THE PUBLIC CALL For the enrolment of the third generation of students in the Žarana Papić School of Feminism

Sarajevo Open Centre Announces THE PUBLIC CALL For the enrolment of the third generation of students in the Žarana Papić School of Feminism In 2017

With the Žarana Papić School of Feminism, the Sarajevo Open Centre has continued the Women’s Studies Programme „Žarana Papić“, that was launched and led by the Association Žene ženama in 1998, as the first study programme about women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

About the School: This year, the Žarana Papić School of Feminism offers the academic-activist educational programme, with the aim to, through the four theoretical-practical modules, provide the students with the feminist education about the practices, theories and concepts needed for the professional and critical public work and activism, focusing on topics related to sexual violence and rape.

The School consists of three obligatory theoretical-practical modules that students will be attending from April to June. From September to November it is planned to have a seminar that will include a research.

The lecturers and modules: The teaching Staff is made of professors in various scientific fields, activists, and the representatives of the institutions. The first module is called Introduction to feminisms: history, terms, theory, the second module is called The state, law and public policies, the third module is called Culture and ideology. The Seminar that will be implemented in the second half of the year will refer to a research on sexual violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The results of the analysis of the research will be presented in early December and will be followed by an action such as feminist intervention in the public space or an advocacy action.

The application process: Every adult person who lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is interested in gaining new knowledge and developing critical thinking that can help them in creating social changes through the advocacy activities, activism or through different science and art work, can apply for the school. Everyone is welcome: students of humanities, social sciences, technical sciences, natural sciences or the arts, as well as all those who do not study. We also welcome the persons who have business careers, who work in private or public sector, in the civil society organisations, or who do not work at all.

In order to apply for the school, you need to send a CV and a letter of motivation (in the form of an essay, length up to 250 words) attached.  From the candidates it is expected to be both highly motivated for the School and for the topics related to sexual violence and rape. Candidates should also have a good knowledge of English language. Everyone who gets short-listed will be invited to the interview that will take place during mid-March.

Lectures: The lectures will be held in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language, from April to June (10 weeks), once a week (Saturday) for four hours, from 10 AM to 2 P.M. It is expected that the students attend min. 75% of all the classes. In the scope of every module, the students will have reading assignments – reading of the texts and preparing or the lectures, as well as various commitments during the seminar in the second half of the year. The classes will take place at the Sarajevo Open Centre, address: Čekaluša 16, Sarajevo.

All students of the School who satisfy the criteria will get the certificate of participation at the end of the School, and the most interested participants will be invited to work with the Sarajevo Open Centre and other organizations on advocating for the topics related to the women’s human rights, minorities and marginalized groups in BiH.

The deadline for the application: 10 March 2017

The applications should be sent to All interested individuals can also get all the additional information about the School via these e-mails or via telephone number 033/551 000. More about the last-year’s School of Feminism, as well as, generally, about the activities of the Sarajevo Open Centre, you can find on

Žarana Papić School of Feminism is supported by Swedish government through the Swedish agency for international development and cooperation (Sida).