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Democratization and reconciliation strategies in South-East Europe: redefining ineffective policies


Jean Monnet / International Winter School


Conference venue: University campus, Branitelja Dubrovnika 41, 20000 Dubrovnik
Period: 9-16 February 2020
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2020 at midnight

The Winter School will offer:
  • Classes, workshops, simulations and other learning activities
  • Guest lectures by distinguished scholars with international reputation
  • Field or boat trip

Description of the Conference

The Jean Monnet Network Consortium led by the New York University of Tirana, together with theInstitute of East Central and Balkan Europe (IECOB), the University of Dubrovnik, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and theEuropean Movement of Serbia is pleased to announce an exciting and timely Winter School program, under the title “Democratization and reconciliation strategies in South-East Europe: redefining ineffective policies”.
The Winter School is part of the Jean Monnet project Democratization and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans. The Winter School will take place in the city of Dubrovnik, at the University of Dubrovnik (University campus), from 9th-16th February 2020.

Eligible topics for the conference

The International Winter School will focus on different democratization and reconciliation policies applied in South-East Europe from different actors, from EU, national, local and NGO level. It will be discussed why different policies where effective or ineffective in achieving success in establishing consolidated democracies or sustainable reconciliation. Particular emphasis will be put on discussing new possible strategies and policies.
The International Winter School will provide frontal lessons, class discussions, different presentations and round tables with a strong interdisciplinary approach.

Lectures will include following topics:

  • Social media communication in the process of reconciliation
  • The role of social movements in democratization in Western Balkans
  • Role of memory and history in the process of reconciliation
  • Identifying (in)effective policies in Serbian-Albanian and Croatian-Serbian relations
  • EU policies in consolidation of democracy and post-conflict reconciliation on Western Balkans
  • Country case studies

Calendar of activities

- 9 February, Sunday, students arrival
- 10 February, Monday - 09,00-13,00 and 14,00-18,00 lectures (with breaks)
- 11 February, Tuesday - 09,00-13,00 and 14,00-18,00 lectures (with breaks)
- 12 February, Wednesday - 09,00-13,00 and 14,00-18,00 lectures (with breaks)
- 13 February, Thursday - 09,00-13,00 and 14,00-18,00 lectures (with breaks)
- 14 February, Friday – Field or boat trip
- 15 February, Saturday - 09,00-13,00 lectures (with breaks). Farewell cocktail
- 16 February, Sunday - Departures

Participation Fees

The fee for participation in the School is € 60,00. It will be applied to selected applicants and should be paid by 25 January 2020 at the following IBAN bank account: HR0823400091110135015, SWIFT/BIC code: PBZZGHR2X,

Reference to be used for the payment: 6615-12-94. There is no reimbursement in case of withdrawing from the program.

Target participants

Students in social sciences and humanities; NGO members; professionals with an academic and/or executive interest in the topics of the program. Participants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Serbia and North Macedonia are particularly encouraged to apply.

The maximum number of accepted participants to the Winter School is 25.

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. 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.

Confirmed lecturers

  • Giuliana Laschi, University of Bologna (Forli)
  • Goran Filić, Columbia University / University of Bologna (Forli)
  • Denard Veshi, University of New York (Tirana)
  • Ilir Kalemaj, University of New York (Tirana)
  • Gazela Pudar Draško, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
  • Pero Maldini, University of Dubrovnik
  • Maja Savić-Bojanić, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
  • Aleksandar Pavlović, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
  • Vjeran Pavlaković, University of Rijeka
  • Mato Brautović, University of Dubrovnik
  • Davor Pauković, University of Dubrovnik

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

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: 15 January 2020 at midnight.

All applicants will be informed via email about the results of the selection by 20 January 2020.


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