University of Rijeka

“Evenings at the Moise”: The Forgotten Cornel

The Moise Palace on Cres again hosted an interesting lecture dedicated to health and the knowledges forgotten, when it comes to preserving it. On Thursday, July 16th, 2020, the Moise audience found out about the cornel (Cornus mas L.), on a lecture entitled “Searching for the Super Fruit of our Parts: The Forgotten Cornel”. The project, funded by the “27 Neighbourhoods” program is conceived to present the “Neighbourhood Kampus” as a part of the “Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture” project; and those citizens who attended the lecture at the Palace, have been presented with the results of chemical analysis of the cornel gathered around Rijeka (including the cornel collected on Cres). The analysis of the “forgotten cornel” was conducted at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, and the lecture was accompanied by a practical introduction to aromas.

 

The healthy properties of the cornel have been known since the dawn of time and thanks to the conducted chemical analysis, we are now familiar with the scientific basis of the general claims praising the many benefits of consuming cornel. The best ways of preparing cornel have also been presented, in order to maximally preserve its useful properties. This was an opportunity to compare the scientifically proven facts about cornel with the practical experiences of the citizens of Cres and other Moise visitors. The lecture was held by an expert on aromas, M.Sc.Land.Arch. Tomislav Pavlešić, who introduced the term “aroma” before taking the audience on a sensory exploration. Under his guidance, the audience tried a multitude of samples of various flavors after the lecture, which was held according to the Croatian epidemiological standards and proscriptions.

 

“Fridays at the Moise” – Dr. Juraj Sepčić

“Fridays at the Moise” gatherings have continued on June 19th, 2020, with a lecture entitled “About Health”, and held by prof. dr. sc. Juraj Sepčić. The lecture is a part of a weekly event organized by the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the University of Rijeka.

“Health Is Silence of the Body”

Dr. Sepčić is professor emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka. His long career in working with patients and continuously studying medical science(s), enabled dr. Sepčić to introduce to us the concept of “health” through many aspects and circumstances. He began by asking – What is “health” and what does it mean to be “healthy”? Is it just the absence of disease, or does “being healthy” mean more than that? Those who visited last Friday’s lecture had the opportunity to hear about various approaches to health, as well as about the importance of an individual and a holistic approach to each person when it comes to enhancing their health.

Next Friday, on June 26th, 2020, the Moise Palace will host Tanja Blašković, an art pedagogue whose lecture entitled “From Garbage to Art” will consider the use of plastic bags as a medium for creating works of art and fashion accessories.

Thanks to Walter Salković for the photo coverage of our last Friday event and we hope to see as many interested citizens next Friday at the Moise as well.

“Architectures of Vision” – Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for our 2020 conference, “Architectures of Vision,” is now open!

International Association for Visual Culture’s 6th biennial conference in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka

University of Rijeka, Croatia / September 10 – 12, 2020 / Submissions due May 1, 2020

“[T]he important thing is neither what was said (a content), nor the saying itself (an act), but rather the transformation, and the invention of still unsuspected mechanisms that will allow us to multiply the transformations.” Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

Architecture etymologically belongs to the order of power. Stemming from Greek and Latin, it means “master builder”, derived from archon, chief. Historically, it is understood as building with the vision of the upward, the improved, that is to say an ideal of progress. For its 2020 conference, the International Association for Visual Culture proposes, however, a different formulation of architecture–one of layering, of consciously building from something rather than of scripted building that seeks to level or eliminate the past. What can it mean when we think of architecture as a horizontal network–even a strategy–of different, converging and simultaneous processes?

Our 2020 theme–The Architecture of Vision–unites this lateral, at times instinctive, at times impromptu idea of architecture with a central topic of visual culture–namely vision and visuality. Vision is a central topic of visual culture, a discipline that for a couple of decades now has been trying to (re)imagine the world around us by taking into account the interplay between logos and imago, order and imagination.

