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Fellowship application: Spring/Summer 2019 and Autumn/Winter 2019-2020

Call for the CAS SEE Fellowship programme in the 2019-2020 academic year is closed.

Documents and information

CAS SEE Rijeka Fellowship Overview: download

Fellowship Programme: download

Ethics-for-Researchers: download

EC-Code-of-conduct-recruitment: download

Guest Fellows’ Charter: download

Application Form:

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CAS SEE Fellowship application: Spring/Summer 2019 -Autumn/Winter 2019-2020

Following the implementation of the previous generations of CAS SEE Fellows starting in 2014, CAS SEE is announcing a new annual Call for Fellowships for Spring/Summer 2019 and Autumn/Winter 2019/2020. This call is organized along selected thematic foci, and the applicants are expected to explicitly select the focus which would fit their research among the presented topics.

The CAS SEE Fellowship Program for Spring/Summer 2019 – Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 will host 14 Junior Fellows.

The Call for Applications closes on December 1st, 2018.

The ninth generation of fellows will assume their positions by February 15th 2019, while the tenth generation will assume their positions by September 15th, 2019.

Inspired by the excellent cooperation of the previous generations of CAS SEE Fellows and their work that has created thematic synergies among researchers, CAS SEE Fellowship Spring and Autumn 2019 will stimulate fellows to work on similar topics or different aspects of one particular topic.

Fellows will present their work in Rijeka or other regional centers and will engage more intensively in research in the wider region of South East Europe. They will participate in specific events according to their research interests, while also attending the regular CAS SEE regional conferences and seminars. By implementing flexible regional approach while maintaining the spirit of CAS SEE Collegium, Fellows will be able to pursue their research within wide networks of other scholars and partner institutions in the region perfectly designed to enrich their work.

This Call is inviting applicants to focus on three particular topics:

Cultures of Rejection: Conditions of Acceptability in Socio-Spatial and Digital Environments in Contemporary Europe

“Cultures of Rejections” aims at a deeper understanding of processes of social polarisation, radicalisation and transformation of everyday life that underpin recent surges in nationalism and right-wing populism in Europe. We term these processes cultures of rejection: practices, discourses and cultural formations based on values, norms and affects which reject immigration, domestic political elites, institutions of civil society and the media, shifting gender relations, and European integration. The working hypothesis of the project posits that cultures of rejection emerge from experiences of change and crisis, and fuel rejection of both the EU and national democratic systems as well as institutions of civil society, threatening social cohesion and peaceful coexistence. The project seeks to test this hypothesis and analyse which dimensions of transformation and crisis are processed in cultures of rejection, and how meaning is ascribed to them inter-subjectively in different environments. The researchers will assess the situation along the 2015 migration route across Sweden, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Serbia, thoroughly examining work places, digital and socio-spatial environments. The socio-cultural research conducted will be complemented with elements of digital ethnography.

We invite scholars in social sciences and humanities whose research interests are related to the topic to submit proposals addressing one or any combination of the following issues:

  • How do workers in two industries affected by economic and technological transformation (logistics/transport and retail) reproduce, justify or contradict cultures of rejection in their everyday lives?
  • To which experiences of routines, transformation and crisis do employees ascribe meaning via reference to cultures of rejection?
  • Which online and offline environments are relevant to the reproduction of cultures of rejection?
  • What similarities and differences can account the composition of cultures of rejection in different spaces and places?

Digital Channeling of the Political

It has become commonplace to observe that the digital world has overtaken a majority of social dynamics – it, for instance, appears to be fundamentally transforming the labour market, remaking the protocols of establishing social bonds, empowering the uncanny forces of algorithmic decision-making, and instituting novel and unpredictable forms of public reason-exchange and collective action. In doing this, the digital future presents us with a political reality seemingly unmoored from the traditions according to which we were used to interpret it. Dubious political technologies unsurveyably flourish – the image of reality considered to be required for the establishment of deliberative efforts concerning the shared (and thus political) problems is destabilized, and facts, arguments and persuasion appear somewhat ill-equipped to nurture the common understandings in the environment of memes, deep fakes, doxxing, machinic bias and total informational noise. On top of this new state of our political world, as if in a fever dream, we move towards an environmental crisis of unprecedented gravity.

