Monthly Archives: April 2021

CAS SEE Seminars With Guests: Željko Ivanković

On Thursday,May 6th at 10 am (CET) we hosted  CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Željko Ivanković (Prague College) on “Cryptocurrencies and value neutrality of technology”.

The idea of author of Bitcoin network Satoshi Nakamoto was to create an electronic payment system without a ‘trusted third party’ which verifies transactions. His endeavour revives the understanding of technology, here embodied in an algorithm, as value neutral, as a pure means to an end. A comparison of essential characteristics of technology of cryptocurrencies with other types of money (metal money, paper money, book money, bank money) uncovers moral values in their technical solutions, besides the ideological arguments of advocates of crypto-money. From the evaluation an institutional nature of money emerges. The analysis of cryptocurrencies is inspired by examples from Sheila Jasanoff’s Ethics of Innovations and relies on a new legal theory of money.  

Željko Ivanković (Prague College) is an author, publisher, manager, university lecturer, and former diplomat from Zagreb, Croatia, having significant international experience. Željko was economic counsellor at the Embassy of Croatia in Tokyo and in Canberra. Earlier in his career he was a well known Croatian economic and political journalist. He received his PhD in political philosophy from the Australian National University. Željko has published several books and used to be a research director at the Croatian Banking Association; he was editor in chief of a leading Croatian financial magazine, Banka, and ran a Croatian publishing company SPO ltd (Contemporary Business Communications). 

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Željko Ivanković: 

Graffitied Memoryscapes: Virtual exhibition opening and online round table on research political graffiti

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, at 1:30 pm (CET)

An exhibition on the interrelations between landscapes, memory and graffiti in the post-Yugoslav space 

The exhibition is based on photos taken over the past decade by four researchers working in the former Yugoslavia: Roswitha Kersten-PejanićVjeran PavlakovićEric Ušić, and Kevin Kenjar. Each researcher has analyzed the political sentiments, ascriptions, and statements that are manifested and realized in the form of graffiti and other linguistic and semiotic signs located in the physical landscape. 

These images of the visual memoryscape from different parts of Croatia and other countries of the former Yugoslavia explicitly depict political conflicts and ideological premises, historical ruptures, and multiple layers of the past, as well as discourses of Othering and relations of in-group vs. out-group identification. Although the authors have approached these visual semiotics from various disciplines, they all share a common fascination with the graffitied memoryscape in this region of contested narratives and complex histories. 

The virtual opening of the exhibition will be complemented by a round table of experts on research on political graffiti and the semiotic landscape in different parts of Europe. Katharina Tyran from the University of Vienna will give an insight into her work on the ex-Yugoslav linguistic landscape in Vienna, Costas Canakis from the University of the Aegean will share some impressions of his extensive research in different cities and regions of Southeastern Europe and beyond.


Exhibition presentation “Graffitied Memoryscapes”

Eric Ušić, Kevin Kenjar, Vjeran Pavlaković and Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić

Discussion „Political graffiti in Southeastern Europe“

Katharina Tyran, Costas Canakis [and more to be announced later on]

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Meeting ID: 884 1086 6038
Passcode: 131796

CAS SEE Seminars With Guests: Narine Harutyunyan Brod

On Thursday, April 22nd at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Narine Harutyunyan Brod on “Regulating Genetic Technologies: The Future of Human Reproduction“.

The seminar is presented and moderated by CAS SEE Fellow Desara Dushi.

The Seminar covers the issues related to modern-day reproduction through assisted reproductive technologies. New genetic technologies now allow potential parents to choose between a wide range of reproductive alternatives. One of the greatest benefits of these technologies is the ability to provide future parents with genetic information about the health status of their unborn children, which can be used to reduce births of children with severely disabling genetic diseases, or to alleviate or cure their painful and progressive genetic diseases. However, reproductive alternatives offered by new biotechnologies can often go beyond the medical necessity. The Seminar will focus on the main human rights issues that arise in parallel with the technological advancements in the field of human reproduction. 

