Rijeka Interdisciplinary Conference
Rijeka Interdisciplinary Conference is a student conference held for the third time, this year from 4 to 7 of November 2015. This year’s topic and title of the conference (after Sexuality in 2013 and Technology and Society in 2014) is Knowledge Society. Our wish this year is to once again bring together students of all regional and other universities, which is why it will be possible to present papers in both Croatian and English. Forms of participation at this year’s conference are: active participation by giving an oral presentation, a poster presentation, organizing a workshop and participation without a paper, in which case it is expected that students take part in the workshops, discussions and debates (passive participants). An important part of the program are carefully chosen topics of invited lectures and the participation of experts from a number of fields in the discussions – in previous years there were 6 invited lectures and three discussions with young scientists, entrepreneurs, activists and representatives of various professions as guests. The content focuses on current issues concerning the conference topic and is aimed at the participants as well as all students and the general public.
Although the term “knowledge society” is frequently used in public speech, students are insufficiently informed about its meaning and practical consequences as well as the current situation in Croatia as regards its goal of being an “knowledge society”. The educational system, as the most obvious element and tool for achieving an “knowledge society”, has come in for criticism for issues such as impractical primary education and failures in fostering responsible citizens. On a higher level, both an inconsistency between higher education and the job market and novices being inadequately prepared for independent work in their field are mentioned in research and public criticism. The European Parliament is trying to change this by providing funds for research and professional training. It is necessary that students themselves, as future highly-educated citizens and members of the academic community, explore together what it means to be an “knowledge society” and what influence the educational system has on this objective.
The importance of this topic varies from profession to profession. It can be observed from the perspective of historical changes, medical and technological advances, influence on social interaction and art, psychotherapy, ecology, cultural and linguistic changes and finally, on education. The topic of the conference will be dealt with through four sections – education, media, law and politics, culture and art.
This year’s conference will approach a given topic from the perspective of four different sections consisting of student presentations, invited lecturers, discussions, workshops or cultural content.
The listed topics are suggestions to students who want to apply to RIC 2015 but are unsure which topic to deal with and in what form. Of course, these topics are not the only ones students can explore – they are free to choose their own topic.
Student presentations will be followed by discussions allowing a deeper reflection on the issue and its exploration from the perspective of different professions. The topics of student papers for the conference can deal with some of the following issues we suggest: