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Book Talk – The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Book Talk - The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide

Please join us for a book talk with Jasmin Mujanović. Organized by the Congress of Bosniaks of North America (CBNA) and CBNA’s Golden Lily Academy. Sponsored in part by the Islamic Association of Bosniaks in British Columbia. Moderated by CBNA’s Executive Director, Selma Porca.

For the first time in nearly two centuries, one ethnic group now constitutes an absolute majority of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s population: the Bosniaks. It is an unlikely development given that, scarcely thirty years ago, they were targeted for extermination and expulsion by Serbia’s Slobodan Milošević. Even as the Bosniak community fought to survive these atrocities, it simultaneously came under attack from militants led by Croatian president Franjo Tuđman, who attempted to partition Bosnia and Herzegovina between Zagreb and Belgrade.

Improbably, the Bosniaks and the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina survived these campaigns. The dysfunctional post-war constitution, which was a result of the aggression and genocide on Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced the most convoluted political system in the world, always teetering on the brink of collapse.

Dr. Jasmin Mujanović illuminates the sources of contemporary Bosniak political identity, shedding light on the future of a people at a crossroads. He explores the idea of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a ‘national homeland’, considers how narratives of genocide influence self-identity, and probes how demographic changes are putting pressure on the country’s political framework.

The fate of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s peace and democracy rests on the Bosniaks’ shoulders—and with it, the stability of all Southeastern Europe.

Jasmin Mujanović is a political scientist specializing in Southeastern Europe and international affairs, with a broader interest in the politics of post-conflict and post-authoritarian democratization. He is the author of Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans and The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide, both published by Hurst. Originally from Sarajevo, he holds a PhD from York University in Canada.


May 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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Halpern Centre 126 – Simon Fraser University
Burnaby Mountain Campus
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