Round Table Talks

Over the course of the conference two round table talks will be hosted. Each time a group of experts will open a conversation around a specific topic. Afterwards the audience is very welcome to take part in these conversations.

Saturday, 6th October  16-17.30

Ethics in Critical Time : Stories needed for encouragement and hope

This is a unique opportunity  for storytellers from around Europe to listen to the stories of people from Sarajevo, who through their knowledge and love made and continue to make changes in times of crisis, horror and evil. The conversation will be hosted by Micaela Sauber and joined by the following experts:

Alma Karic will open the conference with her children choir “Suncocreti”. She was born in Tuzla in 1978, where she started her music education. Later she graduated from Department of Orchestra and Choir Conducting at Sarajevo Music Academy, in 2001. She is an active music teacher and conductor in Primary Music and ballet school “Novo Sarajevo” since 2000, where she established various forms of children choirs and orchestras ( guitar ensemble, accordion orchestra,a non-standard orchestra and a chamber orchestra) with whom she entered many regional competitions and some international ones , too. With these ensembles she entered seven competitions and won 16 awards in total, with nine of them being first prizes, one special prize ( 100 points) and even one Grand Prix of the category of children choirs ( International Choir Championship”Lege Artis”). She is Artistic Director of Superar in BiH, an association that works on providing training in music and dance, and offers access to the positive effects of the performing arts to ALL CHILDREN free of charge.

Dr. Gorcin Dizdar is Head of Fondacija Mak Dizdar for Bosnian culture. He was born in Sarajevo in 1984. He attended primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Germany, and completed his secondary school education in the UK. In 2003, he was awarded the Oxford Student Scholarship, which enabled him to study Philosophy and German at the University of Oxford, where he achieved the highest results of his year at the final examination. After initially returning to Sarajevo in 2007, in 2009 he started first an MA, and later a PhD in Humanities at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he was awarded the Canada Vanier Graduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships awarded by the Canadian Government. After completing his PhD in 2016, he returned to Sarajevo, working as the director of the Mak Dizdar Foundation and teaching at the International University of Sarajevo. His essays were published in Bosnian, Canadian and German journals, while his lyrical essay The Stones of the Ancestors was included in the selection Best Canadian Essays 2013.

Alen Kristic is an author and theologian. He was born in 1977 in Sarajevo, a Masters degree in Theology, founder and editor of the international theological periodical Concilium for Croatia and and Bosnia and Hercegowina. He also edits Status, a magazine based in Mostar focusing on political culture and social issues, as well as the periodical Bobavac, based in Vareš. Amongst the main concerns of his academic work are religions’ potential for peace, the formation of the religious from the remains of socialism, the role of women in the religious sphere and liberation theology. Alen Kristić has published many academic books and translated from German and English to Bosnian language. Amongst these translations are Ethics (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) and Gnosis und Christentum (Christoph Markschies).

Jovan Divjak was a member of the elite troops that established Yugoslavia, serving under its first president, Josip Broz Tito. He served in the Yugoslav National Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina and played an important part in the defense of B-H during the aggression aimed against it. He has received many domestic and international awards for his humane and humanitarian work during and after the war, as well as the highest French medal of the Legion of Honor. In 1994, along with 57 citizens (intellectuals, artists, theatre and literary workers, soldiers, police officers and others), Jovan Divjak participated in establishing the Foundation/ Association “Building B-H Through Education” (Obrazovanje gradi BiH) and served as its Executive Director. In twenty-four years, the Association has given out about 6,500 grants to pupils and students – victims of war, disabled and talented children, those of the Roma national minority, and the socially disadvantaged. He is the author of numerous reviews and forewords to specialist and fiction literature, eg. “Ratovi u Hrvatskoj i Bosni i Hercegovini 1991.-1995.” (The Wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina 1991-1995, 2000); separately: “Agresija na BiH” (Aggression on B-H, 2004); “Sarajevo, mon amour” (2004 in French, and 2007 in Italian); “Očekujući istinu i pravdu – Bečki dnevnik” (Expecting Truth and Justice – The Vienna diary, 2012). He also starred in several films: Sarajevo my love (documentary, 2013), Venuto al mondo (feature film, 2012), Bosnia (documentary, 2005), and Bosnia (documentary, 1995). He participated in various activities in the non-governmental sector, both in B-H and abroad, as well as many international conferences held in B-H.

Dzevad Sabanagic is a Violonist (profile will be up here soon).

Sunday 7th October 11.30-13.00


about Stories, Storytelling and the Digital World in the Life of Children
Emerging  tasks and questions for a healthy growth of children.  
What is the role of storytelling in this process?

Impact of digital divices and television in early childhood will be in the focus of experts in medicin, pedagogy, ethics and storytelling.  Scientists are warning that the use of digital devices in early childhood  has a destructive impact on brain development. It causes adiction, fear and dumpness of cognition abilities and even autism or autistic tendencies. To become a master of the digital devices is a task for older schoolchildren who have developed well and healthy in their early childhood.
This talk will give latest neuro scientific researches’ information as well as pedagogical and medical observations and experiences.  Storytelling for and with children attracts and strenghtens attention, supports independant fantasy as well as exploration of life and  world. The conversation will be hosted by Micaela Sauber and joined by the following experts:

Alen Kristic is an author and theologist (his profile see above).

Martin Straube is a medical anthroposophic doctor (GAÄD), lecturer and consultant for medicinal, pedagogical and art topics. He offers training for pharmacists, doctors, homeopathic practitioners, midwives and works for companies, schools, kindergartens and training institutions. Recently he founded the International Institute for Emergency and Trauma GmbH.
Previous experience: School doctor for Waldorf schools, Ruhr region; lecturer at the Ita Wegman vocational college, Wuppertal; lecturer at the Institute for Homeopathy, Witten. Currently I have a practice in Hamburg and have given around 200 lectures on medical, pedagogical and art topics.
In recent years my wife and I (she more frequently than me) have travelled to conflict and crisis areas around the world to work with traumatised children.

Minka Görzel-Straube is a trauma pedagogue and teacher. She has been a Rudolf-Steiner-pedagogue for over 20 years. Today she is  trained as a trauma pedagogue and alternative psychotherapist, ans has worked multiple times with Friends of Waldorf Education (in Gaza, Kyrgystan, Japan, Libanon, Philippines, Irak, Bosnia and Greece). Trauma pedagogy is her central concern. She led diverse assaignments in Irak, became the pedagogical director there and is in charge of the cooperation with the University of Dohuk. Further she is founding member if the International Institute for Emergency and Trauma Pedagogy.

Elma Selmanagić Lizde was born in 1975 and lives in Sarajevo. A certain period of  life and part of education she has spent in Slovenia and Canada. She received her PhD in Pedagogical Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo at the Department of Pedagogy, in the segment of researching of processes that take place within the family as a system, and particulary of its individual members; especially brothers and sisters. The focus on lifelong learning and the desire to improve both professional and family life has led her to attaining the role of a family psychotherapist. She is continuosly in the process of learning and undertaking psychotherapy supervision of her work. Elma is also member of the Association for Sistemic Practice and Therapy BiH as well as a member of the European Association for Family Therapy (EFTA). She is the author of several professional and scientific articles in the field od family pedagogy. She also published the book about relationship between siblings named „Odnos brace i sestara kroz intraobiteljsku dinamiku“. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, daughter in law, cousin, friend, neighbor, wife and mother of a daughter and a son. The roles listed are a part of Elma’s unbreakable identity, strongly pervaded with family relationships and the values of the parental role in the life of every individual opting for that step. She is employed at the University of Sarajevo – Faculty of Educational Sciences.