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Call for Applications: “Transitional Justice & Memory Politics” Summer School

Venue: Cres, Croatia

Date: July 1-12, 2018

How to apply?

Applications have started for the 2018 edition of the Cres  Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory, a unique,  two-week immersion into how diverse societies around the world deal with past abuses and conflicts. The Cres Summer School offers participants a timely, intensive and multidisciplinary immersion in topics such as human rights, war crimes trials, cultural memory, and processes of post-conflict reconciliation in diverse regions of the world. It includes lectures, workshops, site visits and films focusing on the politics of memory and transitional justice. Lecturers include an  all-star cast of scholars and practitioners  in transitional justice from around the world.

The summer school hosts an international group of students from around the world (the 2017 program included participants from South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Europe and the U.S.). The students have the unparalleled opportunity to engage with a diverse group of peers. They gain ideas and build networks that inspire research, theses, study abroad programs, and post-graduation careers.

For more information check out the official website, Twitter (@CresTJSummer) or Facebook page. 

Get program details here. 


The 5th anniversary of the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe at the University of Rijeka was held at the at the Rectorate’s Aula Magna on Monday, March 26, 2018.

On the occasion, Madam Rector, Prof. Snježana Prijić – Samaržja, Director od CAS SEE opened the event with presentation of the Center’s establishment course, its development vision and the present ventures. On behalf of Dr. Sanja Bojanić, Executive Director of CAS SEE, Kristina Smoljanovic, Project Associate gave a presentation on the Center’s functioning models, its accomplishments in numbers and also of its core strength – the Fellows of CAS SEE. Following this, the present 7th generation of Fellows introduced their academic backgrounds and ongoing research projects to be completed during their Spring/Summer residence at the University of Rijeka.

The event concluded with further discussions around a joint banquet with the modification of the afternoon program, Fellows and Associate Researchers Presentations at the newly established DeltaLab postponed to another date due to unforeseen weather circumstances which held the Trieste ESOF2020 delegation.



Call for Papers: “The rise of nationalism in Europe: Causes, Effects, and Comparison Between Western and Eastern Europe”

Conference dates: October 8-9, 2018

Venue: Podgorica, Montenegro

Guest lecturers:

Wolfgang Merkel, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany

Joakim Ekman, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Daniele Conversi, University of the Basque Country and Ikerbasque, Spain

Daphne Halikiopoulou, University of Reading, Great Britain

Jelena Džankić, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Rastko Močnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Nationalism  in  Europe  seems  to  be  alive  and  well.  While  numerous  scholars previously  argued  that,  in  the  era  of  intensified  political  globalization,  it  could  no longer serve as an attractive political platform, recent political developments across the  old  continent  suggest  otherwise.  Throughout  Europe,  right-wing  populists−the key  promoters  of  nationalist  ideas–  have  lately  captured  record-high  levels  of electoral support. This was certainly the case in recent elections in Germany, France and   the   Netherlands,   but,   perhaps   more   importantly,   some   of   these   populist movements are even winning their way into ruling coalitions (i.e. Austria, Norway). Likewise,  nationalists  currently  represent  the  most  influential  political  actors  in  a number  of  Central  European  countries  (e.g.  Poland,  Hungary).  In  accordance  with the  depicted  trend  the  last  year  has  seen  political  conflicts  intensify  in  Southeast Europe,  with  increased  ethno-nationalist  tensions  and  nationalist  rhetoric.  It  is therefore  hard  to  deny  that,  at  the  moment,  nationalism  plays  a  major  role  in  the European politics.

In such a political environment one can easily see an increasing divergence between those visions of political community which are founded upon civic values –in which we are all “citizens of the world” – and on the other hand those visions that advocate ethnic  homogeneity,  and  hence  demand  congruence  between  state  and  nation. Although  this  polarization  is  by  no  means  a  new  one,  recent  coupling  of  populist discourse  with  nativist,  protectionist  and  nationalistic  ideology  threatens  to  push European countries into a “Schmittian scenario” in which the international relations are constituted and formed through the opposition between “friend and enemies”.

The   conference   aims   to   bring   together   leading   academics,   researchers,   and practitioners  to  discuss  these  rather  disconcerting  developments.  It  will  seek  to contribute to a better understanding of the recent rise of nationalism in Europe as well   as   to   offer   new   theoretical   and   empirical   insights   into   socio-political consequences   of   this   phenomenon,   thereby   exploring   key   differences   and similarities between the Western and East European countries.

