promotions & lectures


Boris Jokić, one of the key people in the Croatian curricular reform, will hold two lectures on the topic of the future of education. „Music and curricular reform: How we (didn’t) kill Marulić and what do John Coltrane, Johnny Rotten and Džoni Stulić have to do with it?“ is the name of the first lecture (Friday, 17h) that will answer the following questions: „How is education portrayed in contemporary music?“, „Why don’t more musicians decide to write about that period of their lives in their work?“ , „How did Goran Bare end up in the curriculum of catholic religious classes?“ , „Why is it important to be called Johnny?“ , „Should we talk about turbofolk in schools?“. The second lecture will be held on Saturday at 17h, and it is called „Film and Croatian education – (im)possible coalition or which movies should children watch?“. This lecture will discuss serious implementation of the film art in Croatian education and which movies would be appropriate and acceptable in today’s Croatia for the purpose. The audience will have the opportunity to present a curriculum of film pieces that every young person should watch during their 12 years in school.

Book promotion:

Horizons of Atheism: correspondence on religion, science and the meaning of life (Zagreb: InTri, 2017) is a collection of 22 letters exchanged by Pavel Gregorić and Željko Porobija – two atheists from two completely different walks of life – in the six months in 2016. Željko Porobija was a pastor and the dean of an Adventist school in Maruševec who lost his faith under the burden of scientific facts, and Pavel Gregorić is a university professor of philosophy who was never religious and who never heard the “call of the transcendental”. They call their viewpoint “consequential atheism” – a belief that there is no God which logically stems from a series of fundamental beliefs about the world and man. Both of them believe that religion and science are based on completely different metaphysical, epistemological and anthropological frameworks, which in the end make the two incompatible. They believe that the question of the meaning of life is a test of the scientific view of the world and in their letters they outline several possible answers to that question. An honest dialogue, especially with those who do not think the same, lies in the basis of their viewpoint. Ljiljana Pavlina will moderate the book promotion, and it will take place on Saturday at 18h.

Book promotion:

The book Believing in dialogue: the secular and religious in conversation is a collection of interviews published in 2014 and 2015 in Novi list, as well as transcripts of public lectures held in the same period, from September, 2014 to May, 2015, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Art cinema, under the common name “Religion and the public at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka”. As it is written in the preface titled “Pluralism in (dis)agreement”, the editors Grozdanov and Zelić explain that the intention of those pubic discussions – initiated by the dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka at the time Predrag Šustar – was to “question the place and the role of the religious argument in the public sphere”, and “offer different viewpoints (…) in relation to the views which are predominant in Croatian public space”. The editors of the book were guided by a deep belief that “an atheist and a religious person (…) can work together on promoting a mutual image of a better society”, and that “a secular space can represent a common ground on which both believers and unbelievers, as well as all those in between, can together contribute to the development of human society.” Lana Bobić will moderate the book promotion, and it will take place on Friday at 18h.