The Institute for Social and Humanities Research “Euro-Balkan”, Skopje within the framework of the Ohrid Summer University 2008, supported by the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje, is announcing SUMMER SCHOOL ON NON-DISCRIMINATION, SOCIAL INCLUSION AND EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP, to be held 23 – 30 June 2008, Hotel Klimetica, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.


   The Summer School on Non-Discrimination, Social Inclusion and European Citizenship is aimed at current human rights activists, postgraduate students and members of socially and culturally marginalized groups committed to the idea of social inclusion and actively seeking to address problems related to implementation of human rights legislation, discrimination and social exclusion in the Macedonian society. In the form of a one-week intensive summer course, this School specifically seeks to provide 21 course participants with the latest theoretical, conceptual and practical tools in order to grasp the complexity of the human rights situation in Macedonia from the perspectives of the most socially vulnerable groups. The course will offer lectures from eminent Macedonian human rights activists, insightful discussions, workshops on specific topics, collaborative presentations based on group work and social and cultural activities. Working languages of the course will be both Macedonian and English, as lectures will be in Macedonian and course materials will be in English.Programme summary:The School’s overall goal is to contribute to building sustainable human rights culture in Macedonia, by providing an academically validated inspiration and new opportunities to current activists, postgraduate students and members of socially and culturally marginalized groups to explore the theory and practice of human rights in Macedonia, to design possible human rights research projects, and outline a possible evidence-based strategy. It specifically aims to strengthen the capacity of course attendants in the fields of Non-Discrimination, Social Inclusion and European Citizenship as the main result to be achieved through the foreseen activities. The course will attempt to offer a more intricate analysis of the issues of application and implementation of non-discrimination legislation in Macedonia by showing how existing social relations, political institutions and cultural practices must be transformed in order to accommodate those who have been prevented or excluded from fully participating in Macedonian society (women, children, disabled people, Roma, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and older persons).

   Special attention will be given to understanding the social, economic, political and cultural context in which the social exclusion and subordination of these groups of people take place, especially where this marginalisation is exacerbated by extreme poverty and ethnic status and the means to combat these types of abject discrimination. The course will advocate for a social inclusion approach to fighting discrimination in Macedonia, since it is the only proactive, human development approach to social well-being that calls for more than the removal of legal and formal barriers or risks to participating as valued, respected and contributing members of Macedonian society. The Summer

   School will broadly cover the three following topics:

1. Human Rights, Non-discrimination, or Social Inclusion?-Integrating Concepts and Perspectives of European Citizenship in the Balkans;

2. Social Exclusion, European Citizenship and Social Policy: Application and Scrutiny of Macedonian Research on Social Exclusion and Human Rights;

3. Culture, difference and human rights;Eligibility: Postgraduate students, human rights activists, and members of socially and culturally marginalized groups from Macedonia committed to the idea of social inclusion and actively seeking to address problems related to implementation of human rights legislation, discrimination and social exclusion in the Macedonian society.



" Global Economy and Creative Industries " 

21 June – 04 July, 2008, Ohrid, Macedonia


   The goal of the summer school " Global Economy and Creative Industries " is to put forward some important issues about the economic development of South East Europe during the era of transition, by merging together the economic and cultural domains of life. While in the previous centralised economic system, art and culture were seen as fields necessarily isolated from any commercial value and always supported by the state, today culture needs to be seen as a business on its own. The potential of creative sector to contribute to the growth and development of transitional economies has been increasingly recognised. Creative industries are activities that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and have a potential for wealth and job creation.  

  Thematic Framework: Creative industries encompass major segments including: art products; visual arts; design, architecture, crafts, performing arts, film and audiovisual arts, literature, books and publishing, software, computer games, television and radio, music, fashion design, museums and galleries, as well as cultural tourism and cultural heritage. The genesis of economic value comes from an individual's inspiration and, in turn, the reputation that he or she gains for his or her creative talent.Since the cultural products are information-based, the rapid advance of digital technologies and the globalisation of communications networks have made the cultural sector one of the fastest-growing in the world. Many of today's most successful companies are broadcasters, publishers, entertainers and games designers, and they are growing fast. In the world’s advanced economies these sectors are showing annual growth rates between 5 and 20%. The research and mapping of the creative industries sector in the SEE region is still at the beginning but already completed projects and their first results also showed fast the growth of this sector. Unfortunately the first research also showed that this sector is still undermined by the local governments and education that makes such programme urgent.

  Methodological approach: This summer school will particularly stress the need for interdisciplinary methodological approach. This need shall be addressed trough the different activities of the respective school: lectures, seminars, workshops etc. The participants of this school will be young lecturers, university assistants, scholars and researchers who will seek to scrutinize the relevance of the idea for introducing the discipline for creative industries trough various local case studies, by following the lectures of experts for creative industries from different countries. Even trough all of the participants have different fields of interests, starting from their own disciplines (economy, law, arts and cultural management, public administration etc.); they will try to embrace the interdisciplinarity of the field of creative industries. The participants will be encouraged to collaborate in teams towards the development of innovative academic agendas about creative industries, as novel academic field in Macedonia. Also, the participants will be encouraged to combine their forces to smooth the acceptance of this novel approach toward the economy in various segments of the education and government. 

  Format: Introductory lectures, seminars, workshops and debates, aiming to ask the key questions that arise from the creative industries:  -How to develop competitive and sustainable creative economy?  

-What are the particular problems that are faced by the transitional and developing economies? 

-How to establish a production system that will enable and benefit from the reciprocal working relations between creative economy, creative industries and cultural sector?The program of this summer school considers the challenging nature of both the global and local creative economies. The seminars and workshops will look at the wider impact of inter-cultural exchange and how it affects cultural diversity, changes in patterns of distribution, the use of and access to new technology, and the challenge of establishing workable intellectual property regimes. OSU 2008 Target group: Young faculty from SEE region (M.A. and PhD students) 

  Criteria for participation on OSU2008: Commitment to interdisciplinary research, critical thinking, dialoged based style of teaching expressed in the motivation section of the application form.  

  Eligibility and costs:20 participants of the summer school will be chosen on highly competitive basis among young teaching assistants and researchers in the fields of economy, marketing, development studies, urban studies, advertising, culture and art management, etc.

  There are 15 full scholarships available to the most successful applicants to weave the complete costs of the two-week course for the most successful participants including: participation fees (300 EUR), accommodation, full board and reimbursement of the travel expenses. In addition there are 10 places available for the eligible candidates who will not be selected for scholarships but who are eligible and want to attend the programme on their own expense (560 EUR FB, two weeks, the same hotel). These applicants will be offered weaving of the fees. The applicants from SEE and the Balkans have priority but participants from EU are also eligible.  For the successfully completed summer school the participants will receive certificate measured up to 15 credits according to ECT System.

  This year Summer School Global Economy and Creative Industries is supported by the Central European Initiative.



- Global Economy and Creative Industries 

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