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Tuesday, 18 June 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Faculty of Political Sciences, Jove Ilića 165, Belgrade 

Rountable Discussion: Feminist Activism in the Age of Identity

CEEISA – ISA Conference: International Relations in the Age of Anxiety is not an open event, but FJS panel discussion can be watched on FJŠ facebook page LIVE!

Across generations, feminists and peace activists in the former Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav space have struggled and continued to fight for peaceful and just societies, and equality of opportunity. The panel discussion seeks to find out what were feminist ideas and strategies at different historical periods and how feminists engagements and interventions contributed to peace. 

Discussion topics:

  • Feminism in the former Yugoslavia and during the wars.
  • Feminism in the post-war transition and transformation of  societies: What is essentially new in shaping and implementing feminists’ strategies and policies?
  • Feminism after the crisis: What is a way forward after austerity measures and  a major economic crisis in 2008 and an increase of the anti-feminism?

Panelists:Biljana Kašić (University of Zadar), Danijela Dugančić (CRVENA, Association for Culture and Art), Vjollca Krasniqi (University of Pristina), Sonja Lokar (Freelance international expert, Ljubljana), Jelena Petrović (FWF researcher, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna), Dubravka Stojanović (Univeristy of Belgrade)

Moderator:Maja Bjeloš  (The Jelena Santic Foundation)

The panel discussion Feminist Activism in the Age of Identity is a part of a larger project Heroines of Peace – Stories Beyond Negotiating Table that Foundation Jelena Santic conducts in partnership with Center for Research and Gender Policy from Pristina, supported by Balkan Trust for Democracy.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Intergenerational Dialogue on Feminist Activism in (Post-) Yugoslav space

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Venue: National Library, FemArt Festival, Prishtina, June 15th, 2019 at 15h


Across generations, feminists and peace activists in the former Yugoslavia have struggled and continued to fight for peaceful and just societies, and equality of opportunity. Looking back, yet focusing into the future of feminist activism, The Center for Research and Gender Policy from Pristina and Jelena Santic Foundation would like to host different generations of feminists (scholars and activists) from Sarajevo, Prishtina and Belgrade, and engage them in a dialogue to address the question of how different generations of activists can work and collaborate in order to maintain a more united stance in the feminist struggle for women’s empowerment in their countries and the region. The panel discussion, that will be part of FemArt Festival in Pristina in June 2019, also seeks to find out the extent to which regional and local ideas and strategies have informed activists organizing at different moments and how feminist action has developed across generations.

Moderator of the panel discussion will be Vjollca Krasniqi and panelist will be from Pristina, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Tirana.


Zana Hoxha-Krasniqi   

Dafina Beqiri/Dijana Spalevic

Jadranka Miličević

Lepa Mlađenović

Vildana Džekman

Sanja Dojkić

Liridona Sijarina

The panel discussion Intergenerational Dialogue on Feminist Activism in (Post-) Yugoslav space is powered by Balkan Trust for Democracy and Western Balkans Fund.

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New Laureates for the Award “Jelena Šantić” for 2016/2017

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The FJS awarded new laureates within the Award Jelena  for 2016/2017, on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade. This year’s competition for the Award Jelena Šantić has been interested in 40 organizations and individuals who have contributed to the development of local communities, human rights, their position as cultural workers, and have introduced a number of new practices in working with different target groups.

The Independent Jury, composed of Aleksandar Vesić, Goran Tomka and Branislav Dimitrijević, made the following decisions about the winners  of the Award Jelena Šantić for  brave steps in their processional and activist work  for 2016/2017:

Marijana Cvetković (category individuals) for consistency in her work and promotion of contemporary dance, continuous advocacy for better working conditions in the field of culture, and for the introduction of innovative practices for the youngest within the project “Generator”.




The Association of Visual Artists Uzice – Gallery Reflektor (category of civil society organizations) for the courage and step towards the creation of a new local art community through association and cooperation with the public and private sector, as well as for their efforts to preserve the city’s cultural heritage





Tatjana Nikolic, special recognition for outstanding contribution in improving the position of young professionals in culture, arts, creative industries and the media, as well as affirmation of young people, especially girls within the project “Rock camp for girls”.



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The next segment of the collaborative project DISSONANT (CO) SPACES, a three day international conference entitled MODELLING PUBLIC SPACE(S) IN CULTURE is taking place in Skopje, Macedonia on October 12-14, 2017 at Kino Kultura.