Researchers are invited to offer analyses and investigations of the ways in which the digital has reshaped the political, and especially of the ways in which the digital can be utilized for the upgrade of the emancipatory capacities of the political in the face of contemporary threats of climate change, totalitarian impulses and deepening social inequalities.

  • How could new digital platforms enable collective action in Anthropocene?
  • Could we claim that data technologies are disrupting democratic processes, and if so, in which ways?
  • The role of coding and algorithms, search engines providing biased information: is Internet influencing our political preferences?
  • How to properly understand Facebook as information-exchange system – how to tackle issues of the formation of the echo chamber and the novel forms of news platforms?
  • How can we build an information ethics adequate to our growing dependence on data?
  • What kind of legal regulations do we need to adequately face the new digital environment?
  • What is the right strategy for raising citizens’ awareness of these issues?

Rijeka in Flux

“Rijeka in Flux” is an interdisciplinary research project, combining history, geography, and digital humanities, that seeks to analyze urban change in Rijeka after the Second World War, when it changed sovereignty from Italy to Yugoslavia. The objective of the project is to better understand the impact of the caesura of 1945 on the city, which included border changes as well as the imposition of a new political, ideological and economic system.

Scholars involved in the project are pursuing inquiries into different aspects of urban life in Rijeka, including the relations between the Italian minority and the new authorities and population; the flows of goods, capital, people and information in and out of the city; and urban planning, architecture and memorialization. Scholars employ diverse methodologies, including archival research, oral history, and participant observation. Participating scholars will be sharing the results of their research on an interactive crowd-sourced map: This map makes it possible to visualize change in the city, and also enables network analysis of the map data. The project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Applicants should submit a research proposal that would contribute to the broader “Rijeka in Flux” project research agenda. In addition to carrying out research (32 hours/week), the Fellow will assist with the mapping component of the project, including building relationships with local community organizations, promoting participation by citizen scientists, and assisting in the organization of a symposium in July 2019 (8 hours/week). In the case of a five-month extension of the postdoctoral fellowship, responsibilities may evolve. The Fellow is expected to submit an article to a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal at the end of their five-month fellowship. Applicants should have a PhD in History or in cognate disciplines, and experience working on historical material. They should have working knowledge of either Italian or Croatian.

This Fellowship lasts for five months with the option of renewal for additional five months.

Further information and details about the application procedure: FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION 2019-2020

The rise of nationalism in Europe: causes, effects, and comparison between Western and Eastern Europe

1st International Conference
of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro

in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, University of Rijeka

SEE ‘Academia in Dialogue’ Series

The rise of nationalism in Europe: causes, effects, and comparison between Western and Eastern Europe

Podgorica, 8-9 October 2018

October 7

19.00  | Reception dinner for participants

October 8, Day 1

Conference Venue: Rectorate, University of Montenegro

08.45-09.00  | Registration

09.00-09.30  | Welcome address

Ivan Vuković, Program Committee of the Conference, Mayor of Podgorica and Vice-Dean Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro

Max Brändle, Director at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Office to Serbia and Montenegro

Petar Bojanić, Director of Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and Center for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka

09.30-10.30  | Keynote lecture

Wolfgang Merkel, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany, Right-wing Populism and its Challenge to Democracy in Europe

Moderator: Gazela Pudar Drasko, University of Belgrade

10.30-10.45  | Coffee break

10.45-12.00  | Session 1: Nationalist challenges in Southeast Europe


Srdjan Radovic, Ethnographic Institute, Belgrade, Serbian Nationalism

Sead Turcalo, University of Sarajevo, Nationalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

12.00-13.00  | Keynote lecture

Reinhard Heinisch, University of Salzburg, Everybody is a populist now! Myths, errors, and inflationary use of a new phenomenon

Moderator: Nemanja Stankov, University of Montenegro

13.00-15.00  | Lunch break

15.00-16.30  | Session 2: The Rise of the Radical Right in Europe


Vedran Dzihic, oiip, Right-wing populist nationalism: Where and why (South) Eastern Europe and the „West“ come together

Nader Nourbakhsh, University of Tehran: Rise of the Far Right Extremism in Europe: Causes and Consequences

Arianna Piacentini, CAS SEE and University of Milan: Anti-immigrant United States of Europe? The populist representations of European culture and heritage and the South-North divide

