Srebrenica is not a Metaphor

The Significance of the Srebrenica Memorial Center - Potočari for Understanding Genocide

  • Sarina Bakić Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo
Keywords: social relations, genocide, the culture of remembrance, places of remembrance, Srebrenica - Potočari Memorial Center, Srebrenica

Abstract

The author will emphasize the importance of both the existence and the further development of the Srebrenica - Potočari Memorial Center, in the context of the continued need to understand the genocide that took place in and around Srebrenica, from the aspect of building a culture of remembrance throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H). This is necessary in order to continue fighting the ongoing genocide denial. At first glance, a culture of remembrance presupposes immobility and focus on the past to some, but it is essentially dynamic, and connects three temporal dimensions: it evokes the present, refers to the past but always deliberates over the future. In this paper, the emphasis is placed on the concept of the place of remembrance, the lieu de memoire as introduced by the historian Pierre Nora. In this sense, a place of remembrance such as the Srebrenica - Potočari Memorial Center is an expression of a process in which people are no longer just immersed in their past but read and analyze it in the present. Furthermore, looking to the future, they also become mediators of relations between people and communities, which in sociological theory is an important issue of social relations. The author of this paper emphasizes that collective memory in the specific case of genocide in and around Srebrenica is only possible when the social relations around the building (Srebrenica - Potočari Memorial Center) crystallize, which is then much more than just the content of the culture of remembrance.

Published
2021-04-05
How to Cite
[1]
Bakić, S. 2021. Srebrenica is not a Metaphor : The Significance of the Srebrenica Memorial Center - Potočari for Understanding Genocide. Bosnian Studies: Journal for Research of Bosnian Thought and Culture. 5, 1 (Apr. 2021), 54-64. DOI:https://doi.org/10.47999/bos.2021.5.1.54-64.
Section
Social Sciences