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8th Conference

8th Conference of InASEA @ New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria:

UPDATE 13/09/2016
The schedule for the pre-arranged buses from the hotel to New Bulgarian University can be downloaded via this link (pdf).

We would also like to remind that the updated version of the program is available here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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UPDATE: For the full program of the conference, please click here (program updated on 12/09).

Some Practicalities

Congratulations to all the participants at the upcoming InASEA Conference. We are glad to welcome you in New Bulgarian University, Sofia in September 2016. Please find below some useful practicalities for the upcoming conference.

For the Eastern European participants there is pre-arranged accomodation at Vega Hotel, which we recommend. It is conveniently located and easy to reach by taxi or subway from both the airport and the central bus station. There will be -pre-arranged transportation two times a day from the hotel and New Bulgarian University, where the conference will take place, and vice versa.

Registration will be open between 15:00 and 18:00 on September 15th, and the opening ceremony will begin at 18:00. On September 16th there will be a book shop, to which everyone is invited to bring authored or edited books. Detailed conference program will be uploaded soon.

Please be ready to provide your presentations to the staff during registration, so we will be able to have them on time in the halls of the University. Also, please keep in mind that you won’t be able to use your personal computers for your paper’s presentation.

We have also prepared a map, which shows all the important places and metro stations. You are able to use this map either via a phone or tablet, or you can also print it out for your arrival in Sofia.


Call for Papers (Expired)

For the 8th Conference of InASEA @ New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

The 8th InASEA congress will be held in Sofia, Sept. 15-18, 2016. Its theme will be “Balkan Life Courses: Family, Childhood, Youth, and Old Age in Southeast Europe”. The primary goal of the conference will not be to focus on the demographic, political, or economic causes of these changes in individual life courses and the family but on their socio-cultural consequences for everyday life, i.e., on people’s strategies of coping and adaptation, on their concepts and attitudes towards these changes as well as on the concomitant cultural expressions such as changes in family rituals or traditions.

The deadline for the submission of panel proposals is 30 November 2015, for the submission of paper proposals is 31 January 2016.

You can find detailed information in the full text of the call for papers available here in pdf, odt and doc.

 

Previous conferences:

7th InASEA Conference: 18-21 September 2014, Istanbul “Cultures of Crisis: Experiencing and Coping With Upheavals and Disasters in Southeast Europe”

6th InASEA Conference: 28 April – 1 May 2011, Regensburg “Southeast European (Post) Modernities”

5th InASEA Conference: 21-24 May 2009, Ankara “Migration to, from, and in Southeastern Europe: Intercultural Communication, Social Change and Transnational Ties”

4th InASEA Conference: 24-27 May 2007, Timisoara Region, Regional Identity and Regionalism in Southeastern Europe”

3rd InASEA Conference: 26-29 May 2005, Belgrade “Urban Life and Culture in Southeast Europe”

2nd InASEA Conference: 20-23 February 2003, Graz “Becoming Citizens of United Europe: Anthropological and Historical Aspects of the EU Enlargement in Southeast Europe”

1st InASEA Conference: 14-17 September 2000, Sofia “The Anthropology of Southeast Europe – Ten Years After”

7th Conference

“Cultures of Crisis: Experiencing and Coping With Upheavals and Disasters in Southeast Europe”,

Sept. 18–21, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

Conference Program in  pdf-format.

