Information Literacy and Democracy
IDESA 2021

Information Literacy and Democracy: Perspectives of MIL Education 

At the first online IDESA Conference held on 4th December 2020 in Sarajevo, that highlighted various aspects of information and media literacy with particular emphasis on the role of information professional for civic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this year’s, second hybrid (online) IDESA 2021 will be held on 28th and 29 November 2021 in Sarajevo / Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo.

IDESA 2021 – INFORMATION LITERACY AND DEMOCRACY: PERSPECTIVES OF MIL EDUCATION will introduce various aspects of media and information literacy, different approaches, and practices but also to articulate perspectives for the further development of digital learning.

It goes along with ongoing discussions and activities hosted by Institute of Social Science Research of the Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Sarajevo) that in cooperation with the University of Hildesheim (Germany) follow joint efforts to engage in wider academic discourses for the benefit of fostering democratization of learning processes.

Since the Institute of Social Science Research has recently developed and published a series of documents and books for the integration of MIL curricula in schools, this conference should serve as capacity building forum for educators, teachers, librarians, academics, information professionals, students etc. especially those who are focused on transferring MIL knowledge and skills.

On the first day we are going to gather school librarians from Bosnia and Herzegovina (who have been attending online programs and training in media and information literacy for the last two months) at the expert workshop while the second day should offer insights on perspectives of digital education from the internationally renewed speakers.


Working language: English

DAY 1 – Sunday, 28.11.2021.

Expert workshop with Librarians: Perspectives and Challenges for School Librarians
Venue: Faculty of Political Sciences Sarajevo
Time: 12:00 – 15:00 (with coffee break)
Participants: 30 librarians from Bosnia and Herzegovina

KEYNOTE: Juanjo Boté, PhD, Full Professor, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) / Multimedia in Education

Martina Dragija Ivanović, University of Zadar (HR)
Saša Madacki, Institute for Social Science Research, Faculty of Political Sciences Sarajevo (BIH)
Emina Adilović, Institute for Social Science Research, Faculty of Political Sciences Sarajevo (BIH)

Certificates for Librarians

Expert Meeting


DAY 2 – IDESA 2021 – Conference 29.11.2021.

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

09:30 – 09:45 / Welcome note (University of Sarajevo, University of Hildesheim)

09:45 – 10:15 / Reflexions on the Margins
Vajzović, E. et al. (2021) “Media and Information Literacy: Learning Design for Digital Age”

Srećko Jelušić, University of Osijek, University of Zadar (HR), full professor, retired.

10:15 – 10:30 / Strategy of MIL in Canton Sarajevo

Sanel Huskić, Institute for Social Science Research, Faculty of Political Sciences Sarajevo (BIH)

BREAK: 10:30 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:15 / Disinformation Dilemma in Democracies

Wolf Schünemann, University of Hildesheim (DE)

11:15 – 11:45 / OERs and democratization of digital education in crisis situation

Milijana Mićunović, Kristina Feldvari, University of Osijek (HR)

11:45 – 12:15 / Intercultural perspectives on information literacy (IPIL):

A transnational online course and possibly more

Joachim Griesbaum, Theresia Woltermann, University of Hildesheim, Institute of Information Science and Language (DE)

BREAK: 12:15 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:00 / SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Media and Information Literate Citizens: Thinking Critically, Think Wisely

Dr. Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist – Section for Media ad Information Literacy and Media Development. Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Paris (FR)


13:00 – 13:30 / Creative Coding in Balkan Schools: Making Algorithmic Art a Part of Official High School Curriculum in Serbia

Uroš Krčadinac, Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade (SRB)

13:30 – 14:00 / / Information and Media Literacy at the University of Sarajevo

Emir Vajzović, Mario Hibert, University of Sarajevo (BIH)

14:00 – 14:15 DISCUSSION

14:15 – 15:00 / KEYNOTE / Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson, SUNY Empire State College, University at Albany (USA) / Developing Metaliterate Learners to Advance Democratic Ideals


Please click the link below to join IDESA 2021:

Passcode: 413276

IDESA 2021 – Booklet