Moise Palace

Cultures of Rejection Consortium Meeting and Workshop

Moise Palace (Cres), August 16-19 2021

From August 16th to 19th 2021, Culture of Rejection project teams from Germany, Austria, Sweden, Serbia and Croatia met at Moise Palace, the University of Rijeka humanities and social sciences hub located at the renovated renaissance palace at the island of Cres, for an intensive workshop consisting of a series of sessions dedicated to discussing the research findings of the project, the theoretical and conceptual developments, and the planning of next research phases, publications and project activities.

The possibility of the consortium meeting physically at the Moise Palace researchers’ retreat was highly beneficial in terms of allowing for ample space and time to collectively comprehensively analyze the findings, insights and dilemmas of the project, and to examine in detail the complexity and trans-national scope of the investigated phenomena. Likewise, it allowed for sharing of research experiences and thorough preparations for the next research phase of the project.

Furthermore, a session was dedicated to the discussion of research articles currently in development as well as future publications. The workshop closed with the overview and discussion on the final activities of the project, including the production of a Culture of Rejection science communication materials and organization of the 2022 Belgrade conference.


Moise Architectural Seminar

30 August – 1 September 2021
Moise Palace – Cres, Croatia

curated by Petar Bojanić, Alessandro Rocca, Giulia Setti, Snežana Vesnić

M.A.S. is a platform to share experience, ideas, desires, among faculties, fellows and candidates engaged in research about architectural design and theory.
The two sessions focus on two main aspects of research and dissemination.
In session 1, researchers make presentations of their work in journals, magazines, books, and other media: Vesper, Villard Journal, Khorein Journal for Architecture and Philosophy, Fuoco amico, Ex libris, etc. The particpiants discuss about writing, reading and publishing in architectural research.
In session 2, the focus is on research methodology. A series of short interventions, mostly of research fellows and PhD candidates, will explaine a position, about methods and goals. The discussion will open a debate considering interactions with other disciplines, like history, philosophy, and others, and exploring the relationship between theory and design, in their multiple possible overlappings.
Session 3 sees a meeting with the responsible of the Center for Advanced Studies at University of Rijeka, DeltaLab and a visit of the city.
In the afternoon, the meeting gather the inputs and contradictions emerged in the previous sessions to stimulate some conclusions and research projects.

Giorgia Aquilar (Research Fellow, Iuav), Nina Bačun (PhD Candidate, University of Zagreb), Petar Bojanic (University of Belgrade), Milica Božić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Đorđe Bulajić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Patrizia Cannas (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Pippo Ciorra (Villard PhD Program, Iuav), Milos Cipranic (Research Fellow,
University of Belgrade), Giovanni Corbellini (Politecnico di Torino), Matteo Corbellini (PhD Candidate, Iuav), Gianluca Croce (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Egidio Cutillo (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Mariacristina D’Oria (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Alessandro De Savi (PhD Candidate, Villard), Luca Di Lorenzo (Research Fellow, UniCam), Martina Di Prisco (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Alessandro Di Renzo (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Vladan Djokic (University of Belgrade), Elena Giaccone (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Saskia Gribling (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Spela Hudnik (University of Ljubljana), Luyi Liu (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Tijana Mačkić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Morana Matkovic (DeltaLab), Arianna Mondin (PhD Candidate, UniGe), Maroje Mrduljas (University of Zagreb), Alessandra Pelizzari (PhD Candidate, Villard), Alberto Petracchin (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Giuseppe Ricupero (PhD Candidate, Villard), Alessandro Rocca (Politecnico di Milano), Valentina Rodani (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Kevin Santus (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Sara Anna Sapone (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Giulia Setti (Politecnico di Milano), Snezana Vesnic (University of Belgrade), Isabella Spagnolo (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Renato Stankovic (DeltaLab), Matteo Vianello (PhD Candidate, Villard), Liheng Zhu (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Luca Zilio (Research Fellow, Iuav)

Scientific Board
Petar Bojanic (DeltaLab, University of Belgrade), Pippo Ciorra (Villard PhD Program, Iuav Università di Venezia), Giovanni Corbellini (Politecnico di Torino), Vladan Djokic (University of Belgrade), Giovanni Durbiano (DeltaLab Head, Politecnico di Torino), Sara Marini (Iuav Università di Venezia), Morana Matkovic (DeltaLab deputy Head), Alessandro Rocca (Auid PhD Program, Politecnico di Milano), Luka Skansi (Politecnico di Milano)