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Call for Papers

Both the history of the last two centuries and the present of Southeast Europe are marked by deep transformations and upheavals. The emergence and disappearance of states, ethnic conflicts and wars, the fundamental changes of political systems and social order, deep economic crises as well as natural disasters are only the more visible ones of these upheavals. Many of these events were experienced as deep crises that forced people to adapt to often radically new situations. Experien­cing and coping with uncertainties and crises can thus be considered one of the important features of the processes of modernization on the Balkan Peninsula.
For entire societies, social groups and individuals all these upheavals and crises meant the experience of fundamental discontinuities, of historical and social ruptures that divided time into periods ‘before’ and periods ‘after’, experiences that structured peoples’ lives and historical memories. In many cases the ongoing crisis became a way of life. People react to such upheavals and crises in various ways, with subjugation or adaptation, most often, though, with employing cultural techniques and everyday strategies, with using traditions of submission, appropriation or refusal. In trying to interpret such upheavals people may take recourse to religion, to conspiracy theories or utopian ideas as well as to nostalgia, fatalism or dread of the future.
The primary goal of the conference will not be to elucidate the natural, political, military or socio-economic causes of societal, social or individual crises. The papers should rather focus, from an ethnological or anthropological perspective, on the reactions of societies, of social groups (such as families) or of individuals to such crises, on their impact on the everyday life of people, on their various strategies of managing and coping with them, on the processes of adaptation and inter­pretation, and on peoples’ concepts and attitudes, shortly: on the cultures of crisis in Southeast Europe.
We seek papers based on empirical ethnographic, folkloric, or anthropological research that analyse the experience, perception, and interpretation of crises in Southeast Europe at various points in history or the present. The papers should – in some way or other – relate to the following dimensions of crisis and crisis management:
Social context: societal level (supra-national, national); public social level (regional, local, city, village); level of small social groups (family and kin, neighbourhood, etc.); sphere of work and business (farms, workplaces, companies); level of the individual (personal, emotional, life crisis).
Causes of crises: nature (natural disasters such as earthquake, flood and draught, fire, bad weather, climate change, etc.); human fallibility, criminal acts; war, armed conflict; political changes, social conflicts (uprising, revolt, revolution, etc.); system transition, transformation; legislation, legal conflicts, legality vs. legitimacy; economic or financial causes (unemployment, poverty, famine, etc.); migration, expulsion, etc.
Coping with crises: experiencing and living through a crisis; crisis and social order; socio-cultural expressions of crisis; everyday life and crisis: strategies of coping: patterns, habits, ’culture of coping’; (popular) concepts, ideas, mentalities, awareness; reactions towards crises: explanations, attitudes, interpretations (conspiracy theories); remembering crises; narrating or singing about catastrophes, disasters, crises.

Please submit a proposal that contains your full name, institutional and disciplinary affiliation with a very brief academic CV, the title of your paper and an abstract of 200-250 words with specific information about research methods and sources. The organizers give preference to submissions based on fieldwork and/or the use of ethnographic, folkloric, or closely related archival materials. The paper proposal must be in English, while the papers presented at the conference can be in English, French or German.

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals: 15 February 2014
Please send your proposal to:
Prof. Asker KARTARI, Kadir Has University kartari@khas.edu.tr
and/or Prof. Klaus Roth, Munich University k.roth@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Participants will be notified before the end of April 2014 about the acceptance of their paper.

 

Conference Site, Travel and Accommodation
The congress will be held at Kadir Has University, Cibali Campus, Istanbul.
Depending on availability of funding, the conference organizers will cover at least part of the travel and accommodation costs for participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Mace­­donia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.
Accommodation for participants who qualify for financial support will be pre-arranged. Other participants will also be assisted in making hotel reservations. More information about accom­modation will be published on the conference website (sites.khas.edu.tr/inasea/) in due time.

Registration Fee
InASEA members who have paid their dues for the last two years are exempt from registration fees.
Non-InASEA members will be asked to pay an on-site registration fee equivalent to:
20 € (for participants from the above-mentioned SEE countries) or
40 € (for participants from all other countries).

Publication of Papers
A selection of conference papers will be published (after peer review) in vols. 18 and 19 of InASEA’s journal Ethnologia Balkanica.

6th Conference

“Southeast European (Post) Modernities”
28 April – 1 May 2011
Regensburg, GermanyPreliminary conference program (in pdf)Sponsors
The conference is made possible by generous contributions by:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • University of Regensburg
  • Universitästiftung Hans Vielberth

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Call for Papers
The Call has been closed!

1. Venue
The 6th Conference of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) on Southeast European (Post) Modernities will be held at the University of Regensburg, Faculty of Philosophy I, in Regensburg (Germany).

2. Aim
When the communist regimes in Europe collapsed in 1989–90, many observers predicted a relatively short “transition” from communism to market economy and plural democracy. More than twenty years later it is obvious that post-socialist Europe has not reached the “end of history” but is still undergoing deep changes in almost all spheres of life. This is particularly true for Southeast Europe: people have to adapt not only to the challenges of transformation but also of EU accession and globalization. All these changes bear heavily on everyday life and culture, resulting in new patterns of social, economic, and political organization and new cultural practices.

Southeast Europe has thus rightfully been called a laboratory of transformative processes. Democracies were established, property was redistributed, social and labour relations changed, and new cultural models emerged. Furthermore, innovative communicative and productive technologies were introduced which affected the position of individuals and groups towards each other. For very many in the region, these changes meant new insecurities and even losses, while for others they brought chances and real gains. The societies have not only acquired new structures and shapes, but have also become more unequal than they used to be. These changes pertain not only to the formerly socialist countries but also to Greece and Turkey. It seems that Southeast Europe, which used to be considered a repository of old traditions, has become one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. But the dynamics are multi-vectored.

