Lucija Polonijo

Cultures of Rejection Consortium Meeting and Workshop

Moise Palace (Cres), August 16-19 2021

From August 16th to 19th 2021, Culture of Rejection project teams from Germany, Austria, Sweden, Serbia and Croatia met at Moise Palace, the University of Rijeka humanities and social sciences hub located at the renovated renaissance palace at the island of Cres, for an intensive workshop consisting of a series of sessions dedicated to discussing the research findings of the project, the theoretical and conceptual developments, and the planning of next research phases, publications and project activities.

The possibility of the consortium meeting physically at the Moise Palace researchers’ retreat was highly beneficial in terms of allowing for ample space and time to collectively comprehensively analyze the findings, insights and dilemmas of the project, and to examine in detail the complexity and trans-national scope of the investigated phenomena. Likewise, it allowed for sharing of research experiences and thorough preparations for the next research phase of the project.

Furthermore, a session was dedicated to the discussion of research articles currently in development as well as future publications. The workshop closed with the overview and discussion on the final activities of the project, including the production of a Culture of Rejection science communication materials and organization of the 2022 Belgrade conference.


Moise Architectural Seminar

30 August – 1 September 2021
Moise Palace – Cres, Croatia

curated by Petar Bojanić, Alessandro Rocca, Giulia Setti, Snežana Vesnić

M.A.S. is a platform to share experience, ideas, desires, among faculties, fellows and candidates engaged in research about architectural design and theory.
The two sessions focus on two main aspects of research and dissemination.
In session 1, researchers make presentations of their work in journals, magazines, books, and other media: Vesper, Villard Journal, Khorein Journal for Architecture and Philosophy, Fuoco amico, Ex libris, etc. The particpiants discuss about writing, reading and publishing in architectural research.
In session 2, the focus is on research methodology. A series of short interventions, mostly of research fellows and PhD candidates, will explaine a position, about methods and goals. The discussion will open a debate considering interactions with other disciplines, like history, philosophy, and others, and exploring the relationship between theory and design, in their multiple possible overlappings.
Session 3 sees a meeting with the responsible of the Center for Advanced Studies at University of Rijeka, DeltaLab and a visit of the city.
In the afternoon, the meeting gather the inputs and contradictions emerged in the previous sessions to stimulate some conclusions and research projects.

Giorgia Aquilar (Research Fellow, Iuav), Nina Bačun (PhD Candidate, University of Zagreb), Petar Bojanic (University of Belgrade), Milica Božić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Đorđe Bulajić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Patrizia Cannas (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Pippo Ciorra (Villard PhD Program, Iuav), Milos Cipranic (Research Fellow,
University of Belgrade), Giovanni Corbellini (Politecnico di Torino), Matteo Corbellini (PhD Candidate, Iuav), Gianluca Croce (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Egidio Cutillo (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Mariacristina D’Oria (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Alessandro De Savi (PhD Candidate, Villard), Luca Di Lorenzo (Research Fellow, UniCam), Martina Di Prisco (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Alessandro Di Renzo (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Vladan Djokic (University of Belgrade), Elena Giaccone (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Saskia Gribling (PhD Candidate, PoliTo), Spela Hudnik (University of Ljubljana), Luyi Liu (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Tijana Mačkić (PhD Candidate, University of Belgrade), Morana Matkovic (DeltaLab), Arianna Mondin (PhD Candidate, UniGe), Maroje Mrduljas (University of Zagreb), Alessandra Pelizzari (PhD Candidate, Villard), Alberto Petracchin (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Giuseppe Ricupero (PhD Candidate, Villard), Alessandro Rocca (Politecnico di Milano), Valentina Rodani (PhD Candidate, UniTs), Kevin Santus (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Sara Anna Sapone (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Giulia Setti (Politecnico di Milano), Snezana Vesnic (University of Belgrade), Isabella Spagnolo (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Renato Stankovic (DeltaLab), Matteo Vianello (PhD Candidate, Villard), Liheng Zhu (Auid PhD Candidate, PoliMi), Luca Zilio (Research Fellow, Iuav)

