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Summer school in Political theory successfully accomplished its goals
The summer school Paths of Modernity: In Search for Alternatives has been successfully held in Grožnjan from 15th to 20th July 2016. The school was organized in the framework of the project The political in the time of current crisis: the heritage of modernity and contemporary challenges to the project of European unity funded by the European Social Fund. All together 20 participants from different university levels (doctoral, master, bachelor) as well as young researchers coming from Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Croatia participated in working sessions. Introductory lectures were given by eminent scholars: prof. Luc Foisneau (Hobbes), prof. Dragutin Lalović (Rousseau), prof. Thomas Petersen (Hegel), prof. Malte Faber (Marx). Encouraged by great interest for the continuation of the summer school in modern political theory, school organisers will in the following months try to secure its permanent place on the intellectual map of Europe.

The political in the time of actual crisis

The political in the time of actual crisis: the heritage of modernity and contemporary challenges to the project of European unity



High education, science, research

Croatia, Zagreb

Role in the action:



30/06/2015 – 30/09/2016

Cost (HRK):

760.762,90 HRK


European Social Fund, operational program Human Potential Development 2007-2013


Objectives and results of the action 

The basic aim of the project is to enable young researches to integrate into theEuropean research area more effectively. Young researchers will carry out fundamental scientific research and criticallyinterrogate  modern tradition of political thought and some of its key concepts: politics/ the political, state, civil society, democracy. The aim is to define in what degree is the political program of Modernity, which is inscribed in key texts of classical political thought, fulfilled and in what ways does this program represent foundation or eventual obstacles for understanding of actual crisis. 


The project is divided into four parts/topics:

  1. moment of the political  – establishment of the autonomy of political sphere in republican tradition (Machiavelli)
  2. moment of the state – establishment of sovereign state (Bodin/Hobbes)
  3. moment of civil society – challengeof establishment of politicalcommunity in the conditions of modern (economic) civil society (Hegel)
  4. moment of democracy– possibilities of democratic republic:  crisis and contemporary democracy (Rancière, Lefort, Abensour).


Expected results:

Scientific papers, mobility of young researchers (duration 6 months), interconnection with scientist in the field of political theory, organization of summer school, organization of final international conference