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International Conference “Horizons of Engagement: Eternalizing Pierre Bourdieu”

22. December – 23. December

The conference “Eternalizing Bourdieu” is organized on the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002), the world’s most-cited sociologist. The achievements of Bourdieu’s academic work are reflected in the high institutional positions he held, such as the position of the general secretary of the Centre de sociologie européenne, the position of the studies director of the École des hautes études en sciences socials and the position of the professor of sociology at Collège de France. His academic work has also been awarded with numerous accolades like the “Golden Medal”, the highest acknowledgment of the French Centre national de la recherche scienti que and the “Huxley” medal, the highest acknowledgment of the Royal Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. The greatest indicator of the scope of Bourdieu’s in science is the fact that we are talking about the world’s most-cited sociologist, ahead of Émile Durkheim and the world’s second most cited author in social sciences and humanities, after Michel Foucault and ahead of Jacques Derrida. As LoÏc Wacquant pointed out: “Bourdieu became a name for a collective research endeavor that transcends the borders of states and disciplines”.

All of Bourdieu’s major works contain a thorough critique of the elements of the established social order: from the school system (in “Reproduction”) to the aristocratic pretensions of the dominant class (in “The Distinction”) and the state as the instrument of the dominant class (in “State Nobility”). Establish and publicly announce the reality of the social world becomes, in his vision, the main stake of the social struggle. Precisely because of that, he criticizes the artificial separation between scientific work that produces knowledge and intellectual engagement that introduces that knowledge into the public sphere. After rarely taking a stand on current political issues with the publishing of “The Weight of the World” in 1993. – in which he pleads for a ‘different way of doing politics’ – Bourdieu became one of the most engaged French intellectuals. The support for strikers, support for the unemployed who blocked École normale supérieure, supporting Algerian intellectuals, and supporting European social movements are just some of the most famous of Bourdieu’s public appearances through which he earned the status of the “main enemy” among the most prominent defenders of the neoliberal order in the French intellectual eld.

The aim of this conference is to familiarise the domestic and regional audiences with the work of Pierre Bourdieu, by presenting his academic work alongside his public engagement. The conference will consist of several thematic segments which will introduce some basic concepts and methodological approaches that appear in his work and Bourdieu’s relationship with some of the most significant authors from his intellectual milieu, as well as the most important theoretical approaches in sociology. The last segment of the conference will deal with Bourdieu’s public engagement and his understanding of the public roles of intellectuals.

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Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka
École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Institut français de Serbie


Ivica Mladenović, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Zona Zarić, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Milan Urošević, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade


Marc Crépon, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Ivana Spasić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Laurent Jeanpierre, University of Paris I (Sorbonne)
Adriana Zaharijević, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Philip Golub, American University of Paris

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests – Paul Stubbs and Noémi Lendvai-Bainton

On Thursday, December 17th, we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Paul Stubbs and Noémi Lendvai-Bainton, presented by our fellow Tanja Anđić. The talk is entitled: The Temporalities of Policy Translation in the Semi-Periphery: revisiting the Europeanisation of welfare reforms in Central and South East Europe.

This presentation seeks to conceptualise time and temporality in the semi-periphery, with a particular focus on the transnational dimensions of policy translation. In particular, we show how, albeit within the co-existence of multiple temporalities, ‘policy time’ and ‘time in policy’ are structured in dominance and tend to enable and privilege particular kinds of policy processes over others. The presentation addresses a number of themes from our ethnographic work on social policy reform drawn from the post-Yugoslav and Hungarian contexts. We place particular emphasis on problematizing processes of ‘Europeanisation’ as well as the temporalities of policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Exploring the spatio-temporal dimensions of policy processes, we address key challenges in terms of how to treat time within critical policy studies.

Paul Stubbs is a UK‐born sociologist who has lived and worked in Croatia since 1993. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Economics, Zagreb. His work focuses on policy translation, social protection, and the history of the non‐aligned movement. His latest book, co‐edited with Sofiya An, Bob Deacon and Tatiana Chubarova, is Social Policy, Poverty, and Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Agency and Institutions in Flux (CROP/ibidem, 2019). He is on the editorial board of Critical Policy Studies and the Croatian Journal of Social Policy. He is editing a book on Socialist Yugoslavia and the Non-Aligned Movement to be published by McGill-Queens’ University Press. He has just completed a two-year term as Co-President of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) of the American Anthropological Association.

Noémi Lendvai‐Bainton is a Hungarian‐born academic who has been working in the United Kingdom since 2002. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Public Policy at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK. Her research interests include post‐communist welfare states, EU integration, EU social policy, global social policy and the impact of international organizations, East–West migration, comparative research methods and critical policy studies. Her book, co‐authored with John Clarke, David Bainton and Paul Stubbs, Making Policy Move: Towards a Politics of Translation and Assemblage (Policy Press, 2015), explores ‘translation’ as a possible new theoretical lens for critical policy studies. She has also widely published on the transformation and Europeanization of post‐communist welfare states.


Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Paul Stubbs and Noémi Lendvai-Bainton:

Prestigious ERC Grant at our University

The European Research Council (ERC) just announced the results of its latest ERC Consolidator Grant tender for mid-career researchers. The funding is part of the EU’s current research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, and worth in total €655 million. With this support, the new grantees will be able to consolidate their teams and have a far-reaching impact.