Scientific Board
Petar Bojanic (DeltaLab, University of Belgrade), Pippo Ciorra (Villard PhD Program, Iuav Università di Venezia), Giovanni Corbellini (Politecnico di Torino), Vladan Djokic (University of Belgrade), Giovanni Durbiano (DeltaLab Head, Politecnico di Torino), Sara Marini (Iuav Università di Venezia), Morana Matkovic (DeltaLab deputy Head), Alessandro Rocca (Auid PhD Program, Politecnico di Milano), Luka Skansi (Politecnico di Milano)


30 August | day 1 “Writing and Reading”
Chair: Petar Bojanić, Alessandro Rocca
9:30 – 10:00 Welcome
Snjezana Prijic Samarzia, rector of University of Rijeka
Giovanni Durbiano, head of DeltaLab
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction
10:30 – 11:00 Vesper. Notes from the City of Gold and Mud | Giorgia Aquilar, Egidio Cutillo, Arianna Mondin, Alberto Petracchin, Luca Zilio
11:00 – 11:30 Fiume Fantastika | Maroje Mrduljaš
11:30 – 12:00 Sayable Space | Giovanni Corbellini
12:00 – 12:30 villardjournal | Luca di Lorenzo, Alessandra Pelizzari

13:00 – 14:30 lunch break

Afternoon session
Chair: Giovanni Corbellini, Spela Hudnik
15:00 – 15:30 Introduction
15:30 – 18:00 Open discussion
Statements by: Patrizia Cannas, Alessandro De Savi, Martina Di Prisco, Kevin Santus, Sara Anna Sapone, Isabella Spagnolo, Matteo Vianello, Liheng Zhu

31 August | day 2 “Research Methods and Goals”
Chair: Pippo Ciorra, Maroje Mrduljas
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction
10:30 – 13:00 Open discussion
Statements by Giorgia Aquilar, Nina Bačun, Milica Božić, Đorđe Bulajić, Matteo Corbellini, Gianluca Croce, Egidio Cutillo, Tijana Mačkić, Alessandra Pelizzari, Valentina Rodani, Sara Anna Sapone, Matteo Vianello

13:00 – 14:30 lunch break

Afternoon session
Chair: Vladan Djokic, Giulia Setti
15:00 – 15:30 Introduction
15:30 – 18:00 Open discussion
Statements by Patrizia Cannas, Alessandro De Savi, Martina Di Prisco, Mariacristina D’Oria, Luyi Liu, Arianna Mondin, Alberto Petracchin, Kevin Santus, Isabella Spagnolo, Liheng Zhu, Luca Zilio

1 September | day 3 “Rijeka visit and wrap-up”
Chair: Ida Križaj Leko, Morana Matkovic, Renato Stankovic
Boat Cres 8:30 to Rijeka 9:55
10:00 – 14:30 Visit to Delta Lab and the city, Rijeka University
Boat Rijeka 14:30 to Cres 15:50

Afternoon session
Chair: Morana Matkovic, Snežana Vesnić
16:00 – 19:00 Wrap-up Seminar

Job Vacancy: MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Director

MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Director

Job Vacancy

Organisation: MOISE Palace – Regional Center for Advanced Studies SEE

Location: Cres Island / Rijeka, Croatia

Closing date: September 1st, 2021

We are seeking a dedicated full-time manager to expand the Program and Fundraising development of the MOISE Palace.

About us:

Led by a high-profile international interdisciplinary team, MOISE Palace is hosted by the University of Rijeka and operated by its Center for Advances Studies SEE. It is embedded into a rich international partner network involving important regional players from academic, policy, and donor communities. The 500-year-old MOISE Palace is a North Adriatic cultural monument of considerable historical, artistic, and symbolic importance, located in the old town center of the City of Cres. Set against the pristine natural background of Cres Island, this monumental building is the largest patrician Renaissance city palace in Croatia.