30 August | day 1 “Writing and Reading”
Chair: Petar Bojanić, Alessandro Rocca
9:30 – 10:00 Welcome
Snjezana Prijic Samarzia, rector of University of Rijeka
Giovanni Durbiano, head of DeltaLab
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction
10:30 – 11:00 Vesper. Notes from the City of Gold and Mud | Giorgia Aquilar, Egidio Cutillo, Arianna Mondin, Alberto Petracchin, Luca Zilio
11:00 – 11:30 Fiume Fantastika | Maroje Mrduljaš
11:30 – 12:00 Sayable Space | Giovanni Corbellini
12:00 – 12:30 villardjournal | Luca di Lorenzo, Alessandra Pelizzari

13:00 – 14:30 lunch break

Afternoon session
Chair: Giovanni Corbellini, Spela Hudnik
15:00 – 15:30 Introduction
15:30 – 18:00 Open discussion
Statements by: Patrizia Cannas, Alessandro De Savi, Martina Di Prisco, Kevin Santus, Sara Anna Sapone, Isabella Spagnolo, Matteo Vianello, Liheng Zhu

31 August | day 2 “Research Methods and Goals”
Chair: Pippo Ciorra, Maroje Mrduljas
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction
10:30 – 13:00 Open discussion
Statements by Giorgia Aquilar, Nina Bačun, Milica Božić, Đorđe Bulajić, Matteo Corbellini, Gianluca Croce, Egidio Cutillo, Tijana Mačkić, Alessandra Pelizzari, Valentina Rodani, Sara Anna Sapone, Matteo Vianello

13:00 – 14:30 lunch break

Afternoon session
Chair: Vladan Djokic, Giulia Setti
15:00 – 15:30 Introduction
15:30 – 18:00 Open discussion
Statements by Patrizia Cannas, Alessandro De Savi, Martina Di Prisco, Mariacristina D’Oria, Luyi Liu, Arianna Mondin, Alberto Petracchin, Kevin Santus, Isabella Spagnolo, Liheng Zhu, Luca Zilio

1 September | day 3 “Rijeka visit and wrap-up”
Chair: Ida Križaj Leko, Morana Matkovic, Renato Stankovic
Boat Cres 8:30 to Rijeka 9:55
10:00 – 14:30 Visit to Delta Lab and the city, Rijeka University
Boat Rijeka 14:30 to Cres 15:50

Afternoon session
Chair: Morana Matkovic, Snežana Vesnić
16:00 – 19:00 Wrap-up Seminar

Job Vacancy: MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Director

MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Director

Job Vacancy

Organisation: MOISE Palace – Regional Center for Advanced Studies SEE

Location: Cres Island / Rijeka, Croatia

Closing date: September 1st, 2021

We are seeking a dedicated full-time manager to expand the Program and Fundraising development of the MOISE Palace.

About us:

Led by a high-profile international interdisciplinary team, MOISE Palace is hosted by the University of Rijeka and operated by its Center for Advances Studies SEE. It is embedded into a rich international partner network involving important regional players from academic, policy, and donor communities. The 500-year-old MOISE Palace is a North Adriatic cultural monument of considerable historical, artistic, and symbolic importance, located in the old town center of the City of Cres. Set against the pristine natural background of Cres Island, this monumental building is the largest patrician Renaissance city palace in Croatia.

The splendid isolation of MOISE Palace offers a unique forum space for intellectual shift and collective creation that foster groundbreaking ideas and lead to actual change. MOISE Palace aims at evolving into one of the most inspiring spaces for provoking dialogue and future-shaping thought in Europe. MOISE Palace leverages daring innovation and actual impact through an International Board of Patrons involving Erhard Busek, Hedvig Morvai, Ivan Vejvoda, Judith Butler, Axell Honneth, Etienne Balibar, Peter Eisenman, Jonathan Wolff, Wolfgang Merkel, Michael M. Resch, Michael Walzer, and Lisa Herzog.

If you wish

  • to join one of the most ambitious and forward-looking projects in this part of Europe,
  • to work in a unique Mediterranean environment on the Island of Cres and in Rijeka, embedded into pulsating University of Rijeka and regional academic network,
  • to cooperate with and take responsibility for a growing network of young scholars and inspiring intellectuals and thinkers,

consider applying for this position!

