Graduate Course: “Divided Societies XVI: Societies in Question,” Inter-University


Graduate Course: “Divided Societies XVI: Societies in Question,” Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel: + 385 20 413 626 / 627, Fax: + 385 20 413 628, E-mail: iuc(at) 

Graduate Course “Divided Societies XVI: Societies in Question”

21 – 28 April 2013, Dubrovnik, Croatia

‘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. 

The sixteenth Divided Societies 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 of research in divided societies. PhD students’ presentations are welcome. In addition, the course offers 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.

Course fee: 40 €

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HESP/OSI scholarships

Scholarships may be granted to participants of a certain number of IUC post-graduate courses in the field of humanities and social sciences (five scholarships per course).

An individual grantee may receive only one scholarship per calendar year and not more than two years in a row. If a candidate has received a scholarship two years in a row he/she can re-apply after two years.

Scholarships may be obtained by participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Exceptionally, one scholarship per course may be granted for lecturers coming from the countries mentioned.

Scholarships may be granted to PhD students or to young faculty members under the age of 40 who are studying or working in fields of humanities and social costs of hotel accommodation (half board) in Dubrovnik. Reservations are made by the agency Gulliver and direct payments of hotel services are made by the IUC Secretariat. Exceptionally, a limited number of participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine may receive partial compensation of travel expenses. This does not apply for students studying in EU or other western universities.

Applications must be made on a special HESP form (download from and submitted to the IUC Secretariat to the e-mail address nada.bruer(at) at least one month before the start of the particular course.




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