The Conference Modelling Public Spaces in Culture is one of the activities of The Dissonant (Co)Spaces project, aiming to offer diverse thematic overview on “the public space” as a physical location that creates social ties and “the public sphere” as the collection of attributes contributing to the formation of public discourse.

At the conference, public spaces will be reviewed and discussed through two different aspects:
1. Revisionism and production of the history of culture and institution. In this thematic focus we will mostly engage in the modernist heritage from socialist Yugoslavia, critically examining the term “dissonant heritage”, and its usage in the contemporary context of culture. Another focal point is the development history of the institution in former Yugoslavia.
2. Organizational and institutional innovative approaches in governing and modelling institutions, or proposing new models of public spaces as new models of institutions. We will try to examine diverse approaches such as commons, participation and usership in modelling the new public spaces.
These thematic focuses will be developed in thematic modes of presentation, interviews, lectures, discussions etc.

more information> www.


>>> Thursday, October 12
5:00 p.m. Kitsch throughout Skopje 2014 (Плоштад Слобода/ Freedom Square)
7:00 p.m. Opening
7:10 p.m. What is the Strategy for Institutional Development of the Ministry of Culture of R.M?, Minister of Culture of R. Macedonia, Robert Alagjozovski
7:30 p.m. From Instituting to Constituting Artistic Autonomy, Pascal Gielen, Antwerp Research Institute
8:45 p.m. Promotion of the book Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Festivals and Geopolitics, participants> Robert Alagjozovski, Minister of Culture of R. Macedonia; Milena Dragićević Šešić, Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, University of Arts, Serbia, book editor,; Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović, Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Belgrade, book co-editor and co-author; and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, Lokomotiva, Skopje, author of a book chapter.

>>>Friday, October 13
10:00 a.m. Short presentation of the project Dissonant (Co)Spaces and Cultural Spaces for Active Citizens, Natasha Bodrozic, Milica Bozic Marojevic, Irina Ljubic, Violeta Kachakova and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski.

THEME 1: Public Space in Culture, Institutional Agency in Public Sphere, Ways of Governing/ Local Context and Specificities
10.30 a.m. Methods of Institutional Agency in Public Sphere: Challenges and Achievements, Prof. Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, University of Arts, Serbia.

11:15 a.m. Moderator: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski; Participants: Ana Žuvela, Critical Contribution to Understanding Participation: Linking the Concept With the Practice; Marijana Cvetković, Instituting Collaborative Arts Practices in Hostile Institutional Conditionsm; Sanja Ivanovska Velkoska, Trade Union of Culture of R.M. (SKRM), Its Role in Reforming the Public Institutions in Macedonia; Goran Injac, The Mladinsko Theater, An Institutional Example of Theatre as a Public Space.

THEME 2; Public Spaces and Their Dissonance – Using, Reusing or Abusing?
1:00 p.m. Moderator; Milica Božić Marojević: Participants; Nataša Bodrožić, Motel Trogir; Dragan Markovina, Split 3: Between Modernism and Revisionism; Ljiljana Rogac Mijatovic, Conceiving Cartography of Public Space and Memory; Claske Vos, Building European Cultural Spaces: Discussing the Impact of European Cultural Policy Regarding Conceptions of Memory and Identity in Southeast Europe: Danilo Prnjat, Dodatno Dopunska Nastava / Houses of Culture Past and Future, Goran Janev, Neoliberal Appropriation of Public Space in Post(anti)socialist Macedonia

THEME 3; What Kind of Public Spaces in Culture Do We /need? To Whom Should Public Institutions as Public Spaces in Culture Belong? Interventions in Governing, Gentrification of Public Sphere, Migrating Institutions, Destituent Spaces

Moderators; Slavco Dimitrov, Martin Sonderkamp and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Gigi Argyropoulou, Destituent Spaces: Instituting as Intervention and Ivana Dragsic/ Commons as an Emancipatory Tendency in Times of Dissident Practices and Dissonant Spaces / Slavco Dimitrov m.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Dragana Alfirevic, Endurance, Nomadism and Glitter: The Example of Nomad Dance Academy as Solid Strategies and Fluid Structures, and Ingrid Cogne, Specific Strategies Proposed in Relation(s) to the Context(s) in Which Each (Artistic) Proposal Takes Place / Martin Sonderkamp m.
5:00 – 5: 45 p.m. Rok Vevar, A Short Historical Observation On The Absence Of The Contemporary Dance Institutions In Socialist Yugoslavia And In The Post-Yu Republics and Sasa Asentic, Again Nothing New in Novi Sad / Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski m.
6:00 p.m. Lecture -Performance, Images of Past as Images for the Future, doplgenger
6:45 p.m. Danilo Prnjat, presentation of the research on subject: Public Spaces in Culture/ Houses of Culture in Serbia and Macedonia

>>>Saturday, October 14
THEME 4: Which Institutions Are Possible in the Context of (Post) Political/Social Crises and How to Overcome the Public – Private – Civil Dualism?