While many in Southeast Europe consider “Europe” and the “West” as the model to be followed, it is obvious for the observer of Southeast European everyday reality that many adaptations to global transformative pressures take on specific and sometimes even idiosyncratic forms. Southeast European societies provide new evidence for the variegated, multi-stranded nature of modernity. Many observers stress the coincidence of hypermodernity in some spheres and strong traditionalism, or even resistance to change in others. Other observers conclude that the notion of “modernity” is not a viable concept to analyse the new realities pointing to the fact that already the communists had considered themselves the embodiment of modernity. So, how to conceptualize the post-communist period? In some respect, Southeast Europe even appears more “post-modern” (or “modern”?) than Western Europe, where achievements of the welfare state which neo-liberal reformers consider outdated are still in place.

For native and foreign researchers these different forms of (post) modernity make Southeast Europe a fascinating and at the same time challenging field of research. The region provides ample material for an anthropology of change: by focusing on the lived experiences of groups and individuals ethnologists and anthropologists can contribute to the better understanding of these ambivalent processes. They are able to observe and theorise the impact of the reconfiguration of political, social, and economic power on the everyday lives of real people and, thus, provide vital information and insight which macroperspectives often ignore.

After twenty years of rapid change in Southeast Europe it is time to analyse and discuss these new configurations and patters that have emerged in the region. At the same time, the Southeast European experience should make us question long standing assumptions about the nature of “modernity”, which far too long was equated with the “Western experience”. For the 6th InASEA conference in Regensburg, Germany, we therefore invite paper and panel proposals from anthropologists, ethnologists and scholars from neighbouring disciplines which discuss the impact of the transformative processes on the everyday life and culture in Southeast Europe.

3. Themes
The conference will be organized around a number of major themes for which we encourage paper proposals:

  • Conceptualizing “tradition”, “modernity” and “post-modernity”
  • Coping with the challenges of change: adaptation, appropriation, resistance
  • Social groups and new life styles
  • Dimensions of social and cultural exclusion
  • Cultures of the new elites
  • The reconfiguration of political and economic power
  • Gender relations after socialism
  • Changing faces of labour and labour relations
  • Impact of the new communication technologies
  • Modalities of consumption
  • Forms and uses of material culture
  • Changing modes of leisure
  • New cultural tastes: entertainment, media, heroes, stars
  • Family, kinship and generational relations
  • Sexuality between commercialization and liberation
  • “(Post) modern” religion and faith
  • Historical experiences of change in everyday life
  • Modernization theory and Southeast Europe
  • Anthropological theories and methods of studying social change

4. Paper and panel proposals
Deadline for paper and panel proposals is 18 July 2010.
Only proposals using this form will be considered. Proposals should refer to the most appropriate conference theme and specify the technical equipment needed for the paper presentation.
Invited panel proposal are also welcome. The panel organizer(s) should submit the panel title, a 200–250 word panel abstract, as well as a list of the three to four planned presenters includ-ing all the information about individual papers detailed above using the proposal form.
The papers may be proposed and presented in one of the three InASEA official languages, i.e. English, French or German.

Paper proposals are to be sent as e-mail attachment to:

and

Participants will be notified in November 2010 about the acceptance of their paper.

5. Proceedings
A selection of conference papers will be published in two regular issues of InASEA’s annual journal, Ethnologia Balkanica (volumes 14 and 15), after undergoing anonymous peer re-viewing.

6. Travel and Accommodation
Pending the approval of sufficient funds for the conference, the conference organizers will cover at least a part of the travel and accommodation costs for participants from the coun-tries of Southeast Europe not in the European Union before 2007 (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey). Accommodation for participants who qualify for financial support will be pre-arranged. Other participants will also be assisted in making hotel reservations.
More information about accommodation will be published on the >a href=”http://www-gewi.kfunigraz.ac.at/inasea/conference6.html”>conference website in due time.

