BiHDC 2022

May 13-15 Los Angeles
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Gathering Bosnian and Herzegovinian Diaspora from across Canada and the US, BiHDC aims to build solidarity amongst this group based on multiculturalism, religious diversity and peace through education. This conference strives to create a space where Bosnian and Herzegovinian Diaspora can gather and develop an interdependent and flourishing community – because we are stronger together. 

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Join us for BiHDC 2022, an annual event that has had over 500 attendees from 81 cities, 25 states, and 6 countries in addition to four dozen organizations and businesses that have presented their work.

Our theme this year, reUNITED: Revitalizing Solidarity within the BiH Diaspora, will be a renewal of solidarity on all fronts for the Bosnian diaspora worldwide as we come together after the last two difficult years we’ve all faced during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at how to build solidarity through our sessions from our presenters, panelists, and keynote speakers that will bring us back together as a community.

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SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Friday, May 13, 2022

The times below reflect Pacific Time. Conference Presentations and Workshops (ONLINE ONLY)

10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
The Honorable Consul General, Mr. Elvir Resic

10:30 AM Opening Keynote
Velma Saric, Post-Conflict Research Center

11:20 AM Session 1
Room A
Vote! Vote! Vote! – The Process of Registering to Vote in BiH with Aida Ibricevic, Haris Dzubur, Azra Atic, Alen Kusmic

Room B
The Girl Who Could Not Breathe: How Reuniting with my Bosnian Roots Helped Me Develop a Relationship with my Anxiety with Selma Bacevac

1:00 PM Session 2
Room A
Hello, Mr. President? Civic Engagement & Advocacy in the Diaspora with Dr. Jasmin Mujanovic, Elvir Klempic, Admir Mehanovic and Ida Sefer

Room B
Charge Up! Sound bath healing session with Elmira Lilic

2:30 PM Close out

Networking Event (in person)
5:30pm-7:30pm PDT
*You do not have to be 21+ for the networking event.*
HiDef Brewery1203 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Optional: Join fellow conference goers at the Zdravko Colic Concert (Unaffiliated to BiHDC, must purchase separate tickets from purelivemusic.com)

SCHEDULE

Day 2 – Friday, May 14, 2022

Conference Presentations and Workshops (in person in LA only)

The Collection, 527 W 7th Street, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014

10:30 AM Registration

11:00 AM Opening Keynote – Dr. Jasmin Mujanović

11:50 AM Session 1
The Diaspora vote in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Caught between efforts to reverse the political effects of ethnic cleansing and voter suppression through procedural disenfranchisement
with Dr. Senada Zatagić and Dr. Aida Ibričević.
Discussant: Dženeta Karabegović
Moderator: David Pettigrew

1:20 PM Lunch

2:20 PM Session 2
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but…” On recovering from social media with Tea Sefer

3:10 PM Session 3
Hello, Mr. President? Civic Engagement in the Diaspora and Understanding Advocacy with One BiH Coalition Representatives

4:35 PM reUNITED: A closeout Activity with Kyle Laitinen & Zana Jasarevic

5:05 PM Close out

KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Day 1 – Friday, May 13, 2022

Velma Šarić

Velma Šarić

Journalist and Researcher

Velma is a researcher, journalist, peacebuilding expert, and human rights defender from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Velma has around 20 years of work experience and is currently, the Founder and President of the The Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Balkan Diskurs.
Velma holds an MA Degree in Political Science from the University of Sarajevo. At the beginning of her career, she worked for five years as a researcher at the Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law in Sarajevo, primarily focusing on investigating the crime of genocide and other mass atrocities.
Velma is a journalist, trained at the BBC Reporting School. As a journalist at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in London and The Hague, Velma spent eight years reporting on war crimes trials and investigating transitional justice processes in the former Yugoslavia. Additionally, she spent three years working as a court reporter at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and Association of Court Reporters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, covering court procedures at the local and national levels.
As a researcher and producer, Velma has worked on numerous publications and films about the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, including Uspomene 677, Ordinary Heroes, In the Land of Blood and Honey by Angelina Jolie, I Came to Testify and War Redefined from the PBS series Women, War & Peace.
Velma is a Columbia University fellow, having attended the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship Program. In addition, she is a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Global Post’s GroundTruth Project.
Velma and PCRC were awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Velma is mentee of the Vital Voices’ Global Ambassadors Program and is currently the only Bosnian to be a part of the VV100 – a group of the 100 most engaged and visionary women within the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network. Most recently, PCRC and Velma have been chosen as Peace Ambassadors by the Centre for Peace Studies Sri Lanka. Velma is the first and only person from Bosnia and Western Balkans to be selected for this honorable position.

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Day 2 – Saturday, May 14, 2022

Dr. Jasmin Mujanović

Dr. Jasmin Mujanović

Political Scientist

Dr. Jasmin Mujanović is a Political Scientist (Ph.D., York University) specializing in the politics of post-authoritarian and post-conflict democratization. His first book Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans (Hurst Publishers & Oxford University Press, 2018) examines the persistence of authoritarian and illiberal forms of governance in the Western Balkans since the end of the Yugoslav Wars. His publications also include peer-reviewed articles in top-flight academic journals, chapters in numerous edited volumes, policy reports for Freedom House, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, as well as popular analyses in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and a host of other media. He has a prominent social media presence and makes regular appearances for international television and radio programs including numerous Balkan media outlets. Originally from Sarajevo, he is currently an Advisory Board member of the Kulin Initiative.