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Redefining Cultural Identities: Southeastern Europe

Inter-University Center for Post Graduate Studies, Dubrovnik
Institute for International Relations, Zagreb

Dubrovnik, 14 - 19 May 2001

Course Directors

Nada Švob-Đokić, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb and Miquel Strubell Trueta, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona

Resource Persons

Bojan Brežigar (Trieste), Sanjin Dragojević (Zagreb), Vjeran Katunarić (Zagreb), Dona Kolar-Panov (Skopje), Laszlo Kurti (Lajosmizse), Sonja Novak-Lukanovič (Ljubljana), Melita Richter Malabotta (Trieste), Jirina Smeikalova (Durham), Miquel Strubell Trueta (Barcelona), Branimir Stojković (Belgrade), Milena Dragičević Šešić (Belgrade), Dubravko Škiljan (Zagreb), Nada Švob-Đokić (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 Švob-Đokić,
Scientific Adviser
Institute for International Relations
Lj.F. Vukotinovića 2/II
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Phone: +385 1 48 26 522
Fax: +385 1 48 28 361

IUC Inter–University Centre Dubrovnik
Don Frana Bulića 4
HR-20000 Dubrovnik

Phone: +385 20 413 626/ 627
Fax: +385 20 413 628

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