Identities in Multicultural Communities
Novi Sad, November 11, 2015
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in
Serbia held the youth seminar “How Is Serb Identity Being Formed Today?”
The seminar was organized in Novi Sad with the assistance of the
Foundation for an Open Society. Participants in the seminar were
university students (philosophy and law) and the youth active in the
human rights field.
Politicologist Jovan Komšić spoke about identities in
multicultural communities and the influence of political actors on
identity building. He said that “democracy is stable where social
differences are not politicized.” Komšić added that continuous social
and political changes often lead to identity crises.
Sociologist Srđan Barišić addressed revitalization of
religion and its role in the contemporary Serbian society. Historian
Milan Subotić discussed Russia-Serbia relations, collective identity and
its influence on the public opinion.
Under the same project, the Helsinki Committee will
organize the third youth seminar in Niš.