Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo by Kenneth Morrison and Paul Lowe

This event was held virtually on Zoom.

Please join us for a discussion with Kenneth Morrison (De Montfort University) and Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London), authors of Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo (Bloomsbury Academic, January 2021), moderated by Lara J. Nettelfield (Institute for the Study of Human Rights).

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Columbia Journalism School, and SIPA’s Technology, Media, and Communications Specialization and Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration.

The Siege of Sarajevo remains the longest siege in modern European history, lasting three times longer than the Battle of Stalingrad and over a year longer than the Siege of Leningrad.

Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo provides the first detailed account of the reporting of this siege and the role that journalists played in highlighting both military and non-military aspects of it. The book draws on detailed primary and secondary material in English and Bosnian, as well as extensive interviews with international correspondents who covered events in Sarajevo from within siege lines. It also includes hitherto unpublished images taken by the co-author and award-winning photojournalist, Paul Lowe.


Kenneth Morrison is Professor of Modern Southeast European History at De Montfort University.

Paul Lowe is Reader in Documentary Photography at London College of Communication University of the Arts London.

Moderator: Lara J. Nettelfield is Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Rights Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Department of Political Science.

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