7. Registration Fee
InASEA members are entitled to free participation in the conference. Non-InASEA members will be asked to pay an on-site registration fee equivalent to:
– 20 EUR (participants from the above-mentioned Southeast European countries)
– 40 EUR (other participants, including those from the SEE countries that joined the European Union before 2007)

8. Contacts
More information about the Conference and InASEA can be obtained from the President of InASEA

Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
Chair of Southeast and East European History
University of Regensburg
D-93053 Regensburg, Germany
E-mail: ulf.brunnbauer(at)geschichte.uni-regensburg.de
Phone: +49-941-943-3792, fax: +49-941-943-5032

9. Additional Information
More information about InASEA is available at its website.

News on the Conference will be announced on the Conference website.

For more information on Regensburg and accommodation in Regensburg go to the tourist office’s website.

5th Conference

“Migration to, from, and in Southeastern Europe: Intercultural Communication, Social Change and Transnational Ties”Ankara, Turkey, 21-24 May 2009

Venue
Hacettepe University Culture and Congress Center / Hacettepe Kültür Merkezi Sihhiye

Registration starts on Thursday, May 21, at 9 a.m. The first session (plenary session with keynotes) will take place on Friday, May 22, from 9 a.m. The conference will end on Sunday, May 24, at about 2 p.m.

Upcoming information on the confernce will also be available on the conference website sponsored by Hacettepe University athttp://www.inasea.hacettepe.edu.tr/english/index.html.

Accommodation
For participants from non-EU Southeast European countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey), plus Bulgaria and Romania, the conference organisers will provide complimentary accommodation. You will be notified separately about the location of your hotel.
All other participants must book, and pay, their accommodation on their own. Recommended hotels in the vicinity of the conference location are:

Hotel Evkuran (price for sgl room is appr. 36 TRY, dbl room 58 TRY)
Doga Residence (45-60 TRY)
Mola Hotel (35-55 TRY)
Hotel Starton (40-60 TRY)
Kent Hotel (45-65 TRY)

For contact information, please go to
http://www.inasea.hacettepe.edu.tr/english/konaklama.htm.

Call for Papers
(in pdf)

1. Venue
The 5th Conference of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) on Migration to, from, and in Southeastern Europe will be held at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Communication, in Ankara (Turkey).

2. Aim
Migration has shaped Balkan societies in the past and continues to mark the present. Historically, the long-standing political organization of Southeastern Europe in large empires facilitated different kinds of migration. In the modern period, the agrarian crisis, unemployment, as well as migrant networks stimulated millions of people to go abroad whether as overseas emigrants before World War One, as so-called “Gastarbeiter” (guest workers) in the 1960s and 70s, or as economic migrants after the collapse of socialism. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many people were also forced to leave their homes as victims of ethnic cleansing, as refugees from war or political persecution. On the other hand, Balkan countries have recently become hosts to immigrants – including western pensioners who have settled in Southeast Europe – as well as refugees. Furthermore, they have witnessed large-scale domestic migration, mainly from villages to the city, since the mid-20th century.

Migration, thus, has been a typical experience in many a Southeast European life course and transnational links have provided societies in the region important economic, social, and political resources. Apart from its social, economic and political dimensions, migration is also a complex cultural phenomenon. Migrants are often faced with cultural alterity and have to develop alternative modes of intercultural communication. This results in strategies of assimilation and integration, but also of segregation or marginalization. The evidence of 19th century overseas emigration as well as of recent cases show that migration leads to complex processes of cultural and social change both in the country of origin and in the host country. The same holds true for the changes that take place between the first, second, and third generation of migrants, particularly in today’s world of transnational mobility and new media communication (satellite TV, internet, etc.).

Migration in, from, and to Southeastern Europe has already found much attention among scholars from various disciplines. However, important aspects of recent and past migration have remained unexplored. Most significantly, there is a definite lack of cross-disciplinary dialogue, of transnational comparison, and of attention to both migrant and host society perspectives. Social scientists tend to focus on large numbers and structural forces, neglecting migrants’ agency; ethnologists often leave social, economic and political determinants out of the picture; the few historians dealing with migration in Southeastern Europe usually focus on only one particular ethnic group, ignoring the essentially transnational and comparative character of migration processes. Therefore, this conference aims at facilitating dialogue across disciplines and nations. Its focus will be on the socio-cultural dimensions of migration and it will consider the entire migration process, discussing the relevant social, economic, and political contexts.

Hence, we invite not only anthropologists, ethnologists and ethnographers to propose papers, but also scholars from media studies and communication sciences, historians, social and political scientists, geographers, and scholars from other disciplines. However, all papers should contribute to the understanding of the cultural and social dynamics of migration. Together, we want to explore Southeastern Europe as a unique laboratory for salient aspects of historical and present migration, firmly rooting this region in the global landscape of migration studies.

3. Themes
The conference will be organized around a number of major problems for which we encourage paper proposals:

  • Historical aspects of emigration and seasonal migration in Southeast Europe in the modern period
  • Gender and migration
  • Migration and intercultural communication
  • Media, new technologies and (post)modern migrant communities
  • Migrant experiences of and reactions to (cultural, economic and social) inclusion and exclusion
  • Making a new home: ‘adaptation’ and ‘tradition’ between constraints and opportunities
  • Perception and representation of Balkan migrants in the West
  • Diaspora nationalism and political mobilization of migrants
  • Transnational (cultural, social, economic and political) links in the past and the present
  • Return migrants as cultural innovators or modernizers?
  • Social and cultural dimensions of domestic migration
  • Forced migration and its cultural dimensions
  • Regimes and policies of emigration and immigration in Southeastern Europe
  • ‘New’ immigrants in Southeastern Europe (diplomats, managers, consultants, academics, pensioners, Third World refugees, etc.)
  • Migration as a process: decision-making, family strategies, plans for the future
  • ‘Illegal’ or undocumented migration (sans-papiers, boat people of the Mediterranean)
  • Individual, collective, and cultural memories of migration
  • Concepts, methodologies and controversies of current migration research

4. Paper proposals
Paper proposals are to be sent to the conference organizers by July 15, 2008. The proposal must contain the paper title, a 200–250 word abstract, as well as the author’s name, institution, address, e-mail, and a very brief academic c.v.
Invited panels are also welcome. The panel organizer(s) should submit the panel title, a 200–250 word panel abstract, as well as a list of the three to four planned presenters including all the information about individual papers detailed above.
Proposals should refer to the most appropriate conference theme and specify the technical equipment needed for the paper presentation.
The papers may be proposed and presented in one of the three InASEA official languages, i.e. English, French or German.

The paper proposals are to be sent to:

and

5. Proceedings
A selection of refereed conference papers will be published in two regular issues of InASEA’s annual journal, Ethnologia Balkanica, (volumes 13 and 14).

6. Travel and Accommodation
Pending the approval of sufficient funds for the conference, the conference organizers will cover at least a part of the travel and accommodation costs for participants from the countries of Southeast Europe not in the European Union before 2006 (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey). Accommodation for participants who qualify for financial support will be pre-arranged. Other participants will also be assisted in making hotel reservations. More information about accommodation will be published on the conference website in due time.

7. Registration Fee
InASEA members are entitled to free participation in the conference. Non-InASEA members will be asked to pay an on-site registration fee equivalent to:
15 EUR (participants from the above-mentioned Southeast European countries) and
30 EUR (other participants, including those from the SEE countries that joined the European Union before 2006).

8. Contacts
More information about the Conference can be obtained

from the President of InASEA:

Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
Institute of History
University of Regensburg
Universitaetsstr. 31, D-93043 Regensburg, Germany
E-mail: ulf.brunnbauer@geschichte.uni-regensburg.de
Tel. +49.941.943-3792
Fax +49.941.943-5032

from the Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dr. Asker Kartari
Faculty of Communication
Hacettepe University
TU-6800 Beytepe, Ankara, Republic of Turkey
E-mail: kartari@hacettepe.edu.tr
Tel. +90-312-2976225
Fax +90-312-2976226

4th Conference

“Region, Regional Identity and Regionalism in Southeastern Europe”
Timişoara, Romania, 24-27 May 2007Preliminary programme

Abstracts of the presentations

The call for papers has already been closed!
Call for Papers
(in pdf)

1. Venue
The 4th Conference of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) on Region, Regional Identity and Regionalsim in Southeastern Europe, will be held at the West University of Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania.

2. Aim
Over the last years, the ‘region’ has become an issue in southeastern Europe in a political, economic and a socio-cultural sense. The reasons for the growing relevance of regional policy and regional planning and for the increase in regional self-awareness and identity are manifold. SEE nation states have been and still are highly centralized, the fact that was taken to the extreme in the socialist period, while the growing regionalism or even autonomist movements may be a counter reaction to this concentration of resources in the capitals and big cities. Regionalism can also be attributed to the fact that regional disparities in SEE are growing: while urban regions increasingly attract people and resources, many rural regions are becoming marginalized and either depopulated or gradually turning into refuges of ethnic minorities or of (Western) old age pensioners. On the other hand, the strengthening of regions, particularly of the border regions, and of regional identities may already be a result of the EU policy of a “Europe of Regions”, or it may foreshadow a reaction to the growing impact of globalization on SEE. EU accession also leads to the creation of regional institutions that administer EU programs for disadvantaged regions, and these administrative realities may in the future also affect identities.

Whatever the reasons – which need to be studied in greater detail – the regions and regionalism are a problem not only of politicians and regional planners, of economists and geographers, of demographers and sociologists, but also of ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists, and historians. After a period of emphasis on the ‘deterritorialization of culture’, the ‘spatial turn’ has brought the region back to the attention of the ethnological sciences – both as a construct and as a tangible (and often problematic) reality of everyday life.

The 4th conference of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) wants to explore regions, regionalisms, regional cultures and identities in the southeast European countries from a predominantly ethnological/anthropological perspective. The association invites colleagues to present their empirical studies of present regions or their studies of historical regions with a focus on socio-cultural issues: on regional cultures and their construction, on regional identities, on the everyday ‘functioning’ of regions, including cross-border regions, on social and cultural consequences of regional disparities, etc. Scholars from neighboring disciplines, such as history, geography and sociology, are also invited to propose papers which deal with the topics of the conference and have a socio-cultural approach.

3. Themes
The conference will be organized around the following major themes:

  • “What’s in a region?”: Defining the ‘Region’
  • Region as Construct – Region as Tangible Reality
  • Delimiting the Region: Regions and Borders
  • History of Regions and Regionalisms
  • Inventing, Reviving and Forgetting Regions
  • Memories and Narratives of the Region
  • Regional Society and Culture
  • Regional Identities – Region and Identity
  • Regional Images and Stereotypes
  • “Selling” the Region – “Consuming” the Region
  • Disparities within and between Regions
  • Region and Ethnicity
  • (Cross-)Border Regions
  • The Politics of Region and Regionalism
  • Researching the Region
  • What’s in Regional and Border Anthropology Anthropology?: Theories and Methods

4. Paper proposals
The paper proposal should be sent to the Conference organizers by November 1, 2006. The proposal ought to contain the paper title, a 200-250 word abstract as well as the author’s name, institution, address, e-mail, and a very brief academic c.v.
Invited panels are also welcome. The panel organizer(s) should thus submit the panel title, a 200-250 word panel abstract as well as the list of four panel participants with all the information about individual papers asked above.
The panel and paper proposals should be formatted in MS Word for Windows with Times New Roman, letter size 12 pts and single line spacing. The proposal should refer to the most appropriate Conference theme and should specify the technical equipment needed for the paper presentation.
The papers may be proposed and presented in one of the three InASEA official languages, i.e., English, French or German.

The paper proposals are to be sent to:

and

5. Proceedings
A selection of the refereed Conference papers will be published in two regular issues of Ethnologia Balkanica, the InASEA’s annual journal (Volumes 11 and 12).

6. Travel and Accommodation
The organizers of the Conference will cover at least a part of the travel and accommodation costs of the participants from the countries of Southeast Europe that have not entered the European Union until 2006. Accommodation for participants who qualify for financial support will be pre-arranged. Other participants will also be assisted in making hotel reservations. More information about the accommodation in Timisoara will be given on the Conference website in due time.

7. Registration Fee
The Conference registration fee for the InASEA members will be covered from their annual membership fee. The non-InASEA members will be asked to pay the on-site registration fee equivalent to:
15.- EUR (participants from Southeast Europe, outside the European Union) and
30.- EUR (other participants, including those from the countries that joined the European Union before 2006).

8. Contacts
More information about the Conference can be obtained

from the President of InASEA
Dr. Vesna Vucinic-Neskovic
Department of Ethnology and Anthropology
School of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Cika Ljubina 18-20, SCG-11000 Belgrade, Serbia
E-mail: vvucinic@f.bg.ac.yu
Phone: +381-11-3206-265, fax: +381-11-639-356 (Attn.: Dr. Vesna Vucinic)

from the Vice President of InASEA
Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
Institute of East European Studies
Free University of Berlin
Garystrasse 55, D-14195 Berlin, Germany
E-mail: ulf@zedat.fu-berlin
Phone: +49-30-838-52028, fax: +49-30-838-54036 (Attn.: Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer)

from the Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee
Dr. Teodor Mircea Alexiu
Vice-Dean School of Sociology and Psychology
West University of Timisoara
4, Blv. Vasile Paravan, RO-300722, Timisoara, Romania
E-mail: tmalexiu@socio.uvt.ro
Phone: +40-256-490-770, fax: +40-256-592-320 (Attn.: Dr. Teodor Mircea Alexiu)

