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Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić, IRES Students, Attended the Ayn Rand Student Conference
Apr 01, 2019

Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić, IRES Students, Attended the Ayn Rand Student Conference

Between February 15 and 17, Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić, a second-year and a third-year student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, attended the Ayn Rand Student Conference in Prague, Czechia. The Conference was organized by the Ayn Rand Institute and Dedić and Karajić participated on behalf of the libertarian Association “Multi”.


The Conference aimed to bring students from all over Europe to Prague for two days “celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead and its timeless, crucial theme of ‘individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul,’” according to the Conference’s website.

The Ayn Rand Institute organized the event, while the Association “Multi” from Tuzla, which regularly cooperates with the Department, organized Dedić’s and Karajić’s trip to Prague and participation at the Conference. Other students from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated at the Conference alongside Dedić and Karajić, also organized by the Association “Multi.”

The topic of the Conference was “Individualism in an Age of Tribalism,” analyzing the “culture that pushes us to view ourselves as passive members of one group or another” instead of individuals that “are not interchangeable members of some collective, but sovereign, independent individuals, whose true interests align.”

The Ayn Rand Conference consisted of various lectures, panels, Q&A sessions, networking sessions, and workshops. Topics covered by various notable speakers include Tribalism in American and European Political Cultures, Free will and Individualism, Tribalism and Freedom of Speech, Immigration and Islam, and Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Ethnicity.

Some of the speakers included leading experts on Rand’s philosophy such as Ben Bayer, Yaron Brook, Lars Seier Christensen, Onkar Ghate, Douglas Murray, Flemming Rose, Gregory Salmieri, Nikos Sotirakopoulos, and Tal Tsfany. Over 400 students from all over Europe and the world attended the Ayn Rand Conference and eagerly partook in the work thereof.

“As people who had limited knowledge of Ayn Rand’s philosophy but were intrigued by it, as well as the scope of the event, we decided to apply to go. We knew that events to which “Multi” contributes or is associated with, are top-notch and great opportunities to learn new things,” Karajić said and Dedić concurred.

Dedić and Karajić were selected by the Association “Multi,” which also selects several students from the Department each year to attend the annual Liberty Camp in Konjic, on the basis of an open call for students to partake in the Conference and due to their superb CVs, motivational letters, and letters of recommendation.

“Seeing different perspectives on the world and hearing so many incredible intellectuals with such profound insights on philosophy, ethics, and politics was an amazing experience. It is an understatement to say that I learned a lot during those two days. I am also very glad to have had met so many great people,” Dedić said.

Dedić and Karajić are some of the best student at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such informal education. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like Dedić and Karajić. We are very proud of our Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić.

The Conference aimed to bring students from all over Europe to Prague for two days “celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead and its timeless, crucial theme of ‘individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul,’” according to the Conference’s website.

The Ayn Rand Institute organized the event, while the Association “Multi” from Tuzla, which regularly cooperates with the Department, organized Dedić’s and Karajić’s trip to Prague and participation at the Conference. Other students from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated at the Conference alongside Dedić and Karajić, also organized by the Association “Multi.”

The topic of the Conference was “Individualism in an Age of Tribalism,” analyzing the “culture that pushes us to view ourselves as passive members of one group or another” instead of individuals that “are not interchangeable members of some collective, but sovereign, independent individuals, whose true interests align.”

The Ayn Rand Conference consisted of various lectures, panels, Q&A sessions, networking sessions, and workshops. Topics covered by various notable speakers include Tribalism in American and European Political Cultures, Free will and Individualism, Tribalism and Freedom of Speech, Immigration and Islam, and Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Ethnicity.

Some of the speakers included leading experts on Rand’s philosophy such as Ben Bayer, Yaron Brook, Lars Seier Christensen, Onkar Ghate, Douglas Murray, Flemming Rose, Gregory Salmieri, Nikos Sotirakopoulos, and Tal Tsfany. Over 400 students from all over Europe and the world attended the Ayn Rand Conference and eagerly partook in the work thereof.

“As people who had limited knowledge of Ayn Rand’s philosophy but were intrigued by it, as well as the scope of the event, we decided to apply to go. We knew that events to which “Multi” contributes or is associated with, are top-notch and great opportunities to learn new things,” Karajić said and Dedić concurred.

Dedić and Karajić were selected by the Association “Multi,” which also selects several students from the Department each year to attend the annual Liberty Camp in Konjic, on the basis of an open call for students to partake in the Conference and due to their superb CVs, motivational letters, and letters of recommendation.

“Seeing different perspectives on the world and hearing so many incredible intellectuals with such profound insights on philosophy, ethics, and politics was an amazing experience. It is an understatement to say that I learned a lot during those two days. I am also very glad to have had met so many great people,” Dedić said.

Dedić and Karajić are some of the best student at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such informal education. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like Dedić and Karajić. We are very proud of our Ajla Dedić and Iman Karajić.