Long after Dayton: a journey through visual representations of war and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jovana Jeremic, Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits*

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Abstract

This article is a contribution to the current debates in conflict and peace studies that examines the contributions of creative approaches to postwar peacebuilding. It mainly asks how post-conflict peacebuilding can be achieved and promoted through the use of creative approaches and what the potential challenges and limitations are in realizing postwar peacebuilding through creative approaches. We relied on primary qualitative visual data and interview data generated on the photographic exhibition of ‘War of Memories’ curated in 2017 by the Centre for Non-Violent Action, a civil society organization working on the theme of postwar peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia. Findings suggest the creative initiatives can play a positive role at individual level, but their translation into macro-level sustainable social peace is challenging, as long as the structural impediments to peace, prevailing unequal ethnic power relations and ethnicised social and political ordering of the society remain unaddressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-360
Number of pages26
JournalSoutheast European and Black Sea Studies
Volume22
Issue number3
Early online date13 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2022

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