Pittsburgh: Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
Cynthia Simmons, Professor, Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages
In postwar and post-Communist Bosnia-Herzegovina, civil society has been developing along with a significant recasting of women's roles in public life. Until now researchers have given insufficient attention to the contributions of women in the burgeoning free press in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as to the increasing social engagement and influence of women artists and arts administrators. Women writers, artists, and arts administrators are addressing in their work and projects issues of justice, reconciliation, and human rights. Some who began their creative life in Yugoslavia, and who formerly sought independence from ideology in pure aestheticism, now embrace political engagement. They employ the potentially 'free zone' of art to encourage the communication and mutual responsibility between the government and citizenry that underlies a civil society.