Zilka Spahić-Šiljak


Luce International Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, University of Sarajevo


University of Sarajevo


Zilka Spahic-Siljak was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she lives and works as a deputy director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies of the University of Sarajevo and teaches Gender and Religious studies. She is a research scholar and public intellectual addressing cutting edge issues involving human rights, religion, politics, education and gender, and peace-building with more than ten years experience in academic teaching, and work in non-governmental sectors.  She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and a MA in Human Rights. Her major research projects are published in several important studies: Women, Religion and Politics (Sarajevo: IMIC, CIPS and TPO, 2010); Women Believers and Citizens (TPO Foundation, CIPS of the University of Sarajevo, 2009); Three Monotheistic Voices: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam [for public school use] (RABIC, IMIC, CIPS of the University of Sarajevo, TPO, Sarajevo, 2009); Proceedings: ed., Religious Studies at Universities in BiH, TPO Foundation, the University of Zenica and the University of Banja Luka, 2008. She has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at several universities, including Arizona State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen, University of Vienna, University of Belgrade, and University of Novi Sad. Her current research projects are Feminisms in Post-socialist Muslims Contexts in BiH and Kosovo, and Women and Peace-Building Reconciliation in BiH.

She combines her academic and activist engagement working on numerous non-governmental projects on women's human rights, interreligious dialogue, and peace-building. Coming from a post-war society she is motivated to translate ideas and theories on peace, reconciliation and human rights into practice and provide channels of communications between the academia and civil society of Bosnia and Herzegovina.