Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


The Quest for Social Justice
26 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2012
Course directors:
Ognjen Čaldarović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Nenad Fanuko, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Stanford M. Lyman, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Davorka Matić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Mojca Novak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Arthur J. Vidich, New School for Social Research, New York, N/A
Course description:

In the years since the Cold War ended, (social) justice – in its distributive, juridical, and everyday life senses – has emerged as a major world issue. We propose a course to examine the quest for social justice in each of its multifaceted formations: as a problem in institutional design and/or procedure in post-communist societies; as a structural problem determined by the opportunities for and barriers to social mobility; as a fundamental issue in the establishment of Euro-citizenship; and as a concern in the daily lives through identity dynamics and interpersonal relations. The papers and discussions in the course will range from the macrosocietal to the mezzosocial to the microsociological – focusing on social justice, its modes, processes and realization. The course will encompass a broad range of research strategies.


1. Institutional Roles and Problems of Justice in Transitional Societies

2. Social Justice and Social Mobility

3. Socio-cultural Integration as a Trans-national Issues: The Case of Euro-citizenship

4. Old and New Identities and (In)Justices in Everyday Life

5. Transitional Societies and their Transformations


Enquiries about the course and participation should be addressed to the IUC Secretariat or to one of the course directors. Those interested in taking the course are requested to register with the Secretariat or one of the course directors supplying them with relevant information, i.e. name, address, academic standing and – if the applicant is an undergraduate – a recommendation from one of the professors/lecturers. The IUC would like to receive such a registration as soon as possible. Two weeks before the start of the course should be regarded as the latest date.

It should be noted however that the course might not be given because of exceptional circumstances. In such circumstances the IUC will inform the persons registered as soon as possible. In no circumstance however can the IUC assume any financial responsibility resulting from the cancellation of the course. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik participants will pay to the IUC a course fee in Croatian kunas equivalent to USD 40 per week. Information on accommodation, travel etc. can be obtained at the and from the IUC Secretariat at the above address. We urge you to book your accommodation and flights as soon as possible due to high demand in Dubrovnik in summer!

Course lecturers:
Vjeran Katunarić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Ivica Petrinić, Juraj Dobrila University, Pula, Croatia
Jana Šarinić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Tomljanović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ognjen Čaldarović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Branka Galić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Pajvančić Uzelj, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Benjamin Čulig, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ksenija Klasnić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jelena Mandić, University of Zagreb, Croatia