Thursday, February 22, 2018

SEESA Report for 2014-2018

Report for 2014-2018

February 22, 2018

During the past four years, SEESA has continued to support research in the various fields of South East European Studies in accordance with its mission as a scholarly, non-profit, non-political organization devoted to an exchange of knowledge among scholars whose interest encompasses the area of Southeastern Europe.

Among the main elements of SEESA’s work during the last four years have been the following.

SEESA Travel Grants have successfully been reinstated. These grants are offered annually to graduate students from all over the world, whose papers are accepted for presentation at conferences related to South East European Studies. The call for applications is now sent out every year in September. Every two years these grants go exclusively to graduate students who present at the Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, which has traditionally been held at a North American university.

In 2017, three grants were awarded to support the travel expenses of the awardees: Danica Jenkins, University of Sydney (Australia), Boban Karapejovksi, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts / Faculty of education, International Balkan University, and Jack Kudera, University of Wrocław (Poland).

In 2018, the SEESA travel grants have gone exclusively to graduate students whose papers were accepted for presentation at the Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, which will take place at the University of Montana, Billings. The recipients of these grants are: Kristina Mihajlovic University of Arizona (USA); Rexhina Ndoci, The Ohio State University (USA); Vesela Simeonova, University of Ottawa (Canada); and Zerina Catovic, Justus Liebig University, Giessen (Germany).

A key component of SEESA’s academic activities concerns the journal Balkanistica. The Editor of Balkanistica, Professor Donald Dyer of the University of Mississippi, reports that during the timeframe 2014 to 2018, four volumes of the refereed journal were published: Balkanistica 27, 28, 29 and 30, the latter of which was a double issue (30:1 and 30:2). Volume 27 (2014), at 231 pages, contains seven articles, four review articles and 11 book reviews. Volume 28 (2015), subtitled Од Чикаго и назад Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement, at an amazing 640 pages, contains 28 articles written by a veritable who’s who of scholars in the field of Balkan languages and cultures dedicated to Victor A. Friedman on the occasion of his retirement. Volume 29 (2016) contains ten articles, one report, three review articles, 14 book reviews and one In memoriam. Number 1 of Volume 30 (30:1), together with Balkanistica 30:2, subtitled Proceedings from the Eighth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies, comprises the journal’s second double issue. Number 2 of Volume 30 (30:2) is subtitled Macedonia Past and Present: Proceedings from the Ninth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies. It runs 379 pages in length and contains 15 articles written in both English and Macedonian.

During the same timeframe, SEESA, under the auspices of Balkanistica, also published two small books, as part of “The Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture Series in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics”: No. 8, From Phonological Analysis at my Desk to Linguistic Activism with Slovene in the Austrian Alps, by Tom M.S. Priestly (2014), 60 pp., and No. 9, Albanian Historic Syllabics, by Eric P. Hamp (2015), 73 pp. Professor Brian Joseph of The Ohio State University is the series editor. The run for the Balkanistica volumes was 150, and the run for the Ken Naylor volumes was 125.

Another very important achievement over the past four years, one that will greatly influence and advance SEESA’s professional activities in the future was the improvement of the Constitution and Bylaws of SEESA. The amended version of the Constitution which will go into effect after March 2018 has been thoroughly updated and was approved unanimously by the Executive Board of SEESA in February 2018.

During these four years SEESA has continued to maintain and update the SEESA website ( ), which includes a variety of useful resources for anyone interested in the Balkan area and detailed information about SEESA and its activity. We also continue to update the blog ( with different announcements about current events in the field.

SEESA is deeply grateful to all scholars in the area of South East European Studies for their interest in our activities. The organization will continue to be devoted to the support of research and teaching in this area in the coming years.

Catherine Rudin, President of SEESA
Bavjola Shatro, Vice President of SEESA
Donald Dyer, Editor of Balkanistica

Friday, February 16, 2018

NEW JOURNAL "Bulgarian Studies" call for papers

Dear colleagues,

Please see below the call for papers for our next issue of Bulgarian Studies. The Editorial Committee will be glad to receive your submissions by June 1, 2018.


Cammeron Girvin


Bulgarian Studies
Journal of the Bulgarian Studies Association


Bulgarian Studies is an annual online peer-edited journal that includes content related to the study of Bulgaria and its culture. We welcome submissions of relevant scholarly articles and reviews of publications from academics and unaffiliated scholars alike. Additional materials, such as personal narratives and creative media may also be considered.


To submit a piece for publication, send it in Word (.doc or .docx) or rich text (.rtf) format to <>. Texts should follow the guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Articles should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes and appendices, and reviews should be 400 to 1,500 words in length. Submissions must contain a complete narrative and be composed in accordance with the norms of academic English prose. Please contact the Editor, Cammeron Girvin, at <> with any questions or to inquire about the submission of other materials of interest.

To be considered for the next issue, submissions must be received no later than June 1, 2018. Earlier submissions are encouraged and appreciated.

Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen (AIESEE) Conference to be held in Romania

To all National Committees of AIESEE
Dear Colleagues,
The Romanian National Committee of AIESEE thanks all those who have already sent their
proposals of contributions for the 12th Congress of our Association, “Political, Social and
Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe”, and announces the deadline extension for
receiving the applications till 30 June 2018. The proposals, in French or in English, including
the abstract and the name of the aimed session, are to be sent to the same e-mail address:
Please find in the appendix of this letter the updated list of the proposed sessions. We would
be grateful to you for widely spreading this information to all the institutions and the people who
might be interested in participating in the congress.
The amount of the registration fee varies according to the date in which the payment is
made: 85 Euros before 30 September 2018; 105 Euros before 31st March 2019; 125 Euros
from April 1st, 2019 till the beginning of the Congress. PhD students providing supporting
documents have special fee rates: 45 Euros before 30 September 2018; 55 Euros before 31st March
2019; 65 Euros from April 1st, 2019 till the beginning of the Congress.
The registration fees at the Congress are to be paid into the account of AIESEE:
RO57BRDE410SV95706634100 (Romanian Bank of Development, Academiei branch, Bucharest,
Romania, SWIFT codes: BRDEROBU). The registration fees can be also paid through PayPal, for
the moment upon request at and soon on the Congress’ website:
Other practical aspects, including accommodation suggestions in Bucharest, will be

communicated in the next letters.

