The Quest for Social Justice

26 – 30 June 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Nenad Fanuko, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Ognjen Čaldarović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Davorka Matić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Mojca Novak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Stanford M. Lyman, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Arthur J. Vidich, New School for Social Research, New York, United States

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 congress@gulliver.hr 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:

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

Work Schedule:

-The course is conducted five days per week, with morning and afternoon sessions. Its pattern will however remain flexible and will be determined by a specific requirement of the course.

-The course is offered on the postgraduate level but the participation of any advanced or motivated student is welcomed.

-On request the IUC will issues the Certificate of Attendance. The IUC will also provide a special certificate for which, as a rule, the presentation of a paper will is expected. The working language of the course will be English.

Preliminary Schedule

All sessions will be held in the morning hours (9.30-13.30)

Tuesday, June 26

• Ognjen Čaldarović, professor, University of Zagreb: Greetings and Introductory words

• Dorothy McClellan, professor, University of Texas: Social Stratification in Penal System in the USA (to be confirmed)

• Branka Galić, professor Feminists in the eyes of students: how students see feminists

• Ksenija Klasnić, young researcher, University of Zagreb: Attitudes about violence against women in intimate relationships - new measuring instruments and the results from two Croatian Universities

• Ana Pajvančić – Cizelj, Teaching assistant, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of sociology. ana@nspoint.net. Women in politics: Problems in achieving gender equality in political parties in Vojvodina

• Ivica Petrinić, doctoral student, University of Pula: TBA

Wednesday, June 27

• Ilija Aceski, professor, University of Skopje, Macedionia: Macedonia in the process of transition and globalization

• Benjamin Čulig, professor, University of Zagreb: Psycho-social and Socio-cultural Determinants of Typology of Video Gamers

• Ognjen Čaldarović, professor, Jana Šarinić, assistant, University of Zagreb: Searching for Social Justice in Urban Settings

Thursday, June 28

Excursion (depending on the weather conditions)

Friday, June 29

• Jana Šarinić, assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: TBA

• Ana Tomljanović, doctoral student, University of Zagreb: Gender and Language

(5). Saturday, June 30

Additional presentations- to be confirmed!