Monthly Archives: May 2021

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Mate Nikola Tokić

On Thursday, June 3rd at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Mate Nikola Tokić, presented by our fellow Nikolina Židek. The seminar was dedicated to the presentation of Tokić’s new book – Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War.

Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War examines one of the most active but least remembered groups of terrorists of the Cold War: radical anti-Yugoslav Croatian separatists. Operating in countries as widely dispersed as Sweden, Australia, Argentina, West Germany, and the United States, Croatian extremists were responsible for scores of bombings, numerous attempted and successful assassinations, two guerilla incursions into socialist Yugoslavia, and two airplane hijackings during the height of the Cold War. In Australia alone, Croatian separatists carried out no less than sixty-five significant acts of violence in one ten-year period. Diaspora Croats developed one of the most far-reaching terrorist networks of the Cold War and, in total, committed on average one act of terror every five weeks worldwide between 1962 and 1980.
Tokić focuses on the social and political factors that radicalized certain segments of the Croatian diaspora population during the Cold War and the conditions that led them to embrace terrorism as an acceptable form of political expression. At its core, this book is concerned with the discourses and practices of radicalization—the ways in which both individuals and groups who engage in terrorism construct a particular image of the world to justify their actions. Drawing on exhaustive evidence from seventeen archives in ten countries on three continents—including diplomatic communiqués, political pamphlets and manifestos, manuals on bomb- making, transcripts of police interrogations of terror suspects, and personal letters among terrorists—Tokić tells the comprehensive story of one of the Cold War’s most compelling global political movements.

Mate Nikola Tokić is Humanities Initiative Visiting Professor in the Department of History and School of Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after earning an M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the CEU, Dr. Tokić was Assistant Professor of European and East European History at the American University in Cairo. Professor Tokić has held a number of positions at some of Europe’s most highly respected research institutes, including at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence, the Berlin Program for Advanced European and German Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest, the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, and, most recently, the Center for Advanced Study – South East Europe at the University of Rijeka.His first monograph—entitled Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War—was published with Purdue University Press in 2020. In addition to several articles on political violence and radicalization among émigré Croats, he has worked extensively on the relationship between social memory and political legitimacy in socialist Yugoslavia.


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

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

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

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

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

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

 25–27 May 2022

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Presentation of the artist residence at the Moise Palace

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Moise Palace, Nikolina Komljenović and Irma Unušić developed the artistic concept and choreography of a dance performance for children “What planet are you?”
The artists spent two weeks at the residence, at the Moise Palace as part of the European project Island Connect, whose program is implemented in the island communities of five partner organizations from Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Spain, and Croatia. They presented a phase of work on a dance play for children “What planet are you from?” The performance was followed by a conversation with the audience that spontaneously turned into a workshop. The artists held a workshop for children in order to adapt the performance in a creative way, through play.

The project is supported by Creative Europe, a local partner organization of the project: NGO Domino


CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Ivan Cerovac

On Thursday, May 27th at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Ivan Cerovac, presented by our fellow Marko-Luka Zubčić.

This talk will present Cerovac’s book Epistemic Democracy and Political Legitimacy and explore whether democratic procedures’ ability to produce substantively correct, efficient or just outcomes increases the legitimacy of such political decisions. Addressing both positions that are too epistemic (e.g., epistocracy), as well as those that are not epistemic enough (e.g., pure epistemic proceduralism), the talk will introduce an innovative structure that can be used to bring order to numerous accounts of epistemic democracy. Furthermore, mapping and critically engaging with the main theories of epistemic democracy, the talk will evaluate arguments for different democratic decision-making procedures and address whether (and to what extent) these arguments constitute democracy’s legitimacy-generating potential. 

Ivan Cerovac is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Trieste, Italy, and writes and teaches on a range of topics in ethics and political philosophy, including political legitimacy, social justice and democratic theory. He is the author of Epistemic Democracy and Political Legitimacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and is currently working on the forthcoming John Stuart Mill and Epistemic Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). 

