The Balkans in Harvard - Part 3

posted by sab on 2007/10/05 14:09

[ The Balkans in Harvard ]

And here is another Call for Papers from the Kokkalis Program in Harvard, regarding their annual Graduate Student Workshop:

The Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Southeastern Europe Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, will hold the 10th Kokkalis Graduate Student Workshop on February 7 and 8, 2008.

Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals for papers to be
delivered at the workshop. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and
should fall into one of the below thematic units:

Thematic units:

I. The State of Public Health in Southeast Europe: Current Challenges,
Policies, and Possible Solutions:

At the close of the 20th Century, sub-state and inter-state violence in
much of Southeast Europe led to refugee and Internationally Displaced
Persons (IDP) flows, the destruction of basic infrastructure, and public
health risks that continue to challenge the capacity of the region’s
states in providing basic public health care to citizens. The challenges
have been exacerbated by transnational threats - associated with legal and
illegal movements of peoples and with bioterrorism – to the provision of
public health in Southeast Europe. Papers should focus on key public
health issues on a regional/country level and provide recommendations to
improve policymaking and public health management to promote population
health in the region.

II. Democratic consolidation and economic reforms in Southeast Europe:

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, economic and democratic reforms
were introduced in Southeast Europe, with results varying widely across
the region. Papers should theorize and explore the linkages between
democratic consolidation and economic reforms in the region, particularly
as these linkages relate to debates about the relationship of economic
development to pluralist democracy. Topics can explore issues of public
versus private resources/goods; distinctions between growth and equity;
questions of rule of law, transparency and governmental regulation; and
political legitimacy, among others.

III. Multiculturalism in the Balkans:

How do debates about individual versus group rights – liberalism versus
multiculturalism – explain contemporary politics in Southeast Europe? How
is political community conceptualized and expressed in the region? What is
the relationship between state and nation in contemporary SE Europe? Does
Multiculturalism impede or encourage the consolidation of substantive
democratic regimes in SE Europe? How does the region express broader
trends in the EU when it comes to conceptualization of the nation and
responsibilities of the state? Papers can deal with these or related
issues, from a historical or contemporary perspective, as appropriate.

Countries of focus:

Albania Bosnia-Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Greece Hungary
F.Y.R. of Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Romania Serbia Slovenia Turkey

Deadline for submission is November 26, 2007.

A number of grants for travel and accommodation are available. Proposals
and CVs should be submitted online.

Alternatively, they may also be submitted via email.

For more information on the Graduate Student Workshop and the Kokkalis
Program, click here.


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