Kristina Smoljanovic

Call for Applicants: “Equality and Citizenship” Summer School 2019

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 6th edition of the Equality and Citizenship Summer School which will be held from July  10th to 14th, 2019 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 John Dunn, University of Cambridge

Prof Emanuela Ceva, University of Pavia

Prof Martin O’Neill, University of York

Prof Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka

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 May 2nd 2019. Other participants are invited to send their applications by June 10th 2019. All applications should be sent to e-mail politicalphilosophy@cas.uniri.hr. All participants will receive a certificate of participation that describes the activities in which they have participated at the summer school.
 
The accepted candidates must pay 125 € / 925 HRK participation fee by July 1st, 2019 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

SWIFT/BIC: ZABAHR2X

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.

Hostels and Hostelry

Where to Stay

Private Accommodation

2) Further information

Useful information about the city of Rijeka can be found at: http://www.visitrijeka.eu/

If any further details are needed, please contact us at: politicalphilosophy(at)cas.uniri.hr

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


 

The Second Rijeka Industrial Heritage – Education for Tourist Guides

University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe and Center for Industrial Heritage organized an education on Rijeka industrial heritage designed for tourist guides, which took place on February 11th, 2019 in “Akvarij“, at the University of Rijeka campus.

University of Rijeka is working alongside the City of Rijeka and Rijeka Tourist Board in a program and infrastructure development project “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage”, focusing on the renovation of the Sugar Refinery Palace in the Benčić complex and the Galeb ship – two objects to be renovated and opened in Rijeka, managed by the City Museum of Rijeka in 2020. The project includes various education and research activities and the creation of the industrial and marine route, connecting diverse cultural and historic city locations.

The lecture by Center for Industrial Heritage director, prof. dr. sc. Julija Lozzi Barković, focused on the east industrial zone of the city, exploring the rich history of various objects. From Vodovodna Ulica to Delta, numerous sites “hide“ relevant insights into city’s development and should be regarded as waiting for valorization. The director of the City Museum of Rijeka, m.sc. Ervin Dubrović held a lecture on Andrija Ljudevit Adamić, the famous city patron, an enterpreneur of early industrial age, responsible for the accelerated development of the city in 19th Century.

The second part of the program featured the lecture by m.sc. Velid Đekić (City Museum of Rijeka) on the subject of Barač Street (“Historical and tourist stroll throught the cradle of Rijeka’s industry“), which introduced numerous intriguing and historically relevant objects and persons connected with the presently largely neglected zone which not so long ago had at least one traffic jam a day. The education was wrapped up with a lecture by Kristina Pandža from Center for Industrial Heritage focused on the “First years in Rijeka’s factories after the Second World War“, overviewing the historical, cultural and economic developments taking place in the course of the rebuilding of the city following the war devastation.

The education of tourist guides is a part of the program activities of the University of Rijeka, partner in execution of the “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage” project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. Once renovated, in 2020 the Baroque Palace and the Galeb ship will be managed by the City Museum of Rijeka. The project is managed by the City of Rijeka in partnership with the Rijeka Tourist Board and the University of Rijeka – Center for Industrial Heritage and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe.


“Around 1800/2000 – Aesthetics at the Threshold”

CAS SEE Epistemology and Architecture Course Programme

Venue: Inter University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik

Dates: Monday, March 25 – Friday, March 29, 2019

Organizers: University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, Technical University Berlin, Politecnico Torino and Brown University

The 2019 summer school Around 1800/2000 Aesthetics at the Threshold addresses the changing concepts of aesthetics of architecture. With Aesthetica, published in 1750, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten founded aesthetics as a philosophical discipline. He conceived aesthetics as a tripartite reflection a) on sensual experience, b) on the concept of beauty, and c) the theory of arts. Focusing mainly on the arts, aesthetics established a new field of knowledge characterized by dialectics between sense and sensibility, perception and artifacts. With the concept of sensory experience and sensory knowledge, aesthetics overcame older philosophical concepts that were purely based on reason. Hence, aesthetic practice became a central part in the development of the practice of cognition. Goethe’s theory of color, with his famous color wheel, and Alexander von Humboldt’s painterly exploration of nature are just a few examples of the emergence of new epistemologies at the threshold between science, theory, and art.

