Visual representations of war and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

New article by Jovana Jeremic and Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

In their new article, 'Long after Dayton: A journey through visual representations of war and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina', former ISS student Jovana Jeremic and Assistant Professor, Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits, examine the contributions of creative approaches to postwar peacebuilding.

They ask how post-conflict peacebuilding can be achieved and promoted through the use of creative approaches and what the potential challenges and limitations are in realizing postwar peacebuilding through creative approaches.

They based their research on visual and interview data generated on the photographic exhibition of ‘War of Memories’ curated in 2017 by the Centre for Non-Violent Action, a civil society organization working on the theme of postwar peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia.

Their findings suggest that creative initiatives can play a positive role at individual level, but their translation into macro-level sustainable social peace is challenging, as long as the structural impediments to peace, prevailing unequal ethnic power relations and ethnicized social and political ordering of the society remain unaddressed.

'Long after Dayton: A journey through visual representations of war and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina', in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies

Researcher

Jovana Jeremic

ISS alumna with an MA in Development Studies, majoring in Human Rights, Gender and Peace and Conflict Studies (Social Justice Perspectives)

Assistant professor

Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

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