The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies
Bucharest, 2-7 September 2019
Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe /
Dynamiques politiques, sociales et religieuses dans le Sud-Est européen
Proposed Sessions / Sessions proposées
1. Dynamiques religieuses entre le Pont-Euxin et la mer Egée dans l’Antiquitél’Religious
Dynamics between the Pontos Euxeinos and the Aegean Sea in Antiquity
Organisateurs/Convenors: Vasilica Lungu, Adrian Robu
2. Urbanisation dans le Sud-Est européen à l’époque romaine / Urbanization in South-
East Europe in Roman times
Organisateur/Convenor: Constantin C. Petolescu
3. La rhétorique religieuse du pouvoir à Byzance et dans le Sud-Est européen / The
Religious Rhetoric of Power in Byzantium and South-East Europe
Organisateurs/Convenors: Andrei Timotin, Ivan Biliarsky
4. La conquête ottomane des Balkans : changement structurel et continuité /The Ottoman
Conquest of the Balkans: Structural Change and Continuity
Organisateur/Convenor: Oliver J. Schmitt
5. Réseaux dans le Sud-Est européen : politique, commerce, culture (XIVe-XVIIe siècles)
/ Networks in South-East Europe: Politics, Trade, Culture (14th-17th Centuries)
Organisateur/Convenor: Ovidiu Cristea
6. La Mer Noire et ses détroits : une permanence historique sud-est européenne/ The Black Sea and its Straits: a Permanency of South-East European History
Organisateur/Convenor: Sergiu Iosipescu
7. Le Sud-Est Européen et la Méditerranée orientale / South-East Europe and the Eastern
Organisateur/Convenor: Ioana Feodorov
8. Dévotion et donations pieuses aux Lieux Saints de l’Empire Ottoman / Devotion and
Pious Donations to the Holy Places within the Ottoman Empire
Organisateurs/Convenors: Radu G. Păun, Petronel Zahariuc
9. L’Orthodoxie, de l’empire à l’Eglise. Expressions sociales et formes culturelles de la foi
/ Orthodoxy, from Empire to Church. Social Manifestations and Cultural Forms of Faith
Organisateur/Convenor: Petre Guran
10. Les traductions de la littérature patristique dans le Sud-Est européen / Translations
of Patristic Literature in South-East Europe
Organisateur/Convenor: Zamfira Mihail
11. Les apocryphes bibliques dans les Sud-Est européen. Variation et transmission de
l’Antiquité à l’époque moderne / Biblical Apocrypha in South-East Europe. Variation and
Transmission from Antiquity to Modern Times
Organisateurs/Convenors: Emanuela Timotin, Anissava Miltenova
*The session includes a panel on Apocrypha and Charms in South-East Europe
organised by the Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming (ISFNR)
12. L’imprimerie dans et pour le Sud-Est de l’Europe/ The Printing Press in and for South
East Europe
Les organisateurs seront indiqués plus tard/The convenors will be indicated later
13. Entre la surveillance impériale et le regard local. Cartographies de l’Europe du Sud-
Est / Between the Imperial Eye and the Local Gaze. Cartographies of South-East Europe
Organisateurs/Convenors: Marian Coman, Robert Born
14. Le Sud-Est européen de Dimitrie Cantemir / Demetrius Cantemir’s South-East
Organisateurs/Convenors: Andrei Eșanu, Ovidiu Olar, Nikolas Pissis
15. Le Sud-Est européen comme science. La naissance d’une discipline scientifique /
South-East Europe as Science. The Birth of a Scientific Discipline
16. Les marchands dans les Balkans: solidarités familiales et géographiques, réseaux et
techniques commerciales / Merchants in the Balkans: Family and Geographical
Solidarities, Networks and Commercial Techniques
Organisateurs/Convenors: Gheorghe Lazăr, Cristian Luca
17. La fortune des monumentsbyzantins à l’époque post-byzantine/The Afterlife of the
Byzantine monuments in Post-Byzantine Times
Organisateur/Convenor: Elena Boeck
18. La culture écrite des périphéries du Moyen-Âge à l'époque moderne / Written Culture
of the Peripheries from Middle Ages to Modern Times
Organisateur/Convenor: Paolo Odorico
19. La littérature phanariote / The Phanariote Literature
Organisateurs/Convenors: Lia Brad Chisacof, Jacques Bouchard
20. Entre Tsar, Kaiser et Sultan : nouvelles approches de l’âge de la Révolution au Bas-
Danube et dans la région de la Mer Noire/ Between Czar, Kaiser and Sultan : New
Approaches to the Age of Revolution in the Lower Danube and the Black Sea Area
Organisateur/Convenor: Konrad Petrovszky
21. Sur les fleuves et sur les mers : conflit hydropolitique et coopération maritime dans le
Sud-Est européen / On Rivers and Seas: Hydropolitical Conflict and Maritime
Cooperation in South-East Europe
Organisateur/Convenor: Constantin Ardeleanu
22. La formation des nations sud-est européennes et les unifications nationales / The
Formation of South-East European Nations and the National Unifications
Organisateur/Convenor: Jolanta Sujecka
23. La migration. Condition humaine et politique dans le Sud-Est européen / The
Migration. Human and political Condition in South-East Europe
Organisateur/Convenor: Elena Siupiur
24. D’Ani en Roumanie: histoire, tradition eticonographie/ From Ani to Romania:
History, Tradition and Iconography
Organisateurs/Convenors: Ashot Melkonian, Anna Leyloyan-Yekmalayan
25. La Géorgie et le Sud-Est européen: héritages byzantins et parcours culturel commun
25. La Géorgie et le Sud-Est européen: héritages byzantins et parcours culturel commun
/ Georgia and South East Europe: Byzantine Heritage and Common Cultural Path
Les organisateurs seront indiqués plus tard/The convenors will be indicated later
26. Les minorités religieuses dans le Sud-Est européen / Religious Minorities in South-
East Europe
Les organisateurs seront indiqués plus tard/The convenors will be indicated later
*The session includes a panel on the History and Civilisation of Jews in South-East
Europe organised by the European Association for Jewish Studies (President François
27. Experts, technologie et État. La genèse de l’environnement moderne dans le Sud-Est
européen / Experts, Technology, and State. Making the Modern Environment in South-
East Europe
Organisateurs/Convenors: Ștefan Dorondel, Stelu Șerban
28. Integrated peasant economy – South-East European comparison
Organisateurs/Convenors: Žarko Lazarevič, Aleksander Panjek
29. Nouvelles perspectives sur la linguistique balkanique / New Perspectives on Balkan
Organisateurs/Convenors: Nicolae Saramandu, Maryana Tsibranska, Cătălina
Vătășescu, Vasilka Alexova
30. Sortir de la Grande Guerre : les sociétés sud-est européennes de 1918 à 1923 / Exit
from the Great War: South-East European Societies from 1918 to 1923
Organisateurs/Convenors: Florin Țurcanu, Vojislav Pavlović, Daniel Cain
31. L’héritage des Traités de Paris (1919-1920), un siècle après / The Legacy of the
Treaties of Paris (1919-1920), a Century after
Organisateurs/Convenors: Pedro Bádenas de la Peña, Miguel Ángel Vecino
32. Doctrines, mouvements et régimes totalitaires dans le Sud-Est européen au XXe siècle
/ Doctrines, Movements and Totalitarian Regimes in South-East Europe in the 20th
Les organisateurs seront indiqués plus tard/The convenors will be indicated later
33. Rémigration et transformation dans le Sud-Est européen post-socialiste /
Remigration and Transformation in Post-Socialist South-East Europe
Organisateur/Convenor: Robert Pichler
34. Union Européenne et État sud-est européen / European Union and South-East
European State
Organisateur/Convenor: Francesco Guida
35.La sauvegarde de l’héritage culturel et artistique dans le Sud-Est européen /
Conserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage in South-East Europe
Organisateurs/Convenors: Sabina Ispas, Tereza Sinigalia
36. Perspectives sur la numérisation des documents des archives sud-est européennes /
Perspectives on the Digitization of Documents in the South-East European Archives
Organisateur/Convenor: Șerban Marin