10:30 a.m. –Moderator: Slavco Dimitrov; Adham Hafez and Adam Kucharski, Extra Territorial Ministry of Culture; Yane Calovski, Socio-Cultural Space Center-Jadro; Ivana Vaseva/ Filip Jovanovski, Creating Collective Public Space, as Political, Not Organizational Decision; Violeta Kachakova, Kino Kultura as Constituting the Public Space of Culture and Corrado Gemini, Patterns of Commoning: Ownership and Cultural Production in the Age of Automation

1:00 p.m. Closing of the conference

About the project: The Dissonant (Co)Spaces is a collaborative project involving three regional CSO’s: Lokomotiva from Skopje, the Foundation Jelena Šantić from Belgrade and Loose Associations (Slobodne veze) from Zagreb.

The project aims to reflect possibilities for reaffirming derelict, abandoned or “in between” spaces (due to unresolved ownership status or other issues) created within different socio-political and spatial paradigms, by exploring what those spaces can denote today as well as their potential for inclusion and civic participation through public debate, arts and culture.

This project is seen as an attempt to question and explore current processes of history and space-making, while preserving some of the common values and memory by developing new spaces for culture that will promote openness, horizontality, solidarity and inclusion. We aspire towards reactivating and re-making the spaces by producing new content, while preserving memory layers and developing a discursive field in which they will be reflected.

Dissonant (Co)Spaces – Imagining New Institutional Models and Practices Project is supported by Balkan Arts and Culture Fund – BAC (BAC is supported by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF)) and by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia and Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia.
The conference is also supported by CIVIKA Mobilitas (within the project “Cultural Spaces for active citizens („Културни простори за активни граѓани“) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Skopje.

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Nagrada “Jelena Šantić” za 2014-2015. godinu dodeljena je Centru za pozorišna istraživanja ApsArt, kulturaktivistkinji Zoe Gudović i Timu8, a biće im svečano uručena 7. juna u Centru za kulturnu dekontaminaciju u Beogradu.

Na osnovu odluke žirija koji su činili istoričar umetnosti Branislav Dimitrijević, fotografkinja Goranka Matić i kulturolog Goran Tomka: 

ApsArt – Centar za pozorišna istraživanja je nagrađen za hrabar i dosledan doprinos promociji ljudskih prava i osnaživanju različitih osetljivih grupa, sa posebnim fokusom na projekat Parol!, realizovan tokom 2014-2015.

Zoe Gudović dobila je nagradu za snažno prirustvo i delovanje koje oslikava snagu pojedinke, a Tim8 specijalno priznanje za publikaciju “Model privremenog stanovanja: od koncepta do realizacije”, objavljenu u saradnji sa Rekonstrukcija Ženskim fondom.

U okviru dodele nagrada, publici će se predstaviti Dah teatar, kao dobitnik nagrade “Jelena Šantić” za 2012. godinu, te hor AprilZMAJun, koji čine deca iz doma “Jovan Jovanović Zmaj”, a nastao je u sklopu aktivnosti Fondacije “Jelena Šantić”.

Dah teatar će tom prilikom izvesti deo nove predstave “Alisa u zemlji Zmaja“, a hora AprilZMAJun izvešće pesmu “Pitom piton“.

Fondaciju “Jelena Šantić” osnovala je 2005. godine Grupa 484 u cilju promovisanja mirovnog rada, umetnosti i tolerancije – vrednosti za koje se zalagala Jelena Šantić(1944-2000), osnivačica Grupe 484, čuvena balerina i mirovna aktivistkinja.

Prethodni dobitnici su: Beogradski festival igre (2006), Filmski festival “Slobodna zona” (2008), književni festival “Na pola puta” u Užicu (2010), Dah teatar (2012) i Udruženje Elektrika iz Pančeva (2014).


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