„I remember very well a question asked at a press conference: ‘why did you record an anti-war song when the war was over’, meaning when the conflicts in Croatia were calming down. This is what really stuck to my memory, because I didn’t see it that way, I saw that the worst war was yet to start.“
Srđan Gojković Gile, Member of the New Wave group Electrični Orgazam
The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the events that eventually led to the violent dissolution of Yugoslavia. The narratives of violence and war still echo across the Western Balkans region through ethno-centric policies, revisionist narration of history, denial of war crimes, nationalistic politics, and the neglection of the importance to deal with this common past.
Impressum 16 - 05/2021
Editor in Chief: Alexander Vojvoda
Editorial Team: Sunita Dautbegović-Bošnjaković, Martin Filipovski, Ana Pejović
Authors: Daša Duhaček, Nađa Duhaček, Linda Gusia, Jelena Jevđenić, Suada Kapić, Nikola Mokrović, Igo Rogova, Naum Trajanovski, Mišo Vidović
Podcasts: Bosnia and Hercegovina: media platform Naratorium, Đorđe Krajišnik and Jadranka Miličević. Kosovo: TILLT Radio team, Marigona Shabiu from YIHR Kosovo and Serbeze Haxhiaj. North Macedonia: Radio MOF, Jasmina Jakimova and Naum Trajanovski. Serbia: radio show Ženergija on Radio Aparat, Zoe Gudović, Staša Zajović, Dragan Protić (Prota Škart), Nataša Kandić, and Nikola Barović.
Design (Cover page): Envinion
Translation: LBG Communications (Albanian), Luna Đorđević (BHCS), Martina Kimovska (Macedonian)
Proofreading: LBG Communications (Albanian/English), Zinaida Lakić (BHCS), Zanet Ristoska (Macedonian)
Balkan.Perspectives is a regional magazine focused on dealing with the past (DwP) in the western Balkans. Produced by forumZFD in four (4) languages, this is a collaborative effort between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia. The magazine provides a platform for local actors to support conflict-sensitive discourse on issues related to the recent past. By offering a plurality of perspectives on DwP topics from across the region, the magazine aims to challenge stereotypes and ethno-centric narratives, encourage critical thinking and wider debate, and strengthen constructive approaches to dealing with the recent past.
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