CfA: Redefining Cultural Identities: Southeastern Europe, Dubrovnik, 14 - 19 May 2001 

Course on Peace in Croatia International Course Redefining Cultural Identities: Southeastern Europe First Announcement Inter-University Center for Post Graduate Studies, Dubrovnik Institute for International Relations, 
Zagreb Dubrovnik, 
14 - 19 May 2001 

Course Directors Nada Svob-Djokic, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb and Miquel Strubell Trueta, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona Resource Persons Bojan Brezigar (Trieste), Sanjin Dragojevic (Zagreb), Vjeran Katunaric (Zagreb), Dona Kolar-Panov (Skopje), Laszlo Kurti (Lajosmizse), Sonja Novak-Lukanovic (Ljubljana), Melita Richter Malabotta (Trieste), Jirina Smeikalova (Durham), Miquel Strubell Trueta (Barcelona), Branimir Stojkovic (Beograd), Milena Sesic-Dragicevic (Beograd), Dubravko Skiljan (Zagreb), Nada Svob-Djokic (Zagreb), Ivan Vitanyi (Budapest), Thierry Verhelst (Brussels), Sue Wright (Aston)

Background, Objectives and Program Outline The course is the continuation of the Course on Redefining Cultural Identities: the Multicultural Contexts of the Central European and Mediterranean Regions, held in Dubrovnik,

10-20 May 2000. It is devoted to the assessment of the cultural identity changes and their impact on the societies in Southeastern Europe. Such changes have been induced by the political, economic and systemic developments, which have led to the formation of the new post-socialist states. This has fully revealed the multicultural contexts of regional development and the need to strengthen regional intercultural communication. The change of identities of both majority and minority groups in the region will be analyzed through the assessment of the role of cultural identities on local developments and through particular aspects of specialized policies (cultural, educational, mass media, linguistic, etc.) that directly affect both the formation of identities and the over-all social development. The issues to be presented and discussed include the following: Processes of cultural (re)identification in the transitional countries of the region; breakdown of the corporate cultural identities (e.g., Yugoslav); revival of ethnicity and ethnic cultural values; redefinition of concepts of national cultures that may lead to the promotion of concepts of cultural tolerance, cultural interactions and intercultural communication; Analysis of multiculturalism and of post-multiculturalism as a relatively new concepts in the region; formation of new cultural values and identifications in the global context; cultural diversity and cultural interactivity on the local, regional and national levels; cultural pluralism and dialogue among cultures and societies; transborder cultural communication in the perspective of interstate relations; Democratization of cultures, growth of civil society and intercultural communication. The program is structured so as to enable the analysis of the mentioned issues in the perspective of democratization and integration of Southeastern European countries in the European Union.

Work Format The course combines standard lectures followed by discussion (questions, answers, comments) with daily held workshops, planned to stimulate interventions by the participants (students and resource persons).

The course is envisaged to be an interactive course with a dynamic exchange of knowledge. Target Audience Young professionals employed in cultural organizations; researchers working in the cultural field; post-graduate students interested in cultural identities and cultural development; graduate students with majors in culture.

Registration Contact Dr. Nada Svob-Djokic, Scientific Adviser Institute for International Relations Lj.F. Vukotinovica 2/II 10000 Zagreb, Croatia Phone: +385 1 48 26 522 Fax: +385 1 48 28 361 IUC Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik Don Frana Bulica 4 HR-20000 Dubrovnik Croatia