The splendid isolation of MOISE Palace offers a unique forum space for intellectual shift and collective creation that foster groundbreaking ideas and lead to actual change. MOISE Palace aims at evolving into one of the most inspiring spaces for provoking dialogue and future-shaping thought in Europe. MOISE Palace leverages daring innovation and actual impact through an International Board of Patrons involving Erhard Busek, Hedvig Morvai, Ivan Vejvoda, Judith Butler, Axell Honneth, Etienne Balibar, Peter Eisenman, Jonathan Wolff, Wolfgang Merkel, Michael M. Resch, Michael Walzer, and Lisa Herzog.

If you wish

  • to join one of the most ambitious and forward-looking projects in this part of Europe,
  • to work in a unique Mediterranean environment on the Island of Cres and in Rijeka, embedded into pulsating University of Rijeka and regional academic network,
  • to cooperate with and take responsibility for a growing network of young scholars and inspiring intellectuals and thinkers,

consider applying for this position!

Key Tasks and responsibilities:


  • Identify, assess, and inform the Executive Director and Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the Moise Program;
  • Execute all operations in coordination and upon approval of the Executive Director;
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of Moise Palace

Operational Planning and Management

  • Prepare the Program and Fundraising Plan on an annual basis for the Board of Directors to adopt it and implement it afterward;
  • Draft procedures for the approval of the Executive Director and implement them afterward;
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the MOISE Palace Program and Fundraising Plan;
  • Provide support to the activities of the Board of Directors and Board of Patrons
  • Propose staffing requirements for projects and program delivery based on instructions and the budget approved by the Board of Directors

Financial Planning, Fundraising, and Management

  • Prepare annual Fundraising Plan to be adopted by Board of Directors;
  • Take responsibility for the implementation of the Fundraising Plan to ensure the development of the MOISE Program
  • Plan, review, and submit letters of inquiry, grant applications, including narrative proposals and proposed budgets, and grant reports;
  • Work with Executive Director and the Board of Directors to prepare a comprehensive annual budget;
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the fundraised resources


  • Engage, develop and cultivate relationships, and regularly follow through with public and private foundations, as well as corporations and government agencies, to identify and pursue grant and other funding opportunities
  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community of partners;

Necessary qualifications:

  • Higher Education Degree
  • Fluent in oral and written communication in Croatian (BHSM) and English language, any additional language would be an asset
  • Minimum 5 years of management in the corporate sector, international organization, or NGO sector
  • Experience in managing projects, programs, and/or organizations
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Experience in working with cross-sector partnerships
  • Good consulting, analytical and critical thinking skills, organized and results-driven
  • Good planning and coordination, self-management skills
  • Advanced networking, stakeholder management, communication, and presentation skills
  • Established ability to provide leadership
  • Budgetary experience is an asset
  • Culturally aware skills and competencies, work experience in a multicultural setting
  • Strong Computer skills in Microsoft Office Packages
  • Willingness to work from the work location of Moise Palace on Cres

We offer:

  • The unique working environment on the Island of Cres and in Rijeka, embedded into pulsating University of Rijeka and regional network;
  • Working with a young and dedicated team and scholars;
  • Inspiring encounters with a broad regional and international network of renowned intellectuals, scholars, major international foundations, and governmental officials;
  • A chance to shape and navigate strategic program lines;
  • A competitive salary.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application in English by September 1st, 2021 at

The application must include:

  • your CV
  • cover letter
  • names and contact details of two reference persons.

Please note that applications will be reviewed and suitable candidates will be contacted for interviews on an ongoing basis. The position will remain open until filled.


International conference “What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”

International conference

What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”

19-20 July, 2021.

The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) at University of Rijeka and the Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) are pleased to invite you to take part in the mixed-format conference ““What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”. The conference sessions will be in English and Russian.

This event marks a new stage in cooperation between the CAS and the Ural Federal University. In 2020, Russian Science Foundation has granted its support to the research project Ethics of War in Orthodox Christianity: Individual Moral Experience and Cultural Contexts of Moral Choices” ( which brought together philosophers and historians, anthropologists and legal scholars from Southeast and Eastern Europe in the search for historical precedents of and possible guidelines for making moral choices in military conflicts.

The project aims at finding alternative approaches to current normative theorising about war in analytical philosophy. While the latter focuses on moral justification of military violence in just war theories, this project builds on the assumption that moral values are ‘lived’ — enacted and experienced — by individuals rather than declared and codified by philosophers. Moral choices can only be analysed in particular cultural contexts. These contexts make moral values both meaningful and applicable within personal experience. Therefore, we invited conference presenters to focus not on the universalized moral norms but on culturally specific interpretations of personal experience of war and contextualized moral choices made by individuals.

Apart from tragic history of wars, Southeast and Eastern European nations share rich heritage of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose theological and practical attitudes to war and violence are alive in folk tales, popular religiosity and mass culture. CAS’s Moise Palace will host Belarusian, Croatian, Russian, and Serbian scholars who will discuss whether Christian Orthodox heritage can contribute to solving ethical dilemmas that we face today.


19 July, 2021.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 889 7648 1370 Passcode: 350116



  1. Bojanic Peter (University of Belgrade) What Is Victory?

  2. Icin Kornelia (University of Belgrade) Top Hit Songs of WWII: “Wait for Me” and “Lilie-Marlen”

  3. Dudchik Andrei (Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus) Conceptualizing Belorussian Partisan Movement: Ethics, Truth, Identity

  4. Cherepanova Ekaterina (Ural Federal University) Justification of Death at War in Orthodox Christian Culture (Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945)

  5. Agapov Oleg (Kazan Innovative University) Forms and Practices of Development in the Orthodox World of the 21st Century


  1. Menshikov Andrey (Ural Federal University) Political Theology and Political Virtues: Wars and Civic Duties

  2. Lunkov Alexsandr (Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences) The Orthodox Ethos of the Russo-Japanese War: Between Domestic and Foreign Infidels

  3. Davletshina Anna (Ural Federal University) Experiencing Uncertainty: Memories of the Refugees about WWII

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Luigi Ceccarini

On Wednesday, July 14th at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Professor Luigi Ceccarini, presented by our fellow Gabriele Giacomini. The seminar is entitled: “The Digital Citizen(ship). Politics and Democracy in the Networked Society”.

Ceccarini explores the diverse and contested meanings of ‘citizenship’ in the 21st century, as representative democracy faces a mounting crisis in the wake of the digital age. He enriches and updates the common notion of citizenship, answering the question of how it is possible to fully live as a citizen in a post-modern political community.

Employing an international, multidisciplinary framework, Ceccarini brings together the findings of continental political philosophy and history, and contemporary western political science and communication studies to advance our understanding of political motivation and participation in the present day. As new participatory and monitoring dynamics of online citizenship redefine the very form of public space, Ceccarini addresses the values, creativity and aspirations through which social actors engage with a networked society, making use of technological innovations and new forms of communication to participate in post-representative politics. During this seminar, Ceccarini will propone a provocative call to action in an era defined by distrust, disillusionment and digitization.

Luigi Ceccarini is Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy. He is researcher at LaPolis and Demos&Pi, and co-editor of the journal ComPol, Comunicazione Politica.

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Luigi Ceccarini: 

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Lura Limani

On Thursday, July 8th at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Lura Limani, presented by our fellow Bojan Bilić. The seminar is entitled: “Tracing Kosovo’s Trans History ”.

Since the early 2000s, when a loosely organized LGBTQ movement emerged in Kosovo, queer activist efforts have focused on sexuality rather than gender. The public coming out of two trans activists in 2016/2017 made way for the discussion about the legal right to change one’s gender identification and access gender confirmation services. However, while their appearance has marked a turn for the contemporary movement, it would be wrong to assume that it also marks the beginning of trans visibility in Kosovo. Research into local media coverage of trans individuals shows that what is often hailed as a ‘historic first’ may not necessarily be so. This perpetual ‘novelty’ implies an erasure of queer history and is indicative of the need for a knowledge production that reclaims ignored and forgotten narratives of queerness.

