The academic staff of International Burch University continues to participate in a project dealing with the topic of divided cities.
After the professors from the Department of Architecture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emina Zejnilovic, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erna Husukic and Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic delivered a lecture on "Metamorphosis of Sarajevo City: Culture, Conflict, and Architecture" in July this year, IBU professors were invited to participate in the first international conference in Jerusalem.
The " In Between: Visions from Contested Cities" conference is the result of several years-long research on divided cities: Belfast, Nicosia, Sarajevo, and Jerusalem. Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic participated in a conference that was held last week at the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The conference was organized by the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Regional Initiatives in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, with the aim of building shared visions for Jerusalem. „The conference was part of a larger project that brought together scientists and civil society leaders from Jerusalem with their counterparts in three other contested cities, Nicosia, Belfast, and Sarajevo, ˮ said Prof. Maksic.
Organizers invited Professor Maksic to present the post-war urban integrations of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo to the audience amid the ongoing ethnic divisions in Bosnia. During his presentation, Professor Maksic suggested several ideas for greater political representation of the marginalized Palestinian population in municipal institutions of Jerusalem.
The professor also took the opportunity to make new acquaintances and initiate partnerships with universities in Israel. He promoted the idea of developing study trips through the ERASMUS + program that would bring students of the Security and Conflict Management Track at the Department of International Relations and European Studies to Israeli universities. This way, students would learn about the Middle East conflicts on the ground, giving them new, comparative angles of conflict in general.