New Publication: Migration and Knowledge Exchange

We’re thrilled to have a new publication in our hands and on our screens: “Migration, Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures. Europe and the Black Sea Region until World War I”, edited by Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska, has just come out! It is available on an open access basis on our website and via Zenodo.

It addresses issues on movement as a base of knowledge exchange, shedding new light on knowledge policies and the establishment of national training facilities, with specific emphasis on the humanities. Austrian, Russian, Macedonian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Azerbaijani scholars, coming from geographically, politically and culturally distant academic fields, investigate the complex modes of interaction at macro level and micro level through various disciplines, methodologies and approaches.

The book investigates the exchange of knowledge and science in correlation with the population movements across borders, scientific advancements conveyed through the transfer of objects and the exchange of knowledge in practical contexts between the Black Sea Region and Western Europe. It initiates research on the development of Black Sea Region academic cultures, developed through the exchange of knowledge through wars and migrations. Each section intends to position a distinguished problematic: crossroads of migration and knowledge exchange, role of emigration communities in the exchange of knowledge and ideas, visualization between art and introduction of scientific achievements, as well as migration and national academic facilities. This publication contributes the first systematic research of the exchange of knowledge in academic cultures through migration, thereby analysing the role of migration in the processes of the emergence of independent and semi-independent academic cultures, as well as those under foreign domination in the early 20th century until World War I within the Black Sea Region.

Zheni otvad arhiva / Women beyond the Archive

You read Bulgarian? Then we have a fantastic publication for you: The sixth volume of the series “DocWoment”, published with University of Blagoevgrad Press, addresses “Women beyond the Archive. Invisible Histories of Women in Bulgaria”. You can find the open access e-book right here.

Written by Nurie Muratova, the monograph focuses on researching the archives of and for women in Bulgaria. The proposed model encompasses the chronological framework of the period of the communist regime and considers the historical conditions of the founding of the State Historical Archives in 1951. The object of the study are the archives of women vis a vis the traditional historical archives. Nurie Muratova looks to outline the presence of the history of women and women’s lifes in the documental heritage. The purpose of the research is to define the models of archive availability in Bulgaria, related to the history of women and more specifically to define the historiographic situation in the sphere of researching gender and the history of women.

Program: Knowledge Exchange in the Post-Socialist BSR (22.-23.09.2021)

The full program for our sixth and final conference is now available here. The hybrid conference will take place both offline and online and if you wish to take part, please get in touch with Prof. Eudochia Saharneanu ( at Moldova State University to get the latest information on how to register.

We are already looking forward to discussing “Knowledge Exchange in the Post-Socialist Black Sea Region: From Closed Systems to Dialogue” with you!

CfP: Knowledge Exchange in the Post-Socialist Black Sea Region

For the final conference in our project, we would like to invite you to discuss “Knowledge Exchange in the Post-Socialist Black Sea Region: From Closed Systems to Dialogue” with us. We are planning to have a hybrid conference, both online and with an in-person day at Moldova State University in Chișinău on 22-23 September 2021. The full CfP is available here. We’re looking forward to receiving your abstracts and to seeing you in September!

CfP: Dreamers and Visionaries

We would like to invite you to this years (30th!) round table of the Seminar for Balkan Studies at SW-University Blagoevgrad (20.-21.05.2021). The theme of this year’s meeting addresses “Dreamers and Visionaries” and while we are still full of hope to host an in-person round table, we are of course considering a virtual alternative and will communicate the final decision asap. In case of questions please get in touch with us by mail: