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Circulations and Power Reconfiguration in the Balkans

Circulations et reconfigurations des pouvoirs dans les Balkans

« Balkanologie » Revue d'études interdisciplinaires

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Published on Thursday, June 27, 2019


After a break of several years, BalkanologieRevue d’études interdisciplinaires is being restarted and is preparing a thematic issue. Focusing on circulations, it investigates how movements of persons, ideas, and goods that take place in South-East European societies are strongly intertwined with both local and global social processes – in terms of migrations, mobilities, tourism, networks, and diasporas. With the notion of circulation, we seek to go beyond “methodological nationalism (or regionalism)” (Dumitru 2014) in order to better grasp the globalized issues at stake in the area, which are often analyzed through the lens of exceptionalism and Balkanism (Todorova 2011).



At the crossroads of the local and the global, the study of circulations leads to questioning traditional national allegiances and the redeployment of State’s frames that are regularly challenged by neo-liberal theories, as well as the role and practices of supranational institutions and local claims. It is then necessary to observe the particular conditions that lead to reshape the logics of power in Balkan countries, in the light of global processes that see the confrontation between state-centered structures (nation States) and multi-centered structures (supranational entities, migrants, diaspora, merchant networks, etc.)

In this perspective, contributions could raise several questions: to which extend are some linguistic or religious groups parts of affirmation processes or particularistic claims? What are the consequences on the main narratives and how do they impact the majority/minority relationships? Do these major transformations polarize the debates about place of belongings between recognition of cultural diversity and fear of communitarianism? That dialectic (between particularism and integration) can also be questioned from a perspective of regional geopolitics and transformation of political relations on the Mediterranean scale. Turkish and Russian investments in the area or the military presence of the US remind us that the Balkan peninsula is firmly located on the world geopolitical chessboard.

Can migrations and mobilities across the region reveal and catalyze the way scales of power are reconfigured in the Balkans? In that context, what about the European Union, that emerged as a major actor in the establishment and spread of norms and standards regulating circulations as in the case of migration control? As vectors of tensions but also solidarity and resistance to a control authority, how do circulations help us to understand new forms of “powers” in their different meaning as well as the alternative forces, fragmentation processes, pluralization, redistribution or contestation?

Submission guidelines

Proposals (title and 500 words abstract) will be sent to guillaume.javourez@univ-amu.fr,

before July 31st 2019.

Instructions to authors: https://balkanologie.revues.org/309

Balkanologie. Revue d’études interdisciplinaires is hosted on revues.org. All previous issues are available in their entirety, from volume I (1997) to volume XIV (2012). http://balkanologie.revues.org/  ISSN 1965-0582 (Online)


This thematic issue is edited by Guillaume Javourez and Laurence Pillant.


  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019


  • Balkans, circulations, migrations, frontières, pouvoir


  • Guillaume Javourez
    courriel : guillaume [dot] javourez [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

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  • Guillaume Javourez
    courriel : guillaume [dot] javourez [at] univ-amu [dot] fr


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« Circulations and Power Reconfiguration in the Balkans », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 27, 2019, https://doi.org/10.58079/132j

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