Democracy, Identity, European Integration


Democracy, Identity, European Integration
8-9th March 2013

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy
University of Rijeka / Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

These notions are among the key concepts for the future of all peoples that live in Europe. Democracy is a foundational concept for several reasons. First, it is a matter of fact that all political orders in Europe are democratic, a good functioning of democratic institutions is necessary for a valid process of decision making, concerning, among else, social justice, economic efficiency, etc. Second, democracy is a value by itself. Third, it is worth deserving to explore whether democratic decision making (as opposed to elitist expertism) contributes to the highest quality of answers relevant for the political societies of the people that live in them. Fourth, democratic participation contributes to the construction of a common political identity of a population. This is particularly important in multinational states, as well as in a regional association of states, like EU.

The issue of identity is interrelated to that of democracy, because some level of common political identity is required in order to obtain a common engagement of citizens in the political process of decision making, as well as the respect of the authority of democratic decisions. On the other hand, a relevant issue is how much democratic decisions must respect specific identities, for example in the form of exemptions from laws.

In the actual situation, and, as we wish, in the future EU, even in its more extended shape, is and will be the common framework for political processes of the European states and European populations. Relevant questions are how to make it a more democratic framework. Democratization is one of the ways to form a common European identity, as well as to strengthen mutual sense of solidarity. It also a way to form a common framework, that respects specific identities.

The organizers of the conference are Elvio Baccarini (University of Rijeka), Petar Bojanić (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade) and Milica Trifunović (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade). Participants will include prestigious scholars like Jonathan Wolff (University College London), Chandran Kukathas (London School of Economics), David Owen (University of Southampton), Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick), Miriam Ronzoni (TU Darmstadt), Emanuela Ceva (Università degli studi di Pavia) and colleagues from the University of Belgrade, University of Rijeka and University of Zagreb.



Dan 1. / Day 1.

8. Mart  / March 8th

09.30 Otvaranje konferencije / Opening

Pozdravni govori / Welcoming speeches:

Petar Bojanić (Direktor Instituta za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju, Beograd / Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade)

Elvio Baccarini (Redovni profesor filozofije na Sveučilištu u Rijeci / Professor at the University of Rijeka / Faculty of Humanities and Social Science)

Milica Trifunović (Istraživač pri Institutu za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju, Beograd / Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade)

Moderator Jovan Babić

09.45-10.45 Chandran Kukathas (London School of Economics), “Antipolis”

10.45-11.45 Ivan Mladenović (University of Belgrade), “On the Priority of (Deliberative) Democracy”

11.45-12.00 Kafe pauza / Coffee break

Moderator Milica Trifunović

12.00-13.00 Emanuela Ceva (University of Pavia), “Toleration, Respect, and the Cultural Defense”

13.00-15.00 Ručak / Lunch

15.00-16.00 Michal Sladeček (University of Belgrade), “The European Memory and Identity as Reconciliation with the Past”

Moderator Nebojša Zelič

16.00-17.00 Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick), “Epistemic Circumstances of Democracy”

17.00-17.15 Kafe pauza / Coffee break

17.15-18.15 Snježana Prijić-Samaržija (University of Rijeka), “Epistemology and Democracy. Epistemological Benefits of Democratic Procedures”


Dan 2. / Day 2.

9. Mart / March 9th

Symposium on J. Wolff’s Ethics and Public Policy. A Philosophical Inquiry

Moderator Aleksandar Fatić

09.30-10.30 Jonathan Wolff (University College, London), “Précis to Ethics and Public Policy.  A Philosophical Inquiry”

10.30-11.30 Enes Kulenović (University of Zagreb), “Political Philosophy and Public Policy: Six Models”

11.30-11.45 Kafe pauza / Coffee break

Moderator Snježana Prijić-Samaržija

11.45-12.45 Nebojša Zelič (University of Rijeka), “The Role of Ideal Theory in Public Policy Making”

12.45-13.45 Elvio Baccarini (University of Rijeka), “Ethics and Public Policy. The Role of Public Reason”

13.45-15.45 Ručak / Lunch

Moderator Ivan Mladenović

15.45-16.45 David Owen (University of Southampton), “Demos problems in the European Union”

16.45-17.45 Miriam Ronzoni (Technical University of Darmstadt), “Republicanism, Democracy, and the European Union”

17.45-18.00 Kafe pauza / Coffee break

18.00-19.00 Opšta diskusija / General discussion