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Summer school "Rethinking diversity politics in Europe"

Опубліковано 30.06.2016

12-18 September, 2016 - University of Rijeka, Croatia

This summer school should provide space for recasting frameworks of “diversity politics” and “diversity discourses” in Europe. In light of recent events, we would like to challenge the crisis of multiculturalism and core European values of solidarity and human rights. The “failure of multiculturalism” narrative has become all too present in Europe, shifting the rhetoric to cultural anxieties and articulating immigration as a national threat. This discourse has also affected “internal immigration”, making certain groups throughout Europe less visible and more vulnerable: Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons, certain LGBTQ communities. Moreover, ethnicity, nationality, religion and race are being forcefully reshuffled, inviting contemporary forces of nationalism and securitization. Hereby, we are particularly interested to the effects of the ways how European countries ‘manage’ diversity through its policies and practices: from ethnic and racial to socio-economic diversity, but also particularly to citizenship and migration status diversity. It is of crucial interest to map and evidence differences among significantly varying Western European practices (France, UK, Germany etc.), Central European practices (former communist countries with strong opposition to multiculturalism) and South-Eastern European practices in countries where migration is observed as passing-by phenomenon.

The lectures and seminars of this summer school particularly investigate how these three identified regions policies connected togovernmentality of diversity are changing after the recent and actual conflicts and migration flows. The summer school will particularly focus on policies and practices that affect marginalized and vulnerable groups in these regions.

The summer school main goal is to highlight the agency of these marginalized groups in order to understand, how they themselves respond to reconfigurations of diversity politics and practices.


  • Post-socialist transition and governmentality of diversity
  • Transforming racial thinking from a biological issue into “social questions”
  • Gender instrumentalisation in the refugee crisis
  •  Universalism vs. Differentialism: Leading to the same politics?
  • EU integration processes and (re)construction of vulnerable groups, with a special focus on Roma
  • Refugee crisis and the Western Balkan Route: The shifting signifier of the marginalized
  • Is the subaltern silent?: the agency of marginalized groups
  • Art and politics of difference
  • Freedom of expression and hate speech in today’s diversified Europe
  • Troubled memory and feminist politics


 Athena Athanasiou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens; Ethel Brooks, Rutgers University (TBC); Eric Fassin, University Paris 8, Vincennes-St Denis; Julija Sardelic, European University Institute, Florence; Elena Tzelepis, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London; Violetta Zentai, Central European University, Budapest

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Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (CAS SEE), University of Rijeka
University Departments' building, Radmile Matejcic 2
51000 Rijeka, Croatia
+385 51 584 858


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