Resources on research, journalism, peace, human rights and advocacy

Frequent visitors to this site may have noticed that there have been a few exchanges here about the efforts of some people from outside the region to develop and impose interpretations of events in the region. These efforts have little to do with any of the concerns of people actually in the Balkans -- they are an effort to harness events that have consequences for real people to political arguments elsewhere.

Surprise! There are people in the region with knowledge and perspectives of their own, and they are not sitting around waiting for prominent American or European magazine writers to tell them what they think of themselves. I have begun compiling a list of research organisations, advocacy groups, media and journalism centers, information clearinghouses, and other resources in the area. When it seems complete enough, it will be added to the blog and news resources in the link list. This is a preliminary list culled from my bookmarks and contacts, and your suggestions are welcome. The list does include research institutes (but not universities or academic departments) and does include advocacy groups for peace, human rights and equality (but not political parties). It is partial, and it inclines to the SCG side because that is the part I know best. If you have additions to suggest, they are more than welcome. Here is the first version of the list:

Alternativna akademska obrazovna mreža, Beograd
Asocijacija nezavisnih elektronskih medija, Beograd
B.a.B.e., Zagreb
Balkansko udruženje mladih, Beograd
Beogradska otvorena škola, Beograd
Beogradski centar za ljudska prava, Beograd
Centar za demokratsku kulturu, Beograd
Centar za mir, Mostar
Centar za mir, nenasilje i ljudska prava, Osijek
Centar za nenasilnu akciju, Beograd
Centar za politikološka istraživanja, Zagreb
Centar za razvoj neprofitnog sektora, Beograd
Centar za regionalizam, Novi Sad
Centar za slobodne izbore i demokratiju, Beograd
Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija, Beograd
Centar za ženske studije, Zagreb
Centar za ženske studije i istraživanja roda, Beograd
Centre for Southeast European studies, Sofia
Citizens' pact for Southeast Europe
Civil dialogue
Edukacioni centar, Leskovac
Fond centar za demokratiju, Beograd
Građanska čitaonica Libergraf, Užice
Građanske inicijative, Beograd
Igman initiative
Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, Zagreb
Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju, Beograd
Kreativna asocijacija mladih, Kotor
Mediacentar, Sarajevo
Mediaplan institut, Sarajevo
Medija centar, Beograd
Medijska dokumentacija, Beograd
Mreža za afirmaciju nevladinog sektora, Podgorica
NetNovinar centar za istraživačko novinarstvo i medijsku edukaciju, Sarajevo
Omladinska organizacija Kvart, Kraljevo
Open university / Szabadegyetem, Subotica
PALGO centar, Beograd
Pravo gore, Beograd
Projekat Beograd
Youth initiative for human rights, Belgrade and Prishtina
Udruženje Žene ženama, Sarajevo
Ženska infoteka, Zagreb
International and outside observers are great, much of the time. But there is nothing like a familiarity with what people are doing for and about themselves.


Bora Zivkovic said...

Thanks for this list. I will browse it slowly.

If you had to choose only one site that is in English that would be the best to send Americans to (and others) for real information about the region, and more specifically about the events of the 1990s, what would that be?

Eric Gordy said...

Good question, Bora! Most of these sites do have English transaltions, but not all of the English pages are as complete or as frequently updated as the main pages. But I think if I had to pick just one, I'd go with the English page of the Bg Media centar:


They aggregate from other sites (just in SCG, unfortunately--dont know who does the same thing in English in Croatia or BH), and they have the big conference room which is the site for a lot of major events and announcements, which they also cover.

Bora Zivkovic said...

Thank you!

Katja R. said...

This is a VERY GOOD start!

John1975 said...

I like this post.

Sorry for my initial "ignorant" "biased" drunken stupor! As this blog is concerned!

zdenka pregelj said...

And I just wish to thank you for dropping by. Hvala, čitamo se ponovo.

DarkoV said...

Eric, Great list. Thanks for saving us stragglers (and by "us" I mean "me") time and effort in finding these most informative sites.

Eric Gordy said...

Stragglers indeed. But anyone who knows a good resource that isn't on the list, help me out!

Bora Zivkovic said...

Leksikon YU mitologije, of course!

Katja R. said...

I keep going back and looking at that gorgeous young man in denim with the apples! I have a funny story I'll tell in my own space about apples there vs apples here.