Postings mit Schlagwort "Balkan" (30)

 NL +99 >> Looking forward to accompanying you through 2010 

posted by ush 14 years ago

Der Newsletter +99 (12/09) ist online [.pdf].

Dear Readers,

Kakanien revisited's team, hopes to part of your network in the year 2010, too. We will be happy to keep you updated about our activities and new releases vial E-mail and weblog. However, this Newsletter will be the last provided as PDF document for download. All 105 previous Newsletters will, of course, stay available for download in an archive.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

wir freuen uns, Sie auch im Jahr 2010 begleiten zu dürfen! Wir werden Sie weiterhin über unsere Aktivitäten und neue Publikationen über den E-Mail-Newsletter und per Weblog informieren. Der aktuelle, 105te Newsletter ist jedoch der letzte, der als PDF für den Download zur Verfügung gestellt wird – wiewohl selbstverständlich alle früheren Newsletters in einem Archiv nach wie vor zu Verfügung stehen werden.

 NL +98 >> Design News 

posted by ush 14 years ago

Der Newsletter +98 (11/09) [.pdf] ist online.

Dear Readers,

as you will notice, we start with some changes of Kakanien revisited's design in November. First, you'll notice the brightening of the ground colors for better readability of texts. Furthermore, we have re-structured the entry site and subdivided it into four sections with information about the platform's history and development.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

den November starten wir mit einigen Veränderungen der Plattform. Die Farben wurden für eine bessere Lesbarkeit der Texte aufgehellt. Darüber hinaus haben wir die Einstiegsseite umstrukturiert. In vier Klappmenüs können Sie sich über den Werdegang der Plattform auf Deutsch und im Lauf des Novembers auch auf Englisch informieren.

 NL +92 >> Balkan Studies in Europe and Overseas 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The Newsletter +92 (05/2009) is online [.pdf].

Dear Readers,

the workshop "Balkan Studies - quo vadis?" organised by Kakanien revisited, the BM.WF, and the IDM has been very successful. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to this success, the co-organisers, the discussants, the chairs, and especially the lecturers who presented excellent papers. For those who couldn't participate on April 25, 2009 the summary of the workshop has already been published in the Balkan Studies section, as well as in the Materials / Presentations and in the Editor's weblog in three parts.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

der Workshop "Balkan Studies - quo vadis?", durchgeführt von Kakanien revisited, dem BM.WF und dem IDM war überaus ergiebig und erfolgreich. Ich möchte mich auch hier nochmals bei allen, die zu diesem Erfolg beigetragen haben, bedanken: bei den MitorganisatorInnen und Sponsoren, den DiskutantInnen, den ModeratorInnen dem Publikum und natürlich bei allen Vortragenden, die exzellente Präsentationen dargeboten haben. Für alle, die am 25. April 2009 nicht zum Workshop kommen konnten, wurde der Workshopbericht bereits in Materialien / Berichte, in der Anthologie "Balkan Studies" sowie in drei Teilen im Weblog Editor veröffentlicht.

 A Feeling of Crisis? Part 3 

posted by ush 15 years ago
The fourth and last session of the Workshop was introduced by Peter Mario Kreuter's general and personal critique of the expert's dialogue with mass media. In a rather pessimistic way Kreuter concluded on the basis of his rich experience with TV stations and newspapers that any constructive and scientific cooperation with mass-media is almost impossible.

 A Feeling of Crisis? Part 2 

posted by ush 15 years ago
In the second session Rossitza Gradeva gave an overview over the development of foci and definitions of Balkan Studies and the Balkans in connection or in contrary or supplementing Ottoman studies.

 A Feeling of Crisis? Part 1 

posted by ush 15 years ago
Yesterday's workshop on Balkan Studies was quite intense. The pretty tight schedule mirrors the high concentration of information that was given and discussed. All the speakers and presentations have been excellent, and though space for discussion was limited several debates about how to define "the Balkans" and "Balkan Studies", about the terminologiy of area studies, spatiality, cultures, and about the politics of funding and academia in general were going on.

