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:

New publications to come soon

The current issue of the “Journal of Balkan and Black Sea Studies” (Nr. 5, December 2020) includes a review of our publication The Beginnings of Macedonian Academic Research and Institution Building and concludes that it constitutes “a significant contribution to the history of Macedonian academic culture.” We would therefore like to invite all those interested in the subject to take a look at the openly accessible book here and announce that, while 2020 hasn’t been exactly easy for a mobility-based program such as KEAC-BSR, we are looking forward to publishing three more volumes in the near future. The first to come will be an edited volume on “Migration, Knowledge Exchange, and Academic Cultures. Europe and the Black Sea Region until World War I” so stay safe and stay tuned!

New Publication

While we were forced to cancel our workshop of the same name due to the global spread of Covid-19 in March, a special issue of the journal “Contemporary Southeastern Europe” (7/2), edited by Karl Kaser and Dominik Gutmeyr, now gives an introduction to “Visual representations of femininities and masculinities: The Balkans and South Caucasus in the digital age”. The five contributions by Karl Kaser, Eirini Tsichla, Elza Ibroscheva, Hasan Gürkan and Zumrud Jalilova Hutton explore the increasing polarization of the visual representation of gender roles, of femininities and of masculinities in the region. The editors hope to raise attention to an interdisciplinary field that has not yet received sufficient scholarly recognition.

KEAC-BSR-Special on

For anyone reading Romanian and interested in a few of the many different aspects of knowledge exchange and our project’s research, we have five teasers to offer on with Claudia-Florentina Dobre writing about the Soviet past in today’s Armenia, Liviu Iancu’s take on exchange about archaeological experience in Azerbaijan, Maria Mateoniu-Micu giving an insight on church, state and society in Soviet Armenia, Dominik Gutmeyr pointing out the potential of research on photography in imperial Baku and Antoine Heemeryck on Russia between conservatism and cosmopolitanism.

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Virtual Conference (24.04.)

Our next (fifth overall but first virtual) conference on “Knowledge and Ideological Frontlines. Europe and the Black Sea Region after World War II” will take place this Friday (24.04.) on the online platform of SWU Blagoevgrad. If you’re interested in joining the online debates, please contact us under and we’ll provide you with all technical information. We’re starting at 9:00 (Eastern European Time). Stay safe!