The public call for the enrolment of the second generation of students in the Žarana Papić School of Feminism


Sarajevo Open Centre



For the enrolment of the second generation of students in the

Žarana Papić School of Feminism

In 2016


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 in the national, international governmental and nongovernmental organisations.

The School consists of two obligatory theoretical-practical modules and two facultative modules that the students will be attending from April to June.  For the autumn of 2016, we plan the establishment of the alumni community of the students of the first and second generations of the School of Feminism.

The lecturers and modules: The teaching Staff is made of professors in various scientific fields, activists, and the representatives of the institutions. The first obligatory module is called Introduction to feminisms: history, terms, theory, while the second obligatory module is called The state, law and equality. Besides these two obligatory modules, the students will have the opportunity to choose one more module they want to attend. The facultative are – Gender equality and public policies (that will be focused on the practical work) and Culture, ideology, ethics (that will be focused on the theoretical knowledge). The Seminar, that will be realised in the second half of the year, will refer to advocacy and activism through the feminist intervention in the public space, or to 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.

We have to point out that the School cannot bear the costs of transport and accommodation. In order to apply for the school via e-mail, you need to send a CV and a letter of motivation (in the form of an essay, length up to 250 words) attached to. It is expected from the candidates that they are highly motivated for the School and that they have a good and active knowledge of the English language. Everyone who gets short-listed will be invited to the interview that will take place during mid-March.


The lectures will be held in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language, from April to June (11 weeks), once a week (Tuesdays) for three hours, from 17:30 to 20:30 P.M. Sometimes, it is possible that the lectures take place on Saturdays instead of Tuesdays. 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, writing the final essay for one of the modules, as well as the realisation of group assignments that don’t necessarily have to be written (art work, research, public event, advocacy action. 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: 4 March 2016

The applications should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected]. 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).