Dialogue residency: Lejla Gačanica in Hittisau, Vorarlberg

The Task Force "Dialogue of Cultures and Religions" within the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs has called into being an initiative, in which a woman writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina was invited to spend a month-long writing residency in Hittisau, Vorarlberg. This project was realised in cooperation with the Womens' Museum in Hittisau, the government of Vorarlberg and the project office for immigration and integration "okay. zusammen leben" in Vorarlberg in the context of the Austrian cultural policy focus 2016: Bosnia and Herzegovina. The residency aims at promoting dialogue and at giving a Bosniak woman writer the chance to work on issues of intercultural dialogue between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria.

In 2015, a successful literary symposium on Islam in Muslim female writers' contemporary literature took place at the Womens' Museum. This successful rvent has given rise to the conception of this dialogue residency. The young Bosniak writer and journalist Lejla Gačanica was invited for a four week long residency on the subject of "Womens' Lives in Dialogue" and to benefit from the constructive atmosphere of the Bregenzerwald in order to deal with her own concerns in writing as well as in dialogue form. Her presence in Hittisau is intended to promote intercultural exchange, especially with the Bosniak community in Vorarlberg.

Lejla Gačanica contributes significantly to a greater involvement of women in the Bosniak constitution. In her writing, she thematises among others the challenges of young Bosniaks of the post-war generation as well as the role of women in peacebuilding processes. The objective of this project is the support of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who seek dialogue in their writing within and without their own society and who aim at making a civic contribution to common understanding and peacekeeping.

If you wish to obtain futher Information on this initiative, please contact: dialog(at)

International conference: State and Religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria

State and Religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria: A Legal Framework for Islam in a European Context
Gazi Husrev-bey Library, Sarajevo, 28 - 29th September, 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria share a history of secular neutrality of the State vis-à-vis religion, while maintaining equally good relations with all religions present in the State. At the conference, academics and representatives of the Europaen institutions and of religious organisations will discuss constitutional and legal frameworks for religions that have proven useful for intercultural and interreligious harmony, in particular with regard to Islam. The experts will explore in depth the question of whether Bosnisaand Herzegovina and Austria can serve as models regarding the development of Islam in a European context.

A cooperation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Ministries of Foreign and Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Austrian Embassy in Sarajewo and the Austrian Cultural Association.

For further information, please contact: dialog(at)

Registration until 23rd September: Austrian Cultural Association, Kamala Šertović, email: oek(at)

Conference Languages: English and Bosnian - simultaneous translation will be provided.

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The conference is supported by

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International photo and article contest

"Baku Process- contribution to the Global Multiculturalism”

  • no more than 3 page article on the topic of the contest
  • photos should be no larger than 20 MB at the time of entry
  • Entries may have any format – including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, colour transparencies, colourr prints, or black and white prints – as long as they are submitted electronically in a JPEG, JPG or PNG format
  • Deadline: September 1, 2016

Photos and articles should be submitted to the following email address:

Email: bakuprocess.contest(at)

In the face of the year 2016 being named the „Year of Multiculturalism“ by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan is announcing an international photo and article contest dedicated to the Baku Process – „Baku Process- contribution to the Global Multiculturalism“.

Winners of the contest, namely 1st, 2nd and 3rd place holders will be invited to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan on a 5 day trip, fully covered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to be awarded with certificates and prizes.

Tel: +994124930233

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UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

UNESCO calls for candidatures for the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Established in 1998 and endowed by the government of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), this Prize has been awarded since 2001 and is at its 14th edition.  The purpose of the prize is to reward qualified candidates for their literary, scientific or artistic achievements, as well as for their global outreach devoted to promoting Arab culture and its worldwide dissemination – independent of any religious considerations. Nominations for the Prize should be submitted no later than 15 September 2016.

Information on the application:

Expert’s discussion: “The role of religion and dialogue in preventing violent extremism”

The Task Force “Dialogue of Cultures” of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Salzburg Global Seminar invites to an expert’s discussion entitled

“The role of religion and dialogue in preventing violent extremism”

on 20th April, 10-12am, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur,

Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien

 The following experts will be present:

·         Dr. Kamal Boraiqa Abdelsalam Hassan, Representative of Al Azhar University

·         Dr. Mohand Ouadir Mechnan, Representative of Algerian Ministry for Religious Affairs

·         Father Nabeel Haddad, Representative of Jordanian Government for interreligious dialogue

moderated by Dr. Charles E. Ehrlich, Salzburg Global Seminar

The UN Secretary General has presented a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/674), in which he underlines that regional and international actors bear a particular responsibility for assisting countries in strife in returning to peace.  The recommendations in the Plan of Action identify actions that can be taken also at the regional level, and underline the role of dialogue also in the security field.

Religious harmony as well as interreligious dialogue are important values to protect in the current diverse and globalising context. Over the past two decades, the international community has sought to address violent extremism primarily within the context of security-based counter-terrorism measures. However, with the emergence of a new generation of groups, there is a growing international consensus that such counter-terrorism measures have not been sufficient to prevent the spread of violent extremism. There is a need to take a more comprehensive approach.

The three experts are present on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group for an event on 19th April.

Please register at dialog(at)


Jewish-Muslim Journey of Encounters now part of the OSCE Quilt

For the first time, the OSCE will dedicate its annual session of the Security Days, to be held on 21/22 May 2015 in Vienna, to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. This is a strong sign that dialogue as a soft power tool is better understood and increasingly relevant to security.

You are cordially invited to share your thoughts and ideas on how security and dialogue interlink on the OSCE Electronic Canvas, called “Quilt”. You will find an entry of the Task Force on the Dialogue of Cultures of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs to kick off the discussion.