The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies perceives conferences as opportunities not only to present acquired knowledge, but also to generate new knowledge. Several conferences organized by the Institute resulted in further studies and new publications which were not the product of an occasion but a result of collaboration between experts and scientists before, during and after the conference
Scientific Conference Slavonia – the Croatian and European Region
Požega, 15 May 2015
The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies organized a scientific conference entitled "Slavonia – the Croatian and European Region"which was held in Požega on 15 May 2015. The conferencewas attended by distinguished scientists from Croatia who were trying to determine what is Slavonia ‒ a region in the full meaning or just homeland, and what is the position of Slavonia in Croatia and in the EU. The Scientific Conference was opened by MP Zdravko Ronko, and introductory remarks were submitted by Dragutin Babic on behalf of the organizers, Jakša Puljiz on behalf of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, and by Deputy Health Minister Marijan Cesarik.
The firstthematic block included six presentations. Hrvoje Špehar gave a presentation titled "Political institutionalization of the new cohesion and regional policy of the European Union in the case ofSlavonia", Filip Škiljan spoke on "Slavonia ‒ spatial and ethnic development of the region", and the theme of the presentation of Dragutin Babic was "Slavonia ‒ a region or (only) the homeland?". Dražen Živić, Ivana Žebec Šilj and Sandra Cvikić gave a lecture under the title"Demographic context of developmental delay of Eastern Croatia", and Ivan Balta a lecture "The importance of roads in Slavonia through the past and present". The presentation by Aleksandar Vukić was entitled "Center and periphery ‒ the role of the state and the European Union in the social and economic development of Slavonia", and the last one in this section was made by Šenol Selimović on the topic "Non-commercial factors of regional development: the Anatolian 'theorem' for Slavonia!?".
The second thematic block, which comprised five presentations, began with the presentation by Sandra Kralj entitled "Public actions of Slovaks in Osijek – the impact on the ethnic identity". Ljiljana Dobrovšak spoke on the impact of Jews on the economic development of Slavonia, and Vlatka Dugački on the contribution of the Czech capital on the economic development of Slavonia in the first half of the XX century. Marina Perić-Kaselj gave a presentation entitled "Ethnic entrepreneurship – the role of Bosnian Croats in the development of the Slavonia region". The last presentation was made by Jadranka Galiot Kovačić under the title "Immigrant Croatian population from Bosnian Posavina after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) to the Vukovar-Srijem County in Croatia – three post-war stories, 15 years later".
The members of the organizing committee were Dragutin Babić, Aleksandar Vukić and Filip Škiljan from the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, and Šenol Selimović. Scientificpapersfrom this conference will be published in the Proceedings next year.