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.





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?

Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons, Belgrade May 4-6, 2016


It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 4th International conference of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, The Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy and Center for Advanced Studies, University in Rijeka, Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizonsto be held in Belgrade, May 4-6, 2016.

The Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy invites you to take part in the Round Table Discussion “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender”. The event will be held on May 5th, starting at 13h, in the Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Studentski trg 5, Belgrade. In addition to the presentation of the research results and recommendations, during the week of the event organization, the photo exhibition “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” will be set up.

The complete Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons conference program is available here.

Conference venues:
Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation
Belgrade Youth Center
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
Cultural Center ‘Parobrod’

Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons May 4-6, 2016

Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons

May 4-6, 2016

We envisage the conference as an attempt to deepen the dialogue between empirical research, political-theoretic conceptualizations and public discourses on social justice in the pursuit of a nuanced and empirically sensitive conception of a just society. The conference will reflect on the phenomenon of social justice in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner, encompassing a variety of political-theoretic perspectives and contemporary research that sheds light on the complex ways in which people experience injustice and articulate critique. We would like to examine the relation between the vocabularies of political theory and the ‘lay’ normativity of ordinary social actors (Andrew Sayer), as well as reflect on the role that publicly engaged social science might have in bringing about a more just society.

In their approaches to injustice, economists, sociologists and political theorists have for the most part focused on different dimensions of inequality and ways to measure them. The public discourse on social justice has thus revolved around a critique of inequalities and the demands for a more just distribution of resources – economic, but also organizational, cultural, societal, epistemic and symbolic. In addition to critically examining contemporary perspectives on distributive justice broadly defined, the conference will consider the possible limits of the distrubution-oriented (and justice-oriented in general) approaches to ordinary actors’ grievances, addressing, among other, the following questions: is the concept of justice and its opposite (injustice) the best conceptual tool in confronting the deficiencies of a particular social order, or is there any other concept that could better suit this purpose; what is the relation of the concept of justice to the concepts of equality, liberty and autonomy?

We are especially interested in exploring further the potential of the capabilities approach for conceptualizing social justice. Participants are also invited to reflect on the ever more prominent conception of ‘fair’ inequality.