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