge of Peace). Building on previous collaboration with Most Mira, this year’s project will connect a wider range of Humanity in Action Senior Fellows and activists in Bosnia.

The Context

Since the war ended almost two decades ago, tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina between members of different ethnic groups pose significant social, political and economic challenges. The conflict has marked the Prijedor region, which saw several tragedies, including displacement, detention camps, and recently discovered mass graves. Young people in the region grow up in segregated communities, attend ethnically divided schools, and learn divergent histories. Despite these issues, the international community has largely ignored the region and institutionalized the divides in the local communities. Our project will provide a rare space for young activists to share ideas about current challenges, contribute to an ongoing peacebuilding project, and learn advocacy tools that they can employ to help improve their home communities. This project also builds on a partnership between Humanity in Action and Most Mira begun last year; you can find their final report here.

The Program

The 5-day program in Prijedor, sponsored by Humanity in Action, will include three components:

  • Discussions on current local human rights issues
  • Arts workshops with young people
  • Community organizing skills trainings

In addition to participating in advocacy trainings, participants will engage in discussions about recent examples of civic activism in BiH. Participants are invited to attend the White Armband Day on the 31st of May taking place prior to the beginning of the program on June 1. Participants will also lead arts workshops, including drama, photography, media, and creative movement, with young people participating in Most Mira’s Youth Festival.

Costs

Bosnian participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Please bring additional spending money to cover some food for the week.

Application process

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2014. Please submit a CV and 500-word statement of interest, including any experience working in the field of human rights, with youth, and/or the arts and ideas for concrete ways in which you can contribute to this project through workshops, etc., to peacebuilding@humanityinaction.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified by late-April.