IHJR Project on the Former Yugoslavia


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The region of the former Yugoslavia remains manipulated by mutual ethno-religious suspicion and animosity, fueled by one of the most enduring and bloody ethnic crises that emerged at the end of the 20th century in this region.

The IHJR project in the former Yugoslavia aims to engage historians, researchers, policy-makers, students and the broader civil society in the region in a multi-national, multi-perspective, multi-ethnic and non-partisan shared narrative. Through its research, writing and broader dissemination, the IHJR project counters some of the xenophobic national myths and brings attention to the similarities and overlapping experiences and identities among societies in the region in cultural, religion, social and political life.

The road to reconciliation between nations is based on 20th century history and is visible only to those who have reconciled with their own past. A shared narrative is one of the possible roads to reconciliation. It requires each participant to leave behind their own bias and prejudices. Taking this path means learning from the past and going forward.

— Chair of the Center for History Democracy and Reconciliation

In 2010 a new phase of the research project, “Facing the Past – Searching for the Future” , was launched. The project published a shared narrative on political myths in the Former Yugoslavia and successor States with 7 of the best historians in the region and has successfully created a documentary movie and organized a Young Scholar’s Essay competition.

This project has been co-organized by the Center for History, Democracy and Reconciliation, an organization that has been established with support from IHJR in 2007 and with a steering committee composed of members from the various republics of the former Yugoslavia based in Novi Sad, Serbia.

For more information on past activities of IHJR in the former Yugoslavia and a list of publications, click here.