 Balkan Studies: quo vadis? 

posted by ush 15 years ago
The programme of tomorrow's workshop will be as follows (Venue: Inst. Slawistik, AAKH, 1090 Wien, Spitalgasse 9, Seminarraum 1):

 Balkans & Anatolia 

posted by ush 15 years ago
Right before the start of the Workshop on Balkan Studies (April 25, 2009) Alexander Vezenkov published a revised edition of his paper History Against Geography: Should We Always Thik of the Balkans as Part of Europe? originally published by the IWM.

 Crisis in Balkan Studies? 

posted by ush 15 years ago
Maximilian Hartmuth, who initiated the upcoming Workshop on Balkan Studies has delivered and published his position paper on the current crisis or re-orientation at least of Balkan Studies.

 Balkan Studies 9 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Now follows the abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) of Tatjana Marković (Graz/Belgrade): Balkan Studies and Music Historiography. (Self-)Representation between Nationalist Myths and Europeanisation

Balkan Studies in music historiography are mainly determined by conservative understanding that Balkan culture is still of predominantly peasant character. Consequently, presentation of the Balkan music/s is based much more on insight in traditional than in art music, esp. contemporary, or popular music and, as such, it is present in the framework of positivistic ethnomusicological writings, in the first place. Recent musicological contributions to Balkan Studies (meaning studies of Balkan, West Balkan, southeast European music) show a new, growing interest in the field, signified by two main policies: on the one hand, there are writings of the guardians of nationalist myths, who construct the concept of music history in accordance with their frozen (medieval) exclusive image of national identity and, on the other, writings of the pro-European orientated scholars, who stress the Balkans’ close connections to Western Europe. The intermingling and separation of these two approaches, their different ideological and methodological outcomes, as well as possible ways of future research, will be discussed.

 Balkan Studies 8 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Here follows the abstracts (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9) of Christian Marchetti (Tübingen): 19th-century Austrian Ethnography’s Discovery of the Proximate Other and its Legacy Today

The dichotomy between the exploration of the distant colonial primitive other and the discovery of the peasant as the nation’s »other within« provide a central divide in the historiography of the institutionalization of the anthropological sciences. In this ambivalent process Austrian ethnography was a borderline case. For ethnographic travellers as for aspiring scholars of all anthropological disciplines the proximate Balkans were a productive field of research. As the empire projected its powers into the same space, scientific "discovery" and military conquest often went hand in hand.

 Balkan Studies 7 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Here comes the abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9) of Peter Mario Kreuter (Regensburg): Slightly Nonsense. Or: Is there an Impact of (more or less) Scientific Balkan Studies in the Public (non-academic) Sphere?

"In Albania it is forbidden to listen to Manele; doing otherwise may be punished by imprisonment, fines, and whipping." This is what one can read when visiting the German Wikipedia in order to find some information about the Romanian musical style manele which also exists in Albania, but under a completely different name (tallava).

 Balkan Studies 6 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) of Karl Kaser (Graz): Disciplinary Boundaries in Question: Balkan Studies in a Globalizing World

The disciplinary boundaries between Balkan Studies and Near East and/or Middle Eastern Studies were basically drawn in the course of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century within a certain political framework and as results of European political interests. Arabic and Islamic Studies were considered as the study of the culturally other. Balkan Studies in this period of time were conceived as the »orient within«. The dissolution of the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empires by the end of 1918 changed the political landscape. Near East and Middle East Studies received the flavour of British and French Colonial Studies, whereas the German Reich was interested to explore the designated food deliverer, the Balkans, within its concept of Großraumpolitik.