Monday, December 18, 2017

Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies

Dear Colleagues,

The 10th Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies will be held August 29-September 2, 2018, in Macedonia.
Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. Our Macedonian hosts will cover accommodation for up to 10 participants.
The schedule is the following:
2 February 2018 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts (up to 300 words + references)
to be sent to Dr. Elena Petroska, who will forward them to the screening committee.
1 March 2018 - Decisions of the screening committee delivered
29 August 2018 - Arrival in Skopje
30-31 August 2018 - Conference at UKiM
1 September - Excursion to Ohrid
2 September - Departure
You are encouraged to forward this call to any North American scholar who could make a positive contribution to the Conference.

Elena Petroska

Monday, October 30, 2017

Call for Applications: Open Research Laboratory at Illinois / The Summer Research Laboratory

For over forty years, the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided scholars from around the world with the opportunity to work in our Library's famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Summer Research Laboratory again this coming year, from June 11 to August 3, 2018. In addition, we are piloting a new program for scholars interested in visiting our campus during the academic year, from November 2017 to May 2018, called the Open Research Laboratory.

We are accepting applications for the Open Research Laboratory starting immediately. (Applications for the Summer Research Laboratory will open on December 2017.)

About the Programs

With hundreds of thousands of volumes in Russian, East European, and Eurasian languages, alongside extensive microfilm collections of rare and archival materials, the University Library at Illinois ranks among the best research collections in the world. Our Research Laboratory programs provide scholars with the opportunity to work extensively with these resources, at any stage of their work. Many important books and articles have been written in our collections over the years. Graduate students find a trip to Illinois an excellent way to plan their research and begin work on their dissertations.

Both the Open Research Lab and the Summer Research Lab offer scholars the following opportunities:

* Full access to our Library and its physical and electronic collections.
* One on one research consultations with the experienced bibliographers of our Slavic Reference Service.
* Access to scholarly programming and discussion groups on our campus throughout their stay, to help them meet other scholars and learn about new research in progress.

Graduate students, academics, independent scholars, librarians, and government employees are encouraged to apply.

Both programs offer some financial aid in the form of housing and travel stipends, with minor differences as described below. They are made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of State's Title VIII Grant Program. These stipends are available only to U.S. citizens, and are intended to support projects that are relevant to contemporary policy questions.

The Open Research Laboratory
The ORL is aimed at scholars who wish to visit Illinois any time between November 2017 and May 15, 2018. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration for Spring 2018 will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018.

