University of Rijeka

Building strategies in art and culture (post)graduate student initiatives

An intensive workshop on (self)organizing and management in culture

Date: Rijeka, June 26 – 28, 2017, each day from 11.00 to 16.00, including two short breaks

Venue: APURI (Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka), Room A209, Slavka Krautzeka bb, 51000 Rijeka

Workshop hosts: dr. Peter Purg, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Danica Bojić, student assistant at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of the Arts, Belgrade (Serbia)

The workshop applied selected elements of strategic analysis and planning in order to empower existing student initiatives or emerging artist collectives towards efficiency, resilience and sustainability.

Following a dynamic combination of short-lecture inputs, discussion rounds and plenum presentations, the outcome of the workshop was an outlined strategic analyses and plans that might be further developed.

The workshop provided:

  • a step-by-step blueprint on how to facilitate transformation process and tailor structured formats for non-formal creative collaboration initiatives, in order for them to grow sustainable and with resilience;
  • experience of practical implementation of such a blueprint, through strategic analysis and strategic plan development;
  • room to discuss selected best practice examples of non-formal art groups and collectives that have developed a sustainable (co)creative process.

Participants first assessed current environment, context, positioning and prospects of their art initiatives, which enabled them to further contemplate, discuss and document possible development scenarios that would be subsequently laid out into step-by-step strategic plans. This workshop thus not only offered how-to tools and guidelines, but simultaneously provided room for experiential learning, reflection and quality mentor feedback.
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Workshop attendance is free for all participants (no fees).

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Programme:

▹Monday, June 26, 2017

Establishing dialogue between workshop participants

Analyzing status and needs of participants (gropus) and their processes

Strategic analysis

Genealogical analysis

SWOT analysis

▹Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Strategic analysis

Genealogical and SWOT analysis review

Mapping and positioning

▹Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Strategic planning of organizational development

Short presentations in plenum

Evaluation and lookout
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Organizers: The workshop is organised by the Academy of Applied Arts (University of Rijeka) and CAS SEE, with the support of the University of Nova Gorica, School of Arts, Slovenia (Akademija umetnosti) and the Erasmus+ academic mobility programme.

Workshop hosts:

pETER Purg is researching and teaching New Media (Art), at times acting as performer or media artist, while at others as academic quality expert, juror or consultant. He enjoys coordinating projects and networks, so far he coordinated several international projects and consortia of various sizes and profiles, he lead two NGOs in the realm of art and culture, and has recently been mentoring or consulting several such initiatives.
pETER Purg leads the New Media module in the Digital/Media Arts and Practices graduate/postgraduate programme at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia/Italy), where he acts as associate professor and international projects lead. After obtaining a PhD in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt, his scientific inquiries now also include media arts pedagogy, (inter)cultural management, media ecology and interdisciplinary collaboration. His artistic interests range from lecture and intermedia performances to interactive installations, as well as web, sound and body art, with a particular focus on public space. He currently leads the School of Arts team in the PAIC – Participatory Art for Invisible Communities international project, supported by Creative Europe, and has lead international academic projects such as ADRIART (Advancing Digitally Renewed Interactions in Art Teaching), IDEATE (Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Application for Transforming Education in High Technologies) as well as the award-winning HiLoVv (Hidden Lives of Venice on Video). pETER Purg is coordinator of ADRIART.CE, a CEEPUS-supported network of 8 art academies from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. He lead the interdisciplinary collective Bobnars United with over a hundred music events, research projects and intermedia productions between 2001 and 2006, as well as conceived anti-consumerism interventions within the Podgana PPP street performance group.

More info at: http://vsu.ung.si/peterpurg

Danica Bojic is a young manager in culture and media, focused on entrepreneurship in culture, creative industries and international cooperation. Currently she is working as Expert associate, leading the Office of International Relations and Projects at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, as well as being student associate at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade where she is appointed to mentor practical work of students in the Project Cycle Management course. From 2006 to 2012 she was board member of the Union of secondary school students in Serbia, an NGO initiating systemic changes in the field of student self-organization and participation of young people in the decision-making processes. There she gained knowledge and skills in various fields like project management, international cooperation, project design, teamwork, peer education, PR, advocacy and lobbying. Within the OBESSU Danica was member of the working group “The Future of Education” and on national level she participated in the work of  the National Education Council, also acting as member of a consultative workgroup for drafting the first Law on youth (Ministry of youth and Sports). She was also member of the consultative workgroup drafting the “Strategy for the development of education in Serbia 2020” with the Ministry of Education and Science. In recent years Danica has focused on the field of culture, finishing in 2015 the “Management and production in theatre, radio and culture” programme at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade. During studies she worked on various projects as author or team member ( “Moving history “, “Audio Forum” etc.). She was assistant coordinator at the Office for International Relations at the University of the Arts and acted as assistant at the Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Currently she is also engaged in “Stiglo”, a start-up initiative on fashion and design.

“THE NEW LEFT” SUMMER SCHOOL

Organizers: FES DIALOGUE SOE & CAS SEE

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

Dates: June 11th – 17th 2017

Rationale and Background for the Summer School:

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

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

Objectives of the Summer School:

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

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

 

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

 

Programme Board of the summer school:

Felix Henkel, FES Dialogue Southeast Europe

Sanja Bojanic, CAS SEE/CWS, University of Rijeka

Petar Bojanic, IFDT, University of Belgrade

Vedran Dzihic, oiip / CAS SEE

Max Brändle, FES Regional Office for Croatia and Slovenia

Organization Board:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SOCIAL ONTOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

19th Edition of the International Conference 

Contemporary Philosophical Issues

Date: May 22-23, 2017

Conference Venue: Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Campus, Sveučilišna avenija 4, 51000 Rijeka

Organizer: Department of Philosophy, Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences; Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka; Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy, PhD programme “Contemporaneity and Philosophy”; LabOnt, University of Torino; Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Monday, May 22nd 2017
Plenary session (Room: 006)
09.00 –  09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Opening of the conference:

Snježana Prijić- Samaržija, chancellor of the University of Rijeka

Petar Bojanić, Director of the Center of  Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe, IFDT Belgrade University

Chairperson: Nenad Miščević
10:00 –11:00 John Searle

The Structure of Human Society

Chairperson: Sanja Bojanić
11:10 – 12:40 John Searle and Maurizio Ferraris

The Color of Money

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

 

Monday, May 22nd 2017
  TOPICS FROM JOHN SEARLE

Session A (room 401)

TOPICS FROM JOHN SEARLE

Session B (room 402)

Chairperson: Iris Vidmar Chairperson: Filip Čeč
14:30 – 15:15 Jennifer Hudin

Can Status Functions Be Discovered?

Tomoyuki Yamada

Formalizing Status Functions of Illocutionary Acts

15:20 – 16:05 Benedikt Perak

Emergence of the Social Reality in the Ontological Model of Lexical Concepts and Constructions

Abigail Klassen

On the Multitude of Kinds of Social Kinds: Problematizing John R. Searle’s Institutional and Non-institutional Social Kinds

16:05 – 16:20 Coffee break Coffee break
Chairperson: Ana Gavran Miloš Chairperson: Andrea Mešanović
16:20 – 17:05 Paolo de Lucia

Dynamics of Normative Impossibility

Bojan Borstner

Metaphysics of Sociality

17:10 – 17:55 Michael Vlerick

Explaining Religion: Introducing an Institutional Approach

Lorenzo Passerini Glazel

Impossible Tokens, Necessary Types

17:55 – 18:10 Coffee break Coffee break
Chairperson: Miljana Milojević Chairperson: Ivan Cerovac
18:10 – 18:55 Giuseppe Lorini

Constitutive Rules and Meta-institutional Concepts

Boran Berčić

Are Nations Social Constructs?

19:00 – 19:45 Zvonimir Šikić

Why do Laws Succeed or do not Succeed?

Edoardo Fregonese

Imposing Function through Document. The Case of an Urban Plan: Plano Tomorrow in Plano (TX)

    20:30 Conference dinner

 

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
STUDENT WORKSHOPS WITH JOHN SEARLE AND JENNIFER HUDIN

Social ontology meets collective epistemology

Room 006

09:00 –  10:30 Opening remarks: Nenad Smokrović, director of the PhD programme Philosophy and Contemporaneity

John Searle, Jennifer Hudin

Moderator: Snježana Prijić-Samaržija

Matija Lukač: Joint Commitment and Collective  Intentionality – Starting Point and Quality  Criterion

Marko Luka Zubčić: Social Ontology, Social Epistemology and Inferential Individualism

Leonard Pektor: Stoic Epistemic Virtues of Groups – Can there be an Unproblematic Direct Transfer from Individuals to Groups?