Key terms for topics:

  • palimpsestic knowledge
  • propaganda in visual culture (historical and contemporary)
  • origins of change
  • monuments and architecture interventions in public space
  • revolution and counter-revolution: from local case studies to global critical thought subject formation (online/virtual and offline/IRL)
  • building vision: from the visuality of the “subaltern” to surveillance vision
  • visuality in cultural studies and ethnography visual culture, power and control
  • local case studies from Southeast Europe to the Global South: problems and opportunities
  • the subject of decentralized vision: participatory culture, emancipation and the digital
  • archivization / archive as architecture

The topic of this year’s conference seeks to better understand the processes of vision that remake our world as a kind of architectural layering. We seek historical and contemporary topics that respond to these three different strands:

  • First, architecture can be appropriated for the uses of literally “building a vision”, or creating a vision. Here, we are thinking of both the “countervisual” that is imagined and then acted upon–that is to say, made material in an architecture that has both an order and flexibility, which may be applied, reapplied, and grow. We are also thinking of the populist practices of the alt-right and other movements that oppose social or climate justice, whose philosophy and action are built on the production of a worldview based on “alternative facts” and feeling. In other words, how do movements rely on vision as much as infrastructure, i.e. “master building”? In what ways does contemporary visual culture help enable these counter-revolutionary practices, and in what ways can it be used as a weapon of critical thought against them?
  • Therefore, we seek to inspect vision also on a temporal level: as clairvoyance, the process of seeing the future. What is the future of visual culture? How are we to deal with new concepts in the field of cultural studies (from climate crisis to migration or redefinitions of gender, citizenship, and subjectivity on a global scale, to local important struggles specific to a region)? How do we re-articulate those concepts within the frameworks of Visual Culture Studies, including its counter-hegemonic and anti-colonial approach?

Finally, we wish to inspect vision as one of the central themes of visual culture. Vision as a way of seeing, placing the one who looks in the forefront. How is a subject placed in the position of looking? Who is a subject? What is the position of looking today, in a world without a stable vantage point? Can we still insist on the notion of a subject, if the Renaissance position of the stable agent of the look and its object is no longer useful in the digital realm of intersubjective exchange, deep fakes, bots, and algorithms? In other words, how can we reimagine vision as a process of political and cultural emancipation as the world exists today?

We seek proposals for short (20 minute) papers and creative presentations. The IAVC’s conferences work to achieve a balance between thoughtful and attentive listening and animated discussion. Speakers will be prepared for both.

Please submit your 300 to 400 word proposal, a 100 to 200 word biography in a single running Word document or PDF to greetingsIAVC@gmail.com by May 1, 2020. Please title your document in the form of “your surname_abstract_IAVC2020”.

We will announce our conference program in late Spring 2020.

Confirmed guests include: David Ayala-Alfonso (Independent Curators International, USA/Colombia); Manca Bajec (Biennial Foundation, London/New York); Brooke Belisle (Stony Brook University, USA); Irene Chien (Muhlenberg College, USA); Jae Emerling (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA); Jennifer González (University of California Santa Cruz, USA); Natalija Majsova (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia); Joanne Morra (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK); Rahul Mukherjee (University of Pennsylvania, USA); Krešimir Purgar (Academy of Arts and Culture, J. J. Strossmayer University, Croatia); Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK); Marquard Smith (University College London, UK / Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania); Nina Trivedi (Royal College of Art, UK); and Øyvind Vågnes (University of Bergen, Norway).

Program of the “Equality and Citizenship 2020” Summer School

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 7th edition of the Equality and Citizenship Summer School which will be held from July 13th to 17th, 2020 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:

 

Dr. Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

Dr. Sarah Fine, King’s College, London

Prof. Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Philippe Van Parijs, Université catholique de Louvain

 

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 1st, 2020. Other participants are invited to send their applications by May 15th, 2020. 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 75 € / 557,72 HRK participation fee by June 1st, 2020 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 Accommodation.

Rijeka is the 2020 European Capital of Culture. We expect many tourists to visit Rijeka for its numerous events. We suggest participants book early, as accommodation will be in high demand.