 Balkan Studies 5 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Here follows the abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9) of Maximilian Hartmuth (Istanbul): Image-ing Balkans History: Non-Creative Others, Attention Deficits, and Art as a Problem

There are some fields in the humanities and social sciences, such as Nationalism Studies, in which the Balkans are very present, and others, such as art history and related disciplines, in which they are practically invisible. My paper is to question the impact of this condition on perceptions of the Balkans and Balkan-ness beyond the academia. Are the established interests of Balkan Studies really maintaining the image of the Balkans as an essentially conflictuous, non-creative space?

 Balkan Studies 4 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) of Edin Hajdarpašić (Chicago): Balkan Policy Ghosts: Studying Southeastern Europe in the United States since the 1990s

In the US political, intellectual, and popular discourses of the 1990s, "the Balkans" emerged as a troubling Eastern European site that revealed a disturbing underside of the generally optimistic beginning of the post-Cold War era. In this context, the "Balkan" attribute in fact became a shorthand for a variety of post-Yugoslav phenomena revolving around the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and the specter of multiple international community interventions in the region. Almost fifteen years later, »Balkan studies« in the US still bear a heavy imprint of "foreign policy" debates on intervention.

 Balkan Studies 3 

posted by ush 15 years ago

In addition to the abstracts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 follows now Rossitsa Gradeva (Sofia): The Ottoman Rule in Bulgarian Historiography

The Ottoman (often equated with Turkish) rule which had lasted for more than five centuries and continued for some parts of the country until the beginning of the 20th century, is a major point of departure in constructing Bulgarian national identity. As such it has been usually subject to a very negative and emotional evaluation in popular writing, fiction, and even in academic publications, one of the most popular terms even today being the notorious 'Turkish yoke'. On the other hand, the Bulgarian ›school‹ in Ottoman studies has produced significant works which are an important reference in many of its fields. Thus the development of Bulgarian historiography of the Ottoman period can be seen as resultant of two major factors – political, inside Bulgaria, and academic, as a constituent of international scholarship, which too can be loaded with political considerations.

 Balkan Studies 2 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Abstract (cf. Balkan Studies 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) of Wladimir Fischer (Wien): From Balkanologie to Balkan-Kompetenzen: Major Topics in 'Western' Academic Representation of the Balkans

Institutionalized knowledge about the Balkans developed as a philological domain in theearly 19th century until today, Western and Central European businesses and banks capitalize on that knowledge in their Central and eastern European expansion strategies. This presentation showcases some major topical shifts in the field and discusses the present situation.

 Balkan Studies 1 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The abstracts of the upcoming Kakanian workshop Balkan Studies - quo vadis? (April 25, 2009) will be posted here in alphabetical order (cf. Balkan Studies 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9):

Zrinka Blažević (Zagreb): Globalizing the Balkans: Balkan Studies as Transnational/Translational Paradigm

Starting from the premise that space is both a physical givenness and a social construct, the
main focus of this paper will be placed upon an alternative theoretical conceptualization of
the Balkans as a possible heuristic framework for rethinking and epistemological broadening
of the Balkans Studies. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia as
"impossible space" of coexistence of the opposite, distinctive and incommensurable, I
will propose a conceptualization of the Balkans as a heterotopical space in geographical,
historical, social, political, cultural and symbolic terms. Accordingly, it will be argued that
such a conceptualization might provide a basis for a transnational and translational politics
of the discipline which could not only bring about useful heuristic models and research
protocols for future Balkan Studies, but also ensure a survival of this academic and research
field in the post-transitional, global age.

 NL +91 >> Anniversary with Digital Anthologies 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Der Newsletter +91 (04/09) [.pdf] ist online.

Dear Readers,

the workshop "Balkan Studies: quo vadis?" (April 25, 2009) is approaching fast. The topic has attracted considerable interest, and we received quite a few comments, congratulations, and registrations. We are delighted that we put our finger on a nerve – although, this is no wonder with regard to the current very poor situation of the humanities in Austria and Europe.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

der Workshop "Balkan Studies: quo vadis?" steht vor der Tür (25. April 2009). Das Thema hat beachtliches Interesse geweckt, so dass wir mehrere Anmeldungen, Glückwünsche und Nachfragen erhielten. Wir sind erfreut, dass wir hier offenbar tatsächlich hier einen Nerv getroffen haben – auch wenn dies angesichts der recht bescheidenen derzeitigen Lage der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften in Österreich und Europa nicht so schwierig ist.

 NL 90 (03/09) 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Der Newsletter +90 (03/09) ist online (.pdf)

Dear Readers,

for the documentation of the past Emergence 7 Workshop on "Open Access" we decided to try a combination of publication and forum: the eRoom Open Access is accessible for the public. The presentations are available in a short version, as well as attached in full version. CV's of the members are to be found separately. After registering you can comment on the papers, ask questions, post links, and discuss the statements.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

um die Ergebnisse des letztjährigen Workshops Emergenzen 7 zu "Open Access" zu dokumentieren, haben wir uns für eine Kombination aus Publikation und Forum entschieden und den öffentlich zugänglichen und einsehbaren eRoom "Open Access" eingerichtet. Hier finden sich Kurzfassungen und Langversionen (.pdf) der Präsentationen sowie in einer eigenen Abteilung die CVs der TeilnehmerInnen.

 Balkan Studies 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The upcoming Workshop Balkan Studies - quo vadis? (to be held by Kakanien revisited, BMWF and IDM) has already been announced here and there. As a preparation for the event we have started the Digital Anthology Balkan Studies.

 NL +88 (01/09) >> Happy New Year 

posted by ush 15 years ago
Der Newsletter +88 (01/09) ist nun online (.pdf).

Dear Readers,

first of all, we wish you a happy new year! December seemed to be a rather quiet month for the much valued readers of Kakanien revisited's weblogs and articles. Though, don't be deluded. Behind the curtains different activities are going on, first and foremost the necessary attempts to save the platform's future.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

zunächst wünschen wir, einen guten Rutsch ins hoffentlich glorreiche Jahr 2009 gehabt zu haben! Für die geschätzte kakanische Leserschaft schien der Dezember eher ruhig gewesen zu sein, jedoch täuscht dies. Hinter den Kulissen waren wir eifrig und versuchen, die Zukunft der Plattform zu sichern.

 Good News for Balkan Studies 

posted by ush 15 years ago

We won't be able to save them, of course, but we, the Kk.rev team and esp. Maximilian Hartmuth from the Balkan Cities Weblog, are happy that the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) will be funding the Workshop Balkan Studies - Quo Vadis? to be held in April.

 SOEGV-Konferenz: Zadar 2008 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Mein Ausflug zur SOEGV-Konferenz 2008 in Zadar war kurz und beschränkte sich auf einen Tag, aber dennoch kam ich mit vielen guten Eindrücken und Anregungen wieder zurück nach Wien an den heimischen kakanischen Schreibtisch.

 Muslime in SEE 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Religion wird in soziologischer und kulturwissenschaftlicher Hinsicht wieder ein Thema und so etwas wie ein Leitmotiv. Das Tabu-Thema der Multikulturalität wird hier teils wieder aufgenommen; ich denke, durchaus realistischer, distanzierter und weniger polemisch - ob nun in befürwortender oder ablehnder Hinsicht.

Nicht nur konnte ich in Gesprächen mit Kolleginnen feststellen, dass Religion sich in den wissenschaftlichen Fokus drängt (auch bei meinen eigenen Projektideen), sondern es zeigt sich auch in verschiedenen Unternehmungen, Calls und Konferenzen. So auch hier, im Fall der anstehenden Konferenz Islam und Muslime in (Südost)Europa. Kontinuität und Wandel im Kontext von Transformation und EU-Erweiterung am 7. und 8.11.2008, im Magnus-Haus, Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117, Berlin. Organisatoren sind Christian Voß und Jordanka Telbizova-Sack:

 Ethnologia Balkanica 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Ethnologia Balkanica 11 (2007) on Regions and Regionalism in Southeast Europe has been released:

 Newsletter +84 (09/08) 

posted by ush 15 years ago

A bit early, due to my holidays starting tomorrow, the NL +84 (09/08) is online (.pdf).

