Internal Workshop and Public Debate: Prejudices and Political Instrumentalisation in the Balkans. Status Quo and Future Prospects

12/11/2015 12:05

The Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip), the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute, the International Institute for Peace (IIP) together with the Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM), the Renner Institut (RI) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute invite you to the
Workshop and Public Debate

“Prejudices and Political Instrumentalisationin the Balkans. Status Quo and Future Prospects
20 Years After Dayton”

Thursday, 12th November 2015

Workshop (13:30-18:00) Austrian Institute for International Affairs (Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna)

Public Debate (19:00-21:00) Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Favoritenstrasse 15A, 1040 Vienna)



20 years after the war in Bosnia and 16 years after the end of the war in Kosovo, prejudices and negative stereotypes among the Balkan nations continue to be stumbling blocks for reconciliation and accounting for the past, which prevents the region from faster progress towards European integration. The conference aims at discussing the status quo of mutual prejudices, their political exploitation and related problems in the Balkans 20 years after Dayton. Finally, the ways to overcome prejudices in the context of the Europeanisation processes will be discussed as well as possible solutions for open and conflicting issues in the Western Balkans.


Conference Program
(Workshop and Public Debate)


Scientific coordination:             Vedran Dzihić, Senior Researcher, oiip

13.30-18.00, Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Panel 1: 13.30 – 15.30
Prejudices and their political instrumentalisation in the Western Balkans since the 1990s – Status quo

Chair:                                 Vedran Dzihić, oiip
Participants:                       Robert Pichler, Humboldt University of Berlin Florian Bieber, Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz Dino                                              Abazović, University of Sarajevo Vjolca Krasniqi, Pristina Vesna Terselic, Zagreb
Coffee Break

Panel 2: 16.00 – 18.00
Overcoming prejudices and dealing with the past in the context of Europeanisation of the Balkans

Chair:                                 Vedran Dzihic, oiip
Participants:                       Tobias Flessenkemper, Centre International de formation européenne Natascha Wunsch, DGAP Danijela Majstorović, University of Banja               Luka Gazela Pudar, Institute for Philosophy and Social Science, Belgrade Nedad Memić, Kosmo, Vienna Nina Radović, Ludwi Boltzmann                           Institute of Human Rights, Vienna


Public Debate

19.00 – 21.00, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Overcoming Ghosts of the Past in the Balkans – How to shape a common European future

Moderation:                         Vedran Dzihić, oiip
Words of Welcome:             Hans Winkler, Ambassador, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Opening Statements:           Hannes Swoboda, President of the Ustinov Institute and the International Institute for Peace Caspar Einem, President, oiip
Participants:                        Erhard Busek, IDM Milica Tomić, artist, Belgrade and Graz Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Dino                                                   Abazovic, University of Sarajevo Florian Bieber, University of Graz Vesna Teršelić, Documenta, Zagreb





Co-organized by: Supported by:

Renner Institut

Ludwig Boltzman Institute for Human Rights


Diplomatische Akademie Wien

Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs