Bosnia-Herzegovina research to be published and launched in Sarajevo

Watch this space for the latest publication and research activity news from the project Religion and Reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, conducted by a team from across Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region. Over the summer, our research team has travelled across 13 cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, investigating stakeholder perspectives on challenges for inclusive peacebuilding at the local and state-wide levels. A further high-level stakeholder event will take place to mark the launch of the next series of reports and research monographs in 2019. This is the culmination of the latest phase of a ground-breaking study launched in 2011.

Other Upcoming Events

On 11 July, Dr Wilkes will be speaking to a working group at Sandhurst on religion and military ethics education in the British military.

Together with civil society partners, Relwar is currently helping to plan events in Edinburgh and in Lebanon, focused on reconciliation, education for displaced Syrians, and humanitarian relief. This is in part a follow-on from a programme of research support for Relief & Reconciliation International, particularly focused on practical challenges for interreligious peacebuilding and for humanitarian ethics.

Two conferences on the interaction between religious law and international law are in preparation, one in Israel in June 2019, the second in Morocco to be held later in 2019. This follows a successful pair of conferences on the theme in Fuerth and Nuremberg in 2018 and 2019, on Jewish and other religious dimensions of the ‘Nuremberg moment’ in contemporary international legal history. The Relwar Director, Dr Wilkes, is currently Chair of the Jewish Law Association, and is working on a programme of activities related to conflict, peace and the practice of religious law.

Ongoing studies

  • Current scholarship at the Project includes work on the evaluation of military ethics education, on the significance of ethics in the teaching of International Humanitarian Law, on the role of military chaplains in ethics provision in a select group of NATO and non-NATO states, and on attitudes to reconciliation processes in post-conflict societies, from the West Balkans to the Middle East. A new cooperation with partners in Euro-ISME aims to present case commentaries that demonstrate the role of military ethics education in promoting compliance with International Humanitarian Law.  The Project is also supporting work on military ethics in Scandinavia, led by a colleague at Lund University.
  • A study of the impact of compliance with International Humanitarian Law on peace processes and post-conflict resolution is in preparation, with partners across Europe. More details soon.
  • Annedore Wilmes has been awarded a consultancy to conduct research on ‘Cross-Cultural, Interreligious and Conflict Sensitive Ethics Programming’. Annedore has completed an M.Th. by research at the University of Edinburgh, with a dissertation exploring concepts of reconciliation held by Christians today. In her previous universities, Bayreuth and Münster in Germany, she studied theology, religious and cultural studies, and law. She has also conducted research on religion and reconciliation at the local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The Relwar team has a project in development on the relationship between intercultural reconciliation projects for youth and the achievement of the Sustainability and Development Goals. Our proposal for a Memory Bank focused on local intercultural and interreligious solidarity made it to the last 5 in the British Council’s 2018 Digital Ideas Challenge, out of 2000 entries. Watch out for follow-up news in 2019.

Scholarships and internships

  • The Project welcomes student enquiries about gaining research experience. John Choo conducted his summer research experience with the Project in 2015, and Joe Gayeski, Alissa Graff, Fasila Hanif and Charles Stainforth conducted Project research in 2012-14. The Project’s interns for 2011 were Sally May, Deborah Rosenthal and Marcel Rother.
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