Activities

WORKSHOP “THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE”

WORKSHOP “THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE”
29 MAY 2017
GRAZ, AUSTRIA

Organized by:

The Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade
Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy, Belgrade
Center for Advanced Studies for Southeast Europe of the University of Rijeka
Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo

The main objective of this workshop is to analyses the possibilities and constraints of different contemporary forms of public social engagement which seek to challenge the spreading trends of abandoning the imperative of democratic procedures and weak institutions. The workshop will introduce the idea of Social Engagement Studies, in their pursuit for new ideas and potential partners in advancing this prospective field. The event’s objective is also to establish friendly academic collaboration and to enable critical recourse to specific forms of social engagement challenging democracy in contemporary world.

Crisis of democracy spreads both in societies with long traditions of liberal democracy (embedded democracy) and in those in which a functional democracy has only existed for a short while. The ongoing socioeconomic transformation threatens the democratic order in a number of ways: the growing socioeconomic inequality decreases electoral participation, delegitimize democratic institutions and threatens to gradually transform both the established and the young democratic states into mere electoral oligarchies or liberal democracies (defective democracies). The event will provide space for elaborating on social engagement as a collective political action that asserts a strong intrinsic connection between the intensification of democracy (in particular its deliberative aspects) and the growth of a society’s capacity to solve its most fundamental problems (lack of social justice, economic crisis etc.).

THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

PHOTO EXHIBITION “OUT OF SIGHT: POVERTY, RURALITY, GENDER” AS AN INSPIRATION

 
Photo exhibition “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender”, shown in Podgorica in October 2016, inspired Tamara Martinović, a student of the Faculty of Philology in Nikšić, to make a series of photographs on the theme of women’s lives.
Tamara selected several villages in the municipality of Nikšić where she photographed the daily lives of women. Her photographs provide an answer to some questions that are of importance for gender equality, and for the improvement of women’s lives in rural areas of Montenegro.
 
Tamara’s exhibition was presented in Podgorica (the American Corner in KIC “Budo Tomović” during December 2016) and Cetinje (in Matica crnogorska from 19th of February to 21st of March 2017), and right now can be seen in Nikšić.

7th RRPP Annual Conference took place on 2-3 September 2016 in Tirana, Albania

The final RRPP Annual Conference “Is Western Balkans Changing in the Social, Political and Economic Terms?” brought together over 100 young and senior researchers from the region and beyond.

CELAP also had its representative at the conference. Mirjana Nećak, CELAP’s researcher, along with Ana Marija Ivković, from CELAP’s partner organization, presented the results of our empirical research on the functioning of the social protection systems, conducted within the RRPP programme.

The conference was inaugurated with the welcoming speech by Swiss Ambassador to Albania, H.E. Christoph Graf, and the keynote speech by Mr Dušan Reljić, from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. It was followed by three panels on: Prospects of the Balkan Countries in Times of European Uncertainty; Informal Institutions, Corruption and Clientelism in the Western Balkans and RRPP’s Legacy in the Western Balkans, as well as with five scientific workshops and the Research Fair.

CELAP presented two of its publications at the Research Fair: “Gender Upbringing and Education: (Im)Possible Dialogue” and “Poverty, Rurality, Gender: Research of the Functioning of the Social Protection System in Rural Areas of Serbia” (in Serbian). Both our presentation and publications attracted great attention of other researchers from Serbia and abroad.

The RRPP Programme has undoubtedly contributed to the regional research cooperation and research quality, guiding the scholars throughout the whole research process towards valid findings and recommendations applicable in practice.

 

RIJEKA SUMMER SCHOOL “RETHINKING DIVERSITY POLITICS IN EUROPE“

RIJEKA SUMMER SCHOOL

“RETHINKING DIVERSITY POLITICS IN EUROPE“

12-18 September, 2016

Rijeka, Croatia

Organized by:

Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, University of Rijeka (CAS SEE)

In cooperation with:

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Zagreb

University Paris 8, Vincennes-St Denis

Center for Women’s Studies, University of Rijeka

 

This summer school should provide space for recasting frameworks of “diversity politics” and “diversity discourses” in Europe. In light of recent events, we would like to challenge the crisis of multiculturalism and core European values of solidarity and human rights. The “failure of multiculturalism” narrative has become all too present in Europe, shifting the rhetoric to cultural anxieties and articulating immigration as a national threat. This discourse has also affected “internal immigration”, making certain groups throughout Europe less visible and more vulnerable: Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons, certain LGBTQ communities. Moreover, ethnicity, nationality, religion and race are being forcefully reshuffled, inviting contemporary forces of nationalism and securitization. Hereby, we are particularly interested to the effects of the ways how European countries ‘manage’ diversity through its policies and practices: from ethnic and racial to socio-economic diversity, but also particularly to citizenship and migration status diversity. It is of crucial interest to map and evidence differences among significantly varying Western European practices (France, UK, Germany etc.), Central European practices (former communist countries with strong opposition to multiculturalism) and South-Eastern European practices in countries where migration is observed as passing-by phenomenon.

The lectures and seminars of this summer school particularly investigate how these three identified regions policies connected to governmentality of diversity are changing after the recent and actual conflicts and migration flows. The summer school will particularly focus on policies and practices that affect marginalized and vulnerable groups in these regions. The summer school’s main goal is to highlight the agency of these marginalized groups in order to understand, how they themselves respond to the reconfigurations of diversity politics and practices.

For the full program of the summer school please visit the CAS SEE official website

The 14th International Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS)

The 14th International Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS)

Borders and Frontiers – Space(s) of Life and Cause for Conflicts and Wars

The 14th ILECS conference will address the issue of borders and frontiers as causes for conflict and wars. Space and territory have always been important for human beings. So important that borders have been created to delineate space, in the sense in which we have property as an instrument of facilitating usage of things for whatever purposes persons deem needed. Is there an inherent connection between borders and space, in how we define territories as specific countries and states, making precise what is ours and what is theirs? Are borders sacrosanct, or can they change, and how? Is a specific piece of land our by destiny, or do we only have a right to certain amount of territory, whichever it could be? If the borders are sacrosanct, are they more important than other aspects of the articulation of life, and do people have to respect old borders even when they become long obsolete or redundant? For how long is “our land” ours – forever, even if we have moved somewhere else? And what are the limits to our possible mobility, do we have a universal right to move wherever we head for? What is the status of territories in human disputes and conflicts, and in what way can borders justify war – for example by helping to define what “defense” is?