Dear Readers,

August was dedicated to various preparations and organisations of workshops. We are happy to announce two workshops in 2009 to you: Based on a concept by Maximilian Hartmuth, the editor of the weblog Balkan Cities, Kakanien revisited will co-organize a one-day workshop on the structure and the future of Balkan Studies together with the IDM in April, and a conference on Vampires and Vampirism in the Habsburg Monarchy (18th/19th century) together with the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna. Detailed information will be given in due time.

Geschätzte Leserinnen und Leser,

der August war vornehmlich der Planung und Vorbereitung von Veranstaltungen gewidmet. Erfreulicherweise ergab sich die Möglichkeit, zwei zusätzliche Workshops bzw. Konferenzen im Jahr 2009 mitzugestalten. Im April wird Kakanien revisited gemeinsam mit dem IDM das Workshopkonzept von Maximilian Hartmuth, dem Redakteur des Weblogs Balkancities, zur Selbstbestimmung und Zukunft der Balkan Studies umsetzen und für Juli plant das Institut für osteuropäische Geschichte der Universität Wien gemeinsam mit der Plattform eine Konferenz zu Vampiren und Vampirismus im Habsburgerreich (18./19. Jahrhundert). Details werden zeitgerecht mitgeteilt werden.

 Aus meinen Lektüren II 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Diesmal ein treffliches Zitat aus einem Aufsatz von Vesna Goldsworthy, zu finden hier (.pdf): Der Imperialismus der Imagination: Konstruktionen Europas und des Balkans. Goldsworthy über paradoxe Beschreibungsmodi und deren Psychologie britischer ReiseschriftstellerInnen auf dem Balkan:

 Aus meinen Lektüren 

posted by ush 15 years ago

Zur Zeit bin ich noch ein Mal mit Montenegro beschäftigt. Dabei kam mir ein wunderbarer Artikel von Hom Sundhaussen aus dem Band 1917-1918 als Epochengrenze (Hg. v. Holm Sundhaussen u. Hans-Joachim Torke; 2000 Harrassowitz) über Von der der Multiethnizität zum Nationalstaat. Der Zerfall "Kakaniens" und die staatliche Neuordnung im Donauraum am Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges.

 Balkan Peninsula 

posted by ush 15 years ago

The following program of a roundtable to be held in Sofia is thematically linked to the topics discussed in the Digital Anthology Forbidden Words, turning towards the contamination and geopolitical implications of the term Balkanhalbinsel. The history of the term, its usages and misusages are discussed in connection with the historical and current (mis)usage of another geographical term, "Europe". Therefore, it the latter term should be analysed and revisited, as well, since it is not evident, why Non-Europe is meant to be insulting.

The Department for History of Byzantium and the Balkans at Faculty of History in University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski" is prepraring a R o u n d T a b l e  with the following title and agenda: Two Hundred Years on the Road: The Term "Balkan Peninsula" (1808-2008).


Einblicke in Editor's Welt. Interessiert an Geisteswissenschaften, staunend über Medien, Tendenz zum Bizzarren, vor allem in der Literatur. Über Anregungen, Kritiken, Kommentare freuen sich Usha Reber ( und János Békési (
The workshop Balkan Studies - quo vadis? is held on April 25, 2009.

Venue: HS, Inst. Slawistik, AAKH / Campus
The programme is to be found here, the abstracts are available as Balkan Studies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and as pdf.
Ort: HS, IOG, AAKH, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien
Zeit: 2. bis 4. April 2009
Veranstalter: IOG, Kk.rev
Funding: Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Köln

Programm, Abstracts (.pdf)
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