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POSTPONED: Book Talk. #WomenofBiH with Amila Hrustić Batovanja and Masha Durkalić

This event has been rescheduled for March 25, 2022. Click here to view the new event page.


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Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk with Amila Hrustić Batovanja and Masha Durkalić, two co-authors of the book #WomenofBiH, now newly available in English. Dijana Jelača (Brooklyn College) will participate as a discussant with Tanya Domi (Harriman Institute) as moderator.

#WomenOfBiH is an artistic, activist, and research initiative comprised of biographies of over fifty BiH women who have broken stereotypes and advocated for women’s rights and emancipation. Each woman was illustrated by a different woman illustrator/designer/artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a book about first female artists, writers, poets, social workers, national heroines, directors, scientists, musicians, doctors, activists, professors, and other exceptional women from BiH.

The initiative was started with the goal of increasing the visibility of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to encourage similar educational initiatives. It celebrates women who were trailblazers and pioneers in women’s rights and emancipation, who achieved worldwide fame in their respective fields of work and are some of the greatest treasures of BiH.

The book was published in 2019 and has since traveled to more than fifty countries. The publishing of the book was financed by Open Society Foundation and by more than 500 crowdfunding supporters from all over the world. In 2020, the second edition of the book was published in Bosnian, as well as an English edition of 650 copies, supported by OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Amila Hrustić Batovanj is the concept creator, creative director and one of the authors of the book #WomenOfBiH. She graduated and obtained her MA from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University in Sarajevo, the Department for Product Design. Currently she works as a creative director in an advertising company. She has won numerous awards in design and marketing, and her works have been exhibited in BiH and the Balkans region, France, Great Britain, and the United States. She is a member of the team that created the conceptual design for the Sarajevo pedestrian bridge Festina Lente. She lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.

Masha Durkalić is a researcher, editor and one of the authors of the book #WomenofBiH. She graduated with a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science of the University in Sarajevo. She has been engaged in journalism since 2008, focusing on women’s and LGBTI rights. She obtained an MA within the ERMA (European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights) program. She is a fellow in the UN University Gender Equality and Training (UNU-GEST) program of the University of Iceland. She works in communications and public relations in Sarajevo.

Dijana Jelača teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College and at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She has published widely on feminism and film, as well as on gender and trauma in (post-)Yugoslav cinema. Jelača is a programming co-director of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City.



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