Or from the Secretary of the Organizing Committee
Ms. Atalia Stefanescu
Department of Sociology-Anthropology
School of Sociology and Psychology
West University of Timisoara
4, Blv. Vasile Paravan, RO-300722, Timisoara, Romania
E-mail: ataliastefanescu@yahoo.com
Fax: +40-256-592-148 (Attn.: Ms Atalia Stefanescu)

 

3rd Conference

“Urban Life and Culture in Southeast Europe”

May 26-29, 2005
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

Final program (pdf)

Abstracts of conference papers (pdf)

A selection of the papers, presented to the conference, has been published inEthnologia Balkanica, vol. 9. Further papers will be published in vols. 10 and 11.

Call for Papers

Aim of the conference
Urbanization in modern times has been one of the salient features characterizing social change in Southeast Europe, especially during the post-World War II socialist period, and producing obvious novelties in the post-socialist period. However, despite the significance of cities and towns, anthropology and related disciplines have so far displayed only scant interest in the study of urban lives and cultures in Southeast Europe. Structures, dynamics and contingencies of contemporary urban milieus in Southeast Europe still await thorough investigation, and have yet to be brought into a comparative perspective with urban communities in other parts of the world.
The 3rd InASEA Conference therefore intends to initiate scientific debate on the fundamental questions related to anthropological investigation of contemporary cities in Southeast Europe. The aim is to determine what is “urban” in phenomena and processes taking place a city vis-à- vis the countryside as well as how “urbaneness” varies in cities differing in history, size, demography, economy and culture.
The organizers invite papers that bring together different approaches to urban studies, such as those of anthropology, ethnology, ethnography, history, sociology and urban planning. The papers will discuss the phenomena, processes and narratives that define urban life and culture in Southeast Europe, and thus open new areas for basic and applied research.
The intention of the organizers is to enable the exchange of experience in exploring cities and towns in Southeast Europe between scholars from the region and colleagues from other parts of the world and to facilitate the networking between scholars within the region, thus, to stimulate a more coordinated exchange of information about ongoing scientific and educational projects.

Themes

  • Urbanization as a historical process in Southeast Europe: from nation-building to post- socialism
  • City vs. village: ideological aspects of urbanization in the Balkans
  • Migration to the city and adaptation to urban life
  • Urban-rural ties
  • Representations of the city in science, literature and art
  • Exploring the city: methodologies and techniques
  • Time in urban life
  • Urban space and place: constructions, uses, divisions, behaviours, memories and identifications
  • Family, kinship and gender relations in the city
  • Urban ethnicity and religion
  • Social exclusions and inclusions in urban society
  • Urban class, culture and identity
  • Pop culture, subculture and corporate culture
  • Commodities and consumption in the city
  • Feelings, risks and security in cities
  • Anthropologist and the future of cities in Southeast Europe

Contacts
More information about the Conference can be obtained from the Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Dr. Vesna Vucinic
Department of Ethnology and Anthropology
School of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Cika Ljubina 18-20, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
E-mail: vvucinic@f.bg.ac.yu
phone: +381-11-3206-265, fax: +381-11-639-356

or from the Chairman of the Program Committee

Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
Institute of East European Studies
Free University of Berlin
Garystrasse 55, 14195 Berlin, Germany
E-mail: ulf@zedat.fu-berlin.de
phone: +49-30-838-52028, fax: +49-30-838-54036

2nd Conference

“Becoming Citizens of United Europe: Anthropological and Historical Aspects of the EU Enlargement in Southeast Europe”

20-23 February 2003, Graz

Program

Call for Papers

Aim of the conference
In the next years to come the process of the integration of Southeastern Europe into the European Union will expand and accelerate. Three countries are currently negotiating for membership (Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania) and others have signed association agreements with the EU. Generally, all governments in Southeastern Europe share the agenda of bringing their countries into the European Union. Far-reaching hopes are pinned on EU-membership because the EU is often viewed as the only solution to the protracted economic and social problems of the region. The process of EU accession, and the possible consequences of the lack thereof, are usually assessed from a political, economic or legal point of view that highlights important developments on the macro-level of social change. The impact of European integration on everyday life, popular perceptions and expectations, strategies of ‘ordinary’ people and modes of self-identification are usually much less considered by European politicians and technocrats because decision making does not seem to be particularly informed by anthropology. In our view, an anthropological perspective must be included in order to understand the contingencies and possible consequences of the uneven process of integration into the European Union and the gradual transformation of Europe into a polity of a new order.

