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Politics of Denial and Dealing with the Past in Western Balkan

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The Belgrade and Sarajevo offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, together
with our editor Miloš Ćirić, have invited relevant voices to reflect on what was
achieved over the past decades in the fields of documentation, memorialization, and
processing of recent history. We wanted to learn which actors and factors determine
the cultural context, who could deconstruct the hate narratives, how nationalism
affects the culture of remembrance in the respective societies, and why the most
brutal of experiences did not lead to a better understanding of common history
in the region. In this volume, the role of the external actors is also critically questioned: what were Western donors able to achieve? Why has dealing with history never become mainstream despite the efforts of many brave, consistent and professional individuals? Is there even a need for a moratorium on dealing with the past so that new spaces for peaceful coexistence can emerge?

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unclosed chapters of the past
Nino Lejava
facing the past in the post-Yugoslav space
Tamara Šmidling
the past is still someone’s present
Vildana Selimbegović
why the facts matter
Bekim Blakaj
Serbia: nationalism without alternative and politics of memory without self-reflection
Milivoj Bešlin
Bosnia and Herzegovina: three decades of facing the past
Lejla Gačanica
Croatia: facts about the past in the shadow of victorious narratives
Branka Vierda
Kosovo: wartime memories challenged by the courts
Una Hajdari
Montenegro: is there anything to remember at all?
Miloš Vukanović
North Macedonia: amnesty and silence around the 2001 insurgency
Prof. dr Irena Stefoska
towards politics of hope: an interview with Orli Fridman
Miloš Ćirić
the case of Prijedor: struggle for victims’ recognition
Edin Ramulić
decades of women-led initiatives for peace
Marijana Stojčić
the media: from tools of war to vehicles of denial
Dinko Gruhonjić
efforts to deconstruct the hateful narratives
Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić
he war in the classrooms
Srđan Milošević, Aleksandar R. Miletić
imposition of legal standards and their sustainability
Selma Korjenić, Ajna Mahmić
a critique of western-funded memorialization initiatives in the Balkans
Jasmin Mujanović
the clash of the myths
Mirko Medenica
on populism and historical revisionism
Thomas Schad
the future without remembrance
Dragan Markovina

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