Women, Religion, Truth and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is a two-year research project focusing on the potential contribution of women to further steps towards the rebuilding of a pluralistic society in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a particular focus on the divergent roles and interests of women in the range of religious and secular communities across the country.

What distinctive perspectives, experience and capabilities do women from the diversity of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s communities bring to the process of forging renewed ties across social divisions? What distinctive challenges do they face? How best can women’s perspectives on their own needs be taken into account in broader initiatives to rebuild trust in the public sphere? How best can their contributions be implemented effectively and made visible in the public sphere?

Through surveys, interviews, focus groups, expert seminars and stakeholder dialogues, this project examines understandings of both practical and basic conceptual issues which will determine priorities for further progress towards the creation of a public sphere built through a greater level of engagement between men and women in different parts of the country.

The project forms part of a research programme focused on the conditions for further public reconciliation programming in the country, whether through a Truth and Reconciliation Process or by other means. Should this process focus on women from populations often characterized as intransigent? On movements and individuals prepared to break with the divisions of the past? On those who are determined to bring the fullest truth about the past into the public domain? On victims? On the young? On women? On secular or religious citizens? Or on a diverse range of processes and actors able to create ‘two-way windows’ between otherwise divided communities?

A dedicated team at the University of Edinburgh is working on this project in collaboration with academics and other specialists from across Bosnia-Herzegovina, from its region, and internationally.

Of interest to specialists working on:

Feminist and non-feminist approaches to security, conflict and conflict transformation

Feminist and non-feminist approaches to justice, trust, civility and representation in the public sphere

Feminist and non-feminist approaches to truth and reconciliation and alternative approaches to transitional justice

Feminist and non-feminist approaches to crimes against humanity (both those targeting women and crimes which women may experience in distinctive ways)

Feminist and non-feminist approaches to cross-cultural and inter-religious peace-building dialogues

The Project on Women, Religion, Truth and Reconciliation in Bosnia- Herzegovina is coordinated by Gorazd Andrejc. For further information please contact: gorazdeo[[@]]

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