Lura Limani is a writer, editor, and researcher based in Prishtina, Kosovo. With an extensive background in journalism and research, Limani previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight, an online magazine produced by BIRN Kosovo. She holds an MA in cultural studies from University of Freiburg (Germany) and studied sociology and philosophy during her Bachelor studies at University of Prishtina and New York University. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York. Limani is one of the founders of the independent literary zine and publishing house Lirindja as well as the co-founder of the Kosovo Oral History Initiative, a live archive of life stories of people from Kosovo. Her previous research revolved around narratives of displacement, identity, youth culture and feminism. Together with Rina Krasniqi, Limani is the co-author of BOOM(2020), a publication chronicling Kosovo’s pop and rock scene in the 1980s.

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Lura Limani:

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Nertil Bërdufi

On Thursday, July 1st at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Nertil Bërdufi, presented by our fellow Desara Dushi. The seminar is entitled: “The impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime”.

Cybercrime consists of criminal acts committed online by using electronic communications networks and information systems. It is a borderless issue that leads to several complications in its investigation. Many types of crime, including terrorism, trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse, and drug trafficking, have moved online or are facilitated online. As a consequence, most criminal investigations have a digital component. According to the most recent Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), cybercrime is becoming more aggressive. This can be seen across the various forms of cybercrime, including high-tech crimes, data breaches, and sexual extortion. In this session, Nertil will provide an overview of the main cybercrime threats to date. A particular focus will be given to cybercrime threats within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing the impact on the criminal justice sector and beyond.

Dr. Nertil Bërdufi is an experienced lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services in Tirana, Albania. He has a PhD in Cybercrime and National security from University of Tirana and a Master of Laws – LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Nertil is the founder and Director of the Legal Clinic at University College Bedër, where together with his law students, provides free legal assistance to vulnerable categories of individuals. Nertil is also an expert for the evaluation of higher education institutions at the Ministry of Education and Sports and at the Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education and a trainer in different projects in the field of countering violent extremism, cybercrime, international law and dispute resolution. 


European Forum – Cres: Dialogue on Regional Cooperation in Western Balkans

24. 6. 2021., 11am – 5pm CET

Moise Palace, Cres

European Forum – Cres is a platform for encounters among researchers in science and art, experts, decision-makers, representatives of institutions, civil society and economy, students, young people and the interested public, with the aim of discussing global and regional priorities which have been inadequately addressed in relevant institutional and public spaces.

The first dialogue taking place in the context of European Forum – Cres is dedicated to the establishment of coordinates for a new approach to cooperation among researchers and societies of Western Balkans/South East Europe, as articulated in the principles of the Berlin process, as well as in the Zagreb Declaration. This discussion on the framework and forms of scientific, cultural and wider social cooperation between Croatia and Serbia, is the foundation of the open academic dialogue and a necessary precondition for the conception of European Forum – Cres.

The participants of the first meeting of the European Forum – Cres are: Erhard Busek (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Austria, Special Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South East Europe, and honorary professor of University of Rijeka), Vedran Džihić (Institute for International Affairs, University of Vienna), Hedvig Morvai (Erste Fundation, Vienna),Snježana Prijić Samaržija (University of Rijeka), Tvrtko Jakovina (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Hrvoje Klasić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Vesna Pusić (former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, member of parliament of Croatia), Rajko Grlić (University of Ohio), Bojan Glavašević (member of parliament of Croatia), Veran Matić (Samizdat, B-92, Belgrade), Ivan Vejvoda (Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Petar Bojanić (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Gazela Pudar Draško (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade) and Milivoj Bešlin (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan).

International Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Decision-Making Processes

17-18 June, 2021

The University of Rijeka is organizing a scientific conference to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about different aspects of decision-making processes. Decision-making is simultaneously an individual, collective, and institutional procedure, which is why this issue allows for interpretations from psychology, cognitive science, political philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of psychiatry. At the conference, we will question the quality of the decisions arising from the wisdom of crowds in democratic systems and the wisdom of the decisions made by smaller groups defined by prejudice. Debates will generally revolve around the quality of democratic decisions, trust in experts, critical thinking, science, and the sources of rationality and irrationality. We will also tackle the themes of self-reflection, deception, and self-deception, anti-social personalities, neuro-diversity, and the good life.

The conference welcomes three keynote speakers: Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Danica Mijović Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Mirta Galešić (Santa Fe Institute), and scientists from the University of Rijeka.