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.