Panel Sessions

Panel session 1:The Role of the Media in Post-Conflict Society”

Saturday, May 11th: 12:30-13:30


Dragan Bursać is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian journalist and columnist. Born in 1975 in Bihać, he finished primary school and grew up in Bosanski Petrovac.

In 2000, he started working with Radio Banjaluka. From 2007 to 2019, he worked as a journalist and columnist with the BUKA portal. He is currently working as a columnist on the Al Jazeera Balkans and portal.

In 2018, he received the most prestigious journalist award in Europe, the European Press Prize, in the “Opinion” category.

His work is focused on the topics of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, confrontation with the past, and humanity within war. He lives and works in Banja Luka and is a professor of philosophy.

Dragan Bursać, bosanskohercegovački novinar i kolumnista. Rođen 1975. u Bihaću. Osnovnu školu završio je u Bosanskom Petrovcu, gdje je odrastao.

Profesor filozofije.

2000. godine počinje da radi na Radio Banjaluci.

U periodu od 2007. do 2019. kao novinar i kolumnista radi i saradjuje sa BUKA portalom. Trenutno radi kao kolumnista na portalu Al Jazeera Balkans i

Nagradjivani novinar. 2018 godine nagradjen je najprestižnijom novinarskom nagradom u Evropi, European Press Prize u kategoriji «Mišljenje».

Rad i opus je fokusiran na teme ratnih zlocina na podrucju bivse Jugoslavije, suocavanje sa prosloscu, humanost u ratu.


Vladimir Petrovic is a Senior Researcher at the Pardee School of Boston University. He researches mass political violence and strategies of confrontation with its legacy. He graduated from Contemporary History (Faculty of Belgrade: BA and MPhil) and Comparative History of Central and Southeastern Europe (Central European University: MA and PhD), completing his postgraduate studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam. His latest book “The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise: Clio takes the Stand” (Routledge, 2017) examines the role of historians and social scientists as expert witnesses in some of the most dramatic legal encounters of the 20th century. Petrovic was himself working in this intersection between history and law, both in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and in the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office. He has published extensively on ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and attempts to undo its legacy, as well as on the history of nonalignment during the Cold War. He is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade, as well as a Visiting Professor at the History and Legal Department of Central European University. 


Marko Drobnjakovic is a freelance documentary photographer and videographer based out of Belgrade, Serbia. He covered international breaking news, sports, and enterprise events for AP and other outlets in Europe and the Middle East from 2005 to 2016. His long-term photography projects include stories related to conflict in Iraq, the turmoil and subsequent escalation of conflict in Ukraine, the rise and fall of ISIS in northern Iraq, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the aftermath and consequences of the Yugoslav wars. Marko has worked on feature assignments for publications and clients that include The Associated Press, NBC, MSF, International Rescue Committee, Der Spiegel, El Pais, and The New York Times. Awards and grants include 2017 Magnum Foundation Grant, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Breaking News Photography, 2018 Yunghi Kim Grant, 2019 Aftermath Project Grant finalist, and the 2019 Ochberg Fellowship.


Viktor Ivančić was born October 8, 1960 in Sarajevo. Ivančić’s journalistic career started in the early 1980s in student publications after which he became a professional journalist. He was one of the founders and the long-time editor-in-chief of the satirical and political weekly Feral Tribune from Split. The magazine was famous for its provocative, anti-war stance and resistance to the nationalistic regime; the weekly earned a whole series of international professional awards, and was named the best satirical magazine in the world. Besides newspaper articles, Ivančić writes novels, stories and essays. Today he is employed by the weekly Novosti and maintains cooperation with several alternative web portals from the former Yugoslav republics. He lives and works in Split.

Viktor Ivančić rođen je 8. 10. 1960. u Sarajevu.Novinarstvom se počeobaviti početkomosamdesetihgodina prošloga stoljeća, najprije ustudentskoj štampi, a zatim kao profesionalni novinar.Bio je jedan od osnivača i višegodišnji glavni uredniksatiričko-političkogtjednika FeralTribune iz Splita. List je bio čuven zbog svoje provokativnosti,antiratnog angažmana i otporanacionalističkom režimu; tjednik je dobiocijeli niz međunarodnih profesionalnih nagrada, aizmeđu ostaloga je proglašeni najboljim satiričkim listom nasvijetu.Uz novinarske članke, piše romane, priče i eseje.Danas je zaposlen kao kolumnist u tjedniku Novosti; stalno surađuje s nekoliko alternativnihportala na prostoru nekadašnje Jugoslavije.Živi i radi u Splitu.


Zlatko Dizdarević (Belgrade, 1948) is a journalist and a diplomat. He was an editor of leading national newspaper Oslobodjenje and was their long time Middle East correspondent. He was also editor-in-chief of weekly magazines SVIJET and NEDJELJA. Zlatko was ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Croatia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He has authored eight books published in Europe, USA and Latin America. 

Panel session 2: Women in the Media: Practice in the Balkans and Abroad”

Saturday, May 11th: 14:45 – 15:45


Edina Becirevic is a professor of security studies at the University of Sarajevo and the President of the Atlantic Initiative, which researches a broad range of security issues including radicalization, violent extremism, gender and security, and gender and judiciary problems in BiH. She extensively published on the issues of war crimes, genocide, radicalization and transitional justice. Edina Becirevic is the author of Genocide on the Drina River (Yale University Press, 2014) and Salafism vs. Moderate Islam: A Rhethorical Fight for the Hearts and Minds of Bosnian Muslims (Atlantic Initiative, 2016).

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Aida Čerkez has been reporting from Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Associated Press for 24 years and was the agency’s chief of bureau in Sarajevo. She has a master’s degree in Peace Studies and Communications and has been involved in the work of the Center for Investigative Journalism since it was founded. She is now and editor at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Aida Čerkez je 24 godine izvjestavala za Associated Press (AP) iz Sarajeva nakon cega je postala urednik u Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Magistrirala je u oblasti mirovnog istraživanja i komunikacija. Uključena je u rad Centra za istraživačko novinarstvo (CIN) od njegovog osnivanja.