East Sarajevo and Sarajevo, 18-24 September 2017
The International Summer School ‘Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance’ is a joint program of the University of Milan-Bicocca, the University of Sarajevo and the University of East Sarajevo, on its second three-year cycle. Its broad aim remained to address the question of tolerance as one of the most challenging in the contemporary world.
The first three-year cycle started with the 2014 edition entitled “The New Challenges of the European Integration”, hosted by the University of East Sarajevo. The 2015 edition took place at the University of Milan-Bicocca (Bicocca Summer Schools for EXPO) with a focus on the question of “Minorities in Democracy”. The 2016 edition was hosted at the University of Sarajevo and dealt with issues related to “Tolerance and Conflict Prevention and Resolution, from the Neighborhoods to the International Community”.
The new three-year project concerns the concept and practice of toleration across European societies in the light of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019. The first edition of the School, entitled “Europe, Borders and Migration”, took place at the Faculty of Law of the University of East Sarajevo from 18-24 September 2017; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo hosted the lectures on Thursday 21 September. The School offered a platform for discussing issues of borders and migration in the times and context of the European integration crisis.
With 22 participants from Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Germany, Macedonia, Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro, the School involved more than 20 lecturers including academics and researchers from several European Universities, experts and practitioners from the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and from international and national NGOs, as well as two visual artists. The main topic of the School was approached from an interdisciplinary point of view, in such a way as to shed light both on the current ‘refugee crises’ and its consequences and on the legacy of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. The Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Bosnia-Herzegovina supported the School with the Patronage for the third time; the Ambassador H.E. Nicola Minasi addressed the students during the final ceremony, pointing out once again the importance of new and alternative European bonds and solidarity.
Next year, in September 2018, the School will be hosted by the University of Milan-Bicocca, and in 2019 again at the University of Sarajevo.