Balkan | -s - Part 2

posted by PP on 2005/02/24 15:11

[ Balkan | -s ]

A few days before I posted some Informations about the Mailinglist [BalkanCities]. And today they overwhelmed me by quite a lot of interesting details on conferences and some calls for papers:
1) CfP: Neighbourhood: Past, Present and Future; Ankara; June 30-July 2, 2005; deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2005.
2) CfP: Mediterranean Cities: Space, Sociality, Nationalism and Cultural Encounters; Washington DC; November 30 - December 4, 2005; deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2005.
3) To attend: Representations of Ottoman Imperial Space: Maps, Texts, Historiographies; Chicago; March 4-5, 2005.
4) CfP: Myth and History in Contemporary Balkan Literatures; Washington, DC; December 27-30, 2005; deadline for abstracts: March 20, 2005.
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The Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of International Relations calls for proposals for pre-organised panels, roundtables and individual papers for its annual fourth METU Conference on International Relations to be held on June 30-July 02, 2005 in Ankara, Turkey.

The issue of neighbourhood in international relations has drawn an increasing scholarly attention in recent times. In a world where border security has gained a new dimension with the growth of transnational terrorism and where migration across borders has a great impact on both domestic and international politics, the concept of neighbourhood needs further academic attention. In the same way, globalisation fosters the idea of the creation of "zones of peace" as a means to generate and enhance democratisation at regional level while at the same time it encourages economic development through regional economic integration. The theme of the Fourth METU Conference of International Relations is neighbourhood with a particular focus on Turkey. The concept of neighbourhood in international relations will be studied in its historical and contemporary manifestations. The historical section, entitled the Ottoman neighbourhood will be organised jointly with the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. At the same time, projections for the future will be made based on the past and present findings. A theoretical scrutiny of the concept of neighbourhood will help to gain a greater understanding of the concept and its changing meaning. Migration, democratisation, security, political economy of
neighbourhood and a variety of transboundary issues within the
neighbourhood of Turkey will be covered in the conference.

The Conference invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels. All proposals for papers and panels should be submitted before April 15, 2005.
An application should include: 1. The paper/panel title; 2. A short abstract including methodology, main assumptions and
conclusions of paper (300 words maximum); 3. Author/participant name(s) and institutional affiliations; 4. A one paragraph biographical statement of each participant (not a detailed CV); 5. Author/participant e-mail addresses (essential), telephone and fax numbers; 6. Any audio-visual equipment requests (if applicable).

ad 2.: CALL FOR PAPERS for a Panel at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: "MEDITERRANEAN CITIES": SPACE, SOCIALITY, NATIONALISM AND CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS"

Historian Fernand Braudel famously queries in the introduction to his "La Méditerranée: L'espace et l'histoire" (1977): "What is the Mediterranean? A thousand things at one and the same time. It is not a landscape but uncountable landscapes. It is not a sea but a complex of seas. It is not a
culture but many cultures piled upon each other. To explore the
Mediterranean is to encounter ancient things, still living, residing alongside very modern things [...] In its physical landscape, as well as in its human landscape, the colorful Mediterranean crossroads appears in our memories as a coherent image, as a system in which everything blends and combines again in original unity. How can we explain this clear unity, this deep essence of the Mediterranean?"

This panel seeks to critically address this tension and problematize essentialist conceptualizations of the urban Mediterranean from anthropological, sociological and historical perspectives. Potential themes are: Mediterranean cities between Europe and the Middle East; Mediterranean urbanity and immigration; Mediterranean nostalgia; Mediterranean (post)
colonialisms; power relations within the Mediterranean; gender in Mediterranean cities; and literary representations of Mediterranean cities.

For more information contact:
Dr. Daniel Monterescu
Department of Anthropology
The University of Chicago
Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due by April 1, 2005.
See for more details.

ad 3.: The Center for International and Comparative Studies & Department of History at the Northwestern University presents:
Representations of Ottoman Imperial Space: Maps, Texts, Historiographies:

Friday, March 4, 2005, 4:30-5:00, Reception
5:00-5:20: Opening remarks, Fariba Zarinebaf & Andrew Wachtel, Northwestern University
5:30-6:00, Palmira Brummett, University of Tennessee (History): The Turk's Head: The Edge of Europe and Ottoman Sovereignty in Early Modern European Maps.
6:00- 6:30 Ariel Salzmann, Queens University (History), Frontiers of Sovereignty: The Ottoman Empire and Neighboring States in West Asia According to an Eighteenth Century Ottoman Map.
6:30-7:30 Discussion
7:30, Dinner

Saturday, March 5, 8:30-9:15, Continental breakfast
9:15: Welcome: Fariba Zarinebaf
Chair: Carl Petry, Northwestern University
9:30-10:00, Robert Dankoff, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The Ottoman Empire seen through Evliya Çelebi's Travelogue
10:00- 10:30, Dana Sajdi, Concordia University (Montreal), In Other Worlds: the Geographies of Chroniclers in the 18th Century Ottoman Levant
10:30-11:30, Discussion
12:00-1:30, Lunch break
Afternoon Session: Methodologies in Ottoman Studies: A Re-evaluation
Chair: Linda Darling
1:30- 2:00, Jack Davis (University of Cincinnati) & John Bennet
(University of Sheffield), Archaeology and Ottoman Studies in Greece.
2:00--2:30, Donald Whitcomb, Oriental Institute, University of
Chicago, Ottoman Archaeology in the Persian Gulf Region.
2:30-4:30, Round-table discussion chaired by Dan Goffman
4:30-4:45, Conclusion and final remarks, Fariba Zarinebaf

Location: Harris Hall, Room 108, 1881 Sheridan Road Northwestern University (Evanston Campus).
For more information, please contact Fariba Zarinebaf at (847) 491-8914
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Chicago
Pick Hall, Room 201
773-702-2587 Fax

ad 4.: Call for Papers: Myth and History in Contemporary Balkan Literatures. Special Session at the MLA Convention, December 27-30, 2005; Washington, DC

They are soliciting proposals for a special session at the MLA in Washington D.C., on the topic of myth and history in contemporary Balkan literatures, film, and theory.
From Bram Stoker's Dracula, to the multitude of texts dealing with the symbolism of the Balkan bridges, and Balkans as a bridge, the region has been created as an archetypal locale in which myth and history seem to be inextricably linked. In this session they would like to discuss the ways in which contemporary Balkan texts use the mythical or traditional body of knowledge to underline historical processes. Through literary
renditions and theoretical elaborations of myths created in the region, as well as those created about the region, by literary texts, film industry, and media, they will delve into the problematic of memory, identity, ethnicity, gender, body, the gaze, totalitarianism, violence, exile, to name but a few.

One-page proposals are invited for papers dealing with, but not limited to, any aspects of the following:
- convergences and/or divergences between myth and history;
- myth as unofficial rewriting of history;
- cultural appropriation, use and reinvention of myths across
- uncertainty of memory versus the verifiable 'truth' of the book;
- the concepts of 'belated modernity'/modernity and postmodernity in relation to literary movements in the Balkans;
- the public and the private spheres;
- orality and textuality;
- the Balkan bridges and the Balkans as a bridge;
- poetry, fiction and Balkan landscape;
- locating the nation: East, West, North, South;
- poetry, fiction and architecture in the Balkans;
- resistance to myth and mythopoiisis (myth-making).

Please submit proposals by March 20 to:
Tatjana Aleksic and/or Marinos Pourgouris
Rutgers University
Program in Comparative Literature
205 RAB
131 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

REMINDER: All participants must be members of the MLA by April 7.


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Seitenwechsel. Geschichten vom Fußball. Hgg. v. Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bohmann 2008, 237 pp.
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Transcarpathica. Germanistisches Jahrbuch Rumänien 3-4/2004-2005. Hgg. v. Andrei Corbea-Hoisie u. Alexander Rubel. Bukarest/Bucuresti: Editura Paideia 2008, 336 pp.
[Die online-Fassung meines Einleitungsbeitrags "Thesen zur Bedeutung der Medien für Erinnerungen und Kulturen in Mitteleuropa" findet sich auf Kakanien revisited (Abstract / .pdf).]
Seitenweise. Was das Buch ist. Hgg. v. Thomas Eder, Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bundespressedienst 2010, 480 pp.
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