Monday, August 24, 2015


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 presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2016 the grants will be awarded to graduate students for attendance and presentation at The 20th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, which will take place at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, April 28-30, 2016.

SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, at least 2 annual awards of $500 each.
Applicants must be graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any of the fields of Southeast European Studies.
Students may only receive one SEESA Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies.
Applications for the 2016 grants are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2016. Applicants should submit their paper and a short biographical note as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro []. 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.
Questions about the grants may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.
Paper Submission Deadline: March 10, 2016 
Acceptance Notification Date: March 20, 2016

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Balkanist’s Balkanist: Papers Dedicated to Victor A. Friedman

Volume 28 of Balkanistica has been dedicated to Victor A. Friedman on the occasion of this eminent professor’s retirement in 2015. It honors his contributions to the field of Balkan studies.

In this volume, co-edited by Donald L. Dyer (University of Mississippi), Brian D. Joseph (The Ohio State University) and Christina E. Kramer (University of Toronto), are included 28 papers authored by distinguished scholars in the field who hail from universities around the world. The volume also features an introduction and a full bibliography of Friedman’s work, which includes over 250 articles, several of which were published in Balkanistica, one as early as the journal’s second volume in 1975.
Although the current issue is exceptionally large – at 645 pages it is much larger than any previous issue – it is nevertheless modest compared to the career-long contributions of Professor Friedman to Southeast European Studies. Among his many and varied accomplishments, he has served as President and Vice President of SEESA and is now a member of its executive board. He is also the current president of the U.S. Committee for AIESEE.
Од Чикаго и назад: Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement is an impressive and admirable academic endeavor by its co-editors and the scholars who have contributed to it. It will significantly enrich not only the archives of Balkanistica over the years to come as well as our own professional libraries, but it will also provide us with great satisfaction of knowing that these contributions have memorialized the amazing work of such a formidable scholar. Victor Friedman will no doubt continue to inspire and guide our own work for many years to come.