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In search of the Balkans: Between Europe and the Mediterranean?

À la recherche des Balkans : entre Europe et Méditerranée ?

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Published on Wednesday, December 09, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

This conference will follow the “Balkan studies: state of knowledge and lines of research” meeting organized by the French Association of Balkan studies (AFEBALK) in Paris in November 2002. The objective of this new meeting is to provide an overview of the current state of research concerning this region through the perspective of the multiple ways of practicing social sciences here. Nearly fifteen years after the previous meeting, a new milestone in the contemporary Balkan studies in France has to be set. Numerous issues valid then (minorities, conflicts, borders, interfaith co-existence etc.), which often contributed to characterizing the Balkans as a “separate” space in Europe, have now given way to new perspectives, new challenges and new research practices.

Announcement

Argument

The second Balkan Studies meeting “In search of the Balkans: between Europe and the Mediterranean?” (June 2-4, 2016) will follow the “Balkan studies: state of knowledge and lines of research” meeting organized by the French Association of Balkan studies (AFEBALK) in Paris in November 2002.

The objective of this new meeting is to provide an overview of the current state of research concerning this region through the perspective of the multiple ways of practicing social sciences here. Nearly fifteen years after the previous meeting, a new milestone in the contemporary Balkan studies in France has to be set. Numerous issues valid then (minorities, conflicts, borders, interfaith co-existence etc.), which often contributed to characterizing the Balkans as a “separate” space in Europe, have now given way to new perspectives, new challenges and new research practices. This new “return of the Balkans” to the forefront of the European scene has been demonstrated by distinct events such as the entry of certain countries in the European Union and the prospective membership of others as well as a series of far-reaching events such as the eruption of the financial crisis in Greece and its global effects and the massive and dramatic migratory processes currently facing the entire southeast European region. In different manners, these events have led us to view the Balkan area as connected to both continental and globalization trends. The participation of Balkan societies in wider processes has been accompanied by numerous transformations that have affected the everyday lives of its inhabitants over the last decades.

As such, beyond the question “are the Balkans still valid ?” (a rhetorical question at the time of the Greek crisis, the migration issues, the EU membership process and geopolitical recomposition processes in eastern and southern Europe), we can ask in what manner southeastern Europe still constitutes an effective observatory to understand the wider social dynamics affecting both the European continent and the Mediterranean region.

Main themes

4 themes will structure the conference:

1. Transformations and recompositions
2. Circulations and hierarchization 
3. Narrations and innovations
4. Pratices and forms of knowledge

Submission guidelines

The proposals (maximum 2,500 characters spaces included, in English or in French, with five key words and the indication as to which theme the contribution could be integrated into) must be submitted on this page via the tag "Submit" 

before January 30, 2016,

along with a biographical note five lines long. You will receive a response on March 1.

The colloquium will be held in Marseille, June 2-4, 2016

Looking beyond the mobilization of local teams of the University of Aix-Marseille (Maison méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, LabexMed, MuCEM and Villa Méditerranée), Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan (CREC), Lyon (CREA and EVS) and CETOBAC (EHESS, CNRS and Collège de France), these meetings aim to constitute a new milestone enabling the re-valorization of the activity of the French Association of Balkan studies as a interdisciplinary exchange framework for researchers working in France (regularly as well as occasionally) on the southeaster European countries. This is the reason why this conference will also leave room for personal and institutional experiences, roundtables for the discussion of the current state of Balkan studies along and broader discussions with the public regarding these questions during sessions largely open to the public.

This meeting will lead to several publications. 

Scientific committee

  • ALBERA Dionigi, IDEMEC, CNRS, Aix-en-Provence
  • BIEBER Florian, Center for South East European Studies, Université de Graz
  • BOUGAREL Xavier, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin
  • ČAPO Jasna, Institut d’ethnologie et de folklore, Zagreb
  • CLAYER Nathalie, CETOBAC, EHESS, Paris
  • CRIVELLO Maryline, TELEMME, AMU, Aix-en-Provence
  • JANSEN Stef, Université de Manchester
  • KOTZAMANIS Byron, Université de Thessalie, Volos
  • LORY Bernard, INALCO, Paris
  • MIHAILESCU Vintila, École Nationale des Sciences Politiques et Administratives, Bucarest
  • PREVELAKIS Georges, Université Paris 1
  • PEROUSE Jean-François, IFEA, Istanbul
  • RUPNIK Jacques, CERI, Science Po, Paris
  • SAMARY Catherine, Université Paris Dauphine, Paris
  • STIKS Igor, Université d’Edinburgh
  • VALTCHINOVA Galia, Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Organizing committee

  • BACON Lucie, TELEMME-MIGRINTER, AMU-Poitiers
  • BOTEA Bianca, CREA Université Lyon 2
  • BOULINEAU Emmanuelle, Maître de conférences, EVS, ENS de Lyon
  • CATTARUZZA Amaël, Maître de conférences, CREC, Écoles militaires de Saint-Cyr
  • DALIPAJ Gerda, IDEMEC, AMU
  • DE RAPPER Gilles, IDEMEC, CNRS
  • DIMITRIJEVIC Dejan, Université Lyon 2
  • DUJMOVIC Morgane, TELEMME, AMU
  • GIOMI Fabio, CETOBAC, Paris
  • GIVRE Olivier, CREA, Université Lyon 2
  • ISNART Cyril, IDEMEC, CNRS
  • PENICAUD Manoël, IDEMEC, CNRS
  • PILLANT Laurence, TELEMME, AMU
  • RABION Agnès, TELEMME, CNRS
  • SAJN Sarah, CHERPA, IEP Aix-en-Provence
  • SINTES Pierre, TELEMME, AMU

Places

  • Villa Méditerranée - Promenade Robert Laffont
    Marseille, France (13002)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016

Keywords

  • Balkans, Europe, Méditerranée

Contact(s)

  • AFEBALK
    courriel : afebalk [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Audrey Klein
    courriel : audreyklein [at] live [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« In search of the Balkans: Between Europe and the Mediterranean? », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 09, 2015, https://calenda.org/350063

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