DUŠAN SVETOLIK JANJIĆ
Position: Senior Researcher of Centre for Sociological Research, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia-SCG;
Founder and Coordinator of Forum for Ethnic Relations, Belgrade, Serbia-SCG;
Born: March 28, 1950 in Vranje, Serbia - SCG.
Address: Institute of Social Sciences and Forum for Ethnic Relations, 11000 Beograd, Kraljice Natalije 45, Serbia-SCG.
Home: 11000 Belgrade, Mileševska 25 Serbia – SCG.
Phone: + 381 11 3445875 (Home)
Phone/Fax + 381 11 361 66 54 Institute
+ 381 11 3620781 FER
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Cellular + 381 63 337 495
Education: Ph.D. (1987) on the relations between state and Nation and definitions of nation, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.
MA (1977) in Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade
BA (1973) in Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade
Experience: Specialised in sociology and ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution.
Currently conducting a research on democratisation in Central-East Europe and its effects on the ethnic relations.
Conferences: Aalborg, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Beograd, Bonn, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Burg Schlaining, Canterbury, Krakow, Dalmasted, Dayton, Egmond aan Zee, Firenze, Forli, Fribourg, Geneva, Gorizia, Halki, Hamilton, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Knokke – Heist, Krakow, Leaven, Lecce, London, Lo-Skolen / Ellsinore, Lucerne, Maribor, Moscow, New York, Nijmegen, Prague, Prishtina, Rome, Sofia, Split, Strasbourg, Subotica, Umea, Warsaw, Washington DC, Zagreb.
Topics: Sociology of (Ethno) Nationalism; Nationalism, State and Ethnicity; Ethnic Conflicts and their Resolution; Human and Minorities Rights; Political Movements and Ideologies; Peace Making and Building, etc.
Edited: Author of more than 100 editions (books, articles, etc.), as follows: An Open Question about Nation, Belgrade, 1980; Vocabulary of a Nationalist, Belgrade, 1986, Second Edition, 1988; Nation Determination (Analysis of “elements of nation”, nation determination, synthetic determination of nation), PhD Thesis, Belgrade, 1987; State and Nation, 1988; What is a Nation?, Belgrade, 1993; Report on juridical, sociological and political aspects of the national policy and minority protection in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Trento, l993; Bosnia and Herzegovina from War and Peace, Institute of Social Sciences and the Forum for Ethnic Relations, Belgrade, 1972 (English and Spanish edition in the Former Yugoslavia: From War to Peace, Valencia, 1993); Conflict or Dialogue. The Serb-Albanian Relations and Integration of Balkans (Published in Serbian, Albanian, and English), Subotica, Pristina, 1994; Serbia between the Past and the Future (Serbian and English, Belgrade, 1995 and 1997; Ethnic Conflicts and Minorities in a Multiethnic Society, Norrkoping, 2002; Kosovo between Conflict and Dialogue. Ethnic Conflict and the Identity Crisis: The Case of Serb – Albanian Relations, Forum for Ethnic Relations, Belgrade, 2003 and 2004.
professional guilds: Serbian Sociological Association (1975 -) Yugoslav and Serbian Associations For Political Sciences (1977 -); International Association for Minorities and Regional Study (1987 -); International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) (1990 -); Forum for Ethnic Relations (FER), Co-ordinator (1990 -); Helsinki Citizens Assembly (1991 -); European Movement in Serbia, General Secretary, 1992 -1994 (1992-); Project on Ethnic Relations, Princeton, USA (PER) (1992 -) Member of Council for Ethnic Accord (PER) (2000-); Executive Board of the Soros YU Found (1992-1994); International Network Europe and The Balkans, Bologna, Italy (1992-); Nordic International Studies Association /NISA/ (1993-); International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) (1994 -); Ethnic Studies Network (ESN) (1994 -), Iinternational board of the Canter for European Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies). (CERMES)
Chief Editor and Editor of various professional journals and publishing institutions; Founder and Chef in Editor of Magazines "Europe" and “Forum”
Consultant in Consulting Company DPI – Development Partnership International, Bern, Swiss
activities: Member of Serbia Communist League (SK Srbije, 1968-1988)
Founder and Vice President of Socialdemocracy Party (1997 – 1999)
Founder and Coordinator of the Forum for Ethnic Relations; Founder and First Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia; Member of the Council for Ethnic Accord – Project on Ethnic Relations, Princeton, USA; Helsinki Citizens Assembly
Since 1989, a founder and coordinator of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, a nongovernmental organization seated in Belgrade, engaged in research, analyses, education and training in the field of ethnic conflicts, institution building and support to multiculturalism at the local and regional levels. 110 leading experts from former Yugoslavia, the Balkans, Europe and the U.S.A founded the Organization. Within the Forum’s activities, particularly engaged in the mediation process (fact-finding missions, contacts, organization of meetings and preparation of negotiation platforms and documents) between leaders of political parties of Albanians from Kosovo and from Serbia, 1992 – 1997; training and support to young leaders belonging to ethnic minority political parties, nongovernmental organizations in Serbia and Montenegro; training courses for officers and officials of local administration in multiethnic communities of Montenegro; work with nongovernmental organizations of IDPs from Kosovo and strategic planning and assistance to moderate politicians of the Serbian coalition Povratak (Return )from Kosovo.
