Globalisation Studies Groningen, in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka and Pomona College in the United States, held a highly successful summer school on transitional justice from 23 June – 3 July 2014 on the Adriatic island of Cres. This year’s summer school was made possible with the generous financial support of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb and the European Union Center of California. The School included students from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. This year we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from leading PhD and Master’s programs in the United States and Europe, NGOs, foreign ministries and news agencies.
Summer School organizers, Dr. Christopher K. Lamont (University of Groningen), Dr. Vjeran Pavlakovic (University of Rijeka), and Dr. Mieczyslaw Boduszynski (Pomona College), brought together a dynamic team of lecturers from Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Serbia, the United States and Russia to provide students with a wide range of insights into the growing field of transitional justice. In addition to the organizers, lecturers included Dr. Christian Axboe Nielsen (Aarhus University), Dr. Vladimir Petrovic (Netherlands Institute for War and Holocaust Studies), Dr. Arnaud Kurze (New York University), Dr. Andrej Krickovic (Moscow Higher School of Economics), and Sven Mikulic (Youth Initiative for Human Rights), who shared their perspectives on transitional justice practice and scholarship with students over the course of our 11 day summer school.
Our Summer School also included the launch of a transitional justice film festival. Our special guest lecturer, the award winning Polish film director Anna Ferens, screened her films “Where do Wild Strawberries Grow”, “Three Buddies” and “A Place to Stand.” Each screening was preceded by a short introduction provided by Anna Ferens and was followed by a question & answer session and wine reception with students. The transitional justice film festival was held in the Italian Cultural Center in Cres, which generously made available its newly renovated premises in the center of town.
As with our previous summer school on transitional justice, this year’s summer school generated significant media interest, with news stories appearing in the Croatian print and online media, which highlighted the success of our summer school. We are looking forward to building upon our success this year by welcoming our next group of students to Cres in 2015.
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