The People behind Mediation Efforts in Divided Communities
Thursday, 10th June, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 CET w/ simultaneous interpretation to/from Albanian, Croatian-Serbian-Bosnian, English
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Using specific examples of ethnically separated cities, we would like to give an insight into the challenges people are facing there. While doing this, we will focus on people’s personal experiences, struggles, losses, desperation, and efforts as key for success and change. This panel offers an exchange of views, opinions, and experiences among mediators, peace workers, activists, and citizens committed to building trust in divided communities they are living in. We will start with screening a short video “Cities in Division” focusing on Mostar and Mitrovica.
- Could cooperation among various communities in areas burdened with ethno-political narratives be understood as one specific way of mediation in contradiction to ‘daily politics’ and heated political narratives?
- In the specific context of divided communities, does it make sense to adopt a very broad understanding of mediation as “talking to other people with the aim to better understand each other” rather than stick to the classical understanding of mediation?
- To what extent can mediation and negotiation as techniques or tools be used in inter-ethnic or inter-community dialogues? Which “mediative skills” are most useful to bring people together in the first place and into dialogue?
Vanesa Galić, Project Manager, Nansen Dialogue Center, Mostar
Valdete Idrizi, Founder and former Executive Director of Community Building, Mitrovica
Vladimir Ćorić, Executive Director of Youth and Cultural Center „Abrašević“and Vice President of Local Network „Our Society“, Mostar
Dušan Radaković, Founder and Executive Director of Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC), Mitrovica
Elmar Langner, Integrative Mediator and Programme Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina, CSSP Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation, Berlin
Goran Božičević, Mediator, Buje-Buie
Panelists’ Short Bios
Founder and Executive Director of Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC), Mitrovica
Integrative Mediator and Programme Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina, CSSP Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation, Berlin
Founder and former Director of Community Building Mitrovica, Mitrovica
Project Manager, Nansen Dialogue Center Mostar
Executive Director of Youth and Cultural Center „Abrašević“and Vice President of Local Network „Our Society“, Mostar