Moise Palace

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.



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 particularisms 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 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, expatriot, asylees, displaced persons, IDPs (internally displaced persons), PRSs, stateless persons etc)

  • Rethinking Jewish cosmopolitanism in historical and contemporary contexts

  • Peace theory and cosmopolitanism


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 welcomes 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.



Sanja Bojanic

Brian Schiff

Gazela Pudar Drasko

Constance Pâris de Bollardière

Petar Bojanic

Nadege Ragaru

Philip Spero Golub

Eileen Lallier

Zona Zaric

Vera Mevorah

Dragana Stojanovic



Sanja Bojanic

Petar Bojanic

Brian Schiff

Nadege Ragaru

Zona Zaric

Vera Mevorah

Dragana Stojanovic

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”: “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:

“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:

“EVENINGS AT THE MOISE”: Life in the age of disease COVID-19 – the value of information in protecting the rights of vulnerable members of society

 We have continued with lectures for citizens at the Moise Palace on Thursday, 25th March with a lecture entitled “Life in the age of disease COVID-19 – the value of information in protecting the rights of vulnerable members of society.” The lecture was held by dr. sc. Dalida Rittossa and Dejana Golenko from the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka.


They presented the results of interdisciplinary research conducted between employees of non-governmental organizations in Rijekathat provide support to victims of domestic violence and their beneficiaries on how to access and provide information on the protection of their rights during a pandemic. The purpose of this research is to stimulate discussion on this topic in the wider community.

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

“Evenings at the Moise”: Challenges of Parenting

On Thursday, 19th November at the Moise Palace dr. sc. Sanja Smojver Ažić held a lecture on “Challenges of Parenting”. The lecture dealt with various aspects of what it means to be a parent these days, tackling various issues of modern-day parenthood. Today we tend to treat children as “small adults”, but what does that mean exactly? Is their “happiness” really the main goal of parenting? Today’s children become independent at a later age than ever before, and parents feel the responsibility to prepare them for a world that is more and more difficult to grasp – from dealing with social networks to an array of more serious issues.

Dr. sc. Sanja Smojver Ažić works at the Department of Psychology of the University of Rijeka. She is a renowned expert on developmental psychology and the psychology of parenting.

This lecture was the third consecutive lecture held at the Moise Palace to be streamed online through the Facebook Live platform. Online participants also had the opportunity to directly post comments and questions which were then read out loud.

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

Photos by Renato Muškardin