Conference Program

 

SHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE

SATURDAY, 22 AUGUST
Suggested day of arrival

SUNDAY, 23 AUGUST

9:30 – Guided tour of Zagreb historic center and visit to daily market (optional, included for all participants); meeting point – main square (Trg bana Josipa Jelačića)

11:30 – Registration and Welcome drink (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Marulićev trg 19)  

12:30 – Lunch

14:00 – Key note and Paper sessions (with coffee break)

19:30 – Conference dinner

MONDAY, 24 AUGUST

All Day Paper Sessions & Keynotes

TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST

Field Study – LOWLAND CROATIA - Zagreb suburban area and peri-Pannonia

WEDNESDAY, 26 AUGUST

Field Study – DINARIC CROATIA - UNESCO National Park Plitivce Lakes and Velebit Mountains

THURSDAY, 27 AUGUST

Field Study – DINARIC CROATIA AND NORTHERN DALMATIA (hinterland)  

FRIDAY, 28 AUGUST

Field Study – NORTHERN DALMATIA – coast and islands (Zadar & Šibenik archipelago)

Return to Zagreb in the late evening hours – please do not plan to continue your journey on Friday evening. Late August is still the main tourist season in Croatia and time of arrival to Zagreb cannot be firmly confirmed.

For any participants wishing to prolong their stay at the seaside, there will be opportunity to leave the bus in Zadar on Friday late afternoon.

 

 

THE FIELD STUDY

Apart from keynote lectures and participant’s presentations, the Colloquium will offer a unique opportunity to get close to rural Croatia in the field study. As a transition country characterized by recent change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, as well as being a nexus point between Central, Mediterranean, and Southeast Europe, Croatia provides plenty examples of the transformations sweeping across our part of Europe.

Rural Croatia is facing tremendous challenges in achieving a sustainable future, as it is heavily affected by strong depopulation and outmigration, despite Croatia’s recently gained access to important EU instruments (e.g. Regional and Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy), and firmer integration into international and global relations and trends. Furthermore, Croatian rural areas are experiencing many of universal challenges such as land conversion in periurban and tourist areas, conflict between nature/culture protection and (over)tourism, second home market expansion, migrant flows etc.

The fieldwork will encompass representative cases of both challenges and innovative responses in the three geographical regions of Croatia: Zagreb and peri-Pannonia (lowland), Dinaric (mountainous), and the Adriatic (coastal).