The key issues that we would like to address during this event are:

–     What are the causes of the unprecedented rise of populist radical right-wing parties in Western Europe?

–    What  are  the  factors  behind  the  recent  nationalist  developments  in  the Southeast Europe?

–    What are the specificities of populist rhetoric/discourse?

–    Why are we witnessing radicalization of the mainstream parties in Central and Southeast Europe?

–     Why is the ethnic concept of citizenship significantly more popular in Central and Southeast European than in the West European population?

–     Do  we  need  new  –  and  if  so,  what  kind  of  –  criteria  for  membership  in  the nation  in  the  21st  century,  i.e.  do  we  need  to  rethink  what  it  means  to  be German, Polish, British etc.?

The organizers will aim to accommodate submissions by assigning accepted papers to thematic sessions such as:

–    The rise of identity politics: civic vs. ethnic nationalism

–     Uncompleted  nation-state  building  in  Southeast  Europe  as  a  source  of nationalism?

–    Globalization, migration, and national identity

–     Nationalism  in  Central  and  Southeast  Europe:  a  part  of  the  ideological mainstream?

–     The  rise  of  the  populist  radical  right  parties  in  the  West:  new  cleavage structure in the party system

–    Contesting imaginaries: Cosmopolitanism vs. Communitarianism

–    Identities as permanently contested social facts

Organization of the conference

The  conference  is  organized  by  University  of  Montenegro,  Faculty  of  Political Science in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, University of Rijeka.

Technical information and application procedure

The official language of the conference is English. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Conference  applications  should  be  sent  only  via  e-mail  to  the  following  address:

We kindly ask you to put the following title in your email subject: ‘Name: title of the paper’. The complete application should be submitted in .doc or .docx format, and must contain: the title of the presentation, an abstract of up to 200 words and a short biography in English.

The  organizers  will  make  efforts  to  publish  selected  papers  in  renowned  peer reviewed journal. More information will be provided at the later stage of organization.

There  is  no  registration  fee.  The  conference  organizers  will  provide  refreshments during the conference program. Participants are kindly requested to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

Important dates:

Application deadline:  April 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance:  May 31, 2018

Conference dates: October 8-9, 2018

Program Committee

Ivan Vuković, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Montenegro – chair of the committee

Sanja   Milutinović   Bojanić,  Center  for  Advanced  Studies  South-East  Europe, University of Rijeka

Filip Milačić, Center for Advanced Studies South-East Europe, University of Rijeka

Jelena Džankić, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Vedran Džihić, OIIP – Austrian Institute for International Affairs/ University of Vienna

Petar Bojanić, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Gazela  Pudar  Draško,  Institute  for  Philosophy  and  Social  Theory,  University  of Belgrade

Call for Applications: The 5th Edition of the Equality and Citizenship Summer School

The Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, the University of Rijeka, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka and the Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy are organizing the 5th edition of the Equality and Citizenship Summer school from June 25th – 29th, 2018 in Rijeka, Croatia.

The Summer school does not reproduce, in a diluted form, the familiar teaching format of a university course. Instead, it is organized around “Author-Meets-Critics” symposia that are dedicated to publications and works-in-progress by some distinguished authors. All the leading participants will give a paper on a topic on which they are currently working, or a précis of a recently published book. During the symposia dedicated to them, they will then reply to the papers given by the other scholars.

This year’s leading participants are:

Prof Cecile Laborde, University of Oxford

Prof Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford

Prof Jonathan White, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Prof Lea Ypi, the London School of Economics and Political Science

The summer school is primarily aimed at attracting post-doc researchers and doctoral students. They can contribute to the discussion by commenting and asking questions, and in case they participated in earlier editions of the summer school, they are invited to apply with paper proposals for the symposia and send an abstract of no more than 2,500 characters by April 15th 2018. Other participants are invited to send their applications by May 15th 2018. All participants will receive a certificate of participation that describes the activities in which they have participated at the summer school.

Information :

1) Application and participation fees

To apply candidates should send their CV by e-mail to the address:

Organizers will reply within a week and inform the candidates whether they have been accepted as participants for Summer School “Equality and Citizenship”. Accepted candidates must pay 100 € / 750 HRK participation fee by June 10th, 2018 on the following account:

  • Account Holder: Filozofski fakultet u Rijeci, Sveučilišna avenija 4, 51000 Rijeka, Hrvatska / Croatia
  • Name of the Bank: Zagrebačka banka d.d. Zagreb, Paromlinska 2, 10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska / Croatia
  • IBAN: HR9123600001101536455
  • “Za ljetnu školu političke filozofije” / for the Summer school of Political Philosophy
  • “Poziv na broj” / Reference Number: 0800010014

Organizers of the Summer school can cover scholarships for a limited number of participants, but a motivated request is needed.

