There is no such thing as society' Margaret Thatcher claimed in 1987 and many social scientists would subscribe today to this claim either by emphasizing the role of the individual and various types of agency in explaining social phenomena beyond the image of static hierarchies and networks or by conceptualising new forms of sociality that transcend national societal containers. Nevertheless, others continue to argue that the majority of social ties and processes are still spatially delimited by the boundaries of nation-states and that holistic societal entities do exist. The course will consequently deal with conceptualisations of divided societies in a time of ontological disputes in the social sciences. We encourage participation by students and scholars in the social sciences, law, humanities and other fields and disciplines that study social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, ethnicity and diversity.
This graduate course will be organized as a rigorous eight-day academic interdisciplinary program structured around lectures, workshops and conference-oriented presentations of scholarly research. The course participants will engage in active discussion of the theoretical, methodological and practical issues surrounding research in divided societies.PhD students’ presentations are welcome. In addition, the course offers a personal inter-cultural experience of students and faculty from other contexts in the unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.
The course offers ECTS credits. For PhD students of National joint PhD studies in sociology (Croatia): participation with presentation – 6-8 ECTS (according to programme of Joint Studies); for PhD students of Joint Doctorate in Sociology of Local and Regional Development, University of Zadar and University of Teramo (4 ECTS for participation and 6 ECTS for participation and presentation); for PhD students in Diversity Management and Governance at the University of Primorska/Littoral (Slovenia) up to 6 ECTS; for MA students 3-6 ECTS.