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 (bssc2018@msubillings.edu) 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

The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies, Bucharest, 2-7 September 2019

To all National Committees of AIESEE

Dear Colleagues,

The Romanian National Committee of AIESEE has the pleasure to announce the main topic of the 12th Congress of our Association: “Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe”. Herewith you will find 33 sessions proposed for this occasion. As usual, the working languages will be French and English.

The congress will be held in Bucharest, between 2 and 7 September 2019 and will be opened to all members and collaborators of AIESSE, as well as to young researchers and PhD students. We would be grateful to you for widely spreading this information to all the institutions and the people who might be interested to participate in the congress.

The details about the registration fee, accommodation and other practical aspects will be communicated in the next letters.

We kindly ask you to send us the titles and abstracts of your contributions at the address congress2019@aiesee.org by 20 December 2017. Please indicate the session of the congress in which you wish to participate.

Yours sincerely,

Andrei Timotin

President of the Romanian National Committee of the AIESEE

Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South East Europe
Proposed Sessions

  1. Religious Dynamics between the Pontos Euxeinos and the Aegean Sea in Antiquity 
  2. Urbanization in South East Europe in Roman times 
  3. The Religious Basis of Power in South East Europe 
  4. The Ottoman Conquest of the Balkans: Structural Change and Continuity 
  5. Networks in South East Europe: Politics, Trade, Culture (14th-17th Centuries) 
  6. The Black Sea and its Straits: a Permanency of South East European History 
  7. South East Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean 
  8. Devotion and Pious Donations to the Holy Places within the Ottoman Empire 
  9. Orthodoxy, from Empire to Church. Social Manifestations and Cultural Forms of Faith 
  10. Translations of Patristic Literature in South East Europe 
  11. Biblical Apocrypha in South East Europe. Variation and Transmission from Antiquity to Modern Times 
  12. The Printing Press in and for South East Europe 
  13. Between the Imperial Eye and the Local Gaze. Cartographies of South East Europe 
  14. Demetrius Cantemir’s South East Europe
  15. South East Europe as Science. The Birth of a Scientific Discipline 
  16. Merchants in the Balkans: Family and Geographical Solidarities, Networks and Commercial Techniques 
  17. The Phanariote Literature 
  18. Between Czar, Kaiser and Sultan: New Approaches to the Age of Revolution in the Lower Danube and the Black Sea Area 
  19. On Rivers and Seas: Hydropolitical Conflict and Maritime Cooperation in South East Europe 
  20. The Formation of South-East European Nations and the National Unifications 
  21. The Migration. Human and Political Condition in South East Europe 
  22. From Ani to Romania: History, Tradition and Iconography 
  23. Georgia and South East Europe: Byzantine Heritage and Common Cultural Path 
  24. Religious Minorities in South East Europe 
  25. Experts, Technology, and State. Making the Modern Environment in South East Europe 
  26. New Perspectives on Balkan Linguistics 
  27. Exit from the Great War: South-East European Societies from 1918 to 1923 
  28. The Legacy of the Treaties of Paris (1919-1920), a Century after 
  29. Doctrines, Movements and Totalitarian Regimes in South East Europe in the 20th Century 
  30. Remigration and Transformation in Post-Socialist South-East Europe 
  31. The European Union, South-Eastern European State and Relations with Neighbours 
  32. Conserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage in South East Europe 
  33. Perspectives on the Digitization of Documents in the South-East European Archives

Monday, September 11, 2017

CFP: 2018 Conference on Romanian Studies

The triennial International Conference of the AHA affiliate Society for Romanian Studies, "Looking Forward Through the Past," will be held June 26-30, 2018, in București, Romania. In 1918, the National Assembly at Alba Iulia proclaimed the unity of all territories inhabited by Romanians and thereby laid the foundation for the modern Romanian state. Yet the proclamation also insisted on a wide range of principles and forward looking reforms from full rights for all (including ethnic and religious minorities, press, and right to assembly) to land reform and a democratic political system. This unique historical moment arguably represents in a nutshell the issues and dimensions associated with questions of a Romanian identity, a national consciousness and culture, the place of intellectuals in Romanian public life, as well as the politics, policies, and economics of Romanian development, including in comparative and international perspective. "Marea Unire" also served as midwife to the birth of Romanian Studies.

The SRS wishes to take the 100th anniversary of this unique moment in Romanian history as an invitation to reflect upon the past, reassess the moment's impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future, including for Romanian Studies. The conference aims at taking a fresh look at the very creation of contemporary modern Romania. We wish to examine the significance of this historical moment for Romania and Moldova's historical trajectories, domestically and within the wider European, Eurasian and even international contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries. We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender and sexuality studies, film and media studies, art history, music, architecture, and education, among others.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
  • The 1918 unification in comparison with other unifications, both past and present 
  • The 1918 unification and its precursors in popular and official memory, historiography, film, literature, the arts 
  • The 1918 unification and its legacies on minorities and diasporas 
  • The 1918 unification and making connections to Romanian and Moldovan developments going forward (fascism/Nazism, communism, post-communism, democracy, human rights, minority rights) 
  • Romania, Moldova in Southeastern and Central Europe 
  • Romania, Moldova and European accession and integration 
  • Global integration, bilateral and multilateral relations, foreign and security policy issues 
  • World War I and the 1918 moment • Romanian and Moldovan political thought, and the role of ideas in political change 
  • Romanian and Moldovan philosophy and literatures 
  • Sources and archives 
  • Writers, artists and the arts in fascism, communism and post-communism 
  • Legal and constitutional reforms 
  • Party and electoral politics, voting behavior, policy analysis and administration 
  • Free markets, neoliberalism and state paternalism 
  • The status of ethnic, religious, linguistic and sexual minorities in Romania and Moldova 
  • The reconfiguration of social stratification 
  • Post-communist media and journalism 
  • The role of the Orthodox Church and of other religious groups 
  • Dynamics of migration from and into Romania and Moldova 
  • Education policies and strategies 
  • Urban policies and architecture: 1918, communism, and post-communism 
The language of the conference is English. Submissions and presentations in French and German will be considered, if they are for full panels or roundtables with members from more than one university. Proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, book or movie presentations, and art installations should be sent by September 25, 2017 to srs2018conference@gmail.com. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by December 4, 2017.

Individual paper proposals should include title, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a short c.v., and contact information of the presenter. Proposals for panels including 3-4 papers, one chair, and 1-2 discussants should provide a title and description of the panel topic, abstracts of all papers, short c.v., and contact information for all participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities. Roundtable proposals of 3-5 participants should include title and description of the topic, short c.v., and contact information for all participants. In addition, the conference organizers will accept proposals for presentations of books, movies and art installations; proposals should include a title, a description, short c.v., and contact information.

Conference registration fees: The fees are 65 USD for scholars from North America and Western Europe; 65 RON for scholars from Romania, Moldova and parts east; and 15 USD for graduate students from all countries. All these conference registration fees include SRS membership for 2018. All conference participants must pay the registration fee for their names to be included in the final program.

Friday, September 8, 2017






To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for the presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2018, the grants will be awarded to graduate students for attendance and presentation at the 21st Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, which will take place at Montana State University, in Billings, Montana, USA, May 24-26, 2018.

SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, at least 2 awards of $500 each.

Applicants must be graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any field of Southeast European Studies.

Students may only receive one SEESA Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies.

Applicants should submit their abstract of no fewer than 500 words, proof that the abstract has been accepted, a CV, a short bibliography of their paper and proof of student status as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro [shatro.uamd.edu@gmail.com]. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.

The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’S Committee for Travel Grants. Written quality of the abstract as well as its content will be considered.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.
Paper Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018
Acceptance Notification Date: March 1, 2018