Armin Tufo, a first-year student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, participated and completed the two-month long Žarana Papić School of Feminism as a part of its fifth generation of participants, which is annually organized by the Sarajevo Open Center.
The School of Feminism educates young and perspective individuals from a variety of sectors on feminist theory in order to “empower them in political, cultural and civil initiatives to take over responsibility and be socially active,” according to its website, especially in “domestic, regional, international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.”
Experts from a variety of fields and institutions lectured participants on many topics related to feminist thought in order to facilitate the “revision and evaluation of dominant knowledge through cross-disciplinary feminist formal, informal and neglected knowledge, in order to analyze political, cultural, social and legal questions, issues and contexts.
In addition to learning general information about feminism and feminist theory, as well as exploring interactions between feminism and society, “we were also lectured about the history, terms, and theory of feminism, the de jure and de facto state of feminism in law, and feminist economics,” Tufo said.
Žarana Papić, the woman the Sarajevo Open Center’s school is named after, was a Sarajevo-born and Belgrade-based sociologist and anthropologist who founded the Yugoslav feminist movement in 1976 and the Center for Women’s Studies in Belgrade in 1992. She was a pioneer of feminist theory in Yugoslavia, having published books and articles on the subject.
“I am very glad to have had the opportunity to participate in the Žarana Papić School of Feminism, which thought me a lot about feminism theory and a lot of which I was able to transfer to my university education, such as the Foundations of International Relations course,” Tufo said.
Tufo is one of the best students at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such extracurricular activities of academic and social significance. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like him. We are very proud of our Armin Tufo.