University of Rijeka

Lecture by Ulf Brunnbauer

What shipyards can tell about late Socialism and Post-Socialism (and what they cannot), on the example of Uljanik

Anent the recent signing of the Agreement on Academic Cooperation between the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg, we are glad to invite you to a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg, entitled What shipyards can tell about late Socialism and Post-Socialism (and what they cannot), on the example of Uljanik. The lecture will be held on May 30, 2019 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka (Sveučilišna Avenija 4, 51000, Rijeka), starting at 17.00 in Room 405 (4th Floor).

The lecture is organised by Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka.

Ulf Brunnbauer is director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and Professor of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. He holds a PhD from the University of Graz (1999) and a Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin (2006), and joined the Regensburg faculty in 2008. His research deals mainly with the social history of Southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, focussing on questions of migration, labour, demographic change, family structures, and majority-minority relations. His last research monograph is “Globalizing Southeastern Europe. Emigrants, America and the State Since the Late 19th Century” (2016).


 

Seminar with Ivan Flis


Are Open Science practices the solution? The case of psychology’s replication crisis

“The seminar takes a critical look at the role of Open Science practices and advocacy within the ongoing replication crisis in psychology. Open Science is a multifaceted interdisciplinary movement that spans the modern university, within which scientists themselves criticize established scientific practices of data collection and storage, development and sharing of analysis pipelines, publication and dissemination of research papers, and the so-called “incentive structures” that organize the hiring and advancement of faculty in Global Northern academia. Many of the Open Science interventions are in practice a type of a digital revolution within the academic system, the paradigmatic example being the push for Open Access in scholarly publishing. Reform centered around Open Science practices is proposed as a solution to the ongoing replication crisis in scientific psychology. In this seminar, I will discuss the impact of Open Science reform while taking into account the intellectual and institutional history of psychology as a science, in order to draw some epistemologically relevant conclusions about the ongoing crisis and its proposed solutions.”

Ivan Flis is a research fellow at UNIRI CAS SEE in Rijeka. He recently obtained his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and before that an MA in Psychology at the University of Zagreb. In his PhD thesis, he researched the role of methodological standardization in psychology’s disciplinary formation in the late 20th century, from the perspective of conventional history of science and scientometrics. His main areas of research are history of 20th century psychology, philosophy of social science, and digital humanities.

The seminar was held on May 15, 2019 at the University of Rijeka Campus, Sveučilišni odjeli building (Ul. Radmile Matejčić 2, 51000 Rijeka).


 

Seminar with Bojan Baća


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

 “The seminar explores the emerging phenomenon of the alternative right, or the “Alt-Right”, as a multidimensional phenomenon – that is, as a political ideology, social movement, and counter-culture. By taking a position of critical sociology, this seminar presents preliminary findings on how the digital has molded and steered the political towards the right on social media platforms. This occurs at the level of various reactionary ideas, through networking of diverse right-wing collectives, as well as through the spread of novel cultural practices of “fighting the PC culture and SJWs”. The focus is specifically on how the digitalization of the public sphere – fostered by the rapid rise of new technologies and social networking platforms – has increased and shaped political engagement of the reactionary segments of global civil society.”

Bojan Baća is an Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz and a Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe at the University of Rijeka. He received his PhD in Sociology from York University, to which he still remains affiliated as an external research associate in the Global Digital Citizenship Lab. In 2015–2016, he was a Swedish Institute Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, specializing in post-socialist civil society and social movement research. Baća continues to explore the relationship between socio-economic/political transformation and civic engagement in post-socialist societies and, more broadly, the role of activist citizenship and contentious politics in democratization processes. His recent work on the topic was published in academic journals such as Antipode and Europe-Asia Studies, as well as in two edited volumes: Changing Youth Values in Southeast Europe: Beyond Ethnicity (Routledge, 2017) and The Democratic Potential of Emerging Social Movements in Southeastern Europe (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2017). As a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Baća is conducting a research project that focuses on English-speaking digital public sphere in the “post-truth era”, in which he explores how digitalization of the “marketplace of ideas” is articulating, mobilizing, and legitimizing political ideas, social actors, and cultural practices that are spreading disinformation and promoting anti-democratic sentiments.

