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PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 2012
KONFERENCIJA: SUOČAVANJE SA PROŠLOŠĆU U SRBIJI:ŠTA DALJE?

(U ORGANIZACIJI FONDA:

CONFERENCE: DEALING WITH THE PAST IN SERBIA: WHAT NEXT? ORGANISTION: BKV FUND, FUND "HEINRICH BöLL", CENTER FOR CULTURAL DECONTAMINATION)
thursday, 19.january 2012. − 20.january 2012.
10:00, National Library of Serbia


The question of what a nation should do about a difficult past is one of the great issues of our time. How does a society recover from a regime characterized by criminal, illegal or authoritarian structures? What does it do in respect to the rights of victims of human, political and civil rights violations committed both internally and externally? -an issue that international criminal justice mechanisms make increasingly difficult to avoid. What does it do to emancipate itself from the legacy of both crimes committed during war and an authoritarian past, and to pursue liberal reformation of the post-war state.

These are questions that Serbia has faced since the fall of Slobodon Milošević. Some aspects of dealing with the past have been pursued –war crimes trials and official acknowledgment of some of the worst war crimes. But deep rooted efforts, such as The Accountability for Human Rights Violations Act (which aimed at lustration) and the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation, have been resounding failures. Without any wider effort to establish the facts and attribute responsibility, the gestures that have been made so far remain far from a genuine process of dealing with the past -of Vergangenheitsbewältigung.

If we believe that dealing with the past is essential morally and politically, for both the victims and for society as a whole, so that it is no longer governed by alleged war-crime perpetrators or haunted by victims, what should do we do now, in 2012? How do we compel society toward Vergangenheitsbewältigung? -to emancipate from the criminal heritage and authoritarian legacy? What are we going to do differently to make a difference? What kind of an approach might have an impact now and in the future?


Format for the conference: Debate on each topic on this agenda will be initiated by 1 or 2 speakers per session, presenting prepared papers, followed by critical remarks from discussants; moderators will involve participants in the debate; all participants are expected to take an active role in the discussion over the course of the conference.

Conference venue: Narodna biblioteka Srbije/National Library of Serbia (Skerlićeva 1)
Conference opening, Thursday 19th January, 10.00 am

Key Note: Why dealing with the past?

Speaker: Nenad Dimitrijević (Central European University, Budapest)


Session 1

11.00 – 12.30 am
Panel: What does Serbia deal with in 2012 (except elections)?
A point of departure for discussion throughout the conference: What is the social-political situation in 2012 and what does it mean for the future?

Speaker: Sreten Ugričić (National Library of Serbia, Belgrade)
Discussants: Eric Gordy (University College London), Nikola Samardžić (University of Belgrade)
Moderator: Aleksandra Nikšić (AFP, Belgrade)

Session 2

13.15 – 14.45 pm
Panel: The role of the State
What is the role of the State in dealing with the past: to lead or to follow? What mechanisms do we have and what else do we need? Do some mechanisms act as catalysts for other mechanisms and processes? Will good political deeds today be rewarded only by future historians or is there hope for politicians who are willing to lead by facing the past?

Speaker (1): Vladimir Petrović (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam)
Speaker (2): Jelena Subotić (Georgia State University, Atlanta)
Discussants: Daniel Serwer (Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC), Bruno Vekarić (Republic of Serbia, Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor, Belgrade)
Moderator: Vladimir Đerić (Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic law office, Belgrade)

Session 3

15.00 – 16.30 pm
Panel: Dealing with the past – historiography, teaching and education
Depoliticizing historical research? Communicating the facts. Education and learning. Text books and class rooms versus other kinds of tools, resources and spaces. If school curriculums are out of reach, how to communicate the past intelligently to the next generation now?

Speaker: Jaroslav Najbert (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague)
Discussants: Predrag Simić (University of Belgrade), Irena Ristić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade)
Moderator: Andrej Ivanji (Vreme - Belgrade, Der Standard- Vienna)

Session 4

16.45 – 18.15 pm
Panel: Mind detox/sets
Emancipation. Moving on without leaving behind. Vigilance. Opening public space. Reflection.

Speaker (1): Predrag Milidrag (University of Belgrade)
Speaker (2): Wolfgang Klotz (Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Belgrade)
Discussants: Svetlana Slapšak (University of Ljubljana), Klaus Bachman (University of Wroclaw)
Moderator: Irena Ristić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade)

Session 5, Friday 20th January, 9.30-11.00 am
Panel: Communicating [dealing with] the Past - culture, arts and media
Exploring the past. Finding meaning. Challenging norms. Art as teaching or learning? History versus memory. Facts versus truth.

Speaker: Branimir Stojanović (Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade)
Discussant: Miroslav – Nune Popović (Artist, Belgrade), Obrad Savić (Belgrade Circle, Belgrade), Marija Ratković (Media theorist), Olga Dimitrijević (Dramatist)
Moderator: Radovan Kupres (Journalist, Belgrade)

Session 6

11.30-13.00. pm
Panel: Narratives/Storytelling – telling the past in public.
The role of literature (and other forms of storytelling) in Serbia today? Facing the past in public though fiction and fact. Telling the story of generational conflict.

Speaker: Vladimir Arsenić (Literary Critic, Zrenjanin)
Discussants: Ivana Simić Bodrožić (Poet and Writer, Zagreb), Dejan Ilić (Book Factory, Belgrade)
Moderator: Boris Dežulović (Author, Columnist, Zagreb, Belgrade)

Session 7

14.00-15.30 pm
Panel: Moving forward – beyond talking about what next: examples and ideas
Initiatives for dealing with the past.

Speakers:
Nenad Šebek (Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in SouthEast Europe, Thessaloniki) – History Textbooks
Nataša Kandić (Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade) – RECOM
Vladimir Petrović (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam) – Kraj Jugoslavije (Institute for Contemporary History / Humanitarian Law Centre)
Aleksandra Sekulić (Media Archeology, Belgrade) – Medijska arheologija
James May (Biljana Kovacevic-Vuco Fund, Belgrade) – www.javnidosije.rs
Moderator: Borka Pavićević (Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade)

Session 8

16.00-17.30 pm
In place of a conclusion - the future of the past, voicing ideas for what next?
In this final session, instead of concluding remarks, ideas for what next? that participants themselves seek to pursue. The purpose is to share information and collected ideas would form the basis of essays that the organizers would publish in a printed volume.

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