The ERC funds the best research in Europe, and grants are awarded to scientists solely based on the excellence of their research work. Scientists compete in strong international competition in which the European Commission selects only 8 to 15 percent of the best from the total number of applications.

We are proud to announce that the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Cultural Studies is among the prestigious winners of this year’s ERC Consolidator Grant, with the project REVENANT (Revivals of Empire — Nostalgia, Amnesia, Tribulation). From its Kvarner base, the REVENANT project will lay the foundations for a new, international network of studies of post-imperial memories and heritage, with confirmed collaborators from various institutions, including Boğaziçi University, Moscow School of Economics, Humboldt University, Konstanz University, University of Michigan, University of Regensburg, University of Vienna and Utrecht University. The total planned duration of the project is five years.

This project is the first ERC research project to examine contemporary collective memories and the legacy of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Roman Empires from an interdisciplinary perspective. REVENANT members will explore how collective memories of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Roman Empires achieve form and content through people, places, and things, ranging from sultans to Sacher cake, from the banks of Neva to the Danube and the Bosphorus.

Under the guidance of the main researcher, Jeremy F. Walton, Ph.D., the project will gather anthropologists, art historians, historians, political scientists, comparative literature researchers, and sociologists. The REVENANT project will ‘reside’ at the Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, with the support of Prof. Sarah Czerny, Ph.D., and in collaboration with all relevant scientists at our University, primarily the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe (CAS SEE). The project results will include a documentary, a photo exhibition, and a website, as well as various scientific and popular publications.

Since 2015, Jeremy Walton has been based at the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Rijeka (Croatia). Previously, he worked in Germany (Max-Planck Institute and the University of Göttingen) as well as in the US (Georgetown University and New York University). He received his original Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.


On the occasion of the Special Lecture with Étienne Balibar entitled “What is engagement?” organized by the Center for Critical Democracy Studies at The American University of Paris in partnership with the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade (IFDT) and the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka (CAS SEE), Professor Balibar received the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory’s Annual Award for Critical Engagement “Miladin Životić”. The event was moderated by Professor Philip Golub (AUP) and Zona Zaric (MA AUP).

With Professors Stephen Sawyer (AUP), Petar Bojanić (IFDT), Sanja Bojanić (CAS SEE) and Gazela Pudar Draško (IFDT).

The lecture “What is engagement?” was held on Friday, December 11th at 3:30 pm CET via Zoom.

PHOTO by Christine Delory-Momberger.


An exhibition on the interrelations between landscapes, memory and graffiti in the post-Yugoslav space

Open from 4th December to 20th December 2020. in Export on Delta, Rijeka.

The exhibition is based on photos taken over the past decade by four researchers working in the former Yugoslavia: Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić, Vjeran Pavlaković, Eric Ušić, and Kevin Kenjar. Each researcher has analyzed the political sentiments, ascriptions, and statements that are manifested and realized in the form of graffiti and other linguistic and semiotic signs located in the physical landscape.

These images of the visual memoryscape from different parts of Croatia and other countries of the former Yugoslavia explicitly depict political conflicts and ideological premises, historical ruptures, and multiple layers of the past, as well as discourses of Othering and relations of in-group vs. out-group identification. Although the authors have approached these visual semiotics from various disciplines, they all share a common fascination with the graffitied memoryscape in this region of contested narratives and complex histories.

The exhibition is organized by the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe, University of Rijeka, and is held as part of the program “Memory Landscapes” program flagship Times of Power, an integral part of the program Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture.

Watch the video (by Kanal Ri):

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests – Nenad Stefanov

On Thursday, December 10th, we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Nenad Stefanov, presented by our fellow Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić. The seminar is entitled „The “magic” of maps. About the Visualization of Ethnization of Society”.

In the perception of the wars over ethnically homogeneous territories in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, “cultural boundaries” are often considered a plausible cause of conflict even today. However, such borders were first established discursively and in particular visually in maps or other graphic representations. The developments in the (post)Yugoslavian region since the 1990s can show how intensively cartographic representations were used and utilized to support essentialist argumentations to legitimize territorial claims. The question thus arises as to what social function such visualizations of ethnicity have in the concrete spatial context and how they ultimately shape the actions of a wide variety of different societal actors.

Nenad Stefanov a historian and scientific coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Center for Border Research at “Crossing Borders” at the Humboldt University of Berlin. One research focus in this context is the social production of borders. It was precisely authoritarian and populist movements in Yugoslavia in the 1980s that forced new forms of demarcation based on ethnically homogenous communities. The subsequent materialization of such ethnic demarcation, its dominance, is the result of equally conflictual social processes in which authoritarian patterns of action become hegemonic.
A further research area is currently the study of lines of communication in the long term in the Central Balkans. For example, the line of communication that connected Central Europe and Asia Minor in various epochs and which became known as the Via Militaris, or Orta Kol in the Ottoman period, gained prominence with the Orient Express.
His last published book is about the “intention of borders” in Balkans: Die Erfindung der Grenzen auf dem Balkan. Von einer spätosmanischen Region zu nationalstaatlichen Peripherien: Pirot und Caribrod 1856–1989, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017.


Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Nenad Stefanov: