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GLocalEAst Project Meetings
- First Transnational Project Meeting (Kick Off) in Bratislava (on-line) – 30/10/2020: The introductory meeting (Kickoff meeting) was devoted to the organizational issues of the project, whereas the participants had the opportunity to see how the project would be implemented in the future. Project managers from Comenius University (CU) – Aneta Világi and Kateryna Yakovenko – prepared a detailed and structural presentation of the project guidelines with all the financial and administrative points explained. Marco Puleri – on behalf of the University of Bologna – presented the scientific side of project management and emphasized the specific objectives the partners shall meet. Particular milestones were set for the implementation of the project activity O1/A1 and the creation of ‘national networks’ among the main partners and associated partners was outlined. Due to the regulations of COVID-19 (UV-21856/2020 on the prohibition of assemblies of more than 6 persons and UV-678/2020 on the prohibition of going out), the kickoff meeting took place online via the MS Teams platform.
- Second Transnational Project Meeting – 29/03/2021 – Output 1 Evaluation Meeting – in Belgrade (on-line): The second transnational project meeting took place between the main project partners. Originally, this meeting was to take place in Belgrade (Serbia), but due to the ongoing unfavorable pandemic situation, the meeting took place online via the MS Teams platform. The aim of this meeting was to present and discuss the intellectual outputs of the O1 – transnational report on educational and training needs analysis. Each of the participating institutions presented its national report and then comparative findings were presented, based on national reports. During the discussion, the consortium focused on the transfer of the acquired knowledge to the next stages of the project, specifically their application in the intellectual output of O2 – preparation of the GlocalEAst curriculum. At the second panel of the meeting, the main tasks and milestones related to the implementation of the O2 activity were presented, including a partial activity within O2 – the online seminar GlocalEAST at the University of Bologna. Further on, plans for a project multiplier event organized by the University of Belgrade were addressed.
- Third Transnational Project Meeting in Kaunas – Output 2 Midterm meeting (24.09. 2021) – The third transnational project meeting (Kaunas, Lithuania & online via MS Teams) dealt with the organizational issues of the second intellectual output (O2) as well as the administration of the Interim report. The participants received detailed information on the content and form of the submitted interim project report. The information was presented by project managers from Comenius University (UK) Aneta Világi and Kateryna Yakovenko. The leaders of the intellectual output of O2 – Drago Zuparič (University of Zagreb) and Marco Puleri (University of Bologna) briefly informed about the progress in the implementation of this output and presented a detailed work plan for the near future. Consortium members also discussed the preparation of the summer school (September 2022) and the steps that need to be taken (especially administrative training).
Due to COVID-19 regulations (valid in the individual consortium countries), the meeting took place in hybrid mode. Representatives of project partners who could travel attended the meeting in person. Representatives of partners who did not meet the condition of vaccination, or. they would be threatened after joining or returning from Lithuania for several days and attended the meeting online via MS Teams.
- Fourth Transnational Project Meeting in Frankfurt Oder – Output 2 Evaluation Meeting (Autumn 2022)
- Fifth Transnational Project Meeting in Bologna – Digital Platforms Meeting (Spring 2023)
- Sixth Transnational Project Meeting in Zagreb – Closing Meeting (Summer 2023)
Each participating institution would hold multiple internal meetings on a regular basis.
Open Days seminar – 17-18, June 2021 GlocalEAST Seminars
Educational and Training Needs in Migrant Integration: International conference in Belgrade (22.06. 2021) Conference Program
The conference took place on June 22, 2021 at the Rectorate of the University of Belgrade, and was attended by more than 50 people. The conference was organized within the EC Erasmus + GlocalEast project, project number: 2020-1-SK01-KA203-078263 and presented an intellectual speech O1. The event was organized to expand and promote the intellectual activity of O1, which was a comparative study based on national research of project partners – 6 universities. The initial plan was to hold a conference of project partners (participation and the discussion) and local conference participants. This would have created an international character of the conference. Unfortunately, Covid pandemic limited the participation. On the other hand, intellectual performance 01 was presented by the Serbian project partner to the audience and simultaneously, online.
The conference was attended by invited guests from government agencies (parliament, government), the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and non-governmental organizations.
- Teaching methodologies and approaches to border, migration and diaspora studies: International Conference in Kaunas (23.09. 2021)
A conference was held in Kaunas to discuss and disseminate interdisciplinary teaching methods in migration, diaspora and frontier studies. Feedback and lessons from the conference were gathered and shared with the leaders of four working groups involved in the preparation of GLocalEAst syllabi and teaching materials. Subsequently, this knowledge will be used in the development of methodology and innovative approaches to teaching, which the consortium of the GLocalEAst project wants to integrate into selected master’s courses at universities involved in the project.
Topics discussed at the conference included the transformation of the east-west and south-north migration dimensions, changing border concepts, the new diaspora within the European Union, the Lithuanian vision of borders, but also challenges for state institutions, NGO activities and diaspora community. The conference also criticized the way in which EU countries responded to the refugee crisis (2015-16). The conference participants pointed out that the insufficient response to the crisis was also a consequence of the inefficiency of migration policy and the approach to migration policy as such. The lack of a functional link between academia, government, the labor market and civil society, in particular NGOs, and weak cross-border cooperation in research on migration issues, especially in the light of a lasting link between the global and local dimensions, have contributed to the failure of EU countries. The focus of the conference was on identifying opportunities for cooperation between academia, NGOs and specific methodological challenges. The implementation of the conference was partly influenced by the continuing worsening pandemic situation, especially by capacity constraints in the interiors. The organizers of the event solved this problem in such a way that part of the conference participants were present in person and part was connected remotely via a video call.Conference_Kaunas_23.09
- Digital learning tools for border, migration and diaspora studies: International Conference in Bologna (scheduled for Spring 2023)
- GLocalEAst Joint Policy Paper Series: International Conference in Zagreb (scheduled for Summer 2023)
GLocalEAst Summer School
Two-week international summer school “Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe” at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, September 5 – 16, 2022. Open Call
The Summer School offers students interdisciplinary and innovative courses that provide practical skills and better address the challenges in the field. Along with the acquisition of core academic knowledge in the field of migration, diaspora and borders, the Summer School curriculum also includes the acquisition of skills that meet the needs of the labor market and society in dealing with migration issues. These were developed in collaboration with civil society partners and local government institutions to create synergies with current socio-political issues. The Summer School program combines various formats that facilitate the acquisition and deepening of knowledge and skills. Renowned scholars in the field of migration and border studies from the six partner universities convey central aspects in their lectures (core courses). An accompanying series of seminars (second courses) provides for discussions on selected case studies in order for participants to acquire practical knowledge. In working groups led by border and media specialists, participants creatively learn to design and produce a topic-related multi-media project. In the course of the summer school, excursions to thematically relevant locations in Berlin and on the German-Polish border are planned. The Summer School awards a certificate of attendance. By successfully completing the summer school programme including an active involvement in a working group, 4 ECTS credits can be obtained by participants. Please, click on the link for a more detailed information: GLocalEAst Summer School_call for application_final