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

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 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 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 []. 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

Saturday, July 29, 2017





SEESA Travel Grants 

The Committee for SEESA Travel Grants is pleased to announce that three graduate students are recipients of the 2017 Travel Grants offered by SEESA. Each recipient has been awarded $500 to assist with travel expenses to conferences in 2017 for the presentation of their research in the various fields of South-East European Studies.
This year’s awardees are:
Danica Jenkins, University of Sydney, Australia
Jacek Kudera, Institute of Slavic Philology–University of Wrocław, Poland
Boban Karapejovski, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts/Faculty of Education, International Balkan University
We welcome applications for next year’s grants. Further information on SEESA Travel Grants 2018 will be available this fall.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


**160+ Panels on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Nationalism Studies and Migration Studies**
 The program of the ASN 2017 World Convention is available on the Convention’s brand new website at The full panel lineup is broken down along the three days of the Convention:

The Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), hosted by the Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia University, New York, on May 4-6, 2017

For registration, please go to or email Kelsey Davis at

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The Convention is as international as ever with 700+ panelists from 52 countries. The program will feature in excess of 160 panels, including the screening of a dozen new documentaries that will be announced in April.

The ASN World Convention offers an exceptionally strong lineup of panels on all regions of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Central Europe (22 panels), Russia (22), Balkans (19), Ukraine (17), Central Asia/China (13), Turkey/Greece (12), and the Caucasus (10). Our thematic sections – Nationalism Studies (20 panels) and Migration (10) – are also on the rise.

A record 23 book panels will be featured, including the latest from Tim Snyder (On Tyranny), Marci Shore (The Ukrainian Night), Josh Tucker & Grigo Pop-Eleches (Communism’s Shadow), Lawrence Douglas (The Right Wrong Man), Max Bergholz (Violence as a Generative Force), Alex Cooley (Dictators without Borders) and Bob Legvold (Return to Cold War). The full list appears at

There will be special roundtables on “The Deepening of Authoritarianism in Turkey,” πThe Contribution of Walker Connor to the Study of Nationalism,” and “The Trump Election and Its Consequences for the Balkans,” as well as workshops on “How to Get an Article Published” and How to Prepare Proposals for Fellowships, Seed Grants and Post-Docs.

The opening reception will be held on the 15th Floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York on Thursday, May 4th at 7.30 PM. The closing reception will be in the same location — on Saturday, May 6th at 5.30 PM. The ASN Harriman Book Prize, the Best Doctoral Students Papers Awards and Film Festival Award will be featured in a special ceremony on the Saturday (time to be announced).

For general information regarding the Convention, contact Ryan Kreider at rk2780@columbia.edu212 851 2174. For registration information, please contact Kelsey Davis at For information on panels, contact Dominique Arel,

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director (Academic)
On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Multiculturalism and Language Contact conference to be held in Macedonia



An International Scholarly Conference organized by the Max van der Stoel Institute at South East European University and the Research Center for Areal Linguistics at the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences Balkan peoples in the course of centuries of living in a multicultural and multilingual environment have attempted to interpret the world around them in a common fashion while at the same time preserving a variety of distinctive features, such as language and dialect. Significant cultural interactions, especially during the attested period of the Balkan Linguistic League, have brought about the convergence of inherited linguistic structures in the respective Balkan languages combined with varieties of common lexical elements, all conducive to more effective communication among the peoples involved.

At a time when some political actors are seeking to convince various publics that "they have nothing a common" (a phrase deployed stridently during the Yugoslav Wars of Succession), this conference seeks to bring new perspectives to the roles of multiculturalism and language contact as vital factors in mutual understanding and a shared worldview, a topic that is both timely and in need of deeper scholarly engagement. Papers dealing with the peoples and languages of the Balkans (as well as Balkan peoples and languages living beyond the Balkans) are especially welcome, but any paper relevant to the main themes of the conference is eligible to be submitted for consideration (see below).

The conference will be held 31 August - 1 September 2017 at the Campus of Southeast European University in Tetovo.

Registration: 50 euros (includes conference dinner and an excursion on 2 September)

The organizers will provide accommodation for participants from abroad.

Abstracts should contain the title, the author's name and affiliation, and a brief description of not more than 500 words (excluding references). The file should be saved as doc, docx, or pdf and the name should be LAST-NAME_TITLE-KEYWORD. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to no later than 15 May 2017. Potential participants will be informed of their acceptance by 30 May 2017.

For the Organizers

Prof. Victor A. Friedman (University of Chicago and La Trobe University)
Prof. Marjan Markovikj (Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences and U. of Skopje)
Prof. Veton Latifi (South East European University)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Call for Applications! Summer Research Laboratory 2017

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For more information and to apply, please use the following link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America. 

In addition, the SRS provides access to extensive print, digital, and microform holdings relating to Eastern Europe, including rare materials acquired via Keith Hitchins and other noted scholars.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St., MC-487
Champaign, IL 61820