Key Tasks and responsibilities:


  • Identify, assess, and inform the Executive Director and Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the Moise Program;
  • Execute all operations in coordination and upon approval of the Executive Director;
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of Moise Palace

Operational Planning and Management

  • Prepare the Program and Fundraising Plan on an annual basis for the Board of Directors to adopt it and implement it afterward;
  • Draft procedures for the approval of the Executive Director and implement them afterward;
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Plan;
  • Provide support to the activities of the Board of Directors and Board of Patrons
  • Propose staffing requirements for projects and program delivery based on instructions and the budget approved by the Board of Directors

Financial Planning, Fundraising, and Management

  • Prepare annual Fundraising Plan to be adopted by Board of Directors;
  • Take responsibility for the implementation of the Fundraising Plan to ensure the development of the MOISE Program
  • Plan, review, and submit letters of inquiry, grant applications, including narrative proposals and proposed budgets, and grant reports;
  • Work with Executive Director and the Board of Directors to prepare a comprehensive annual budget;
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the fundraised resources


  • Engage, develop and cultivate relationships, and regularly follow through with public and private foundations, as well as corporations and government agencies, to identify and pursue grant and other funding opportunities
  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community of partners;

Necessary qualifications:

  • Higher Education Degree
  • Fluent in oral and written communication in Croatian (BHSM) and English language, any additional language would be an asset
  • Minimum 5 years of management in the corporate sector, international organization, or NGO sector
  • Experience in managing projects, programs, and/or organizations
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Experience in working with cross-sector partnerships
  • Good consulting, analytical and critical thinking skills, organized and results-driven
  • Good planning and coordination, self-management skills
  • Advanced networking, stakeholder management, communication, and presentation skills
  • Established ability to provide leadership
  • Budgetary experience is an asset
  • Culturally aware skills and competencies, work experience in a multicultural setting
  • Strong Computer skills in Microsoft Office Packages
  • Willingness to work from the work location of Moise Palace on Cres

We offer:

  • The unique working environment on the Island of Cres and in Rijeka, embedded into pulsating University of Rijeka and regional network;
  • Working with a young and dedicated team and scholars;
  • Inspiring encounters with a broad regional and international network of renowned intellectuals, scholars, major international foundations, and governmental officials;
  • A chance to shape and navigate strategic program lines;
  • A competitive salary.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application in English by September 1st, 2021 at

The application must include:

  • your CV
  • cover letter
  • names and contact details of two reference persons.

Please note that applications will be reviewed and suitable candidates will be contacted for interviews on an ongoing basis. The position will remain open until filled.


International conference “What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”

International conference

What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”

19-20 July, 2021.

The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) at University of Rijeka and the Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) are pleased to invite you to take part in the mixed-format conference ““What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”. The conference sessions will be in English and Russian.

This event marks a new stage in cooperation between the CAS and the Ural Federal University. In 2020, Russian Science Foundation has granted its support to the research project Ethics of War in Orthodox Christianity: Individual Moral Experience and Cultural Contexts of Moral Choices” ( which brought together philosophers and historians, anthropologists and legal scholars from Southeast and Eastern Europe in the search for historical precedents of and possible guidelines for making moral choices in military conflicts.

The project aims at finding alternative approaches to current normative theorising about war in analytical philosophy. While the latter focuses on moral justification of military violence in just war theories, this project builds on the assumption that moral values are ‘lived’ — enacted and experienced — by individuals rather than declared and codified by philosophers. Moral choices can only be analysed in particular cultural contexts. These contexts make moral values both meaningful and applicable within personal experience. Therefore, we invited conference presenters to focus not on the universalized moral norms but on culturally specific interpretations of personal experience of war and contextualized moral choices made by individuals.

Apart from tragic history of wars, Southeast and Eastern European nations share rich heritage of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose theological and practical attitudes to war and violence are alive in folk tales, popular religiosity and mass culture. CAS’s Moise Palace will host Belarusian, Croatian, Russian, and Serbian scholars who will discuss whether Christian Orthodox heritage can contribute to solving ethical dilemmas that we face today.


19 July, 2021.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 889 7648 1370 Passcode: 350116



  1. Bojanic Peter (University of Belgrade) What Is Victory?

  2. Icin Kornelia (University of Belgrade) Top Hit Songs of WWII: “Wait for Me” and “Lilie-Marlen”

  3. Dudchik Andrei (Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus) Conceptualizing Belorussian Partisan Movement: Ethics, Truth, Identity

  4. Cherepanova Ekaterina (Ural Federal University) Justification of Death at War in Orthodox Christian Culture (Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945)

  5. Agapov Oleg (Kazan Innovative University) Forms and Practices of Development in the Orthodox World of the 21st Century


  1. Menshikov Andrey (Ural Federal University) Political Theology and Political Virtues: Wars and Civic Duties

  2. Lunkov Alexsandr (Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences) The Orthodox Ethos of the Russo-Japanese War: Between Domestic and Foreign Infidels

  3. Davletshina Anna (Ural Federal University) Experiencing Uncertainty: Memories of the Refugees about WWII

European Forum – Cres: Dialogue on Regional Cooperation in Western Balkans

24. 6. 2021., 11am – 5pm CET

Moise Palace, Cres

European Forum – Cres is a platform for encounters among researchers in science and art, experts, decision-makers, representatives of institutions, civil society and economy, students, young people and the interested public, with the aim of discussing global and regional priorities which have been inadequately addressed in relevant institutional and public spaces.

The first dialogue taking place in the context of European Forum – Cres is dedicated to the establishment of coordinates for a new approach to cooperation among researchers and societies of Western Balkans/South East Europe, as articulated in the principles of the Berlin process, as well as in the Zagreb Declaration. This discussion on the framework and forms of scientific, cultural and wider social cooperation between Croatia and Serbia, is the foundation of the open academic dialogue and a necessary precondition for the conception of European Forum – Cres.

The participants of the first meeting of the European Forum – Cres are: Erhard Busek (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Austria, Special Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South East Europe, and honorary professor of University of Rijeka), Vedran Džihić (Institute for International Affairs, University of Vienna), Hedvig Morvai (Erste Fundation, Vienna),Snježana Prijić Samaržija (University of Rijeka), Tvrtko Jakovina (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Hrvoje Klasić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Vesna Pusić (former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, member of parliament of Croatia), Rajko Grlić (University of Ohio), Bojan Glavašević (member of parliament of Croatia), Veran Matić (Samizdat, B-92, Belgrade), Ivan Vejvoda (Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Petar Bojanić (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Gazela Pudar Draško (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade) and Milivoj Bešlin (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan).

International Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Decision-Making Processes

17-18 June, 2021

The University of Rijeka is organizing a scientific conference to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about different aspects of decision-making processes. Decision-making is simultaneously an individual, collective, and institutional procedure, which is why this issue allows for interpretations from psychology, cognitive science, political philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of psychiatry. At the conference, we will question the quality of the decisions arising from the wisdom of crowds in democratic systems and the wisdom of the decisions made by smaller groups defined by prejudice. Debates will generally revolve around the quality of democratic decisions, trust in experts, critical thinking, science, and the sources of rationality and irrationality. We will also tackle the themes of self-reflection, deception, and self-deception, anti-social personalities, neuro-diversity, and the good life.

The conference welcomes three keynote speakers: Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Danica Mijović Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Mirta Galešić (Santa Fe Institute), and scientists from the University of Rijeka.




EVENINGS AT THE MOISE: “Glagolitic in the Cres-Lošinj archipelago”

On Thursday, June 3rd, professor dr. sc. Sanja Zubčić from the Department of Croatian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka gave a lecture “Glagolitic in the Cres-Lošinj archipelago” at the Moise palace.

After the lecture, a discussion developed and the local community from Cres presented some data and stories that were not known to researchers so far, and once again it was shown that the local community preserves many hidden knowledge that can help in research.

The lecture is available for watching at Moise Palace Facebook page:


EVENINGS AT THE MOISE: “Late medieval woodcarving art heritage of the island of Cres”

On May 27th, 2021, at the Moise Palace doc. dr. sc. Barbara Spanjol-Pandelo (Department of Art History, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka) and dr. sc. Matko Matija Marušić (independent researcher), gave a lecture on “Late medieval woodcarving art heritage of the island of Cres”.

They gave an interesting review of wooden statues of saints, wooden choir seats, and other wooden works of art of our island. Thus, in the first part of the lecture, Matko Matija Marušić spoke about the late medieval wooden sculpture preserved on the island of Cres, while Barbara Spanjol-Pandelo presented the choir seats from the church of the Cres Franciscan monastery.
The lecture is available for watching at Moise Palace Facebook page:

Re-inventing/reconstructing cosmopolitanism in contested spaces and post-conflict zones – Call for Papers

The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (University of Belgrade), The Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (University of Rijeka-Cres), The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, The American University of Paris (Paris), The Centre de recherches internationales (SciencesPo-CERI) and The Faculty of Media and Communications (Belgrade)

Re-inventing/reconstructing cosmopolitanism in contested spaces and post-conflict zones

 25–27 May 2022

“The life of the other, the life that is not our own, is also our life since whatever sense ‘our’ life has is derived precisely from this sociality, this being already, and from the start, dependent on a world of others, constituted in and by a social world”. The other of Judith Butler is the universe of others to whom we are inescapably intertwined, irrespective of the arbitrariness of birth, borders, and the cultural particularism that segment social space, and to whom we are joined in “unchosen cohabitation” through the proximities wrought by the historical encounters, frictions, and collisions of people(s).

The purpose of this international conference is to encourage a multi- and transdisciplinary discussion of one of the core analytical and normative problems of our troubled present: the challenge of cultivating inclusive civic and social spaces at a moment when the difference is ubiquitously threatened by exclusionary ethno-nationalisms, the construction of material and symbolic walls of separation, spaces of conflict, and violence-laden representations of the essential alienness of cultural, political, and religious others.

We welcome critical examinations of this problem in various socio-spatial and temporal contexts – refugee flows and transnational migrations generated by poverty and war, civil conflicts and interactions in the world’s border areas and megacities where “North and South” and “East and West” uneasily meet, post-conflict zones at the edges of and in the interstices of states and empire(s)…We aim to broaden the scope to reflections on the necessary rethinking/reinvention/reconstitution of cosmopolitan space(s) challenged by social conflicts, war and/or mass violence.

A summer school will be held in conjunction with the conference. More information on the program, calendar, and registration will be provided in the Fall.


The Cres antenna of the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe of the University of Rijeka is an emblematic venue for these themes: the Adriatic has always been a crossroads of transnational circulations (people, ideas, and goods), with multiple overlapping and intersecting cultural belongings and political identities. As Anita Sujoldžić has pointed out, until the early twentieth century, there were “firmly connected social spaces”’ in the Habsburg Empire “that cut across anachronistically drawn linguistic and ethno-national lines”, and “in which multiple allegiances (imperial, national, provincial or local) with both cosmopolitan and culturally contingent loyalties could be found.” The region has also, of course, been a locus of sharp ethno-nationalist divisions and armed conflicts, which have submerged the cosmopolitan lifeworlds that today should be purposely reconstituted.


  • Theoretical and philosophical foundations of cosmopolitanism.
  • Social science inquiry into the dynamics and precursors of social violence leading to disassembling of cosmopolitan space(s)
  • Historical examination of inclusive societies; their establishment and disassembling
  • Innovative interventions and other forms of social activism designed to reconcile conflict and promote co-existence
  • Memory controversies and efforts to address conflicting readings of the cosmopolitan past
  • Cosmopolitan critiques of globalisation and problems of global justice
  • The crisis of hospitality and the sociohistory of the labels of “othering” (refugees,   immigrants, ex-patriot, asylees, displaced persons, IDPs (internally displaced persons), PRSs, stateless persons, etc.)
  • Rethinking cosmopolitanism in Jewish history
  • Peace theory and cosmopolitanism
  • Anti-cosmopolitan rhetorics


Applicants should be researchers, post-graduate students, and post-docs interested in or working on the above topics. We also welcome applications from civil society activists bringing particular insights to the conference’s content. Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply.


/ All applicants should send a short bio and abstract to no later than September 15th, 2021. We will get back to you by November 15th, 2021.

/ Abstracts should be 500 words max. for a presentation not exceeding 20 mins.

/ Participation fee: 180€ for faculty members; 100€ for students (limited financial aid can be made available to select participants in need, upon examination of their requests).


Organizers will facilitate arranging accommodation in Cres city and its surroundings on the island of Cres but we kindly ask participants to emphasize if they opt for this option in their application. If any further details are needed, please contact us at

A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, the University of Rijeka’s Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe welcome visiting students and artists wishing to withdraw for a moment to a serene and inspiring collaboration setting.

We very much hope this event can happen in person. As the epidemiological situation shifts, we will need to decide what is feasible by the end of 2021. If need be we are technically equipped and prepared to transition our event to an online hybrid format.


Brian Schiff, Philip Spero Golub, Gazela Pudar Drasko, Zona Zaric, Eileen Lallier, Sanja Bojanic, Constance Pâris de Bollardière, Petar Bojanic, Nadege Ragaru, Vera Mevorah. Dragana Stojanovic


Brian Schiff, Nadege Ragaru, Zona Zaric, Dragana Stojanovic, Sanja Bojanic, Petar Bojanic,Vera Mevorah