PCRC has joined a multidisciplinary research team to survey the current ‘reconciliation’ landscape in the Western Balkans, investigate the current and potential future role of the arts in reconciliation, and develop a framework for the evaluation of reconciliation activities, specifically those which are arts-based.
After establishing itself as a leading peacebuilding organization in the Western Balkans, PCRC has maintained a close working relationship with the ICTY for over five years and is currently working in partnership with its Sarajevo Outreach Office. One of the primary goals of this partnership is to educate Balkan youth about the ICTY’s role in transitional justice in an interactive and accessible way.
“On the Margins,” a cooperative project between the OSCE and PCRC is a photo-based exhibition designed to increase the availability of positive images of Roma to challenge widespread prejudices and negative stereotypes, while also increasing levels of media attention related to the plight of Roma communities in BiH.
Each summer, PCRC cooperates with the New York University (NYU) Center for Global Affairs to coordinate the Bosnian leg of their annual visit to the former Yugoslavia. PCRC is responsible for arranging interviews, site visits, lectures, and conversations with representatives and organizations operating in Sarajevo, Bratunac, and Srebrenica.
When participants from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship Program visited Sarajevo, PCRC organized two panel sessions: one which focused on the work of the non-governmental sector in the area of interfaith cooperation, and another that focused on moral courage and its importance for reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
The photo exhibition My Body: A War Zone features the portraits and testimonies of women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nepal, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In an article for Journal of Arts and Communities, PCRC board member Olivera Simić analyses this transnational project (the project brings four acclaimed photographers from different parts of the globe to reconstruct women’s images and testimonies in public city spaces) and the associated programming carried out by PCRC.
Seeking Truth in the Balkans is a documentary project that explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from the human rights versus the jurisprudential perspective. As one of the project partners, PCRC is transcribing all interviews conducted for the film in order to create a database that houses the important information uncovered during the filmmaking process.
“In Vareš, promises outweigh prospects, and prospects outweigh production.” During the post-civil war period (i.e., since 1995), this phrase has become a virtual mantra for the central Bosnian town we call the “Little Apple.” The study, for which PCRC was a primary research partner, is not theoretical but rather, represents an unusual (in the field of Bosnian ethnographic research) longitudinal community appraisal of persistence, survival, and “getting by” at the margins.