Balkan | -s - Part 23

posted by PP on 2005/07/08 18:33

[ Balkan | -s ]

Standort: Dzt. Budapest. Morgen um 05.45 Uhr in Sarajevo eintreffend vermittels Nachtzug. Am Sonntag weiter und das nach Konjic, zum Institute for Strengthening Democracy in Bosnia-Herzegovina und seinem dieses jahr zum achten mal stattfindenden Seminar Democracy and Human Rights in Multiethnic Societies. Am 11. Juli, dem Eröffnungstag und zugleich zehnten Jahrestag des Beginns der Massaker von Srebrenica, werde ich dann der ehrenvollen Einladung nachkommen, Begrüßungsworte an die TeilnehmerInnen zu richten. Und die werden wir folgt lauten...
This seminar... When I was here for the first time in 2003 with some of my colleagues, it was clear from the first day that this is far more than an academic conference of the usual kind. It was clear that attention was not only due to the presented studies, theoretical comments, reports and conclusions, but that the question who is speaking about what and in what manner also demanded due interest. This sometimes also includes what is not being talked about. On such occassions, something entirely different, unexpected is in the air, something that my knowledge and efforts cannot suffice to resolve. It remains to watch, to ask and to debate - and to learn, since this view from the outside can hardly be appropriate and sufficiently competent.

On the other hand, however, it is not quite like that, of course. For the third time now, no longer quite such a neophyte and thus with the burden of greater care, this seminar in Konjic is presenting itself as an event that is both egalitarian and – in the best sense of the word – elitist. This is an event that first assumes the equality of all contributions and critical considerations and can play out its special qualities (at the latest) during the reflections, conversations and networking phases that take place around and beyond the "timetabled" disucssions.

I would like to heartfully thank Dzemal Sokolovic and his team in advance herewith for this achievement.

I have the honour to extend all the best wishes for the success of this seminar, already for the eighth time!, in the name of the University of Vienna, the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture and the Internet Platform for Central and South Eastern Europe Research "Kakanien revisited". On such a terrible anniversary as today, one has to be particularly aware of the importance of engaging all efforts for this seminar, and not to simply treat it as just another task in one's academic calender.

Wie es dann mit den Möglichkeiten aussieht, Blogs von der Konferenz direkt vor Ort zu schreiben, steht in den bosnischen Sternen. Insofern gilt: Spätestens irgendwann am 18. Juli, hoffentlich aber früher, gibt es den nächsten Blog.


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Seitenwechsel. Geschichten vom Fußball. Hgg. v. Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bohmann 2008, 237 pp.
(Weitere Informationen hier)
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.
(Weitere Informationen hier wie da, v.a. auch do. - und die Rezension von Ursula Reber findet sich hier [.pdf].)
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