Rethinking Balkan Identities

posted by ush on 2008/02/29 07:24

[ Call for Papers ]

6th International Graduate and Undergraduate Student Border Crossings Conference: Rethinking Balkan Identities: The Dynamics of Space and Time.

Korca, Albania, 22-25.05.2008.

The conference aims in developing cross-border cooperation in the areas of social anthropology, Balkan studies and other social science disciplines. Eventual subtopics might comprise (though are not limited to): cultural heritage and cultural diversity; disciplinary crossings and boundaries, past and present; space and place in SE Europe; emerging anthropological fields; social memory; urban and rural studies; visual cultures; crossing cultures (ideas, social networks, practices); culturalism, racism, exclusivism and intolerance; transnational networks and connections; work and leisure; ethnic minorities and nationalities; folk traditions, invented traditions, popular cultures.

Border Crossings Network
Institute of Popular Culture, Academy of Tirana, Albania
Municipality of Korca
Department of History and Archeology, University of Ioannina
Department of Ethnology, St. Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje
Department of Balkans Studies, University of Western Macedonia, Florina.

The conference is open to all undergraduate and M.A. students from universities members of the Border Crossings Network as well as other students from the area and beyond who might find the network interesting. There are capacities for approximately one hundred participants. Students are expected to present their papers in any way related to the main topic of the conference. The presentation should not exceed ten minutes (plus 5 minutes for discussion). Power-point and multimedia presentations are welcome.

Application procedure:
Applicants should send their personal data, including university affiliation, and paper abstracts (around 15 lines) to the following e-mail address: as well as to the responsible coordinator at the home university.

Deadline for submissions is March 25, 2008. Successful applicants will be notified by April 20, 2008.

There is no conference fee. However, the organisers are not in position to cover travel costs and the cost of accommodation for participants. Under request, the organisers might subsidize basic accommodation costs for students from lower-income countries.

Participants will be accommodated in double or triple hotel rooms at an A class Hotel in Korca. The cost for accommodation, including breakfast, is 20 EUR per night for participants coming from EU countries (excluding Rumania and Bulgaria) and 10 EUR per night for participants coming from other countries.

Participants should make their own travelling arrangements. The closest to Korca international airports are those of Tirana, Thessaloniki and Skopje. A bus will run from Florina to Korca on the 22/5/2008 and from Korca to Florina on the 25.08.2008.

Organizing Committee:
Niko Peleshi, Mayor of Korca
Gerda Dalipaj, Institute of Popular Culture, Academy of Tirana
Professor Basilis Nitsiakos, University of Ioannina
Assist. Prof. Georgios Agelopoulos, University of Macedonia - Thessaloniki
Dr. Ioannis Manos, University of Western Macedonia – Florina
Mr. Dimitris Drenos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Academic Committee:
Prof. Vassilis Nitsiakos, Dept. of History and Archaeology, Univ. of Ioannina
Assoc. Prof. Rajko Mursic, Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology,
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana.
Assoc. Prof. Efi Voutira, Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Dr. Georgios Agelopoulos, Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Dr. Aliki Angelidou, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens
Dr. Evgenia Blagoeva, Anthropology Dept., New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Dr. Vassilis Dalkavoukis, Dep. of History and Ethnology, Democritus Univ. of
Dr. Ilia Iliev, Dept. of Ethnology, University of Sofia
Dr. Deema Kaneff, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of
Dr. Valia Kravva, Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
Dr. Ioannis Manos, Dept. of Balkan Studies, University of Western Macedonia,
Dr. Panagiotis Panopoulos, Dept. of Social Anthropology and History, University
of the Aegean, Mytilini
Dr. Ljupco Risteski, Dept. of Ethnology, St Cyril and Methodious University,
Dr. Yiorgos Tsimouris, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens

For additional information please contact Assist. Professor Georgios Agelopoulos, Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Fax: +30 2310891337


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