16.30-17.00 | Coffee break

17.00-19.00 | Panel discussion Between East and West: Nationalism in Southeast Europe

Max Brändle, Director at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Office to Serbia and Montenegro

Wolfgang Merkel, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany

Daphne Halikiopoulou, University of Reading, Great Britain

Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Petar Bojanić, Director of Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and Center for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka

Vedran Džihić, oiip

19.00 | Dinner for participants

October 9, Day 2

Conference Venue: Rectorate, University of Montenegro

09.00-10.00  | Keynote lecture

Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary: Populist Establishment

Moderator: Milivoj Beslin, University of Belgrade

10.00-11.30  | Session 4: The Rise of Nationalism in Europe: A Comparative Perspective

Jan Muś, Vistula University, Warsaw: Nationalism as a reply to liberal hegemony. PiS case

Wawrzyniec Konarski, Vistula University (Warsaw): Ethnicity, Nationalism and Politics in Central Europe: Selected Historical Traditions and Current Consequences

Almedina Vukic, University of Montenegro: Losing my region? Nationalism perceived through experience of central governments in the United Kingdom and Spain

11.30-11.45  | Coffee break

11.45-12.45  | Keynote lecture

Daphne Halikiopoulou, University of Reading, Great Britain, What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s new Nationalism? Explaining the rise of the far right in Europe

Moderator: Gazela Pudar Drasko, University of Belgrade

12.45-13.00  | Closing remarks

13:00  | Lunch break

After lunch | Excursion: Cruising in Bay of Kotor


Closing of the Summer school of Innovative interpretation of industrial heritage

The press conference and the official closing of the Summer School of Innovative Interpretation of Industrial Heritage program was held on Friday, September 28th, at the Delta Lab in Rijeka. The Summer school is a part of the “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage” program, and on this subject, the program was presented by Prof. Snježana Prijić Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka, Mr Ivan Šarar, Head of the Department of Culture and the project leader of “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage”, Dr. Bert Ludwig, director of European Heritage Volunteers and Marina Batinić, co-founder of Culture Hub Croatia, alongside of Kristina Pandža, Project and Research Coordinator at the University of Rijeka – the education and research component and one of the partners in project implementation.

The University Rector, Prof. Snježana Prijić Samaržija stated that it takes courage and motivation to come to a foreign city and to try to interpret its industrial and cultural heritage, and that the whole concept of the summer school is innovative in itself so that the product remaining as its legacy, the proposals of student’s interpretation of Rijeka’s (industrial) heritage is equally innovative as is the way it has come to being.

Mr Ivan Šarar pointed out that sometimes the current social climate and the “tones” of daily political polemics can go far from any congruous interpretations of the heritage that is the subject of this debate. It’s really about two allegoric and symbolically charged represents of the city. These two objects are and continue to remain open platforms for diverse interpretations, so these (student’s) inputs remain equally important in a reality that never ceases to interpret its history.

Dr Bert Ludwig presented the work and activities of European Heritage Volunteers organization with different participatory projects open to the public, such as European Heritage Volunteers Projects, European Heritage Training Projects, World Heritage UNESCO Projects, EHV Partner Projects.

Marina Batinić, co-founder of Culture Hub Croatia reflected on the importance of the experiences accumulated abroad with exchange being one of the most valuable resources of the volunteers which indeed reflects on the local context, but also manages to shape broader, international co-operations and projects. At the end, she concluded that history is valuable in itself – it cannot and doesn’t have to be forgotten but giving chance to the young experts to provide some possible future perspectives and a positive relationship with the heritage is really what is most important.

After a brief discussion on the Project goals and the relevance of heritage interpretation, the student – volunteers from Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Chile, Germany, Russia, Taiwan and China took the stage to present the innovative heritage interpretation proposals, focusing on the “Galeb” ship and the Sugar Refinery administrative building in Rijeka.

During the past two weeks of intense workshops and discussions in Rijeka, the final report „Between Past, Present and Future – Interpreting the Industrial Heritage of Rijeka” with more than thirty proposals was produced as a result and the legacy of the volunteers joint work and can be downloaded here, as well as on the Center for Industrial Heritage and Culture Hub Croatia websites.