Sovereignty or Nationalism

Events / Tue 21 Nov 2023 10:00

During this international conference the phenomenon of sovereignty and the differences between this concept and the term “nationalism” will be analyzed by philosophers, political scientists and academics from various European countries.

Special attention will be given to the preservation of local cultural heritage, minority languages and identities.

The conference will consider which of these two concepts contributes more to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


21 November 2023

10:00 - 10:30
Opening remarks
10.30 - 17.00
  • Marko Medved: Christians towards Nationalism (and Sovereignty) Yesterday and Today
  • Čedomir Stojković: Hybrid Attack on Sovereignty, Nationalism as a Geopolitical Weapon, and the Need for Creating a New Identity
  • Ezio Giuricin: Free Cities Between Autonomy and Self-Determination
  • Marco Manfrini: Democracy Beyond Borders: The Democratic Principle as a Tool of Sovereignty.
  • Antonello Nassone: Sovereignty and nationalism beyond the modern state
  • Orhan Kiliç: The political concept of Democratic Confederalism
  • Ivan Jeličić: Reflections on Fiume/Rijeka’s Autonomy, a Persisting Trait of City’s 20th Century
  • Lubinka Toševa Karpowicz:  Sovereignty – the necessity of redefinition
  • Gábor Zsigmond: Nationalisms and Autonomy
  • Damir Grubiša: Sovereignty of the Nation-State as an obstacle to further European integration
  • Daniel Turp: Sovereignty, nationalism and the right of Self-Determination


When: Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 10:00

Where: Rijeka City Hall, Rijeka, Croatia

You can join the event online through the following Zoom link:

Or watch it on YouTube:


The conference will be in English, Croatian and Italian. Interpretation in the three languages will be provided.


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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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This is a joint event of Coppieters Foundation and Free State of Rijeka Association.

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