Scholars participating in the Open Research Laboratory may apply for:

* up to 5 days of housing on campus;
* travel grants of up to $500 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign;
* modest research stipends

They are also welcome to attend all campus programming and public talks at the Center during their stay. We are happy to introduce them to local students and scholars, as well as to make arrangements for them to present their work in progress for discussion.

The Summer Research Laboratory
The SRL is open to all scholars with research interests in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies for eight weeks this coming summer, from June 11 until August 3, 2018. Each year, during the SRL, we host research workshops and training sessions that may be of interest to visitors: please see here for details.

Scholars participating in the Summer Research Laboratory may apply for:

* up to 12 days of dormitory housing on campus;
* travel grants of up to $500 in support of their trip to Urbana-Champaign.
*modest research stipends

Applications will open on December 2017, with the deadline for grant funding being March 15, 2018. REEEC will continue to accept applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but they will be at a lower priority for housing and travel funds.

For further information, please see:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Call for Papers: New journal of Romanian Studies

The Society for Romanian Studies is pleased to launch a new biannual peer-reviewed journal in collaboration with Ibidem Press. The new interdisciplinary journal examines critical issues in Romanian Studies broadly conceived, linking work in that field to wider theoretical debates and issues of current relevance, and serving as a forum for junior and senior scholars.

The journal considers manuscripts that draw on various theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives as understood in disciplines ranging from history, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnography, and education to literature, linguistics, economics, business, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, and music. It considers theoretically informed manuscripts that examine political, socioeconomic and cultural developments in Romania and Moldova, the situation of their ethnic minorities and their relations with the ethnic majority, as well as the position, culture, and history of Romanians and Moldovans living outside the shifting boundaries of those countries. The journal also welcomes articles that connect Romania and Moldova comparatively with other states and their ethnic majorities and minorities, and with other groups by investigating the challenges of migration and globalization, changes and opportunities in international relations, and the impact of the European Union. Both articles with a historical focus and studies dealing with recent events will be considered.

The journal editors will consider the following types of manuscripts
  • original research articles (of up to 10,000 words, including bibliography)
  • review articles (of up to 3,000 words, commenting on 2-3 books on a common theme)
  • book reviews (of up to 1,000 words)
All submissions are subject to peer review. Special issues that group research articles on a common theme in Romanian Studies are welcomed. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. The first issue will be published in 2018.

Manuscript submission guidelines
Your manuscript should include the title, a 200-word abstract, the text of the article, as well as a bibliography. Note that the abstract should be around 200 words, and the entire manuscript (including bibliography) no longer than 10,000 words.

The entire manuscript should be double-spaced, including the abstract and the bibliography.

The manuscript should not include your name and affiliation anywhere. Note that we will consider only manuscripts that are not under review elsewhere. To this effect, your email cover letter should clearly state that your manuscript is not under review with other journals.

WEBSITE: More information about the submission process is available here.

JOURNAL EDITORS: Lavinia Stan ( and Margaret Beissinger (
ADVISORY BOARD: Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University, US), Jon Fox (University of Bristol, UK), Valentina Glajar (Texas State University, US), Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, US), Brigid Haines (Swansea University, UK), Irina Livezeanu (University of Pittsburgh, US), Mihaela Miroiu (National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Romania), Steve D. Roper (Florida Atlantic University, US), Domnica Radulescu (Washington and Lee University, US), Paul E. Sum (University of North Dakota, US), Cristian Tileaga (Loughborough University, UK), Lucian Turcescu (Concordia University, Canada), and Vladimir Tismaneanu (University of Maryland, College Park, US).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

21st Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will take place from May 24-26, 2018 at Montana State University Billings, in Billings, Montana, USA. Please distribute this message to any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in this conference.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2017
Acceptance Notification Date: 15 January 2018

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture. Abstracts should be maximum one page, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1" margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to the conference organizer, Elena Petroska, at the conference email address ( The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email. The abstract itself should have only the title.

More information about travel arrangements, hotels, and area attractions (Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks) will be sent out later in the year.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Elena Petroska or Paul Foster

Elena Petroska and Paul M. Foster
21st Biennial Balkan and South Slavic Conference

Office of International Studies and Outreach
+1 406.247.5785
1500 University Drive
McDonald Hall, Room 150
Billings, MT 59101