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Vicinities Chronicles are open to all those who wish to share their perspectives, open up dialogue, and discuss problems – those who wish to live in a better, more stable environment.
We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Vera Jovanovska Tipko, Skopje: Lockdown – Shut down – Reprogram – Restart!

Panicking, we realized the misconception about the inverted value criteria, about the wrong priorities, about the meaning of some things that were not important until yesterday, about the meaning of living. About human fragility. We got to know it, but are we ready for change?! Dr Vera Jovanovska Tipko As if we are unlucky with

2021-02-23T23:13:20+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Radoje Cerović, Podgorica: The danger of returning to default settings

Post-pandemic periods in history tended to be those of great progress and prosperity. We are not entirely certain this will be the case now, but either way we will witness a unique psycho-social experiment. Radoje Cerovic The pandemic threat has radically changed our lives, catalysing a wave of chronic stress and uncertainty, and therefore a

2021-02-23T23:11:59+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Bojana Obradović, Belgrade: Being human suddenly became a challenge

Abnormal responses to abnormal situations are normal, and that seems to be a lesson all of humanity suddenly learned. If we think about it for a moment, this may be one of the rare times humanity was in something Together. Bojana Obradović March 2020. The very first case of Coronavirus has been registered in the

2021-02-23T23:11:31+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Enisa Mesic, Sarajevo: What did we lose when we got the masks?

Did we grow tired? Confused? Scared? What have we learned? Maybe the most important question is - do we have the strength to pause and ask ourselves how we are really doing? Enisa Mesic It will soon be one year since we put our masks on, officially began functioning with surgical gloves on, and distancing

2021-02-23T23:11:04+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Arjana Rreli, Tiranë: Adaptive instincts put to the test

Being involved in stressful situations, being understood by the majority that suffers the same as you, the system of information and the decrease of prejudices for mental health issues, has increased the number of the cases that seek help to deal with stress, anxiety and fears. Dr Arjana Rreli The times that we are living

2021-02-23T23:10:05+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Ferid Agani, Prishtina: All of this has happened before

It is important that a message carefully reaches the citizen that as many times in history, this time as well the evil will be defeated with unity and solidarity of the whole humanity relying on contemporary professional scientific achievements.  Dr Ferid Agani The Covid-19 virus caused a very serious disturbance in the global public health

2021-02-23T23:09:45+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Sandra Grujevska, Skopje: Is education in danger or maybe, finally, in its right direction?

The diagnoses we receive every day have forced us all to conclude that the educational body needs to work much harder on its defense system and that it will take a long time to cure the insidious disease, whose comorbidities we have somehow, for decades, all concealed. Sandra Grujevska Education systems around the world have

2021-02-16T23:51:44+00:00February 16th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Damir Marjanovic, Sarajevo: A generation of ‘reproducers of pre-served facts’

It will be interesting to see today's 'decision makers' become future patients, treated by the online doctors who have sat their exams in 2020 and 2021. Damir Marjanovic Balkan leaders have become experts in daily political abuse of education. A tragic truth is that education was the first victim of 'Dayton' and with everything happening

2021-02-16T23:50:23+00:00February 16th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Aleksandra Bosnic Djuric, Novi Sad: The invisible

If we take a moment to leave the safe, reliable zones of numbers and statistics and turn to personal stories – if we put faces to the numbers, especially invisible or less visible faces of those insufficiently represented in the statistics – we will notice an especially vulnerable world within problems we research. Aleksandra Bosnic

2021-02-20T08:30:49+00:00February 16th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Bozena Jelusic, Budva: New era of education

Both teachers and students have enrolled in online learning: the first group often one of digital impostors, and the latter - digital natives. Schools have moved into homes, erasing familiar rhythms, opening up a new world of alienation, disorientation, and conflict... Bozena Jelusic Education has gone through a period of intense change and reform in

2021-02-16T23:49:32+00:00February 16th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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