Wittenberg Professor Honors The History
Of Bosnia Through Online Publication
Nov. 17, 2006
at 2005 senior thesis presentations.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Keith Doubt, Wittenberg professor of sociology, has taken his love, appreciation and knowledge of Bosnian history, politics, literature and culture and formed it into an online publication titled, Duh Bosne
, or Spirit of Bosnia
While paying tribute to Bosnia’s diverse culture, Duh Bosne
gives both scholars and artistically driven individuals a chance to share their thoughts, feelings and anecdotes through many creative outlets.
“The journal is interdisciplinary, but it has been publishing a lot of poetry by the leading and best poets from Bosnia,” Doubt said. “These poets all come from different ethnic backgrounds, but are essentially Bosnian poets. Two were in Sarajevo during the war and their work reflects that experience.”
has proven to be more than just a publication for those of Bosnian culture. Contributors are from around the world, which led to the publication becoming bilingual. The Web site provides both English and Bosnian text, allowing a broader range of people to join in the celebration of such a diverse culture.
Along with an editorial board of 13 members, Doubt collaborated with Omer Hadziselimovic, professor of English Composition at Loyola University. Together, they serve as editors of the publication. Hadziselimovic is not a stranger to Wittenberg, as he presented a speech titled "An Immigrant’s Deal: Two Lives for the Price of One" during the 2005-2006 academic year.
Published quarterly, Duh Bosne
recently celebrated its one year anniversary. With four publications already under their belt, Doubt is hopeful that the publication will continue to gain notoriety and readership.
“The journal is well received in Bosnia,” he said. “My hope is that the journal becomes ‘a place to publish.’ There are young Bosnian writers who I hope will soon publish with us, and that Duh Bosne
will be widely read by policy makers and international officials working in or with Bosnia.”This spring, Doubt will be a Fulbright scholar at the University of Innsbruck in Austria where he will teach three courses: “Social Character in American Television Series,” “African American Social Thought: Reflections on Civil Society, Democracy and Justice” and a more general course that will implement his writing and teaching on Bosnia.
Austria’s close location to Bosnia is something Doubt sees as a possibility for inclusion in the curriculum, as the countries have an interwoven past.
“We might do a special relation on Austria’s relation to Bosnia,” he said. “Before World War I Bosnia was a part of Austria so I hope that these materials will be interesting to Austrian students.”
For information, including how Sarajevo is a sister city of Dayton, Ohio, visit www.duhbosne.org.
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