Hedvig Morvai

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).

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe

The ERSTE Foundation and the Center of Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka invite you to

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe”

A Round Table Discussion and Presentation of the Southeast European Institute (SEI) initiative

Date: May 8, 2019

Venue: ERSTE Foundation, Am Belvedere 1, Vienna

Time: 17.30 – 19.30 (followed by reception)


The region of Southeast Europe today has fallen to one of the least advanced in Europe and one of the world leaders of brain drain. Unsecure and anxious environment encourages emigration of reproductive and capable layers of the population. SEE thus loses everything from its demographic to its social and intellectual potential for progressive change, leaving it ever more lagging behind the developed parts of the world. This regression is not only a result of socio-economic hardship, clientelism and captured state. We argue that it is also very much a consequence of a conservative, provincial political culture that is prone to authoritarianism and collective (nationalistic) hysteria that has for too long taken root. Progressive, pro-European thought is largely scattered and isolated. But this hardship is not a fate, not unchangeable.

There is a need for alternatives, future horizons that can overcome the current status quo with engaging for more democracy and new productive togetherness. Building up on the success story of the first Center of Advanced Studies (CAS SEE) in the region based in Rijeka, a new initiative emerged for establishing the “Southeast European (University) Institute”. It is aimed at innovation and academic excellence while also fostering cooperation, cultural exchange and broad engagement between the countries of the Western Balkans and wider Eastern and Southeast European region.

Together with a group of bright minds and on the eve of Timothy Snyders speech for Europe powered by ERSTE Foundation we invite you to discuss the potential of the academia to engage progressive civic society and new movements in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. How to act together for democracy and common Europeanness is the key question of the event. We offer a powerful tool of Southeast European Institute as poignant factor of joint action towards this common goal.


AGENDA

Moderated by

Hedvig Morvai, ERSTE Foundation & Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Institute for International Affairs; CAS SEE

17.30 Greeting by Boris Marte, ERSTE Foundation & Erhard Busek, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

17.45 A European issue: Progressive Thought and Academic Freedom in Eastern and Southeastern Europe on the Retreat?

Kick-off remarks by:

Kemal Nedzibovic, Europe-University, Flensburg

Bojan Baca, Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for South East European Studies, University of Graz and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Nilay Kilinc, University of Surrey, UK and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

followed by a round table discussion

18.45 Presentation of the Southeast European Institute initiative by CAS SEE

Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija, University Rijeka, CAS SEE

Sanja Bojanic University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Gazela Pudar University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

19.30 Reception