Denis Paušić: Is Wide Science a Group that Knows?

10:20 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:05 Moderator: Nenad Smokrović

David Grčki: How Bad is the “Bad Argument”

Aleksandar Šušnjar: Some Reflections on Searle’s View on the Connection between Language and Institution

Kristina Lekić: Group-mind and autism: Can we Talk about the Cognition of the Group of Autistic Persons?

 

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
  TOPICS FROM JOHN SEARLE

Session A (room 401)

VARIA

Session B (room 402)

Chairperson: Iris Vidmar Chairperson:  Neven Petrović
11:10 – 11:55 Guglielmo Feis

Some (Alternative?) Facts for Searlean Social Ontology

Miljana Milojevic

Extended Mind and Personal Identity

12:00 – 12:45 Alice Borghi

Groups and Populism: a Case Study on Searlean Deontic Powers

Iva Bubalo

Semantics in Computational Cognition?

12:50 – 14:00 Lunch break

 

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
  TOPICS FROM JOHN SEARLE

Session A (room 401)

VARIA

Session B (room 402)

Chairperson:  Nebojša Zelič Chairperson: Boran Berčić
14:15 – 15:00 Imke Maessen

Ordinary Citizens as the Source of Legal Validity

Danilo Šuster

On the Limits of Argumentation

 

15:05 – 15:50 Maria Matuszkiewicz

An Argument for a Minimal Mental Internalism

Nenad Smokrović

A Real Nature of Argumentation: Individual or Social?

15:50 – 16:00 Coffee break Coffee break
Chairperson: Ivan Cerovac Chairperson: Boran Berčić
16:00 – 16:45 Matjaž Potrč

Objectivity of the Brain in a Vat

Olga Markač

Analogical Reasoning

 

 

MATEJA KURIR

Architecture as Ideology: the perspectives of critical theory (Benjamin and Adorno). An attempt

“The ideological attunement of architecture will be the key focus of the lecture, where the work of two promi-nent philosophers of critical theory on the topic of architecture, namely Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, will be outlined. (more…)

CAS SEMINAR WITH ROBERT D. KAPLAN 

Robert D. Kaplan visited Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe on April 21, 2017 and gave a talk about how technology is making geography and geopolitics smaller, more anxious and claustrophobic, so that all of Eurasia is coming together as a single conflict system, even while Europe divides from within. Precisely because globalization leads to integration, it also leads to increased interactions across regions and this intensifies conflict and instability. Kaplan also reflected on the European crisis, in all its aspects, with thoughts and questions about how it looks from the viewpoint of Rijeka, Central Europe, and the former Yugoslavia. Robert D. Kaplan was joined in discussion with Giacomo Scotti, Vanni d’Alessio and Ervin Dubrović.


Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of seventeen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Earning the Rockies, In Europe’s Shadow, Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts.
He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior advisor at Eurasia Group. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He held the national security chair at the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”

 

Call for papers – John Searle Symposium

19th Edition of the International Conference
Contemporary Philosophical Issues

Place:  University of Rijeka, Croatia

Organizers:  Department of Philosophy, Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences; Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka; Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy; PhD programme “Contemporaneity and philosophy”, LabOnt, University of Torino; Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Date: May 22-23, 2017

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2017

We cordially invite you to the 19th conference Contemporary Philosophical Issues: John Searle Symposium on Social Ontology.

The annual conference is this year dedicated to philosopher John Searle, whose influence on and relevance for the contemporary analytic philosophy, cognitive sciences and neurobiology can hardly be overestimated. Professor Searle’s work in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology set foundations for many of the most discussed issues in these fields, and his renditions of problems as diverse as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, free will, artificial intelligence, reality, social reality, human rights, institutions and power, provided new directions for philosophers and scientists alike. In his books, Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception and Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization, as well as in his work at the recently founded The John Searle Center for Social Ontology, Professor Searle focuses on themes in social sciences, which is why our focus at the conference will be on social ontology. However, we appreciate papers on all and every aspect of John Searle’s rich philosophical oeuvre.

