About conference

In July 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina will mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide in the UN ‘Safe Area’ Srebrenica.

In the last several years, there has been a rise in institutional denial of mass atrocities and genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 and 1995. In some regards, as Bosnian-Australian scholar Hariz Halilovich points out, the rhetoric converts into ‘triumphalism’ – a celebration of the genocide and perpetrators.

Given the contemporary phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and social media which is increasingly being used for genocide denial, a proper analysis of genocide denial in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be addressed.

Thus, the papers presented at the conference should be around, but not limited to, these topics:

  • Uses of denial by contemporary political movements
  • Courts, trials and denial
  • Genocide prevention tools and denial
  • Politics, Geopolitics and denial
  • Art, literature, and film and denial
  • (Addressing) genocide denial in education
  • The era of “fake news” and denial

The aim of the conference is to bring together international experts on genocide studies and to explore the phenomenon o genocide denial in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This will be an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on memory, denial, prevention, and accountability as they relate to the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This conference is organized by the Srebrenica Memorial, the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science, and the Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks.

The virtual conference, as part of the official ceremony, will be held on 10 July, 2020 and live streamed from Sarajevo.