As a mainly material, functional, and constructive cultural technique concerned with everyday practice, architecture didn’t fit the concept of aesthetics that was seen for a long time as being epitomized by the arts, such as painting, literature, sculpture, dance, and music. However, in the wake of the French revolution, the Napoleonic wars, and the advancements of the sciences, the cultural force field around 1800 started to change to a degree that architecture slowly moved from a peripheral position toward the center of aesthetic discourse. Described by Emil Kaufmann as “revolutionary architects”, French architects Étienne-Louis Boullée and Claude-Nicola Ledoux began to extend the concept of structure to spatial expression and the concept of beauty to that of the sublime. But it was architects like Karl-Friedrich Schinkel, Thomas Jefferson, and Sir John Soane that became the agents of the reconceptualization of the humanist basis of architecture. In the first half of the 19th century we witness the emergence of the concept of modern architecture.

Yet, around the year 2000, with the advent of digital technologies, the change of the world order in the wake of the fall of the Berlin wall, globalization processes, and population growth, aesthetics and architecture again underwent major changes. With the beginning of the Anthropocene, the build environment and more particularly architecture found itself in the center of the search for viable concepts for the future. Themes concerning locality, ethnic diversity, gender, posthumanity, sustainability, and media became essential parts of aesthetics.

Beyond a mere historical investigation, the summer school aims to look into the value system of aesthetics of architecture, design, media, and the arts. Methodologically, the comparison of the time around 1800 and around 2000 will help to ground the discourse as well as sharpen the senses for the things changed and unchanged, for the continuities and discontinuities, for the stable and shifting concepts of aesthetics. What are the challenging tasks of aesthetics in regard to architecture? What is architecture’s role in rethinking aesthetics today? What is the status of the concept of building art? Can architecture take a leading role in the shaping of 21st century modern culture, or do we have to consent with Bruno Latour that architecture so far hasn’t been modern at all? Does “modernity” in its true humanist and aesthetic conception still lie ahead of us?

Keynote speakers:

Jörg Gleiter is an architect and head of the Chair of Architectural Theory at the Institute of Architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Dietrich Neumann is Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Director of Urban Studies, Professor of Italian Studies at the Brown University.

Paul Guyer is an American philosopher and a leading scholar of Immanuel Kant and of aesthetics. Since 2012, he has been Jonathan Nelson Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Brown University.

Petar Bojanic obtained his BA and MA from Belgrade University, his MA from EHESS (Paris) and his PhD from Paris 10. He has taught at Cornell, Aberdeen, and Belgrade Universities. From 2011 he is Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade.

Christine Blättler is Professor for Philosophy of Science at the Philosophy Department of Kiel University since 2011.

Alessandro Armando is assistant professor of architectural and urban design at the Polytechnic University of Turin, from which he holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and building design.


 

Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Recipients

The Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS SEE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Awards at the University of Rijeka. The purpose of the CAS SEE Fellowship Programme is to further the research and creative work in the fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Balkans. Fellows will present their work within the CAS-Collegium, creating an intellectually heterogeneous atmosphere and fostering a productive self-examination or even friction, which may lead to new and unexpected ideas and innovation.

Please join us in congratulating the following CAS SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

Bojan Baca (York University, Canada)

Project – title: “Digitalization of the Marketplace of (Reactionary) Ideas: The Alt-Right as a Political Ideology, Social Movement, and Counter-Culture”

Monica Cano Abadia (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Project – title: “New Materialist Cartographies of Patterns of Exclusion in Digital Environments”

Guglielmo Feis (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Channeling Social Justice through the Blockchain? A Critical Review of the Potentiality of Distributed Ledger Technology (DTL) in Reducing Financial Inequalities and Improve the Access to Financial Information”

Ivan Flis (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Project – title: “Open Science as a Movement of Digital Disruption”

Greta Favara (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Normative Political Theory and the Public Role of the Theorist”

Natasha Jankovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title:Rijeka: an experimental field of concrete utopia”

Nilay Kilinc (University of Surrey, UK)

Project – title: “Highly-Skilled Turkish Migrants’ Search for Alternative Diaspora Spaces in Europe: How They Build (Digital) Social Networks Beyond the ‘Culture of Rejection’”

Dragana Kovačević Bielicki (University of Oslo, Norway)

Project – title: “Mapping the anti-migrant protests in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through their online media coverage (2015-present)”

Massimo Leone (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Project – title: “Democracy and Trolling in Internet Threads (DETROIT)”

Andrey Menshikov (Ural State University, Russia)

Project – title: “Unequal Distribution of Religious Freedom in the Discourse on Human Rights”

Valentina Moro (University of Padova, Italy)

Project – title: “Deconstructing Languages of Rejection: a Political Theory Analysis of Feminist Discourses and Methodologies”

Sabino Paparella (University of Bari, Italy)

Project – title: “Political Disintermediation in the Digital Era”

Roberto Roccu (LSE, London, UK)

Project – title: “Comparative Political Economies of Lost Hope: Subaltern Trajectories of Inequality, Transformation and Rejection from the Arab Uprisings to Crisis Europe”

Oszkar Roginer (University of Graz, Austria)

Project – title: “Cultures of Rejections – (self)perception of minorities and knowledge production”

Francesca Rolandi (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Doš’o sam u grad iz pasivnog kraja. Internal Migration, Settlement Dynamics and Social Practices in post-World War II Rijeka”

Snezana Vesnic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: “Positive European Futures: Creating New Concepts for the Transformation and Redefinition of Digital European Values Case study: Rijeka Between Analog and Digital”


 

Jelena Belić

Structural Injustice, Shared Obligations, and Civil Society

In this co-authored paper, we aim to shed more light on the shared obligations of individuals to address structural injustice. Following Iris Young, structural injustice occurs when a myriad of institutional and individual actions leads to outcomes that unfairly disadvantage many people (Young, 2011). To address structural injustice, individuals should take collective actions, including participation in civil society organizations (CSOs), but it is up to them to decide how and when to do so. We call this discretionary view. In the paper, we point to difficulties the discretionary view faces, and we argue that they can be overcome by a proper understanding of the moral relevance of CSOs. Once we acknowledge the importance of the role CSOs play in our moral universe, we might as well accept that our discretion with regard to supporting them is not as broad as many tend to think[1].

[1] Paper co-authored with Zlata Bozac (CEU).


Jelena Belić is a political philosopher working on a variety of issues including theories of cosmopolitanism and global justice, human rights, political obligation. More specifically, her interests include but are not limited to the role of formal and informal institutions in practical reasoning, Hume’s work on conventions, natural duties of justice, the debate between moral and political conceptions of human rights, philosophy of international relations, philosophy of law. Besides doing research, Jelena is also interested in methods of teaching philosophy as a subject. Jelena received her PhD in political philosophy from the Central European University in September 2018 for defending the dissertation “On the State’s Duty to Create a Just World Order”. She is a visiting lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

The seminar was held at the University of Rijeka at January 30, 2019.

Lina Dokuzovic

Mapping and militant research from recent knowledge-based struggles to current migrant movements

The seminar outlined the strategies and forms of occupation of recent protest movements, focusing on the university movements and migrant movements of the last decade. Cases from Austria and Croatia will serve as the core examples for analysis, with examples from the militant research of translocal movements across Europe and beyond providing a broader framework for an interrogation of the overlaps and ultimately a questioning of the successes and failures of the original cases. This analysis and mapping emphasized the importance of militant research for translocal movements. It additionally introduced perspectives of “living learning” as forms of sustainable knowledge-based practices from the grassroots. Furthermore, militant research is used alongside theoretical perspectives to expose the contradictions and realities behind the logic and borders of the EU and Schengen Area, as these movements have developed alongside various complex EU integration directives in order to expose the interconnectedness of the migrant/refugee and university movements today.


Lina Dokuzović is currently a research fellow at the CAS SEE Rijeka. She is also a member of the eipcp and has been working as a researcher and co-editor of the multilingual web-journal transversal since 2009 (www.transversal.at). She studied Fine Arts and received a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her research, writing, lectures, and artistic work deal with the topics of migration; knowledge production and educational policies; mechanisms of appropriation and privatization of structures such as education, culture, the body, and land; and perspectives for translocal solidarity. She has been actively involved in knowledge-based social movements in Europe and abroad. She has authored numerous articles on these topics, co-edited several anthologies, and is the author of the book Struggles for Living Learning (2016), and most recently co-editor (with Boris Buden) of the book They Will Never Walk Alone: The Life and Afterlife of Gastarbeiters (2018). http://eipcp.net/bio/dokuzovic

The seminar was held at the University of Rijeka at January 29, 2019.

Dino Pitoski

Drivers of Human Migration: a review of scientific evidence

“A vast number of studies has been dedicated to investigating which factors affect human migration. Those factors, often referred to as “determinants”, or “drivers” of migration, have become the founding blocks for different migration theories. While hundreds of factors have been stacking up into dozens of different theories, there has not been a single attempt to make a comprehensive overview of factors, and single out those consistently most important. Such overview would be highly useful for the regulators, who, by treating those central factors, could more effectively manage migratory developments. The overview, too, would be highly beneficial for migration scholars, to recognize the factors, as well as geographies, that have been under-investigated.
Introducing a novel approach to literature review based on Content Analysis, we collect evidence on migration factors from scientific studies around the globe. By coding factor-to-migration relations, we derive the centrality ranking of factors of migration across countries, at both internal and international level. We also identify the various ways to measure, and various data sources, for both migration factors and migration flows. We explain how these results maintain validity as part of a migration observatory intended for the policymakers.”


Dino Pitoski is a researcher at the department of e-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems, Austria. His work is funded within the PhD programme in Migration Studies by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the
Interior (BM.I). His PhD project, titled “The complex network of human migration – inputs for European migration policies”, observes human migration from a network science perspective, relating the factors of migration identified in migration (determinants) theory with network analysis measures and models, starting from the widest geographical levels, down to the case of internal migration in Austria. These classified determinants, measures, models and their relations, should, subsequently, act as constitutive components of a migration observatory,
usable for regional and national policymakers.  Dino´s temporary stay at CAS SEE is under Erasmus+ Staff mobility for training agreement.

The seminar was held at the University of Rijeka on January 30, 2019.

 Roswitha Kersten Pejanić

Linguistic Landscape Studies in the Post-Conflict Society: Opportunities and Challenges

Persisting bottom-up discourses of former open conflicts between the different national groups of former Yugoslavia can be perceived in the landscape of the former ‘Serbian Krajina’ in today’s Croatia. Next to legacies of the violent war in the physical landscape (such as ruins, danger signs of land mines, monuments) it is the linguistic landscape of the former war zones that portrays glaring social (ethnical and religious) borders in this previously diverse and heterogeneous area. Instead of a ‘corporate sense’ of Yugoslavia, manifested in the maxim of ‘bratstvo i jedinstvo’, there are still obvious trends of enduring (ethno)nationalism and rehabilitated traditionalist and populist discourses. This seminar will provide central results of an ongoing research project on the linguistic landscape in two rural regions and former war sites in peripheral Croatia, which, next to the physical border between Croatia and Bosnia and Croatia and Serbia, point to the existing inner borders between ethnic groups in the areas researched. The examination of the wealth of signs of ethnic and nationalist tension in the public space (as shown by written messages on house walls, road signs and other public surface) will be at the center of the presentation. The influence of the 1990s’ war and the status of this area as a ‘post-conflict site’ is of particular analytic importance for the research presented. By means of an ethnographic perspective, linguistic signs in public space, their political messages, the corresponding ideological origin and their temporality will be discussed.


Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić completed her PhD thesis about the interrelation of linguistic norms and gender perceptions in Croatian in 2016 at the Center of transdisciplinary gender studies, Humboldt University. She holds a magister degree in History and Serbian/Croatian from Humboldt University and a master degree in EU Studies from the Centre International de Formation Européenne. From 2010-2018 she also worked as a lecturer at Humboldt-University and from 2016 until 208 she was a trainer and tutor for EU application writing at EUFRAK-EuroConsults in Berlin.

Since June 2018 Roswitha is a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe in Rijeka, Croatia, where for the next two years she will be working on her post-doc project “Linguistic Landscapes at the margins: Performativity of ethnic belonging and memory politics in Croatian post-conflict border regions”. She receives funding for this project from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The seminar was held at the University of Rijeka on January 29, 2019.

Mónica Cano Abadía

Vulnerability, Precarising Discourses, and Collective Political Responses

This lecture addressed Judith Butler’s stances on precarising discourses. Her analysis on precariousness and precarity are key nowadays, when we are witnessing an unsettling and dangerous rise of fascistic discourses. Vulnerability is, then, a key concept for this project. Cano Abadia reflected on it within the tension that its riskiness implies: on the one hand, it connects us to our fragility; on the other hand, it is related to our power to act, to our political agency, and it allows us to share a powerful bond that enables political stances and transformative actions.


Mónica Cano Abadía obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophical Studies at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) with a Thesis Dissertation on Judith Butler entitled “Identities at Risk of Exclusion. Subversive Strategies of Social Transformation.” She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Section of Political Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy (University of Graz, Austria) and is a member of the Research Group “Justice, Citizenship, and Vulnerability” (University of La Laguna, Spain). She has been a fellow at the CAS SEE since September 2017, where she has conducted her research on the project “The Re-Radicalization of Critical Thinking: Toward a Global Social Justice with Rosi Braidotti and Judith Butler.” In addition to lectures and publications focusing on queer theory, she has written on new materialisms, global justice, and posthuman critical theory.

The seminar was held at the University of Rijeka on January 28th, 2019.