The organisers of this conference therefor invite paper proposals that will discuss, from anthropological as well as historical perspectives, the impact of the EU enlargement process on the societies in Southeastern Europe. Scholars from related disciplines are also encouraged to submit proposals.
Papers may wish to explore popular expectations, experiences as well as local strategies in view of the pending EU accession, and the political, economic and cultural aspects of these new processes and political-economical frameworks of inclusion or exclusion. Popular responses to official discourses or the impact of Europe on imaginary and perceived realities may be other important topics. Contributions on Greece could provide a comparative framework for studying the developments triggered by EU membership. In general, comparative accounts will be highly welcome. The underlying aim of the conference is to show what anthropology and related disciplines can contribute to a better understanding of the EU enlargement processes in respect to the Southeast European situation and its specificity. The conference wishes to include an applied perspective as well and to explore the consequences of the European perspective on the ways anthropology, ethnology and ethnography are framed and taught in Southeastern Europe.

Sub-topics of the conference include:

  • Identity, Images and Discourses:
    image of Europe, discourses of “Europeanisation/Westernisation”; history of perceptions of “Europe”; EU accession as the end of “Balkanism”?; appropriating ‘the other’; mutual (mis-)representations; processes of homogenising identity; switching and shifting identities.
  • Civil versus Ethnic Identity:
    “European” versus local identity; fears, hopes and expectations of change; end of nationalism?, citizenship versus ethnic belonging; contested categories of collectivism; local histories of civil identity and resistance; minority rights and minority protection – local understandings, foreign impositions.
  • Power Relations:
    the construction of centre and periphery within Europe and within the region; European hegemonies on Southeastern Europe; impact of EU policy on domestic and local decision making; concepts of devolution, regionalisation, decentralisation and their local effects; domestic discourses on subsidarity.
  • Diversity:
    politics of differences and commonalties; histories of interethnic coexistence and conflict; the changing roles of religion; contested concepts of ‘Civil Society’; the impact of EU policies on domestic homogeneity or heterogeneity; cultural exchange.
  • Practices and Decisions:
    changing social and cultural practices in view of Europe; impact of enlargement perspectives on everyday life, popular strategies and local politics in Southeastern Europe; popular perceptions of the enlargement process;
  • Integration and Migration:
    Europe and migration; inclusion and exclusion; diversity and assimilation; EU migration policies and their impact on the countries of Southeastern Europe; new migrant communities to Southeastern Europe
  • Modernisation and ‘Transition’:
    Concepts and processes of ‘modernisation’ and their critics; EU intervention and local effects; anthropological perspectives on economic restructuring and ‘development’; contested issues of ‘justice’, ‘civil society’, ‘democracy’, ‘market economy’ etc.
  • Regional Interactions:
    changing balances of power within the Balkans; new borders, new alliances, new migration patterns; mutual perception in Southeastern Europe; redefining neighbours
  • Impacts on the Discipline:
    Anthropology teaching between the ‘local’, ‘national’ and the ‘European’; concepts of ‘national heritage’ and ‘European legacy’; national, local and international debates about teaching of anthropology/ethnology/ethnography in view of ‘Europe’; ‘Europeanisation’ of local ethnographies; hegemonic power of the European discourse on local concepts

 

Abstracts: Please send a 200-250 word abstract of your paper proposal to the program committee

  • by e-mail to ulf@gewi.uni-graz.at
  • or by fax to: +43.316.380 9735 (attn. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer).

Deadline for paper proposals: 1 September 2002.

Provided sufficient funding will be acquired, participants who are Southeast European nationals and are residents of Southeast European countries (except for Greece) will have their reasonable travelling costs reimbursed and will be provided pre-organised accommodation with half board free of charge.
Other participants will be asked to take care of their hotel reservations as soon as possible after their paper has been accepted because Graz will be European Cultural Capital of the year 2003 and therefor hotels might be sold out soon. A list with hotels in different price categories can be found at http://www.graztourismus.at/.

For further information please contact the convenor:
Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer
Center for the Study of Balkan Societies and Cultures
University of Graz
Mozartgasse 3, A8010 Graz, Austria
E-mail: ulf@gewi.uni-graz.at
Phone: +43.316.380 8107

 

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