31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014
Edina Bećirević, Associate Professor of Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo, “Theories of Genocide vs. Realities of Genocide: the Case Study of Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Edina Bećirević is an associate professor of security studies at the University of Sarajevo, where she herself completed undergraduate studies in journalism in 1990 before attaining two Master’s degrees, in the Department of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and in the Political Science Department at Central European University. She defended her doctoral thesis on genocide in Eastern Bosnia at the University of Sarajevo in 2008. In 2011/12 she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Her research focuses on the causes of war and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995, as well as on transitional justice in the complex, post-war period; and she has published extensively on these topics. Her upcoming book, Genocide on the Drina River – which examines the genocide committed by Serb forces against Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia – will be published by Yale University Press in July 2014. In the book, Bećirević draws on the case studies of seven municipalities in Eastern Bosnia to illustrate a pattern of broad Serb genocidal designs. She fluidly links general theories of genocide with detailed local and regional perspectives, but also manages to illustrate the devastating and dehumanizing effects of genocide on the destinies of everyday people, so that Genocide on the Drina River portrays the legacy of genocide on both the collective and the individual. The book is meant to raise awareness about genocide and the mechanisms of its denial in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the hope that future leaders and citizens will better understand how to build social environments in which genocides are unthinkable.