The seminar was held on May 15, 2019 at the University of Rijeka Campus, Sveučilišni odjeli building (Ul. Radmile Matejčić 2, 51000 Rijeka).


Agreement on academic cooperation between the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg

For the purposes of developing academic exchange and cooperation programs in both education an research, the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg (Germany) and its associated institute, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg agreed upon cooperation on research and educational processes at both universities.

These activities will promote the exchange of students, faculty members, researchers and PhD students, cooperation in the visiting fellow program of the UNIRI CAS SEE, joint research activities and other forms of cooperation at both universities.

Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Madam Rector at the University of Rijeka signed the Agreement on Academic Cooperation during the recent visit of Mr. Markus Söder, Minister President of Bavaria to Banski dvori, Zagreb, hosted by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on May 2, 2019.

The operational part of the cooperation is to be conducted in lines of the strategic development goals of the University of Rijeka with the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg, Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka.


Photo source: Central Government Portal (May 2, 2019)

 

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe

The ERSTE Foundation and the Center of Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka invite you to

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe”

A Round Table Discussion and Presentation of the Southeast European Institute (SEI) initiative

Date: May 8, 2019

Venue: ERSTE Foundation, Am Belvedere 1, Vienna

Time: 17.30 – 19.30 (followed by reception)


The region of Southeast Europe today has fallen to one of the least advanced in Europe and one of the world leaders of brain drain. Unsecure and anxious environment encourages emigration of reproductive and capable layers of the population. SEE thus loses everything from its demographic to its social and intellectual potential for progressive change, leaving it ever more lagging behind the developed parts of the world. This regression is not only a result of socio-economic hardship, clientelism and captured state. We argue that it is also very much a consequence of a conservative, provincial political culture that is prone to authoritarianism and collective (nationalistic) hysteria that has for too long taken root. Progressive, pro-European thought is largely scattered and isolated. But this hardship is not a fate, not unchangeable.

There is a need for alternatives, future horizons that can overcome the current status quo with engaging for more democracy and new productive togetherness. Building up on the success story of the first Center of Advanced Studies (CAS SEE) in the region based in Rijeka, a new initiative emerged for establishing the “Southeast European (University) Institute”. It is aimed at innovation and academic excellence while also fostering cooperation, cultural exchange and broad engagement between the countries of the Western Balkans and wider Eastern and Southeast European region.

Together with a group of bright minds and on the eve of Timothy Snyders speech for Europe powered by ERSTE Foundation we invite you to discuss the potential of the academia to engage progressive civic society and new movements in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. How to act together for democracy and common Europeanness is the key question of the event. We offer a powerful tool of Southeast European Institute as poignant factor of joint action towards this common goal.


AGENDA

Moderated by

Hedvig Morvai, ERSTE Foundation & Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Institute for International Affairs; CAS SEE

17.30 Greeting by Boris Marte, ERSTE Foundation & Erhard Busek, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

17.45 A European issue: Progressive Thought and Academic Freedom in Eastern and Southeastern Europe on the Retreat?

Kick-off remarks by:

Kemal Nedzibovic, Europe-University, Flensburg

Bojan Baca, Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for South East European Studies, University of Graz and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Nilay Kilinc, University of Surrey, UK and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

followed by a round table discussion

18.45 Presentation of the Southeast European Institute initiative by CAS SEE

Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija, University Rijeka, CAS SEE

Sanja Bojanic University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Gazela Pudar University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

19.30 Reception


 

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.

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 are invited to apply with paper proposals for the symposia and send an abstract of no more than 2,500 characters by May 30th, 2019. Others who only want to contribute as audience members 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.

For more information, see:
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.


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”