There are so many lessons to be learnt from the past. Not only because those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it, but because our present and our future might depend on those lessons.
As someone who grow-up in the whirlpool of war, politics and ethnic-nationalism in the former Yugoslavia, I am profoundly convinced that a self-critical stance towards one's own past is a prerequisite for a long-lasting peace and reconciliation. That is why, my research interests revolve around collective memories and identities, Europeanization of memory politics and dealing with the trauma(s) of the past and the present.
In particular, I observe how post-conflict and post-genocide countries, and their societies cope with the past. I analyse to what extent the process of European integration affects National Politics of memory and whether as an outcome of Europeanization, a self-critical approach towards one's own past is to be found. Apart from political uses and abuses of the past and its places of memory, I am interested in how societies cope with trauma(s) of our age, such as a terrorist attack.
This web-site brings together my professional and academic experience in dealing with the past in the post-conflict countries (Uganda, the Western Balkans). Moreover, I have visited many places of human tragedies, memorials ( either permanent or temporary) over the years, and created a data-base of photographs - that I am happy to share with interested colleagues.
For any inquiries about the photo-documentation, upcoming activities and forthcoming publications, please send an e-mail or follow me in twitter.