War and Peace in the 21st Century Course, Croatia

Deadline: 22 March 2014
Open to: students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields
Venue: 22 – 29 April 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia


Divided Societies: XVII: War and Peace in the 21st Century Course
Thoughts on war and violent conflicts at the beginning of the 21st century were marked by claims that there is a qualitative and quantitative shift in the nature of violent conflicts. According to these claims there is a significant change in the scope, methods, financing, organisation and intensity of contemporary warfare. Modern wars are supposedly decentralised and more chaotic. They represent the final consequences of global economic and political processes and differ from ‘old wars’ typically fought over territories and populations’ identity. In addition, the boundaries between the state of war and peace are becoming increasingly blurred and the risk of significant collective violence has increased around the world. However, at the same time a growing number of empirical studies show that the ‘new wars’ do not in fact differ from the wars fought in the previous centuries nor that they are greater in number, intensity or civilian casualties.

The course will consequently deal with differences in the contemporary conceptualisation and research on war and peace, particularly in divided societies that have already experienced violent conflicts or have the potential to produce new conflicts. We encourage the participation of students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields and disciplines that study social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, ethnicity and diversity.

This post/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 discussions 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 an unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.

The course offers ECTS credits for PhD and MA students (3-6 ECTS).


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 sciences.


Course fee is 40 € but a number of scholarships are available. Scholarships cover 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.


To participate in the course apply online HERE.

Applications for a scholarship must be made on a special HESP form (available HERE) and submitted to the IUC Secretariat to the e-mail address nada.bruer@iuc.hr at least one month before the start of the course – 22 March 2014.

 Visit the official website HERE.

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