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Ivan Cerovac: 

Semiotic Landscapes of Southeastern Europe

May 28-29, 2021, Moise Palace, Cres and online

The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) at University of Rijeka and the Berlin Centre for Transnational Border Research “Border Crossings – Crossing Borders” at Humboldt University are pleased to invite you to take part in the online sessions of the two-day conference “Semiotic landscapes of Southeastern Europe”.


This rich program brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds working on the visual and semiotic aspects of everyday culture in Southeastern Europe.

As the presentations will show, studying the diversity of human meaning-making on public display allows for expedient insights into the fundamentals and frictions underlying visual manifestations of social patterns and political implications.

Having moved beyond its initial focus on writing and images in public space, the concept of semiotic landscapes neatly embraces the implications and intertextualities of human activities involved in the creation and shaping of space and place. 

Verbal as well as nonverbal modes of engagement with the outer world create the realities and resignifications connected to and produced by a given semiotic landscape.

Any semiotic act affecting the landscape is in itself both a consequence of and a potential cause for political, cultural, economic and other challenges and changes.

The diverse geographical and social premises of Southeastern Europe, where hegemonic as well as heretical discourses have been active in the politics of memory and meaning-making in (recent) history, provide a copious amount of perspectives and topics for researching the interconnection of the sign and public space.




Watch the  “Semiotic Landscapes of Southeastern Europe conference video:

EVENINGS AT THE MOISE: “Mathematical Circus”

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Moise Palace, Associate Professor dr. sc. Vedrana Mikulić Crnković and Associate Professor dr. sc. Bojan Crnković held a workshop for children called “Mathematical Circus”.

Professors from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Rijeka designed the workshops and lectures as part of the Science Festival 2021 – Culture of Science.
Bojan Crnković and Vedrana Mikulić Crnković, mathematicians, designed and created several activities to describe the connections between mathematics and the elements of the circus show. In this workshop, children learned about the mathematics behind some circus elements.


CAS SEE Seminars With Guests: Christian Axboe Nielsen

On Thursday, May 13th at 1 pm (CET) we hosted  CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Christian Axboe Nielsen, presented by our fellow Nikolina Židek. 

This talk will present Nielsen’s book Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations, which covers the Yugoslav State Security Service’s decades-long campaign against émigrés around the world. Both the Yugoslav state leadership and the émigrés believed themselves to be locked in an existential struggle stretching far beyond the borders of Yugoslavia. Using one of the cases from his book as a case study, Nielsen will discuss how the Yugoslav State Security Service operated abroad, and why it regarded the use of assassinations as a legitimate component of the struggle against “the hostile fascist emigration.”

Christian Axboe Nielsen is an Associate Professor of History and Human Security at Aarhus University in Denmark. He received his Ph.D. in Eastern European history with distinction from Columbia University in 2002, and also holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His books include Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar’s Yugoslavia (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations: The History and Legacy of Tito’s Campaign Against the Émigrés (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, 2020).  



EVENINGS AT THE MOISE”: “Sustainable beach management in the Republic of Croatia”

On Thursday, May 6, at the Moise Palace, doc. dr. sc. Iva Tuhtan Grgić held a lecture on “Sustainable beach management in the Republic of Croatia”.

Doc. dr. sc. Iva Tuhtan Grgić from the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, gave a lecture on “Sustainable beach management in the Republic of Croatia” and presented possible legal regimes for beach management and their applicability in practice. The maritime good is intended for general use, that is, everyone has the right to use it in accordance with its nature and purpose. A large number of people will cite beaches as an example of maritime good, with the simultaneous remark that, unfortunately, they are not managed best. The lecture explained how to establish sustainable beach management and whether it is possible without integrated management of the entire coastal area. The assistant professor briefly outlined the possible legal regimes for beach management, which is the responsibility of local self-government units, she also pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of each regime and their applicability depends on the type of beach.

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