The Srebrenica Monument

Reflections on the role of a new monument in the International City of Peace and Justice

17 September 2020, 17.00-19.30 hrs
(followed by a simple shared dinner)
Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Language spoken: English
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This presentation is part of the cultural program See You in The Hague, a multifaceted narrative about the ambitions and reality of The Hague as International City of Peace and Justice.

Erna Rijsdijk (lecturer military ethics, Defence Academy), Otto Spijkers (professor of international law, Wuhan University), Sabina Tanovic (architect, active in Memorial Committee Nationaal Monument Srebrenica Genocide '95), Eliane Bots (artist).

Followed by a discussion with contributions by the online and offline audience. Moderator: Leila Prnjavorac

More background information
On 11 July 2020, the fall of the Srebrenica enclave was commemorated with a ceremony and a semi-permanent monument in the form of a photo installation by the Bosnian Girl Collective in the center of The Hague. Stroom Den Haag supported this project a.o. with the window presentation Srebrenica is Dutch history, as part of its long-running program See You in The Hague which explores the identity of The Hague as an International City of Peace and Justice through art.

On the day of the commemoration, the mayor of the City of The Hague announced his full support to a Srebrenica Monument. The event Stroom organizes on 17 September aims at bringing to the surface the key ideas and feelings that should be included in the process of creating such a monument. Besides artists, experts from different disciplines - mainly international law, military history, and policy making - are invited to reflect on a number of key questions. What is the form and function that such a monument should take? What are the lessons learned from similar monuments and from current iconoclasm? What is the impact of monuments today? How best to label public space in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, as a space for visual dialogue on peace and justice-related topics? What are the boundaries of international law and the national legal systems in order to better understand the Dutch involvement in Srebrenica? Furthermore, we hope to touch upon the role of trauma in creating a better understanding for and identifying the conditions that enable extremist developments within society that eventually could lead to genocide.

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Also of interest:
Framer Framed (Amsterdam)
Exhibition: From what will we reassemble ourselves (until 3 January 2021)
Venice Film Festival 2020
Film: Quo vadis, Aida (director: Jasmila Zbanic)

The Srebrenica Monument
photo: design: Autobahn
Temporary Srebrenica monument on the Plein in The Hague
photo: Arna Mackic (Collective Bosnian Girl)
Temporary Srebrenica monument on the Plein in The Hague
photo: Ronald Tilleman
Window display at Stroom, 2020
photo: Stroom Den Haag
See You in The Hague
photo: design: Autobahn