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TUESDAY, JUN 03 2014, 07:00 PM

[Image: Sejla Kamerić, SUMMERISNOTOVER (2014)]

As part of our 1914-2014 remembrance activities and in response to the recent natural disaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in honoring its victims, the ACFNY presents Sarajevo 1914-2014. One century in three acts, a unique cultural-intellectual evening, elaborating across disciplines on the state of art in Bosnia and Herzegovina one hundred years after the June 1914 events.

Following a literary-musical and video introduction, outstanding experts and artists from Austria, Bosnia, and the US engage in a high-level panel discussion moderated by the ECONOMIST’s Balkans correspondent Tim Judah. This unique evening will end with a musical potpourri of traditional Sephardic, Bosnian folk and contemporary music. With Atilla Aksoj, Damir Arsenijević, Šejla Kamerić, Janko Ferk, Mario Knezović, Wolfgang Petritsch, Daniel Serwer, and Adrian Nathan West.


In dialogue with Atilla Aksoj on the guitar, Janko Ferk will read texts from his most recent diary-novel Der Kaiser schickt Soldaten aus / Cesar je vojsko odposlal / The Emperor Is Sending His Troops. Following a short screening of Sejla Kamerić’s video Imagine (2004), Tim Judah, who has just returned from Eastern Ukraine, will moderate a high-level discussion of senior scholars, experts, and young artists on the Bosnian Spring 2014 and concepts of Power sharing and civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The musical duo Zoster will bring live tunes from the Balkans: both nostalgic Sevdalinkas and Sephardic local music as well as the kind of contemporary and political rock music Zoster is known for in its home city on the Neretva river.


Atilla Aksoj was born in 1972 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is bound to music by being a music producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sound engineer. He has worked on various projects over the last few years. He is producer and guitar player of the band Zoster and Arkul. In Mostar, he established a music studio named BARAKA where he has created music for the theatre and movies as well as for various music projects. Atilla is also a teacher at the Mostar Rock School.  He is very much dedicated to the preservation of musical heritage of the Balkans. http://www.arkul.net/

Dr. Damir Arsenijević is a professor of critical theory and a psychoanalyst in training. His art and theoretical interventions establish settings for the discussion of painful topics after the war and genocide in former Yugoslavia as our commons. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Professor at the Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley in 2011/12. Currently, he is a Leverhulme Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, leading the project ‘Love after Genocide’. He founded the Psychoanalytic Seminar Tuzla (http://psychoseminartuzla.wordpress.com/about/) which opens public space for the exploration of the unconscious of war and genocide.

Janko Ferk (Dr. iuris), works as judge at the district court in Klagenfurt/Celovec. He is honorary professor at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt/Univerza v Celovcu and a writer. Mr. Ferk publicizes judicial articles and works for various legal journals in Austria and he is staffer of the journal Zbornik znanstvenih razprav at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He initiated the online dictionary for Carinthian-Slovenian literature www.slolit.at. As writer, Janko Ferk has published over 25 books, most recently the collection of essays Luft aus der Handtasche (LIT Verlag, Wien-Berlin 2013), and the Sarajevo novel Der Kaiser schickt Soldaten aus (Styria Verlag, Wien-Graz 2014). His books are translated into English, Friulian, Italian and Croatian.

Tim Judah covers the Balkans for the The Economist and its online column, Eastern Approaches. He is the author of three books on the Balkans: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia; Kosovo: War & Revenge; and Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008.

In the 1990s he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria and in Belgrade to cover the war in Yugoslavia. In 2009, he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South East European Research Unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the “Yugosphere.”  Mr. Judah is the president of the Board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative.

Since 9/11 he has also covered many other parts of the world for The Economist and the New York Review of Books including Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur, and Haiti. He spent most of April and May of this year covering the developing conflict in eastern Ukraine. http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/tim-judah-2/

Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has received widespread acclaim for her poignant intimacy and social commentary. Based on her own experiences, memories and dreams, which were influenced by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), Kamerić’s work takes us to spaces of displacement and discrimination. The weight of her themes stands in powerful contrast to her individual aesthetics and to her choice of delicate materials. www.sejlakameric.com

Mario Knezović was born in 1979, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His leading musical project is the band Zoster that he founded in 2001. Mario is leader, singer, song writer and composer of Zoster’s music. Mario is successful as an actor as well.  He played a lead role in the movie Circus Columbia, directed by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar-winning director Danis Tanović. Mario recently wrote his first poetry book.

Wolfgang Petritsch (Ph.D) is a Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard University and the President of the Austrian Marshall Fund Foundation. Born into a Slovenian-Austrian family, he received his doctorate from the University of Vienna in Southeast European history. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, he was subsequently press secretary and chief of cabinet for Austrian Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, whose best-selling biography he has written. In the 1980s, Mr. Petritsch headed the Austrian Information Service in New York City. Ambassador Petritsch was the European Union’s Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet/Paris. From 1999 to 2002, he was the International Community's High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was Austria’s Ambassador to Yugoslavia during the Milošević regime. His other diplomatic posts included Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). www.wolfgangpetritsch.com

Daniel Serwer (Ph.D., Princeton) is a Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  He is also a Scholar at the Middle East Institute.  His current interests are focused on the instruments needed to protect U.S. national security as well as transition and state-building in the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans.  His Righting the Balance:  How You Can Help Protect America was published in November 2013 by Potomac Books.

Prof. Serwer is a former vice president for centers of peace building innovation at the United States Institute of Peace and a minister-counselor at the Department of State. He served as U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation, and was deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. Serwer blogs at www.peacefare.net and tweets @DanielSerwer

Adrian West’s translations include the long poem cycle Alma Venus by Pere Gimferrer as well as Josef Winkler's Natura Morta and When the Time Comes. His essays, translations, and fiction have been published in numerous print and online journals, including McSweeney's, 3:AM, and Words Without Borders. He lives with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Ri esco.



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With special thanks to Max Aufischer (Graz), Zlatko Filipovič (NYC), Andrea Koller-Sulzberger (Vienna), Janet Mindes (NYC), Amila Sirbegović (Vienna), Christophe Solioz (Geneva), Ema Solčić (Zagreb), Sreten (Berkeley).


Screenshot from Sejla Kamerić’s video Imagine (2004); SD video, colour, sound; 01:23 min.