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Bakotin Jerko

Period of stay: 1 March 2021 – 31 May 2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

The major benefit of my stay at IWM is becoming part of a thrilling intellectual community, with a great number of interesting fellows and visitors, vested in diverse fields of humanities and social sciencies. Furthermore, it is not only a one-time immersion, but the acquaintances I made here will most probably be useful and enrichening for the rest of my professional life through the conversations and other types of exchange.

I intend to remain in touch with the IWM, at least by following the newsletter, but also by occassional participation in online events, if it will be possible, and by communicating with the present and future fellows.

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

By far yes. Some topics are a bit specific, but that is normal considering the wide range of disciplines which IWM fellows cover. The possibility of the IWM to organize an in-depth and interesting discussion on current and very actual events is of great advantage and benefit for my professional work.

I would be most happy to participate if if I could anyhow contribute to the future events, so feel free to contact me in this regard anytime.

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

Maybe it would not be bad if there would be more outside „informal“ events organized, which would give fellows an opportunity to spend time and talk outside the IWM itself. I was once on a hike organized by Nikola and it was very nice. However, I guess the present situation with the pandemics, i.e. the fact that there was a strict lockdown during most of my stay in Vienna also hindered this possibilities, so I suppose my Fellowship was probably quite specific in this regard.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

I do not think so. I really enjoyed my time here and would not mind to repeat the experience.

Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!

In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.

We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.


  • Book project: Most of the work which I did here was related to my book project about the Dvor massacre. Through the last two years I gathered a huge amount of material – documents, interviews, articles, books, witness statements, etc. related to the case, altogether more than one thousand pages. I used this this time to review all of that material and information, to structure it according to the different chapters of my book (Massacre, Victims, Danes, Movie, Investigation, Memory) and to start conceptualizing, sketching and making drafts of the first several chapters.

From mid-April to early May I was on a research trip to Croatia. I met with 9 different interviewees and sources, including a meeting with a high-ranked officiat of a State Attorney, which I had to wait for some time. This way I acquired some very important additional information. I also visited cities of Dvor and Petrinja to talk with some witnesses and victim’s relatives.

  • An essay on historical memory, based on my book project, written for IWM post:

Regular work for Novosti, the weekly where I am employed:

I wrote a significant number of articles for my political weekly, on wide range of topics – mostly having to do with political and social issues in the countries of former Yugoslavia. However, as I am as well editing the international politics pages in my paper, some of the articles cover countries from Germany to Cuba.

  1. Local elections campaign in Zagreb and chances of progressive candidate:
  2. Sociological research on Vukovar, a city with heavy war wounds even 30 years after: https://www.portalnovosti.com/kako-vidimo-vukovar
  3. Review of a book about the new green-left political party in Croatia: https://www.portalnovosti.com/kako-je-nastalo-mozemo
  4. Turbulencies in Croatian TV media sector, with serious consequences for quality of information: https://www.portalnovosti.com/duopol-ih-nije-volio
  5. Interview with analyst Ingar Solty about the future of the left politics in Germany: https://portalnovosti.com/ingar-solty-ljevica-u-njemackoj-ima-buducnost
  6. Tenth anniversary of Syrian Civil War: https://www.portalnovosti.com/tragedija-bez-kraja
  7. Interview with former diplomat Ivica Maštruko on Vatican policies: https://www.portalnovosti.com/ivica-mastruko-crkva-nece-mijenjati-doktrinu
  8. Interview with journalist Andreas Knobloch on the situation in Cuba: https://portalnovosti.com/andreas-knobloch-kuba-je-u-teskoj-situaciji
  9. Interview with Ivan Vejvoda: https://portalnovosti.com/ivan-vejvoda-kljucan-je-hrvatsko-srpski-odnos
  10. Interview with candidate for Zagreb mayor Tomislav Tomašević: https://portalnovosti.com/tomislav-tomasevic-nismo-opcija-samo-srednje-klase
  11. Text on Croatian plans for EU Recovery Funds: https://portalnovosti.com/di-ce-pare
  12. Interview with the sociologist Sven Marcelić: https://portalnovosti.com/sven-marcelic-drzava-je-upropastila-razvojnu-politiku

A two-part essay on Louis Ferdinand Céline, written for the website of Croatian Writers‘ Association: