Second International Symposium in Social Sciences

Symposium chairs:

Dr Dina Mehmedbegović-Smith, University College London, UK

Dr Lamija Basic, University of California, Irvine, USA


Instructions for Social Sciences abstract submission
The Social Sciences Section of the 13th Days of Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is pleased to announce the Second International Symposium in Social Sciences. The aim of this Symposium is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences across the fields of Social Sciences, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary issues, approaches, and methods. The theme and its strands are broad:
Social Sciences Perspectives on UN Priorities: Equality, Health, Human Rights, Migration. Submission topics are not limited to these strands, contributors are welcome to widen our agenda.

Abstract submission guidelines:
All abstracts must be submitted by following the link below and must be written in English. The presentations can be delivered in either English or in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, although we encourage presentations in English so that the participants and attendees from other countries can follow them. All those whose abstracts are selected by the panel for the presentation at the Symposium must pay registration fee by 10th May in order for their presentation to be listed in the program.

The form linked below will ask for the following elements:
(1) the name and surname of the author(s) (full first name followed by family name, separated by a comma from the next name);
(2) the affiliation of the author(s) (first author’s affiliation/institution);
(3) the link with the institution (e.g. professor, teaching assistant, graduate student, doctoral student; independent scholar);
(4) the area of interest;
(5) the email address(es) of the author(s);
(6) the title of the presentation (within 15 words);
(7) a clear outline of the aims, methodology and expected results of the research or project to be reported in the presentation (within 200-250 words).
Abstracts will be evaluated according to the originality of the theme, approach and scholarly contribution of the proposal.

Peer review:
Abstracts will be reviewed by experts in the field. The limited number of abstracts will be selected based on its quality for oral presentation. Submitted abstracts must be original, previously unpublished, and not currently under review by any conference or journal.

Programme chairs:
Dr Dina Mehmedbegović-Smith, University College London, UK
Dr Lamija Basic, University of California, Irvine, USA

Venue:  Sarajevo

We look forward to welcoming you in Sarajevo, at 13th Annual Days of BHAAAS, 23rd – 26th June, 2022, in B&H!

Abstract submission

Previous publications:
Previous publications from Social Sciences and Humanities Symposia, held as part of the 12th Days of BHAAAS in Bosnia and Herzegovina are available at:

Pregled, Vol. 62 No. 2 (2021)

Abstracts: 12th Annual Days of Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Photos from the First International Symposium in Social Sciences:
Mostar, 2021


March 1, 2022 Abstract submission deadline
April 1, 2022 Notification of first decision
May 1, 2022 Submission of revised abstracts
May 10, 2022 Deadline for registration and payment of the registration fee.


The organisers are delighted to announce that one of our plenary speakers is going to be Dr Jago Salmon (United Kingdom), who is currently the head of the UN Coordination Office in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 15 years’ experience in development policy, programming and management in conflict-affected settings. His keynote will focus on the changing nature of conflict in an era of multipolar globalisation.

Dr Jago Salmon served as a senior policy and programme advisor with the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Support Office in New York (2015-19), lead the UN’s engagement with International Financial Institutions on fragile and conflict affected states. In this capacity, Jago led strategic planning support to Central African Republic in 2016, Liberia in 2017, Zimbabwe in 2018, and Burkina Faso in 2019 and was the co-author of the joint UN-World Bank study Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict. Prior to joining the Secretary-Generals office, Jago worked as a senior public sector governance advisor both in New York and Geneva, leading UNDP’s Payment Programme for Ebola Response Workers in 2014/15, and supporting statebuilding operations in Afghanistan, CAR, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen. Most recently, Dr Salmon served as the lead convenor of the Stockholm Peace and Development Forum 2020, and team leader for the UN Sahel Security and Stability Assessment. Jago speaks English, French, German, Italian and Arabic, and is a non-resident fellow with the Centre for International Cooperation at NYU.

Dr Salmon has a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University in Berlin in Germany, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of York in the UK.

The organizers are delighted to announce that Professor Anne Gilliland, University of California Los Angeles, is going to be one of our plenary speakers. Her key note will focus on forced and voluntary migrations.
Anne Giliand

Anne Gilliland is Professor in the Department of Information Studies, as we​ll as Director of the Center for Information as Evidence at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Education & Information Studies and Coordinator of the recently established Rights in Records in Displacement and Diaspora Network (RRDDN). She is a faculty affiliate of UCLA’s Centers for Digital Humanities, European and Russian Studies, and for the Study of International Migration, and of the Promise Institute for Human Rights of the UCLA Law School.

Her work addresses recordkeeping and archival systems and practices in support of human rights and daily life in post-conflict and trans-local settings, rights in records for forcibly displaced persons, and the role of community memory in promoting reconciliation in the wake of ethnic conflict.

BHAAAS will facilitate an online presentation option for authors from outside Bosnia-Herzegovina who cannot physically attend the symposia. We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of new variants on the overall health and safety protocols. Therefore, BHAAAS retains the right to adjust its conferencing model accordingly as the situation develops.

For any questions regarding the Social Sciences Symposium, please email