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International Winter School


Creating Territorial Cooperation: The Impact of the Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Flows in South-East Europe



The Jean Monnet Network Consortium led by the New York University of Tirana, together with the Institute of East Central and Balkan Europe (IECOB), the University of Dubrovnik, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the European Movement of Serbia, in cooperation with the Central European Initiative is pleased to announce an exciting and timely Winter School program, under the title “Creating Territorial Cooperation: The Impact of the Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Flows in South-East Europe”.

Conference venue: Hotel Miramare, Viale Carducci, 2 – Cesenatico
Period: 12-19 December 2018
Deadline for applications: 25 November 2018 at midnight

The program is implemented under the aegis of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna, Uniadrion (the Association of the Universities of the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion), and the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region. The program is carried out with the sponsorship of the Executive Board of the Government of the Region of Emilia-Romagna and the Municipality of Cesenatico.

The Winter School will take place in the delightful seaside city of Cesenatico, in a four stars hotel, with conference hall, from the 12th to the 19th of December 2018.
The Winter School will offer:

At the end of the activities, all participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance issued by the Consortium and including 2 ECTS, recognized by the University of Dubrovnik.

Description of the activities

The International Winter School will address and discuss the challenges faced by the European and Nation-State governance in relation to security issues and sociopolitical developments through a twofold research focus: migration management and security issues on the one side (involving both the internal migration related to the war in Eastern Ukraine and the external migration faced by Western Balkans in the recent years) and the relationships between minority and majority groups on the other side (through the lenses of the recent ‘encounter’ between local and migrant communities).
Several case studies will be analyzed, and specifically those of Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia and Ukraine. In addition, the School will focus on new conceptualizations emerged in academic debates (such as métissages, cultural nomadism, interculturality, diversity management and deliberation), on gender relations, and on the existing legal, social and cultural instruments for the protection of minorities in the broader sense.
The International Winter School will provide frontal lessons, class discussions, collective presentations and round tables with a strong interdisciplinary approach. In addition, a one-day cultural visit will be organized during the School. The School is organized during the second semester of the first year of the project and will last seven days. It will take place in Cesenatico, Italy.


Eligible topics for the conference

We are absolutely sure that our program will be an excellent opportunity for students to learn, discuss and reflect on timely questions. The selected topics are:

Confirmed lecturers

Guidelines for submission


Target participants

Students in social sciences and humanities; CSO activists; professionals with an academic and/or executive interest in the topics of the program. Participants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, and other Uniadrion member-state partners as Greece, Montenegro, and Slovenia are particularly encouraged to apply. Participants from Macedonia and Ukraine are also welcome. The maximum number of accepted participants to the Winter School is 30.


Participation Fees

The fee for participation in the School is € 60,00.
It will be applied to selected applicants and should be paid by 8 December 2018 at the following IECOB IBAN bank account: IT89U0335901600100000064897, SWIFT/BIC code: BCITITMX.
There is no reimbursement in case of withdrawing from the program.


Provided conditions for selected applicants

Selected applicants will receive a travel reimbursement up to € 200,00 at the end of the program. Accommodation in double rooms and meals are also provided by the organization, as well as the transport for the study trip. Please note that in order to be eligible for travel reimbursement and free accommodation at the hotel, participants have to reside at least 50 Kms away from the School venue. Proof of distance will be the residence address reported in the ID or in other official documents to be included to the application.


Application Deadline

Please, submit your application form here attached, filled in and signed, including your CV, and a motivation letter to the following email:

The deadline for receiving applications is: 25 November 2018 at midnight.
All applicants will be informed via email about the results of the selection by 28 November 2018.


BY CAR The easiest and fastest way to reach Cesenatico is to use highway A14. If you come from north exit at Cesena. If you are coming from south exit at Rimini Nord. Once off the highway, follow the signs to Cesenatico, which is about 15km from both exits. More information at:

BY TRAIN If you are traveling from Northern Italy you have to options from Bologna. Option 1. You can catch either regional or fast trains from Bologna railway station directly to Rimini. When the train arrives to Rimini, get off and catch the train to Ravenna, which stops at Cesenatico station. Option 2. If the train is bound to Rimini, via Ravenna, you can continue to Cesenatico, but the route is longer. If travelling from south (e.g. Ancona), you can catch trains heading to Rimini or Bologna Centrale: get off at Rimini and switch to a regional train with destination Bologna Centrale and get off at Cesenatico. Please always check the train schedule at and on the monitors placed inside the stations.

BY PLANE The nearest airports are Rimini airport (25 km from Cesenatico) and Bologna Airport (100 km from Cesenatico). Rimini airport is mainly served by low-cost companies (Albawings, Blue Panorama, Ural Airlines, Nordavia). Bologna airport is well served by international airlines. In both airports, you will find busses connecting the airport with Rimini/Bologna railway station. Bus tickets can be bought at machines located in the airports. Once reached the railway station, please refer to the train guidelines given above. More info: and

HOTEL MIRAMARE Hotel Miramare is situated in the heart of Cesenatico, in Viale Carducci n. 2, overlooking both the beach and the port. The hotel is at walking distance from Cesenatico railway station (See the route here: Pplease get in contact with the hotel (+39 0547 80006 - should you have any logistic questions. Hotel website is: For other program or organizational queries please contact dr. Marco Zoppi:

Promoting institutions

For the Jean Monnet Consortium:

The New York University of Tirana
IECOB – Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica
The University of Dubrovnik
The European Movement of Serbia
The Sarajevo School of Science and Technology

IECOB – Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica (e-mail: website:

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