Confirmed participants:

In addition to John Searle, our guests will be Jennifer Hudin, Director of the John Searle Center for Social Ontology, Maurizio Ferraris, LabOnt University of Torino, Tiziana Andina, Director of LabOnt University of Torino, Paolo de Lucia, University of Milano, Giuseppe Lorini, University of Cagliari, Nenad Miščević, University of Maribor, Boran Berčić, University of Rijeka, Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Petar Bojanić, Universities of Belgrade and Rijeka

Abstract submission and deadline:

If you are interested in participating, please send a title of your paper and a short abstract of maximum 400 words by April 30th 2017 to Iris Vidmar (ividmar@ffri.hr) and Andrea Mešanović (andrea.mesanovic@gmail.com). Notifications regarding the acceptance will be issued by May 1st 2017.

Please note that our conference allows for the possibility of presentation of papers concerned with contemporary themes in analytic philosophy that do not address Professor Searle’s opus directly. These presentations will be organized as a parallel session of the conference, which, in case of a large number of applicants, can extend to May 24th. Ideally, we designate 30 minutes for presentations of papers, followed by 15 minutes for discussions.

There will be no registration fee. Conference organizers will provide lunch and light refreshments during the conference program. Participants are kindly requested to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

Organizational Committee:

Andrea Mešanović

Iris Vidmar

Luca Malatesti

Gazela Pudar Drasko

Nenad Smokrović

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija

Sanja Bojanić

Vera Tripodi

CAS SEE FELLOWS INAUGURATION

The Center for Advanced Studies – Southeast Europe (CAS SEE) at the University of Rijeka organized the 5th Fellows Inauguration at the University Campus Akvarij caffé on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

The Fellows will stay and work at the CAS SEE premises in the following ten months divided in two terms (Spring and Autumn 2017/2018) and present their research to the representatives of the University, the Academia and the public.


Themes of their research are relevant for the current social and humanistic political debates which focus on:
1.            Making Inclusive Cities: Towards Participatory Governance Practices 
2.           Critical Theory

During their stay in Rijeka, the CAS-SEE fellows will, according to their research themes and proposals, be involved in the work of the Sweet&Salt flagship, hosted by the CAS SEE, within the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project.

The fifth generation of CAS SEE Fellows was welcomed by:
Vice-rector for Students and Studies, Full Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržžija, Ph.D., Rector-elect at the University of Rijeka, Executive director of CAS SEE, Ass. Prof. Sanja Bojanić, Ph.D., Vice-Dean for International relations at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, Irena Kregar – Šegota, Development and Strategic Partnerships Director, Rijeka 2020 Agency, Full Prof. Idis Turato, Sweet&Salt Flagship Director (Rijeka 2020 – ECOC)

Please join us in congratulating the following 2017-2018 Spring and Autumn CAS-SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

SPRING 2017

Mateja Kurir  (Ljubljana, Slovenia) Architecture as ideology: the perspectives of critical theory from modernism to the present
Gruia Badescu (Oxford University, UK) Spatializing Cultural Policies and Activism in Croatia and Romania: A Comparative, Transnational Study
Marek Szilvasi (Budapest, Hungary) Between Commodity and Common Public Good: Access to Water and its Relevance for Roma People in Europe
Natasha Sardžoska (Skopje, Macedonia) Mapping of spatial memory in limitrophe cities, landscapes, borders and bodies in Istria
Gregor Moder (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Critical Theory. Truth in Politics: Comedy, Sophistry and Critique
Marija Ott Franolić (Zagreb, Croatia) Read, Think, Act

Rastko Močnik

Fascisms: Historical, Neo-, and Post-

“Public discourses now usually describe the new anti-liberal and anti-globalist politics as “populist”. The term is problematic in many ways. It is pronounced from aloof and entails the suggestion that politics is a matter of expertise, not to be soiled by the people. Consequently, the implied position of uttering contradicts the explicit utterance-contents that presents itself as classically liberal. The term provides a hasty pseudo-solution to what should be examined as a problem: the mass appeal of those politics. By suggesting that politics is a matter of rhetorical adroitness, mainstream discourses legitimate and reproduce the presently dominating political practices in the Euro-Atlantic region that may be one of the causes for the massive discontent, which, in turn, offers social support to the new anti-liberalism. – Within the processes and practices that resulted in the destruction of Yugoslav socialist federation, an important, maybe decisive component were the politics that retroactively appear as an anticipation of the present extremist tide, and whom some of us described at that time as “fascist”. Again, this description seems problematic. As an anachronistic analogy, it may miss the specificity of the present situation. To avoid this trap, we shall look for systemic features, which now generate the familiar elements that have in the past combined into historical fascisms, but which may instead form new patterns in the present.”