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@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

Ast. Prof. Nebojša Zelič, University of Rijeka

Organization Board:

Dr. Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

Siba Harb, University of Leuven

Dr. Viktor Ivanković, Institute of Philosophy Zagreb

Kristina Lekić Barunčić

Assoc. Prof. Luca Malatesti, University of Rijeka

Andrea Mešanović, University of Rijeka

Aleksandar Šušnjar, University of Rijeka

Tamara Crnko, University of Rijeka

UNIRI Moise Palace: Cres

The Moise Palace – an education center of the University of Rijeka

This five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse is the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian island of Cres. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students, artists, as well as teams of experts and practitioners wishing to withdraw for a moment to a serene and inspiring working setting.

 

Seminar With Oszkár‎ Roginer: “/self/perception of minorities and knowledge production”

“The research project proposed a comprehensive analysis of a structural flaw in the social sciences and humanities, which is similar to – or even part of – methodologic nationalism. A concept, which is proposed by many scholars of late-modern nationalism studies, migration studies, globalisation studies, global history, historical sociology, comparative literature, and which emerged as a specific form of an analytic problem in research of Central- and Southeast European ethnic minorities as well. Encountered first in the Hungarian minorities in the post-Yugoslav states, Romania, Ukraine and Slovakia, the problem is also present in the research on Albanian minorities in Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro; Serbian minorities in Kosovo and Montenegro, the German minority in Italy, or even smaller communities like Czechs in Banat, Croats in Molise or Arbanasi in Zadar, as well as other ethnic or religious groups and metropolitan diasporas throughout the continent. A similar methodological perception can be seen in case of the Armenian, Jewish and Roma communities, as well as in the research of current migration flows and refugees throughout Europe. From the viewpoint of a state’s population, all these types of non-majority communities share a specific perception in research, which is insular, often simplistic and analytically insufficient.

Imagining the inter-state system as a set of bordering containers, the country in which the given minority lives is considered as the elementary frame of research. This way however, neither the findings nor the conclusions did usually not extend beyond state borders, while in most cases, they stayed within the inhabited region of the given minority. Furthermore, this insular (self)perception is hallmarked by a discourse of exclusion, oppression, denial and rejection throughout the 20th century, which in turn is almost without exception understood as a unique signifier of the researched minority. These, and a number of other delimiting circumstances left only the given nation-state as the sole point of reference, moreover as an agent of exclusion from participation, and denial of rights. This resulted in an archipelagic logic of ethnic minorities throughout the 20th century and determined most research trajectories since the early 1920’s, up until contemporary scholarly work. Traditionally, research on ethnic minorities has been mostly done in the fields of history, ethnography and literature, supplemented by sociology, political science, art history and architecture in the past three decades. It addressed folklore, literary production and a number of historical topics, while there is a focus since the 1990’s on demography, European integration and peace-building as well. Nevertheless, this structural flaw can be traced throughout the 20th century until today, and it can be accepted to some degree within the hard inter-state system of borders in the era of modern, industrialised nation-states. It is however more and more questionable in the last decades, when cross-border cooperation, migration and flow of commodities increases, and when the rejections from the side of majorities are rendered irrelevant.
The aim of my research is thus, to point out the deficiencies in the (self)perception of minorities, by which the inter-state system is imagined as a combination of bordering containers, with minorities as secluded subsystems of these societies. Moreover, the inquiry attempts to contest the binary structure of majority-minority, address it beyond methodologic nationalism, and by deconstructing the conventional perceptions of time, space and social realities, lift up the narrow composition of the conceptual imagination in a world, where (various) ethnicities are more interconnected, than ever before. By questioning these routine assumptions, I will tried put them in a historical perspective as well, and define a framework from which research on minorities should be emancipated.”

