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All participants are required to have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate i. e. proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative test.

The seminar can directly be affected by new measurements of the Croatian government and the general European regulations/conditions of the pandemic.

Here you can check information regarding the conditions of entry into Croatia considering temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Call

Advanced Seminar in Migration:

European Border Regime in the Periphery of the EU

Rijeka, Croatia :: 15th – 17th December 2021

The advanced seminar in migration “European Border Regime in the Periphery of the EU” explores the analytical potential of critical migration and border regime studies in the context of the EU periphery or more precisely in the context of research of/along the so-called Balkan route. The seminar will consider current research and the struggles resulting from the pandemic context. It will explore and reflect on the highly dynamic and conflictual developments and their historical entanglements, the ambiguities of humanitarian interventions and strategies of containment, migrational tactics to survive, local struggles, artistic interventions, regional and transnational activism and recent initiatives to curb the extensive practices of border violence and pushbacks.

This advanced seminar is a joint project organized by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (Croatia) and the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Cultural Studies (Croatia), in collaboration with the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Slovenia) and University of Rijeka Center for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe, University of Rijeka (Croatia). 

Applications are welcome from M.A. and Ph.D. students studying or interested in this research area. Applicants should submit a C.V. and in a few sentences outline (in the main body of their emails) their principle interests in these areas, as well as their academic and/or activist engagements and experiences. 

Please send your application until 10th November 2021 to: schoolmigration@ief.hr. Applicants will be informed by 13th November 2021. Organizers will provide accommodation in Rijeka from 15th to 17th December 2021 for all participants.

NOTE: The event will be held in line with those epidemiological regulations that will be current at the time the seminar is held.

The online workshop

The online workshop held on  7th November 2020 brought together researchers, as well as master’s and doctoral students who are working on issues related to the European border regime at the peripheries of the EU.

Workshop participants (master’s and doctoral students): Antonia de Castro Burica (University of Zadar), Santiago Escobar (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder), dr. sc. Valentina Faggiani (University of Granada), Iva Grubiša (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Teodora Jovanović (Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade),  Bojan Mucko (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb), Maja Osmančević (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb) and Kristina Pokasić (University of Nottingham).

The aim of the workshop was to offer a space where researchers can connect and discuss their research insights, as well as share any dilemmas they may have concerning their research as a result of the current pandemic. Based on the presentations of the individual research projects of the participants, the discussion focused on the following points:

  • Fieldwork relations – issues on how to negotiate field relations, particularly those relations that have become close
  • Ethnographic knowledge – how to present knowledge from fieldwork? What media forms could be used beyond the academic text (films, novels, video) and in academic text?
  • Analytical perspectives: time – space relations etc. 

The online workshop is a precursor to the 2nd Summer School in Migration (Rijeka, Croatia) that was planned for 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been postponed for 2021. The planned academic exchange will be held in Rijeka in December 2021 as Advanced seminar in migration.