Institute for Human Sciences IWM in cooperation with the University of Rijeka’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Southeastern Europe 

June 21 – 23, Moise Palace, Cres, Croatia

After a long period of virtual encounters, Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action 2020-2021 Fellows hold in-person their final symposium on the island of Cres on the premises of the renaissance Moise Palace. Fellows presented their projects and policy proposals and discussed the key challenges facing Europe today.

They also set the groundwork for the establishment of Europe’s Futures Fellows Alumni Network that will continue in a multiplicity of ways the impactful activity in fostering a stronger Europe based on democratic principles and the rule of law.

This is also a unique opportunity to establish cooperation between the Institute for Human Sciences IWM, the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (CAS SEE), and the University of Rijeka.

Moise Palace is a North Adriatic cultural monument of considerable historical, artistic, and symbolic importance, located in the old town center of Cres. It is at once a unique forum and space for intellectual creativity and collective work that fosters innovative ideas and leads to actual change. Moise Palace, its genius loci, creates one of the most inspiring spaces for dialogue, exchanges, and future-shaping thought in Europe.

Tuesday 22 June 2021

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome and introduction by Ivan Vejvoda and Hedvig Morvai

09.45 – 10.45 Srđan Cvijić “Eroding Trust: Serbian Democracy from 5 October 2000 to COVID-19”

Comments: Zsuzsanna Szelényi

Moderated by: Leszek Jażdżewski

11.00 – 12.00 Alison Smale “Who is Telling Us What? Why? And How? The Media in Central and Eastern Europe in 2020”

Comments: Tim Judah

Moderated by: Grigorij Mesežnikov

14.00 – 15.30 Public debate “Moise Dialogues” – Rethinking Democracy After Pandemics – with Lisa Herzog and Jonathan Wolff

16.00 – 17.00 Julia De Clerck-Sachsse “Narrative Making in the European Capital”

Comments: Luke Cooper

Moderated by: Bernd Marin

Wednesday 23 June 2021

09.30 – 10.30 Ioannis Armakolas “Learning from the Prespa Agreement: Is there a ‘Southeast European way’ of settling disputes or should there be one? Lessons for the European Union.”

Comments: Stefan Lehne

Moderated by: Isabelle Ioannides

10.45 – 11.45 Teresa Reiter “Missing Pages of European history: The EU’s Historic Role in Why Western Balkans Enlargement is Stuck”

Comments: Kristof Bender

Moderated by: Niccolo Milanese

12.00 – 13.00 Dimitar Bechev “The EU Periphery and Revisionist Powers”

Comments: Rosa Balfour

Moderated by: Peter Krekó

16.30 – 17.30 “The Promise of Europedebate with Rosa Balfour, Nikolina Židek, Erhard Busek and Stefan Lehne, moderated by Ivan Vejvoda

17.45 – 19.45 Alumni network planning session moderated by Hedvig Morvai, with interventions from Boris Marte and Ivan Vejvoda



Europe’s Futures Fellows
Ioannis Armakolas, Rosa Balfour, Dimitar Bechev, Kristof Bender, Luke Cooper, Srdjan Cvijić, Julia De Clerck-Sachsse, Isabelle Ioannides, Leszek Jażdżewski, Tim Judah, Peter Krekó, Stefan Lehne, Bernd Marin, Grigorij Mesežnikov, Nicholas Milanese, Teresa Reiter, Alison Smale, Zsuzsanna Szelényi
Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa
Erhard Busek
University of Rijeka/ CAS SEE
Snježana Prijić Samaržija, Andrea Mešanović, Sanja Bojanić, Vedran Džihić, Lucija Polonijo, Gazela Pudar Draško, Bojan Bilić, Petar Bojanić, Desara
Dushi, Gabriele Giacomini, Nikolina Židek, Marko-Luka Zubčić
ERSTE Foundation
Boris Marte, Hedvig Morvai, Marianne Schlögl
Ivan Vejvoda, Leonie Dworsky, Dino Pasalic

UNIRI The Moise Palace: Cres Island

An education center of the University of Rijeka. A five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse and the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students and scholars.