Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fluid Future: Understanding the Black Sea as Region

One of two junior scholar workshops hosted during the 2010 SUMMER RESEARCH LABORATORY (SRS) of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. For details on SRL go to

Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants. The purpose of the workshops is to share transdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, share knowledge of the region, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research.

14-16 June 2010

Moderator: Charles King, Government, Georgetown University

The Black Sea region has reemerged as a dynamic--but still often troubled--corner of Europe. Security issues, state sovereignty, minority rights, economic competition and integration, and environmental challenges are some of the key concerns of littoral states and of international organizations such as the European Union and NATO. These policy concerns are matched by a newfound interest among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and others in the evident "connectedness" of the Black Sea as a body of water. Topics such as the history of disease and migration, the politics of tourism, and the evident sharing of art forms, religious practices, and folk customs--as well as greater access to archival resources and field sites--have all made the greater Black Sea world into an exciting arena of research. This seminar will allow researchers to share their work with other scholars currently working on the history, politics, and society of the Black Sea region, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Turkey to the Eurasian steppe. With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. King at

Applications for the SRL are due April 1st, 2010 for international applicants, April 15th for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Application is at:

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