1) Accommodation

Participants can book rooms in one of Rijeka’s Hostels , Hotels or Private Accomodation.

2) Further information

Useful information about the city of Rijeka can be found at:

If any further details are needed, please contact us at:

Updated information regarding the summer school will be available at the CAS SEE website.

Directors of the Summer school:

Prof Elvio Baccarini, University of Rijeka

Prof Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka

Asst Prof Nebojša Zelič, University of Rijeka

Organization Board:

Dr Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

Siba Harb, University of Leuven

Viktor Ivanković, CEU Budapest

Assoc Prof Luca Malatesti, University of Rijeka

Andrea Mešanović, University of Rijeka

Aleksandar Šušnjar, University of Rijeka

5 Years of CAS SEE at the University of Rijeka

Date: March 19, 2018

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Rijeka Rectorate

Address: Trg braće Mažuranića 10, HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia

Center for Advanced Studies was established on March 13, 2013 at the University of Rijeka. In its five years long course of action, the Center is performing scientific and research activities in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Architecture and Urbanism studies. It aims to assemble scientists from all over the world with an intention of pursuing scientific and applied research on contemporary subjects, particularly those of relevance for the region of Southeastern Europe. It also strives to create a framework of cooperation and exchange of internationally acknowledged research centers in the region and beyond. The goal of the Center is establishing excellence of regional research through supporting researchers and impeding (permanent) departures of academic workers („circulation and brain gain strategy“).

The Center organized and participated in various projects within Croatia and across Europe. Implementation of its activities includes guest lectures, round tables, debates, international conferences, summer schools, research projects and regular stipends for its postdoctoral fellows. In the past five years the Center hosted nearly 50 postdoctoral fellows and it is the only center of its kind both in Croatia and the region.

The Center is the lead project host of the Sweet & Salt Flagship within the Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020 program. Establishing and incubating the DeltaLab Laboratory for Urban Reinvention at the University of Rijeka is one of key program activities, including the seasonal Fashion Weeks – showcasing themes of the Sweet & Salt Flagship through various public lectures, exhibitions, round tables, performances, concerts, installations, bottom up actions and more, in the Sweet & Salt zone, leading up to 2020.

Through the collaboration with the Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020  and the Trieste – European City of Science 2020 projects, the Center is planning activities focusing on shared opportunities, fostering future cooperation and strengthening models between the two cities.


11.30 – 11.45 Welcome Address Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Madam Rector, Director of CAS SEE
11.45 – 12.15 5th Anniversary in Numbers: CAS SEE Dr. Sanja Bojanić, Executive Director of CAS SEE
12.15 – 12.30 Cooperation: University of Rijeka – Trieste ESOF 2020 – Rijeka ECOC 2020 Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Madam Rector, Director of CAS SEE
12.30 – 13.30 Trieste ESOF 2020 Prof. Stefano Fantoni, President of Trieste International Foundation for the Progress and Freedom of Science
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

Venue: Rectorate

Rijeka2020 – DeltaLab Venue: ex-IVEX

Address: Delta 5, HR-51000 Rijeka

15.00 – 16.00 Dialogues



Bernard Koludrović, Rijeka ECOC2020

Trieste ESOF2020

Rijeka ECOC2020

Prof. Stefano Fantoni, President of Trieste International Foundation for the Progress and Freedom of Science

Ms. Irena Kregar-Šegota, Development and Strategic Partnerships Director

Ms. Mara Anjoli Vujić, Culture Director

16.00 – 16.45 Presentation


Rijeka ECOC2020 – UNIRI Prof. Rajka Jurdana-Šepić, University of Rijeka, CCT Executive Board President

Prof. Idis Turato, Sweet & Salt Flagship Director and

Mr. Marko Luka Zubčić, Sweet & Salt Program Coordinator

17.00 – 18.30 CAS SEE @DeltaLab Fellows and Associate Researchers Presentations

Moderator: Dr. Sanja Bojanić

Dr. Filip Milačić: „The Emergence of Identity Politics Cleavage and its Effect on Social Movements“

Dr. Nebojša Zelič: “Resource Curse and Duties Towards Immigrants”

Dr. Ivan Cerovac: „Elitism, Political Legitimacy and Plural Voting“