Kolegium Europy Wschodniej im. Jana Nowaka- Jeziorańskiego and Bosniaks Cultural Community Preporod of North America/Bzk Preporod SA: Although geographically distant, Poland and the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) have enjoyed a long history of relations and exchange of people and ideas. This fascinating process was never just one-way. It always took place in both directions. Today it needs the rediscovery. On 17th December at 16:00 we will present the report “Polish legacy. Balkan heritage” which shows “Polish contribution to culture, art and science of the Western Balkans” and is written by Adam Balcer and Rigels Halili and hold the online debate.
During the debate we will focus particularly on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. We will also discuss the EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans and its cultural and identity dimension, paying a special attention to Poland’s role in this process.
Adam Balcer, College of Eastern Europe
Rigels Halili, Centre for Eastern European Studies, University of Warsaw
Jelena Jović (Serbia), Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade
Prof. Sanjin Kodrić (Bosnia), Bosniak Cultural Community “Preporod”
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
The project is implemented within the program “Public diplomacy 2020: A new dimension” co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland