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The Centre for Integrative Bioethics is a component of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, and also one of the scientific units of the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics network. It carries out scientific projects and studies in cooperation with other institutions of the network and independently. Its purpose is to promote interdisciplinary connections between scientists within the University of Split and other institutions through research and educational projects and activities in the interdisciplinary field of bioethics. The Centre also organizes various public forums and conferences related to bioethical issues, including issues in the fields of biomedicine, technology, ecology, education, ethics, etc. The members of the Centre are especially focused on the issue of animal ethics in the broader concept of cultural zoology (animal studies), introduced by Nikola Visković, one of the Croatian bioethical pioneers. The central activity of the Centre is the annual scientific and cultural event Days of animal STudies (follow the link for more information).

Address: Poljička cesta 35, 21000 Split
Head of the Center: Josip Guć, Ph. D., Senior Assistant
Secretary of the Center: Bruno Ćurko, Ph.D., Associate Prof.
Administration Office: Vesna Matijaš Rakonjac, LLM

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For the fourth time, the Centre for Integrative Bioethics (together with partners) is organizing a scientific-cultural event Days of animal STudies , which examines the ways in which non-human animals enrich our culture and the ways in which humans treat them. One of its main goals is to provide a richer insight into the destructiveness of this treatment and to arouse sensibility and critical thinking regarding the formation of a different approach to animals. This year, the event will take place in Split from October 19 to 22 . The event will be held in a hybrid manner, in site and online . The application deadline is August 1, 2022 . Completed application forms should be sent to the e-mail address . Please find the application form HERE . The permanent topics of the Days of animal STudies include the following issues: the relationship between culture and nature the role of animals in spiritual culture biological characteristics of animals animals in ecosystems and species extinction the question of the existence and form of culture in animals animals in art (literature, music, film ...) animals in the imagination and the unconscious animals in folklore, mythology, and religion mistreatment and killing of animals animals in material culture animal nutrition the moral status of the animal experimenting on animals animals in sports and entertainment animals in education the legal status of the animal. This list does not exhaust the possible ways of approaching this topic, just as it does not exclude the networking of the mentioned issues. Also, topics can be approached from different perspectives: philosophical, scientific, artistic, religious, activist, etc. A special theme this year (which does not exclude the previously mentioned topics) is birds, and more specifically the seagull. It is seemingly paradoxically stated in the subtitle that Seagull is not a bird . However, this primarily concerns the fact that seagulls may be something much more than "mere animals". One of the points of the Days of animal STudies is to point out that animals are not mere passers-by, ie. that they play an indispensable role in our lives. The seagull is one of the animals where this almost should not be proven. Regarding this year's specific topic, applicants can address some of these issues: the symbolic role of the seagull seagull in the ecosystem a seagull in the imagination of the Mediterranean seagull in literature seagull in music the role of birds in culture ornithological features of birds extinction of birds birds in art (literature, music, painting...) religious notions of birds educational use of birds moral and legal protection of birds. Also, this list does not exhaust possible topics and approaches. The co-organizers of the Days of animal STudies  are: Croatian Bioethical Society Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research Association "Petit Philosophy" Center of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics
Days of animal STudies is a scientific and popular manifestation dedicated to problems and issues concerning animals, i.e. human perception and relationships with animals. Its content is based on the concept of animal studies or cultural zoology, a concept instituted in our region by Nikola Visković, a polymath from Split and one of the pioneers of bioethics in Croatia. In this context, the manifestation strives for a multifaceted and all-encompassing overview of the human-animal relationship. In the framework of this enormous task, one should especially emphasize ethical reflection. Hence, the goal of Days of animal STudies is to describe and to morally evaluate human relationship toward non-human animals from different perspectives (scientific, artistic, cultural, etc.). As this relationship can still predominantly be described as disrespectful, one of the tasks of the manifestation is to contribute to public awareness of this matter. The insight into what animals are, what kind of moral regard they deserve, and how we treat them in that respect, presents an unavoidable requirement for the radical change of this treatment. Even though this manifestation is international, it finds its initial inspiration in local sources and is particularly dedicated to the preservation of a local authentic animalistic impulse (with “animal STudies with capital ST” being a reference to Split, Croatia). One of such sources, alongside the mentioned, is certainly the work of the authentic Mediterranean, extravagant artist (primarily known as a musician), sailor, teacher, anarchist, and humanist (among his many other roles) Toma Bebić (Split, 1935–1990). Even though one of the “many other roles” of Bebić was that of mechanic and marine engineer, his opus is marked by suspicion toward technological development, primarily inspired by sincere infatuation with nature. In the context of Days of animal STudies , Toma’s multi-faceted work provokes, among other, topics such as regard toward domestic animals, consequences of technological development concerning animal and human, the relationship of humanism and animalism, the place of animals in art and Mediterranean lifestyle, animals in the context of education, etc. More information about the manifestation can be found at the following link: Anybody can join the online part of the conference at the following link: