One of the main efforts of the ERMA Alumni Network is directed towards bringing alumni back to ERMA to teach in front of the new generations of Human Rights Defenders. The academic 2018/19 year started very successfully in regards to this endeavor.
So far we have had several alumni lecturing at ERMA as a part of the Cluster on Philosophy of Human Rights and Cluster on Methodology of Scientific Research and Academic Writing.
We have had prof. Federico Giulio Sicurella from the 2006/07 generation of ERMA, who is lecturing on “Doing Social Research.” Besides the engagement at ERMA he is researching in the field of critical discourse studies, and lectures at the University of Milan.
Prof. Mario Hibert is also part of the Methodology cluster and teaches about Information Ethics. He is an alumnus from 2004/05 generation of ERMA. He works as an assistant professor at the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Comparative Literature and Librarianship.
A representative of our new partner University is the ERMA Alumni prof. Nenad Marković. He is a professor at the Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law, at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, at Skopje, Macedonia. At ERMA Nenad is teaching about “Contemporary Theories of Democracy.”
We have also organized first full Alumni Day at ERMA for the current generation of students, with our two alumnae.
Ena Bavčić, who came in front of Civil Rights Defenders, ERMA’s longstanding partner, to bring the expert experience to the students, and to talk about the practical implications of the Human Right topics they are tackling through their work in the Civil Rights Defenders.
Lamija Tiro, an alumna from the previous generation, was awarded with an alumni lecture based on the quality of her MA Thesis, and its presentation during the defense. The topic of her lecture was: “Anti-discrimination mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia”
With 2019 ERMA Alumni Network (EAN) started another activity, namely “ERMA Alumni Open Lectures,” with the aim of bringing alumni back to the programme. The first lecture in this series was given on March 29th by our alumna Ass. Prof. Antonija Petričušić from the University of Zagreb, who finished ERMA programme in 2002 as a part of the second cohort of the programme. She shared her inspiring ERMA story on how ERMA directed her future life choices and career. In Antonija’s words: “The light that was ignited in the ERMA classroom, survived 18 years and is still burning even today.”
Her lecture was devoted to the “LEGAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE MINORITY RIGHTS PROTECTION.”