Working Paper No. 9: “Andrićgrad: Hijacking Memories And The New Serb Identity”

Happy June to all of our friends in the Historical Justice and Memory Network! We are rounding off this year’s 2015-16 Working Paper Series of papers by emerging scholars and practitioners in the fields of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory.

This month, we offer Hikmet Karčić’s paper, “Adrićgrad Hijacking Memories And The New Serb Identity.” We met Hikmet last winter at the Network’s conference in New York City and reached out to him to submit his work. We’re so pleased to feature his paper as the finale to our paper series: It’s about a faux-town in Bosnia and Herzegovina called Andrićgrad. We think you’ll be as interested as we were in the story and politics behind this town. Please read his paper and add your informal comments, thoughts, reflections, and connections.

We’re now taking submissions for the 2016-2017 series. It’s an opportunity to receive interdisciplinary feedback on your ideas and writing (here’s more information on submissions). We encourage you to send questions and Working Paper submissions to co-editors Michelle Bellino and Cathlin Goulding at


1911773_10154084898720111_7381646515029228160_nHikmet Karčić is a Research Associate at the Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated and completed his MA at the Law Faculty in Sarajevo. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the International University of Sarajevo on “Detention camps as a tool for cleansing non-Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-95.”

He is the author of  “An Appeal for Truth“ (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2013) and a producer of two documentaries related to war crimes.


The Eastern Bosnian town of Višegrad became a area of interest for Serbian film-maker Emir Kusturica who, with the financial support of Serbia and Republika Srpska, started building an artifical town named Andrićgrad. This paper aims to deconstruct Andrićgrad through the analysis of its nationalist ethno-symbolism elements in the town.

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