Political Culture and Dialogue

We are in the midst of a revolution in the way that knowledge and culture are created, accessed and transformed. Citizens, artists and consumers are no longer powerless and isolated in the face of industries producing and distributing content, and they are increasingly becoming independent from state control and state funding: Now individuals across many different spheres are collaborating, participating and making decisions in a direct and democratic way, which is leading to the development of new models of financing cultural activities and managing common goods. With this program we want to contribute to the dialogue between Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo amongst each other, and between the Westbalkan region and Germany and the European Union.

Publications

The Birth of Citizenry in Serbia 2019

The Birth of Citizenry in Serbia: Anti-Jewish Legislation and the Townspeople of Kragujevac, 1845-1847

The problem of civic, legal and political emancipation of Jews in 19th century European societies is one of the critical processes in modern European history. What was the status of Jews in 19th-century Principality of Serbia, and how does it compare to other countries in the broader European perspective? This brochure attempts to provide a concise answer to this question, emphasizing the singular position and role that the citizens of a town in Serbia played in the process of Jewish emancipation at one point in history.

All articles and publications
Albanian-Serbian Besa Agreements Cover

Albanian-Serbian Besa Agreements in 1906-1907: A Model of Serbian-Albanian Coexistence in Kosovo

The richness of the multilayered historical reality, the authentic multicultural context of everyday life and the specific regional peculiarities of Albanian-Serbian relations in Kosovo have been unjustly simplified for decades by being reduced to episodes of intense interethnic violence. Even a casual conversation with people from both ethnic communities in Kamenica, Gnjilane, Šilovo and Ranilug reveals a more complex picture of mutual relations. From the perspective of ordinary people, the memory of coexistence and a common life together, mutual respect and tolerance in socialist Yugoslavia and in the aftermath of the 1999 war in Kosovo prevails over the notions about ethnic distrust and ethnically motivated violence.