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