 

Rastko Močnik, sociologist, literary theorist, translator and political activist is a retired professor at the University of Ljubljana and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications, University Singidunum, Belgrade. He teaches and publishes in critical social science, theory of symbolic formations, epistemology of the humanities and social sciences. Co-chair of the International Board of Directors of the Institute for Critical Social Studies, Sofia and Plovdiv. Doctor honoris causa at the  Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” (2005).

Aktionstage: Refugees – Migration – Democracy

The first panel of the Aktionstage: Refugees – Migration – Democracy Symposium held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, entitled (Not) Learning from history, part I: Yugoslav refugee crisis – how Europe dealt with it from left to right, moderated by Vedran Džihić (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka, oiip, Vienna) included the presentations of Zoran Slavinić (REMESO, Linköping University), Branka Likić-­Brborić (REMESO, Linköping University) and Melita H. Sunjic (UNHCR, Vienna) that engaged both listeners and speakers in debates on the changing nature of European democracy in the midst of the ongoing refugee crisis.

The second panel, (Not) Learning from history, part II: Integration and democracy from left to right, moderated by Sanja Bojanić (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka) delt with the nature of the contemporary demos. The panel provided experts from various disciplines: Ilker Ataç (University of Vienna), Gudrun Biffl (Danube University Krems), Holly Case (IWM, Brown University) and Li Bennich-­Björkman (Department of Government, Uppsala University) with the opportunity to offer sensible and culturally diverse outlooks on political participation, contribution and agency. Their explorations of the topics of political optimism, institutional control and emotional engagement provided a fascinating basis for further discussions about the proper response to the refugee crisis.

The third panel, Demos – Who belongs to the political community? moderated by Gerd Valchars (Initiative Minderheiten, Vienna) included presentations of Hedvig Morvai (European Fund for the Balkans, Belgrade), Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna) and Snježana Prijić-­Samaržija (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka).

Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija

At the conference, the co-director of the Center for Advanced Studies SEE, professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija presented her answer to the problem of belonging to a political community. Prijić-Samaržija’s presentation approached the issue of migration from an institutional perspective, questioning the legitimacy of someone’s right to impose limits on the freedom of movement. Throughout the speech, she explored the legitimacy of unilateral prohibitive decisions made by particular states and the implications of their unsustainable one-dimensionality, juxtaposing them with the notion of migration as a basic human right. Should we choose to view the right to seek better political and economic conditions as a manifestation of contemporary social mobility, we would need to address the option that nobody can legitimately limit the movement of others. Striving to reach a balanced conclusion, Prijić-Samaržija proposed delegating the issue of migrations to international institutions capable of adjusting the subjective interests of particular states to the interests of migrants. Relating to the broader topic of the conference, she emphasized the necessary hierarchy of urgency between the migration of genuine refugees, low-skilled workers escaping poverty and high-skilled experts seeking better payment. Her presentation incited many responses from the audience, leading to a discussion about the nature of credible international institutions and the danger of excessive euro centrism.

On Mothers and Daughters with Mira Furlan

The upcoming January premiere of the Autumn Sonata by Ingmar Bergman at the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka was a great motive for another collaboration of scientific and art institutions in Rijeka. This time, the theme of engagement was a contemplation on the specifics and challenges of a complex mother – daughter relationships.

Bergman’s piece opens multiple challenges emerging from the concept of this relationship. The most obvious one might be that of a conflict as a common theme in general displays of women’s relations and with it related misogynist, patriarchal matrix “guarding” the possibilities of affirmative and exclusively women’s connections.

On the other side, “(women’s) family romances” are a counterpoise of an equally limited rhetorical reach. The emerging question therefor might be: what are and what could be the vocabularies of presenting this specific relationship and parenting in general, as a socially important, closely monitored and regulated agency? The talk On Mothers and Daughters led by Mira Furlan, Olga Dimitrijević, Sanja Milutinović Bojanić and Brigita Miloš,  organized by Center for Women’s Studies (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe and The Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka was held on November 24, 2016 at the University Campus in Rijeka.