BANU – The test of Balkan democracy

In the framework of the "West Balkans and the EU" lecture cycle

the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)

invites You kindly to take part at the lecture delivered by

Dr. Ferid Muhić

President of the Bosniak Academy of Sciences and Arts (BANU)



which will be held on Wednesday, 22. June 2011 at 16.00 h
in the Auditorium of Center Evropa at Dalmatinova 4 in Ljubljana.

Dr. Ferid Muhić will talk about the recently established Bosniak Academy of Sciences and Arts (BANU) in which he holds the position of the first President. The establishment of BANU has triggered strong reaction among Serbian nationalistic circles which reject the idea that the Bosniaks should - as the last nation in the Balkans - have their own national academy of sciences and arts. This is the reason why BANU represents the test of Balkan democracy. The European Academy of Sciences and Arts from Salzburg has congratulated on the establishment of BANU and expressed its readiness to co-operate.

Dr. Muhić is full professor of philosophy, cultural anthropology, aesthetics and politics at the St. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. He has been visiting professor at numerous universities around the world, such as the Florida State University, Syracuse University, New York, Sorbonne, Paris, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur and several universities in the region. Although he was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, his academic career has been related to Macedonia.

The lecture will be delivered in the Bosnian language and will be followed by a discussion with the guest lecturer which will be moderated by Zijad Bećirović and Bakhatyar Aljaf.

Attendance is free of charge. Please confirm your participation at telephone number (01) 430 15 33 or at

Ljubljana, 16 June 2011