Sarajevo Notebook

In 2001, a group of prominent intellectuals and public activists from all the countries of the former Yugoslavia had the idea of launching an independent regional magazine that would represent a forum for dialogue at the regional level, and a medium serving to contribute to the overall course of reconciliation in the Balkans and to promote the values of cooperation and mutual understanding. The journal Sarajevo Notebook was founded in 2002.

The magazine was initially intended to have a dual function. First, it would attempt to re-establish some of the lines of communication between regional and ethnic communities in the Balkans that had been abruptly severed. Second, it would focus on the creation of a regional public forum that would foster, facilitate and encourage dialogue among important intellectuals and regionally recognized public activists, thus contributing to the overall process of reconciliation in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

In each issue, topics of regional importance are initiated with comprehensive interpretations from different perspectives. Topics have included: women’s writing; writers on the border-line; writers and nationalism; writers’ responsibility; non-European Europe; the national literary canon; the city/town; nomadism; young writers; contemporary literature and our languages; and regional focuses on contemporary drama, the contemporary novel, the contemporary short story, contemporary poetry, contemporary criticism, and contemporary film. The English edition of Sarajevo Notebook, “Best of Sarajevo Notebooks”, selects articles published in the magazine up to 2007.

Sarajevo Notebook also concentrates on current socio-political issues, such as the position of Balkans in the wider context of European culture and political practice; post-totalitarian nationalism; the responsibility of intellectuals in disrupted social conditions; and the cultural and political aspects of transition.

Over time, Sarajevo Notebook has grown into an extremely important example of regional cooperation and an influential forum that provides a space for debate on different themes relevant for regional integration in the wider European context. A total number of 30 000 copies of Sarajevo Notebook have been published and distributed throughout the region, as well as to a number of important destinations in Europe, for example Slavonic faculties at various universities and libraries.

Our donors are or have been: The Open Society Fund BiH; The Balkan Trust for Democracy, Norway Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Spain, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America; Zagreb City; the European Community; the Goethe-Institut Sarajevo; KulturKontakt Austria; Buybook bookshop Sarajevo; Carl Bildt. All have also served as valued consultants and collaborators helping us to implement our project.

Website: http://sveske.ba

Director: Boro Kontić

Bosnian

Ideja časopisa “Sarajevske sveske” pojavila se na inicijativu grupe istaknutih intelektualaca i javnih aktivista iz svih zemalja bivše Jugoslavije. Naime, grupa intelektualaca iz bivše Jugoslavije je 2001. godine došla na ideju o izdavanju nezavisnog regionalnog časopisa koji će služiti kao forum za dijalog i biti posrednik za doprinos pomirenju na Balkanu i promovisanje vrijednosti međusobne saradnje i razumijevanja.

Časopis je na početku imao dvostruku namjenu: prvo, da nanovo uspostavi prekinute komunikacije između raznih regionalnih i etničkih zajednica na Balkanu, a drugo, da se fokusira na stvaranje regionalnog javnog foruma koji će olakšati i doprinijeti procesu pomirenja u zemljama bivše Jugosavije.

Do sada je objavljeno 26 brojeva “Sarajevskih sveski”. Predstavljene su razne teme od regionalnog značaja sa obimnom interpretacijom iz raznih perspektiva. Najznačajnije teme objavljene do sada su: Žensko pismo, Pisci na granici, Pisci i nacionalistička ideologija, Ratno pismo, Neevropska Evropa, Nacionalni književni kanon, Savremena književnost i naši jezici, Savremena drama u regionu, Savremeni roman u regionu, Savremena pripivijetka u regionu , Savremena poezija u regionu od 1990. do naših dana, Savremena Kritika u regionu, englesko izdanje Sarajevskih sveski “Best of Sarajevo Notebooks”, Savremeni film u regionu, Nomadizam i Mladi.

Osim predstavljanja aktuelnih društvenih dešavanja u regionu, ” Sarajevske sveske” veliku pažnju posvećuju aktuelnim društvenim političkim pitanjima kako što su: položaj Balkana u širem kontekstu evropske kulture i političke prakse, post-totalitarni nacionalizam, odgovornost intelektualaca u poremećenim društvenim uslovima, kulturni i politički aspekti tranzicije itd.

Vremenom su “Sarajevske sveske” postale izuzetno važan primjer regionalne saradnje i uticajni forum koji obezbeđuje prostor za raspravu na razne teme koje su bitne za regionalnu integraciju u širem evropskom kontekstu.

30.000 primjeraka časopisa je objavljeno i raspodeljeno u regionu i dostavljeno na važne destinacije u Evropi (npr. Slavistički seminari na raznim univerzitetima, značajne biblioteke..itd)

Naši donatori su uglavnom međunarodne organizacije i institucije : Fondacija Soros, Balkan Trust of Democracy, Norveška, Švedska, Finska, Danska, Švajcarska, Portugal, Francuska, Velika Britanija, Španija, Slovenija, Makedonija, Bosna i Hercegovina, SAD, ured za kulturu grada Zagreba, Evrospka Unija, Geothe Institut, KulturKontakt Austria, Buybook i Carl Bildt.

Međunarodne organizacije i vlade raznih zemalja pružaju finansijsku pomoć časopisu , dok je sadržaj i realizacija časopisa odgovornost članova redakcije.

Website: http://sveske.ba

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