CfP: Round Table “Experiment, Power, Society” (SWU Blagoevgrad, 23.-24.03.2018)

The International University Seminar for Balkan Studies and Specialization to South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad invites you to take part in the 27th International Round Table on “EXPERIMENT, POWER, SOCIETY”, organized in the framework of the project “Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures. Europe and the Black Sea Region” and taking place on 23.03.–24.03.2018 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

We offer to discuss:
* Knowledge and power (Michel Foucault)
* The experiment and the birth of the modern science
* Social engineering, science and ideological power
* Scientific paradigms and innovations – West and East
* Science, technology, society: the “objects” of social experiment
* Modern technologies, social changes, symbolic power (literature, science, art)
* The new media, propaganda and new power
* Language collapses and reforms – standardization and innovation
* Discovery – geographical, social and political dimensions
* Power on nature: ecological experiments and consequences
* National projects – Revival, Enlightenment, Reformation
* The life of laboratory
* Youth and pedagogical experiments
* The appearance of international organizations – national and global power
* Center and periphery – diffusion of social and political models
* Women in science, female education and feminism
* Archives and the hidden power
* Ethics of experiment
* Audit culture, control and University

Please send your proposals and abstracts to bforum@swu.bg by 01.03.2018.

For further details please also check https://blacksearegion.eu/experiment-power-society/

Last Call: “Institution building and research under foreign domination. Europe and the Black Sea Region, early 19th-early 20th centuries”

Call for Papers: “Institution building and research under foreign domination. Europe and the Black Sea Region, early 19th-early 20th centuries”

Conference organized by

International Hellenic University, School of Humanities

https://www.ihu.edu.gr/

14th km Thessaloniki, 57001 Thermi, Greece

20-21 April 2018

 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15.01.2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Martina Baleva (University of Basel)

Prof. Diana Mishkova, PhD (Centre for Advanced Study Sofia)

 

When the transfer of modern sciences to and the study of the Black Sea Region (BSR) began in the late 18th century, this area was not yet considered part of Europe. Because of the fact that the BSR has not been conceived as a historical region before the onset of the post-socialist transition period a systematic investigation of knowledge and culture exchange as well as of academic cultures within and beyond the region is completely missing. The conference seeks to open the floor for debates on forms of knowledge and culture exchange within the BSR and beyond from the early 19th to the early 20th century, when the emerging scientific institutions were dominated by “European” researchers and a first generation of native researchers trained outside the region. It aims to investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the BSR and Western Europe in a time of political and cultural hegemonies of the European Powers, a changing geopolitical landscape due to the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire in Southeastern Europe and in a time of increasing institutionalization of academic research in the BSR.

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The full CfP is also available at https://blacksearegion.eu/cfp-conference-ihu2018/

CfP: Conference at IHU Thessaloniki (School of Humanities), 20-21 April 2018

Call for Papers: “Institution building and research under foreign domination. Europe and the Black Sea Region, early 19th-early 20th centuries”

Conference organized by

International Hellenic University, School of Humanities

https://www.ihu.edu.gr/

14th km Thessaloniki, 57001 Thermi, Greece

20-21 April 2018

 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15.01.2018

When the transfer of modern sciences to and the study of the Black Sea Region (BSR) began in the late 18th century, this area was not yet considered part of Europe. Because of the fact that the BSR has not been conceived as a historical region before the onset of the post-socialist transition period a systematic investigation of knowledge and culture exchange as well as of academic cultures within and beyond the region is completely missing. The conference seeks to open the floor for debates on forms of knowledge and culture exchange within the BSR and beyond from the early 19th to the early 20th century, when the emerging scientific institutions were dominated by “European” researchers and a first generation of native researchers trained outside the region. It aims to investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the BSR and Western Europe in a time of political and cultural hegemonies of the European Powers, a changing geopolitical landscape due to the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire in Southeastern Europe and in a time of increasing institutionalization of academic research in the BSR.

Download full CfP

The full CfP is available at https://blacksearegion.eu/cfp-conference-ihu2018/

Day 2 – Conclusion of Conference

With today’s keynote by Sara Dickinson (University of Genoa) on “Otherness and Intrepidness: Women’s Travel and the Crimea, 1786-1853” and four panels addressing the role of travelers and translators, the early visual study of the BSR, of the Great Powers and commerce as well as of Armenians in knowledge exchange in the region, we close the first KEAC-BSR-conference with many issues discussed and even more to keep thinking about.

We encourage you to check back for more details on the individual contributions, panels, and the conference itself!

Halftime

Day 1 is in the books and has brought a lot of discussion on the many aspects of knowledge exchange in the Black Sea Region. Wide historical perspective, stimulating theoretical considerations and a variety of case studies will keep the participants busy to keep discussing in the evening.

Attached are some impressions from today’s panels and we’ll continue tomorrow morning (09:00) with a keynote by Sara Dickinson (University of Genoa) on “Otherness and Intrepidness: Women’s Travel and the Crimea, 1786-1853”.

 

Day 1: Keynote by Alex Drace-Francis (University of Amsterdam)

Only 24 hours left before we go in medias res and start off the conference “Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750-1850” with a keynote by Alex Drace-Francis on “A sea of information: networks and routes of knowledge and power, c. 1700-1850”. Alex Drace Francis is Associate Professor for Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at University of Amsterdam.
 
“In European and world history, the period 1700-1850 has been seen as a period of enlightened discovery and dissemination of knowledge; but also as one in which knowledge systems facilitated and perpetuated unequal and divisive systems of imperial control. Few of these interpretations take serious account of the changing power relations and systems of knowledge production in the Black Sea region. The history of knowledge about this region can be interpreted in several ways: as a contested frontier between empires (principally Ottoman and Russian), as a site of Western (British, French, but also Habsburg) imperial intervention; but also as a place where innovation took place through the initiative of local populations. In this lecture Dr. Drace-Francis will seek to compare a series of cases of knowledge diffusion in, to and from the Black Sea region, relating them to existing theories of imperialism and knowledge in the modern period.”