Oszkár Roginer was born in 1986, in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, where he studied Hungarian Studies at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia). After receiving his diploma in 2009, he moved to the University of Pécs (Hungary) in order to pursue his PhD in Literary Sciences, and defending his thesis in 2016. In 2014 he started an International Joint Degree MA in Cultural Sociology at the University of Zadar (Croatia) and the Karl Franzens University in Graz (Austria), and obtaining his MA in 2016. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Southeast European Studies in Graz, where he is working on his thesis on the construction of the Hungarian minority literary field in the post-Habsburg space. Between 2009 and 2014 he worked as a radio journalist and theatre critic in RTV Vojvodina, and in the daily newspaper Magyar Szó in Novi Sad. His most important publications include the monographs A város mint (ellen)érv. [The City as a (counter)argument]. (2015), and A jugoszláviai magyar irodalom terei – A (poszt)jugoszláv magyar irodalom és a téralapú közösségi identitás-konstrukciók viszonya a sajtóban (1945–2010)[Terrains of Hungarian Literature from Yugoslavia – Correlations between (post)Yugoslav Hungarian Literature and the constructions of spatial collective identities in the press (1945–2010)]. (2019) His academic interests lay in Hungarian minority literature, Hungarian press history of Yugoslavia, geocriticism, historical literary sociology, collective identities, memory studies.

Seminar with Oszkár Roginer in dialogue with UNIRI CAS SEE fellows was held at the University campus in Rijeka on December 6, 2019.

Seminar with Snežana Vesnić “Altered Time and Memory: Analog(y) of the Digital”

“My intention is to provide a new theoretical concept of the relation of analog/digital in order to then draw on it as a technology for the creation of new cultural models of the European Union. In a practical sense, I would like to construct a theoretical basis, critically deconstructing the relation analog/digital, with which I will create new contingencies for a virtual production of new cultural conceptions. Nelson Goodman (Language of Art, 1968) formulates the difference between the analog and digital through a parallel with continuous and discrete, distancing the concepts of analog and digital from their origins. In this understanding, a digital system has nothing special to do with digits and an analog system with analogy. The basic distinction between digital and analog, then, is a representation scheme: the digital is differentiated or discrete, while the analog scheme is continuous or dense. In architecture, according to Greg Lynn, the digital is impossible to isolate from the architectural project since the digital is an integral part of its process. On the other hand, Peter Eisenman problematizes the digital as that which possesses no memory.
In this text, I will project the new concept of “altered archeology,” showing that continuity and the production of time and memory are ensured by constant transformations of the analog into digital and vice versa. Thus, the analog gives the digital authenticity, while the digital’s technological potential becomes an arsenal for the creation of (the new) analog. In the final instance, drawing on Derrida’s line that “there is no political power without control of the archive, if not memory,” I will make a digital experiment of deconstructing EU Barcode, the art project designed by Rem Koolhaas.
In the following phase, this model would be applied to the city of Rijeka, aiming to use the results of this experiment in the Rijeka 2020 project: constituting the first architectural laboratory for the rebranding of the city of Rijeka. My purpose is to exploit the potential of difference, diversity and minority as analog reservoir for generating new visions, digital strategies and methodologies of the European project.”

Snežana Vesnić, PhD is an architect, currently working as Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade, where she also previously attended the Faculty of Applied Arts. She is a founding partner of the architectural studio Neoarhitekti (Belgrade) and award-winning author, twice nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2009, 2019). Vesnić conducts scientific research in the field of architectural philosophy and aesthetics. She received her PhD in 2018 from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, with a thesis entitled “Philosophy and Aesthetics of the Architectural Concept: Object of Reality and Object of Illusion.” Her theoretical work and architectural practice are focused on research and production of “architectural concepts.”

Seminar with Snežana Vesnić was held at the University campus in Rijeka on December 6, 2019.

A Day at the Moise Palace

The tenth generation of CAS SEE fellows were inaugurated at the Open Doors Day of the Moise Palace in the city of Cres on October 1st, 2019 thus symbolically celebrating the new academic year 2019/2020. The event provided us with the opportunity of welcoming an esteemed guest, Prof. Bernard Stiegler who gave a lecture on the “Wealth of Internation” following the introductions on the Moise Palace project developments by Kristijan Jurjako, the mayor of the City of Cres and Krešimir Partl, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of University of Rijeka welcomed the participants and guests at the Palace opening the topic of wealth of possibilities of future academic and participatory programs to be considered by the Cres community and recognized by the future guests of Moise Palace. Therefore, the Palace welcomed its many visitors for the day and hosted a roundtable on various topics, with reference to the development of the future University of Rijeka Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, with participation of Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, rector of the University of Rijeka, Kristijan Jurjako, mayor of the City of Cres, Đanino Sučić, vice-president of the council of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Prof. Aleksandra Deluka-Tibljaš, Lifelong learning program Director, UNIRI, and Dorian Celcer, Partnership and Communications coordinator, Rijeka 2020 in the afternoon, following a guided tour of the Palace by Danijel Ciković, Ph.D. (Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka).

Open Doors Day at the Moise Palace

New academic year 2019/2020
Lecture by Bernard Stiegler and a roundtable

October 1st, 2019 at 12.00 pm

It is our pleasure to invite you to the celebration of the beginning of the new academic year 2019/2020, which will be marked on October 1st, 2019 at 12.00 pm with an Open Doors Day at the Moise Palace (City of Cres), and numerous interesting activities.

Firstly, the inauguration of the 10th generation of Fellows of University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe and the presentation of their research projects to the citizens of Cres, the academic community and the interested public, will be accompanied in dialogue with the representatives of the University of Rijeka and the City of Cres concerning the vision of the development of the future University Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be hosted in the newly renovated renaissance palace.

Rector of University of Rijeka, Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, State Secretary Krešimir Partl, the mayor of City of Cres, Kristijan Jurjako, and the Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Zagreb, Türkan Karakurt, will deliver an address to the gathered audience, which will be followed by the lecture by the French philosopher, Prof. Bernard Stiegler, on the subject of the development of the activities of the future Center in a discourse with the community. The lecture will begin at 12:00 pm.

The tour of the Palace with an expert guidance by Danijel Ciković, Ph.D. (Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka) will take place at 4.30 pm while the roundtable on the development of the future Center for Humanities and Social Sciences begins at 5.00 pm. The roundtable will be moderated by Ass. Prof. Sanja Bojanić, Director of the Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe, and the guests of the roundtable will be: Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka, Kristijan Jurjako, mayor of the City of Cres, Đanino Sučić, vice-president of the council of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Aleksandra Deluka-Tibljaš, Lifelong learning program Director, UNIRI, and Dorian Celcer, Partnership and Communications coordinator, Rijeka 2020.

By developing this unique cultural monument through interdisciplinary educational and research activities of a regional scientific center, University of Rijeka and City of Cres together strive to contribute to the progress of understanding and solving the challenges of the contemporary social, academic, cultural and touristic realities.


Bernard Stiegler is a French philosopher, the head of Institut de recherche et d’innovation. He was also the program director at Collège international de philosophie, professor at Université de Compiègne, deputy director of Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, director of IRCAM and director of Department of Cultural Development at Centre Pompidou. He is also the director of Ars Industrialis, an association founded in 2006. He is an author of numerous books and articles focusing on the research into philosophy of technology and the possibility of the political and social response to Anthropocene.

In his Analysis of Guterres’ Speeches, Bernard Stiegler writes that “(f)aced with systemic risks, we need to invent systemic replies”. This is “possible only as a protection, cultivation and participation of knowledge”. The “systemic risks” he refers to are the multiple and complex ecological, economical and political crises spreading through the globe, and accelerating, as a result of a flawed international institutional design which allowed for the conditions conducive to such compound threats and injustices to flourish. How do we change the system? What are the structural, functional and fundamental redesigns necessary for the cosmopolitical community to emerge and for the cooperative heterogeneity to thrive? For one, as we now know, the true progress cannot rely exclusively on technological advancement. While developing and diversifying the emancipatory technological solutions constitutes the necessary aspect of our transition into the post-anthropocene world, the nurture of such knowledge is impossible if it is undertaken without deep inquiries into the social, political, economic and epistemic projects which can give rise to what Dan Ross refers to as “the right kind of crazy for the future”. As Stiegler writes: “A new type on innovation is needed”. This Palace is dedicated to the search for this new type of innovation, this right kind of crazy, these “multiplicities of design” (Geert Lovink) – to the discoveries of the diverse and the intricate systemic elements of our truly liberatory future.

Lecture by Prof. Bernard Stiegler will take place at the Moise Palace on October 1st, 2019, starting at 12.00 pm.


Call for Papers & Posters: Croatian EU Council Presidency Conference

First Announcement

HERItage:

The role of cultural heritage in socio-economic development and preservation of democratic values

Organised by University of Rijeka

In partnership with: 

Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and the European Commission as part of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Date and Venue: March 11-13, 2020, Opatija (venue TBC)

Keynote lecturers

Étienne Balibar, Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine; Anniversary Chair Professor at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University and a Visiting Professor at the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University

Danica Kragić Jansfelt, Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden.

Rem Koolhaas (TBC)

The working language of the conference is English.

Official Conference website: http://heritage.uniri.hr/

Conference Rationale and Background

The main objective of the international conference is to inaugurate a profound debate among relevant stakeholders on the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and, more specifically, cultural heritage, on socio-economic development and preservation of democratic values. Through appropriate discursive forms, it will reflect and debate upon the future of Research and Innovation (R&I) in SSH in relation to global and local communities, especially relating to the interaction of culture, open science, creative industries and disruptive technologies, as well as the implications of these on sustainability, future jobs and democratic values.

The conference will bring together experts from all around Europe, from the academia and non-governmental sector, foundations and other stakeholders relevant forfuture R&I in SSH, policy makers, local authorities, as well as partakers and contributors to Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture program. The aim is to present research results and develop substantial discussions on the topics of Cultural Heritage and the future of research and development in SSH in a rapidly changing world characterised by digitization, mobility, brain circulation, inequalities and technological advancement, and their repercussions on the socio-economic context and the democratic values.

The conference will tackle the role of higher education (universities) as a space for sustenance of civic responsibility, teaching of ethical behaviour and dialogue with the wider community based on mutual trust, transparency of actions and an open mind-set responsive to democratic values.

The conference will support and promote the thorough development of Open Science in European research area. The Conference is based on five pillars as thematic foci of the Call for Papers.

We invite papers which address one of the three thematic SSH pillars or one of the two additional horizontal comprehensive pillars that reflect the SSH policies and cooperation with governments, the civil society and business.

Pillar 1

Societal response to disruptive technologies: cultural and ethical challenges of artificial intelligence, smart and digital transformations, sustainability issues, societal inclusiveness related to disruptive technologies

In addressing Pillar 1, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • digital transformation in the study of cultural heritage: challenges and opportunities for a more connected Europe;
  • digitization of cultural heritage – new methodologies, models and training in facilitating access to cultural heritage;
  • ethical, political, and economic benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence;
  • the problem of inequality and imbalances regarding research and usage of new technologies in cultural heritage research and promotion;
  • cultural heritage and creative industries;
  • novel and engaging participatory approaches to sustainability – fostering the place of heritage in sustainable development;
  • new technologies and their effects on longevity, ageing societies, labour market, collaborative economy and new lifestyles.
Pillar 2

Industrial heritage from the perspective of industrial revolution 4.0: future jobs for innovative social ecosystem and innovative creative industries

In addressing Pillar 2, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • smart cities as a model of social development;
  • new technologies and (old) poverty – the varieties of future jobs and the phenomena of precarious work;
  • industrial heritage as an intangible economic resource in promoting local/national development;
  • cultural and industrial heritage in stimulating sustainable tourism;
  • quality of working and living conditions from the perspective of industrial revolution 4.0;
  • social innovation in form of urban reinventions and new roles of cities in the international political and economic landscapes;
  • the role of new European universities in innovative social ecosystems – relevance of higher education for future jobs and the needs of society.
Pillar 3

Cultural heritage and democratic values: cultural diversities as the main platform for sustainable development.

In addressing Pillar 3, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • heritage and cultural diversity – problems of identities in creating cultural policies;
  • the complexities of the relationship between Europeanness and diversity;
  • challenges of difficult, controversial or dissonant heritage;
  • relations between local and national level regarding social development, social cohesion, inclusiveness and participation;
  • breaking the dualisms of tangible-intangible, rural-urban, culture-nature;
  • dynamic creation of parallel, communicating spaces of culture, research and education;
  • the role of cultural production and art in confronting the growing inequality and exclusion in the globalized world;
  • multi- and pluri-lingual identities and the ethic of translation in Europe;
  • minority languages as part of the European cultural heritage and identity.
Pillar 4

Policy: Enlightenment now– the role of SSH in social transformation and social cohesion: European university networks and alliances and the cooperation with local/regional/national/international governments and civil society

In addressing Pillars 4, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • the role of cultural heritage in the European education systems;
  • the role of research institutions in creating policies related to the preservation of cultural and industrial heritage;
  • European cultural heritage networks and sectors – strategies, methodologies, use of standards and quality control in conservation, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage;
  • enhancing security and quality measures in protection of cultural heritage;
  • non-autochthons heritages: minority enlightenment(s) and regional cosmopolitanism(s) as the prospect for a non-state-bound protection of rights;
  • sustainability on the periphery – urgent matter of (different) education – relocating the discourse from natural sciences to SSH;
  • archaeological cultural heritage in the context of local communities within the European society;
  • the role of museums and heritage sites as places of constructing and reconstructing memory;
  • heritage of conflicts and prospects for peace.
Pillar 5

Cooperation: Autonomy and financing – the role of SSH in the development of new institutions: from helix concepts, R&I and the new strategic partnerships.

In addressing Pillars 5, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • diverse forms of university-community partnerships and engagement;
  • challenges, institutional models and good practices of open science and open innovation;
  • institutional, political, social and economic development of knowledge-based learning societies;
  • strategic recommendations for a transformative and mission-oriented research and innovation in the EU, with identified goals: smart innovation-led growth, inclusion, and sustainability;
  • intersectional and interdisciplinary nature of cultural heritage research.

Furthermore, in addressing Pillars 4 and 5, we invite papers focused on (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • How to improve the framework conditions for international cooperation in research and innovation?
  • How to improve the knowledge alliances and partnerships between business and higher education?
  • How to improve research as co-creation between the researcher and the community?
  • How university rankings and the number of doctoral students can improve the innovation capabilities?
  • How to develop the policy of retaining and attracting international talents?
  • Is there room for improving the state-aid framework for R&I?
  • How to increase the financing of R&I activities from private sources?
  • Is there a need to engage the Structural funds devoted to research and innovation?
  • How to successfully promote the design and creative industries?

For the poster and video presentations, in relation also to the above themes, we especially invite presenters for the following sections:

  • digitization of cultural heritage – case studies;
  • industrial heritage interpretation and valorisation;
  • urbanising industrial areas;
  • cultural heritage and tourism.

The best three posters and videos will be honoured with a recognition award at the end of the conference.

We encourage submissions by diverse stakeholders relevant for the future of SSH:

  • researchers from the field of SSH;
  • science policy-makers;
  • research associations and networks;
  • NGOs and civil society representatives;
  • representatives from business and non-academic institutions;
  • foundations and cultural institutions, institutes and organisations.

Video presentations are intended for multimedia presentations that focus on some problems or examples of conservation, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. We look for videos not older than 5 years that are informative, educative, research based, inspirational and challenging. Interactive digital presentations (e.g. 3D reconstructions and virtual tours) are especially welcome. The content of a video should be in the maximum of three-minute timeframe. At the beginning of each video the name(s) of the author(s), the title of the presentations and the country of origin should be clearly stated. Acceptable video formats are: mp4, webM, ogv.

Key dates:

01 September 2019: Opening of web interface for presentations’ upload.

15 October 2019: Submission deadline

30 November 2019: Selection deadline, confirmations of participants and invitation of full papers

01 February 2020: Submission of full papers

*All the abstracts accepted for presentation for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings that will be made available also in open access on the conference website.