The first conference “Who started all this? Historians against revisionism”

November 21, 2019

Following the project Languages and nationalisms, that tackled the complex question of the reality of existence of four political languages in the region, as well as its grand finale – Declaration on the common language that included 30 linguists and other experts and that was supported by around ten thousand people from the region of Western Balkans, Association KROKODIL initiated a new project titled Who started all this? Historians against revisionism. This two and a half year long project started with a conference which took place during the KROKODIL festival on June 17th and June 18th at Center for cultural decontamination in Belgrade.

The main goal of this project is to create a space for historical and intercultural dialogue by creating a network of historians, writers, journalists, students and wider public which would eventually contribute to the conflict resolution, mutually respected historical narratives (if shared are not possible) and to more inclusive culture of remembrance. The project’s activities will result in the creation of a sustainable platform that would allow mutually acceptable interpretation of events of the recent and more distant past through the method of multi-perspective historical narrative. The Belgrade conference will gather prominent expert historians from Serbia and the region, among them Dr Dubravka Stojanović, Dr Božo Repe, Dr Husnija Kamberović, Dr Milivoj Bešlin, Dr Tvrtko Jakovina Dr Peter Mikša, Dr Hrvoje Klasić, Adnan Prekić etc. This project is financed by the European Union and it will be implemented in close collaboration with forumZFD Serbia.  

DAY 1 (June 17th)

#1 Our first (and only) common century – 100 years from the formation of Yugoslavia

Moderator: dr Dubravka Stojanović

Participants: Dr Srđan Milošević, Dr Božo Repe, Dr Husnija Kamberović 

#2 Long live defeat – Change of paradigm in the narrative of Second World War

Moderator: dr Tvrtko Jakovina

Participants: dr Olga Manojlović Pintar, dr Peter Mikša, dr Hrvoje Klasić


DAY 2 (June 18th)

#1 Ideal enemy – Yugoslavia as a revisionist dream

Moderator: dr Husnija Kamberović

Participants: dr Adnan Prekić, dr Tvrtko Jakovina, dr Milivoj Bešlin

#2 Us and/or them – Tragic legacies of the Civil war in Yugoslavia

Moderator: Božo Repe

Participants: dr Dubravka Stojanović, dr Amir Duranović, dr Snježana Koren