Narine Harutyunyan Brod specialized in Medical Law and Bioethics, with a particular focus on reproductive rights. She has recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in ‘Law, Science and Technology’ from the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research interests and skills also encompass European, International, and comparative law for gene editing, preimplantation (prenatal) technologies, as well as commodification debates related to genetic technologies. Narine has been a visiting researcher at the University of Zurich and the Leibniz University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she has built a career as a legal expert at the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, where she analyzed and provided expert opinions on draft laws and regulations in the field of social legislation.




On Thursday, April 15th at 10 am (CET) we continued with “CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Guests”, where we welcomed Josef Djordjevski whose presentation tracked the development and consequences of the idea that the Eastern Adriatic coast and its adjacent sea are “clean,” an idea that developed under Yugoslav socialism that has carried on into the 21st century.

The Coast is “Clean?”: Managing Water on the Eastern Adriatic Coastline of Yugoslavia and Croatia, 1972-2003.

Examining the processes by which different stakeholders at multiple levels of society sought to keep the Adriatic Sea “clean,” Djordjevski argues that the idea of cleanliness led to a contradictory approach to managing water on the coast. On the one hand, impressive attempts at environmental preservation and sustainability were initiated to keep the sea clean, while on the other hand, negative exploitative measures that seriously jeopardized the ecological health of the sea and the human populations living along the coast occurred. These mixed results were further complicated by conflicts within society over how the sea was perceived and treated and how the water was to be managed, as well as the role of the environment itself, which often showed its own active role in coastal management by exposing limitations.

By the late 1960s, the fragile but attractive eastern Adriatic coastline had experienced a wave of mass tourism that conflicted with industry and urbanization. In 1972, the leadership of socialist Yugoslavia initiated a project known as Adriatic III, which included a grandiose study to determine the environmental state of the coast. Leaders and stakeholders in the development of the coast unanimously concluded that their side of the Adriatic Sea was “clean” and in an ecologically healthy state. To them, this had a double meaning—on the one hand, it meant that conditions were ripe for further development, while on the other, it meant that protective measures needed to be put in place in order to keep the sea healthy and attractive. In essence, they devised a blueprint for sustainable development years before the term entered into common usage, but also established grounds for exploitation. The development of the idea of the Adriatic being a “clean” sea is one that has carried on into the present, with post-socialist Croatia also heavily relying on the notion to brand itself and attract tourists.

Josef Djordjevski is a Ph.D Candidate in History at the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation, advised by Professor Patrick Patterson, is an environmental history of the development of tourism on the Adriatic coast, and is based on research he compiled during the 2017 and 2018 academic years, funded by the University of California Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship.

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Josef Djordjevski

Evenings at the Moise: ” Language Landscape and Tourism”

On Thursday, 8th April at the Moise Palace dr. sc. Diana Stolac, professor at the Department of Croatian Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka, gave a lecture on “Language Landscape and Tourism“.

The linguistic landscape is a linguistic term that notes all the inscriptions in an environment. The range is very wide – from road signs and official signs at state and local institutions to private signs, advertisements, and language graffiti. The use of one or more languages on public inscriptions is explored – public inscriptions are recorded, described, and commented on in a sociolinguistic and cultural context. This describes the linguistic identity of the space. 

This lecture aims to divert the eyes – of hosts and tourists – of the inscriptions around us and to raise awareness of the language environment in which we move every day. Special emphasis is placed on the functionality of multilingual signs for tourists from various countries. However, the language chaos on some signs, flyers, menus, and similar texts is not a good message to tourists and does not offer the beautiful image we would like to send.

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



EVENINGS AT THE MOISE: “Building of Hotel Cres, former city granary”

On Thursday, 1st April at the Moise Palace mag. art. Jasminka Ćus-Rukonić held a lecture on “Building of Hotel Cres, former city granary”. 

At the beginning of the XIX. in the whole of Europe, including Cres, the former city walls and all other city buildings that lost their previous role were abandoned, so the City of Cres sold the Praetorian Palace to private individuals, and began to use the Fontega building (granary) for its own purposes. At first, there was a city administration, for a time even a public school, and at the end of the XIX. century the building was sold and converted into a hotel. At the beginning of the 20th century, the hotel got another, second floor and a balcony on the first floor of the west facade.

This was the second lecture by Ćus-Rukonić in the Palace after she was a guest in the first season with the lecture “Coats of Arms” in the Moise Palace.

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