Information Literacy and Democracy Conference 2020

IDESA online conference SARAJEVO
4th December 2020


Information Literacy and Democracy: The Role of Information Professionals for Civic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ILI-Doc)


In the online IDESA Conference on 4th December 2020, we want to highlight various aspects of information and media literacy with particular emphasis on the role of information professional for civic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Despite the increasing development of new technologies and the growing role played by media in society, there is no adequate government action nor public discussion in Bosnia and Herzegovina on issues related to media and information literacy as basic requirement for civil discourse and consequently for democratic processes.

In the education sector, insufficient negligible attention is dedicated to the development of MIL skills in curricula. Teachers do not have adequate skills in the area of MIL education nor the possibility to access quality teachers’ training. However, there are several examples of a new approach to education that show that changes in perceptions occur. This conference should serve as capacity building forum for educators, information professionals, students etc. especially those who are focused on current curricular reforms at all levels of governance but also a broad user communities interested in transferring MIL knowledge and skills.

Free press, access to information and trust in media is what makes democracy stable and functioning. Consequences of current destabilization of democracy, labelled post-democracy (Stalder, 2018), “dramatically widening the distance between technical systems and social organization as if, negotiation between them appearing to be impossible, their final divorce seem inevitable” (Stiegler 2009, p. 3). Understanding of the digital condition prior the rising focus to our digital competencies as well as upgrading abilities to navigate information and media landscape (without succumbing to the pitfalls of networked manipulation) is usually seen as the multi-faceted skill set indispensable for netizens to actively shape their lives. Being the grand design of technological mind Internet as the “architecture of innovation” (Lessig, 2002) should be continually discussed especially in terms of accelerated development and transformation of digital learning in which information professionals dwell. In other words, “we need to design for freedom, a freedom that actively undermines the technological pressures to lead a predictable life” (Lovink 2019, p. 40).

Participants in the Tactical Session are invited to submit video abstracts (10 minutes max.) presenting their ideas for online discussion.

The deadline for submitting virtual presentations is 27th November, 2020. Submissions should be made to Jasmin Hasanović : and

IDESA Conference is follow up to the University of Hildeheim (Germany) project Information Literacy and Democracy (IDE) and June online conference ( where different online sessions, video lectures and discussion sessions, took place.

Working language: English

Moderators: Emir Vajzović, Mario Hibert (University of Sarajevo), Thomas Mandl (University of Hildesheim)

9:00 / Welcome note (University of Sarajevo)

9:10 – 9:30 Introduction: About the Project Information Litracy and Democracy (IDE) /

Thomas Mandl, Joachim Griesbaum, Daphne Cetta (University of Hildesheim)

9:30 – 9:45 Information and Media Literacy at University of Sarajevo: (Emir Vajzović, Mario Hibert – University of Sarajevo)

9:45 – 10:15 Keynote: DIGITAL LEARNING AND INFORMATION PROFESSION Petar Jandrić (University of Zagreb)

BREAK (chat rooms) (10:15 – 10:30)



10:30 – 10:50 / Siniša Šešum, UNESCO

10:50 – 11:10 / Sanja Kabil, UNICEF

11:10 – 11:30 / Željka Šulc, OSCE

Discussion and Break Rooms (11:30 – 12:00)



12:00 – 12:20 / “Misinformation, critical thinking and the role of information professionals
Milijana Mičunović, Snježana Stanarević Katavić University of Osijek

12:20 – 12:40 / “Media and Information Literacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lejla Turčilo, Lamija Silajdžić, University of Sarajevo

12:40 – 13:00 / “Project Course on Information Ethics
Amelie Beutel, University of Hildesheim
Emina Adilović, University of Sarajevo

BREAK: 13:00 – 13:30

13:30 – 13:50 / “Media and Information Literacy Needs of the High Schools and Primary Schools Teachers
Ana Milojević, University of Belgrade

13:50 – 14:10 / “Media Illiterate Society in Montenegro
Nataša Ružić, University of Podgorica

14:10 – 14:30 / “Critical Pedagogy and Competence for Democratic Culture in Teacher Education Programs
Larisa Kafedžić Kasumagić, University of Sarajevo

BREAK / Break Rooms Discussions: 14:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 15:20 / “Open Educational Resources & Media and Information Literacy
Lejla Hajdarpašić, Džejla Khattab, University of Sarajevo

15:20 – 15:40 / “Media and Information Literacy at the University of Sarajevo/ MOOC
Saša Madacki, University of Sarajevo

15:40 – 16:00 / CLOSING REMARKS

IDESA 2020 Conference