About Us

Dr. Erna Rijsdijk – Initiator, project leader and researcher, is a lecturer and senior researcher at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy. She studied politics, international relations and critical security studies. She is the author of Lost in Srebrenica: Responsibility and Subjectivity in the Reconstructions of a Failed Peacekeeping Mission, VU University, 2012 (PhD thesis). She published widely on Srebrenica and frequently takes part in the public debate on Srebrenica. From 2000-2008 she was the Chair of the Netherlands-Srebrenica foundation. The Dutch volunteers of this NGO supported Bosniac early returnees to Srebrenica  with various small scale projects.  On 11 July 2002 and 2017, on invitation by Politiek Comité Stari Most,  PAX and the BiH Platform of the Netherlands, she held the National Srebrenica commemoration speech in The Hague.

Dr. Guido Snel – Co-organiser and researcher, is a lecturer and senior researcher of European Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam and an affiliate of ACES, the Amsterdam Center for European Studies, and ARTES, the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies. Much of his academic research in the field of arts and literature focuses on trauma and loss in the aftermath of the Bosnian war. He is a writer of fiction and non-fiction (https://www.singeluitgeverijen.nl/auteur/guido-snel/), and a prolific literary translator of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian into Dutch. See also https://www.uva.nl/profiel/s/n/g.j.a.snel/g.j.a.snel.html

Velma Šarić – Research in Bosnia and project advisor, is the founder and director of the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo. Her organisation won several prestigious international awards in the areas of Peace Education, Creative Multimedia, Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Research, Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Iris Sikking – Exhibition advisor, curator, film editor, photo historian and co-editor of Why Exhibit Positions on Exhibiting Photographies, Fw:Books, 2018. Expert on how images operate today, as well as what they do to us when we interact with them.

LKol Erwin Bieri – Coordinator military relations with Dutchbat veterans for the Facing Srebrenica project, is currently Senior National Representative Arms Control (Benelux) and researcher at the Faculty of Military Studies (NLDA). He studied psychology and is involved in veteran research.

Project advisors

  • Azir Osmanović, Srebrenica survivor and curator of the Srebrenica Memorial Center in Potocari
  • Emir Suljagić, director of Srebrenica Memorial Center, former Dutchbat translator and author of A Postcards from the Grave, Saqi Books, 2005
  • Ludy de Vos, Dutchbat II veteran and director of the Netherlands Veteran Institute
  • Willem Schürgers, Dutchbat I, EODD photo collections
  • Anna Dasović, artist
  • Alma Mustafić, Srebrenica survivor, Lecturer Research Methodology at Hogeschool Utrecht
  • David Campbell, Director of Programme and outreach World Press Photo Foundation
  • Jacco Duel, Veteran Institute, academic researcher health and social care veterans
  • Martin Elands, Veteran Institute, historian, head of research center
  • Jehanne van Woerkom, graphic reporter and contact person Dutch Srebrenica community
  • Tine Molendijk, expert moral injury, Faculty of Military Studies, NLDA
  • Richard van Gils, head of collections, Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH)
  • Judith Moortgat, information specialist Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH)
  • Marieke de Goede, professor of politics, UvA, ACES
  • Rob van der Laarse, interuniversity Westerbork Chair in War and Conflict Heritage at VU University and the University of Amsterdam University of Amsterdam
  • Chris Keulemans, free lance journalist, in the 1990s as director of de Balie a regular visitor to Bosnia
  • Marije Schuurman-Hess, Radiomakers Desmet
  • Tim Klaasse, writer and director at Krevicy.com creative video production agency


Partner organisations and sponsors

Faculty of Military Studies (FMW), Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) https://www.faculteitmilitairewetenschappen.nl/

Amsterdam Center for European Studies (ACES), University of Amsterdam https://aces.uva.nl/

Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) https://artes.uva.nl/

Faculty of Humanities (FGW), University of Amsterdam https://www.uva.nl/en/faculty/faculty-of-humanities/homepage.html

Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center https://www.potocarimc.org/

Post-Conflict Research Center Sarajevo (PCRC) https://www.p-crc.org/

Framer Framed https://framerframed.nl/en/

Veteraneninstituut (VI) https://www.veteraneninstituut.nl/

Netherlands Embassy Sarajevo

Netherlands Military Museum (NMM) (to be confirmed) https://www.nmm.nl/

Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie, NLDA www.mindef.nl

Spui 25, University of Amsterdam https://www.spui25.nl/en

Krevicy  https://krevicy.com