On November 5, 2022, the amphitheatre of the Science and Research “Ibn Sina” played host to the second day of the International Scientific Symposium: “Understanding Multilayered Systems of a Multipolar World”.
The panel speakers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Turkey presented their topics in the morning and afternoon sessions, and as one day earlier, a number of excellent students, also, presented their views and opinions regarding their own topics.
The Symposium was thereby concluded with the certificate ceremony, and 25 persons –professors and students – received theirs.
The First Day of the Symposium:
Rukmini Krishna, PhD, from the School of Social Sciences and Languages, talked about the research of one’s own Self, i.e. Self, through different dimensions of existence in the multipolar world. Krishna, PhD, spoke about different definitions of the Self, and about the links and upgrading of the Self through the framework of one’s own, social, political and national existence within the international global scenario.
Muamer Halilović, PhD, from the Centre for Religious Studies “Qom” spoke about concrete and contemporary links between science and religion. Halilović, PhD, presented a topic that concerned religious sciences within the context of different cognitive systems that are multilayered in their nature, and which also exist in the contemporary academic and scientific world.
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, PhD, from the International Burch University spoke about orientations towards the English language, both from a local point of view and on a global level. Brdarević-Čeljo, PhD, presented research and statistics from the field of sociolinguistics, which were conducted to describe the approaches and attitudes of different speakers towards the growth and influence of the English language in the Balkans, that is, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mubina Moker, PhD, from the Science and Research “Ibn Sina” Institute in Sarajevo presented the topic that concerned the personality and works of Mevlana, that is Jelaluddin Muhammed Rumi. She pointed out that each reader has his own interpretation of Rumi’s thought in accordance with his own cognitive level. There are as many readers as there are readers’ receptions, and in the heart of multipolarity, Mevlana calls for unipolarity.
Murat Öner, PhD, from the International Burch University spoke about the work and literary elements of the novelist Caryl Phillips. He pointed out the application of spatial practices in Phillips’s literary works, with a particular focus on fluidity and literary ‘patching’, which is especially portrayed through symbolism and a large number of artistic representations within the work itself.
Rusmir Šadić, PhD, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, talked about connecting geographical entities with the perception of ‘otherness’. Šadić, PhD, described the topic in which he presented Europe and Europe’s relationship to the concept of ‘Other’ and different, as well as different frameworks of plurality and persecution in the seemingly multicultural world of the European continent. In the seemingly multicultural world of Europe, there are many prejudices, stereotypes and negative attitudes towards the ‘Other’.
Amer Osmić, PhD, from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo, spoke about a topic that focused on young people ‘in the mist’. He highlighted the perception of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina when it comes to their attitudes towards education, politics, society and their own well-being. He referred to the conducted research within the young population, which supported some of the basic views of young people on a representative sample.
The Second Day of the Symposium:
Lejla Mulalić, PhD, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, spoke about the scientific and personal experience she gained while teaching peace studies and humanities. Mulalić, PhD, spoke about the way in which peace studies and humanities are conducted in the 21st century, and listed a number of personal and other elements that she observed during her own research, and also listed the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities that her research topic offers for the contemporary society.
Damir Kahrić, MA, Doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, spoke about multilayeredness based on two literary/mythological characters, and compared the characters of Aragorn and King Arthur. Master Kahrić presented the similarities and differences between Tolkien’s Aragorn and the English Arthur, as well as the prism through which they can be studied in the contemporary world, both locally and globally.
Shahab Yar Khan, PhD, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, presented the topic from the field of Shakespearean studies in which he connected aspects of the Renaissance and the 21st century. He pointed out the disintegration and negative effects of patriarchy in Shakespeare’s drama, and the growing trend of the influence of matriarchy both on the literary level and in the modern multipolar world and its communities.
Simon Ryle, PhD, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split, presented the topic that connected contemporary ecological, food and subcultural trends on the one hand, and literary poetics on the other. Ryle, PhD, spoke about the presentation of veganism and the vegan lifestyle through the description of literary lyrics and narratives that are increasingly growing during the 21st century, and referred to the role of literary works in the promotion of such subcultural trends and paradigms that can be found in different parts of the world.
Adisa Ahmetspahić, MA, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zenica, presented the topic that concerned the multilayered nature of the different framework of ‘voices’ in literature. Master Ahmetspahić spoke about neo-Victorian fiction, which plays an important role in the modern world through the presentation of a greater number of ‘voices’ for those characters who are the ‘Other’ or different, and whose voice was silenced until the beginning of the new millennium.
Admir Lisica, MA, from the Association for the Development of Homeland and Diaspora Cooperation, presented the topic concerning the Balkan region, that is, interstate relations. Master Lisica spoke about the foreign policy of the Republic of Serbia towards its neighbours, and he chose several countries for his research, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, as well as North Macedonia.
Jasmin Hodžić, PhD, from the Language Institute in Sarajevo spoke about the links and influences of language and imperialism. Hodžić, PhD, presented the topic in which he described the political and linguistic, that is, the linguistic influence of imperialism in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the nineties of the last century, and referred to a considerable number of documents from the field of education and society that would confirm some of the basic views of the topic.
Muhamed Mujakić, PhD, from the Institute of Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina spoke about the topic that describes and thus represents the process of regionalisation in the Balkans, i.e. on the example of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He pointed out a series of research and statistics that were conducted both at the Institute of Law and beyond, and which focused on some basic elements of the concept of regionalisation, when it comes to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jahja Muhasilović, PhD, from the International University in Sarajevo presented the topic on the influence of Turkey’s soft power on the territories of the Balkans. In his presentation, he presented a detailed overview of the growth of Turkey’s political and social power both in the global and Balkan context, as well as at the local level, with special reference to Turkey’s actions in the Balkans after the failed coup d’état in 2016.