The author of the draft program (the idea of founding of and the political program of action) of the Alliance of Reformist Forces of Yugoslavia in 1990, as a coalition of political parties for federal elections, which was later on known as the party of former federal prime minister Ante Markovic.
One of the founders of the European Movement in Serbia, a nongovernmental organization advocating joining the European Union, 1991 and the founder of the European Movement in Serbia and its first secretary-general, 1992 – 1995, in charge of drafting of program documents and development of local and national networks. The European Movement in Serbia was admitted to the International European Movement as a full member in 1994.
One of the founding members of a nongovernmental organization the Belgrade Circle that has gathered together intellectuals and has advocated peace, dialogue and reconciliation in the territory of former Yugoslavia.
The author of the project on establishment, and one of implementing partners, of the International Network Europe and the Balkans, Bologna, Italy, that has been mobilizing since 1993 NGOs and universities from the Balkans, Europe, Russia and the U.S.A., its basic objective being organization of round tables, training programs and summer schools on ethnic conflicts, transition, democratization, enlargement of the EU and Euro-Atlantic integrations.
Since 1993 to the present day, the Forum for Ethnic Relations has been the sister organization of the Project on Ethnic Relations, Princeton, U.S.A., engaged to the largest extent in the Serbian – Albanian dialogue, but also in ethnic relations and minority issues in Yugoslavia itself, and since 1999, in regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Since 1999, the member of the Council for Ethnic Accord – Project on Ethnic Relations, USA.
From 1994 – 1996, the director and member of the editorial board of the quarterly in the Serbian and English languages Evropa, the legal founder of which is the European Movement in Serbia and the publisher joint stock company Evropa press.
The founder of the opposition party of the left center Socijaldemokratija (Social Democracy) and its member until August 1999. The creator of the political program, the election bible of Socijaldemokratija for parliamentary elections in 1997, and in charge of development of the party network in Vojvodina and central Serbia – Sumadija. In brief, president of the party for a month, and for the remaining period its vice-president in charge of international cooperation and contacts with organizations such as NDI and IRI in Belgrade and Washington, D.C.
From March 1999 to political changes on 5 October 2000, actively engaged in organization of political opposition, especially in work with NGOs. In April 1999, together with 16 NGOs and the union of independent trade unions Nezavisnost (Independence), co-author of the project and implementing actor for international contacts in the Region and for enlargement in the provinces of Serbia of the network of the Yugoslav Action NGO and UBTU Nezavisnost - JAG. In June 1999, I was the initiator and founder of the association of local NGOs and civic movements, all in all 26 from Serbia, into the General People’s Movement (ONP), which joined civil protests. Also, one of the initiators and founders of the Union of NGOs of Serbia – UNOS, which assembles around 100 NGOs from Serbia. The Forum itself was particularly active in the creation of a strategic platform on Kosovo (Statement on Kosovo), principles of the constitutional declaration for post-Milosevic Serbia and the constitutional minority law of Serbia.
From May, when the Service of state security closed down the Forum and a number of leading NGOs in Serbia, and conducted an investigation for alleged financial abuses but in fact for intimidation purposes, to 3 July 2000, when lifted Serbia, engaged in international contacts for needs of the opposition in Serbia.
Since the second half of 2001, the member of the Council of the Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade.