FES

Values at Stake: Revisiting Normative Horizons for Southeast Europe

Date: Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Venue: Europe House Zagreb, Jurišićeva 1/1

18:00 -19:30 | Welcome

Türkan Karakurt, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zagreb

Senada Šelo Šabić, Institute for Development and International Relations Zagreb

Public Discussion: Can Values Unite Us? (in B/H/S language) 

Igor Štiks, writer

Antonija Petrušić, Law Faculty, University of Zagreb

Bojan Baća, Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka & Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz

Dorian Celer, Rijeka 2020

Moderation: Vedran Džihić, Institute for Political Sciences, University of Vienna


Friday, 26 April 2019

Venue: Lecture Hall A, Faculty of Political Science, Lepušićeva 2

09:30 -09:45 | Welcome

Türkan Karakurt, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zagreb

Senada Šelo Šabić, Institute for Development and International Relations Zagreb

Introductory words | Zoran Kurelić, Faculty of Political Science Zagreb

Petar Bojanić, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade

Keynote address: What is this thing called Populism?

Philippe Schmitter, European University Institute Florence

Discussion moderated by Senada Šelo Šabić, Institute for Development and International Relations Zagreb

11:15 -11:30 | Coffee Break

11:30 -13:30 | Panel: Reflecting SEE in Europe – normative horizon or marketplace?

Hannes Swoboda, International Institute for Peace

Dejan Jović, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb Abel Polese, Tallin University

Nilay Kilinc, Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka

Moderation: Gazela Pudar Draško, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade

13:30 -14:30 | Lunch break

Venue: Courtyard Seminar Room

14:30 -16:30 | Panel: Values horizons in SEE – is there an end to particularism?

Aleksandra Kuratko or Jelena Berkovic (tbc), GONG Zagreb

Nedžma Džananović, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo

Jelena Pešić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade Ana Chupeska, Law Faculty, University of Skopje

Milivoj Bešlin, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory Belgrade

Moderation: Sanja Bojanić, Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka

16:30 -17:30 | Closing remarks


About the workshop

The region of Southeast Europe has been expected to progress almost linearly on the European path, internalizing democratic and liberal values that the EU stands for. The Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union is the foundation on which the EU ‘normative power’ is based upon: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”

In Southeast Europe, this normative power was – at least for a while since 2000 – largely uncontested. The assumption was that there is and will be no “turning back” from (the path towards) shared values, democracy, and the rule of law. What almost naturally added to this notion of a “normative empire” EU was the assumption that democracy is the supreme form of a political system, one that is able to “export” its norms to the neighborhood and the Enlargement candidate countries and act as a “normative hegemon”. (see Haukkala in Whitman 2011) With shifting normative horizons globally and in Europe, the EU “normative empire” EU is challenged, be it by illiberal democracies from within, or by competitive (neoliberal) authoritarian regimes (Solska, Bieber, Taleski 2018) from outside including various forms of populist nationalism, tribalism, and xenophobia. In Southeast Europe we see a new “normative market-place” emerging, where the universality of EU norms and values such as democracy, human rights and freedoms and the principle of the rule of law are at stake and openly challenged by alternatives. Anti-EU, anti-liberal visions are on rise. Rather than having the EU as the only “exporter” of liberal values, we observe an import of “anti-liberal” standards from the EU.

The workshop will address the shifting normative horizons in Southeast Europe. It will reconsider the power of the EU as a “normative empire”, look into the historicity of the normative claims and discuss the current “normative market-place” in the region. It will also look into various forms of liberal and emancipatory action and engagement and their normative claims as opposed to right-wing and nationalist movements present in the region. Last but not least, it will engage in thinking about possible utopian horizons able to reclaim democracy, freedom and emancipatory societal values.

The workshop aims at bringing together representatives of academia, civil society and political parties (if possible) to engage in a vivid and, hopefully, controversial debate on normative horizons and clashing values in SEE.


Sanja Bojanic, Nilay Kılınç, Bojan Baca and Abel Polese.

“Peace and Conflicts – Present and Future Challenges” Conference

The conference Peace and Conflicts – Present and Future Challenges (April 16 – 17, 2018)  is set to be held at the University in Rijeka (Campus) within the organizational framework of the University of Rijeka, Peace Research Institute, Oslo; International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen; Center for Peace Studies, Zagreb; and CeKaDe, Rijeka; along with conference partners Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe, City of Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Rijeka 2020.


The conference will focus on the state of “frozen conflicts”, along with contributions on the nature of political violence, political reconciliation, disagreement resolution etc. Likewise, the conference will explore yet another cause of internal conflicts within our societies – i.e. migrations and the “Balkan Route”. Contributors to this conference include a wide range of eminent experts and activists from Croatia and abroad.


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Conference Venue: Akvarij – University of Rijeka Campus

Address: Radmile Matejčić 5, HR-51000 Rijeka

 


“THE NEW LEFT” SUMMER SCHOOL

Organizers: FES DIALOGUE SOE & CAS SEE

Venue: Rijeka University Campus, Faculty for the Humanities and Social Sciences,
Sveučilišna avenija 4, IV Floor; Room 401, Rijeka

Dates: June 11th – 17th 2017

Rationale and Background for the Summer School:

The region of Southeast Europe is facing significant political and economic challenges which creates worrying distrust in the very basics and foundations of politics and institutions. As a result, a new wave of protest movements has been emerging all over the region. All countries experienced mass mobilizations: anti-government and student protests, workers’ strikes in privatized companies etc. Many of those protests are genuine democratic movements and challenge the current narrative of political fatigue. The FES Dialogue SOE has been actively engaging with these new societal actors through a series of activist fora. At the same time the CAS SEE has been investing resources in thinking about the current crisis of democracy in the region and beyond while providing necessary theoretical impetus for re-thinking democracy and political action.

In the activist fora, the primary goal was to forge new connections towards the re-thinking and consolidation of the Southeast European Left. The activist fora have aimed at developing a participatory means of translating civic action into an overarching platform that is based on positions identified as the joint fault-lines by the activists from various movements and struggles across Southeast Europe. From the activist fora the idea emerged to elevate the process towards a more concrete dimension by streamlining various inputs from activists as well as partnering organisations like CAS SEE or European Alternatives into a comprehensive a political platform labelled the Democratic Left ‘18 (#DL18). Herein lies the ultimate goal to establish a politically and ideologically relevant platform to be used by Left actors from both established political and grassroots backgrounds, with the aim of consolidating the Left in Southeast Europe.

Objectives of the Summer School:

The Summer School “The NEW LEFT” is envisioned as a consolidation effort of the inputs created so far in the process. The Summer School will:

  • provide a framework for exchanging views and insights among activists and academics on the four thematic clusters of the #DL18 platform, namely on Democracy, Economy, Resources, and Social State in a regional context.
  • provide workspaces for the participants to discuss and refine their position papers with advice from academic experts.
  • validate and peer-review #DL18 position papers, identify room for improvement with a view to developing a consistent political platform under the guidance of academic experts.
  • inspire and build capacity of participants through stimulating topical and theoretical inputs by renowned academics.
What is left? How to think left? Opening exchange

 

What is left? How to think left? Opening exchange by Petar Bojanic

 

Programme Board of the summer school:

Felix Henkel, FES Dialogue Southeast Europe

Sanja Bojanic, CAS SEE/CWS, University of Rijeka

Petar Bojanic, IFDT, University of Belgrade

Vedran Dzihic, oiip / CAS SEE

Max Brändle, FES Regional Office for Croatia and Slovenia

Organization Board:

Gazela Pudar Draško, IFDT, University of Belgrade (gazela.pudar@instifdt.bg.ac.rs)

Denis Piplaš, FES Dialogue Southeast Europe (denis.piplas@fes-soe.org)

Emin Eminagić, FES Dialogue Southeast Europe (emin.eminagic@fes-soe.org)

Blanka Smoljan, FES Regional Office for Croatia and Slovenia (blanka.smoljan@fes.hr)

Andrea Mešanović, University of Rijeka (andrea.mesanovic@gmail.com)

Kristina Smoljanovic, University of Rijeka (ksmoljanovic@gmail.com)