IHU-Conference, Day 2

We’re off to a second day at IHU Thessaloniki with Martina Baleva’s keynote on “Future’s in the Balkans. The Visual Invention of a Region.”



The visual discovery of the Balkans by the ‘West’ can be traced back as early as the 17th century when some of the first depictions of the region appeared like in the richly illustrated travel account by Salomon Schweigger (1608). But the actual process of the visual invention of the Balkans intensified in the early 19th century simultaneously with the political, scientific, and economic penetration into the region. And it seems that this process has been lasting till today or at least until the celebrated exhibition “Blood & Honey. Future’s in the Balkans” (2003). The lecture tries to trace the ways in which the Balkans was invented through art and visual media and to shed light on the big names and main aspects in this process.

“Experiment, Power, Society” – Impressions

This year’s roundtable at SW-University Blagoevgrad’s Seminar for Balkan Studies aimed to explore questions related to “Experiment, Power, Society” and looked beyond the Balkans into the wider Black Sea Region. Radio Blagoevgrad captured the voices of KEAC-BSR-researchers Karl Kaser, Kristina Popova and Dragi Gjorgiev (listen here). A few impressions can be found below while we’ll keep you posted on the workshop proceedings.

It’s Workshop-Time

While we’re in the break of day 1 of “Experiment, Power, Society” we might as well reflect a bit on the past few weeks that have seen the KEAC-BSR-teams gather on three occasions to discuss 1.) knowledge exchange in the framework of traveling within the BSR 2.) the role of women in early BSR knowledge exchange and 3.) the beginnings of academic research and institution building in Macedonia.

These workshops constitute starting points for bigger research collaboration among and beyond the KEAC-BSR-consortium and we are looking forward to present first results in form of publications and online exhibitions soon!

Program: Experiment, Power, Society (23.03.-24.03.2018)

The program for the 27th international round table at South-West University Blagoevgrad’s Seminar for Balkan Studies and Specialization is now online. Organized in the frame of the project KEAC-BSR, it aims to discuss “Experiment, Power, Society”. The workshop will take place in Blagoevgrad on March 23/24, 2018. The full program is available here: Download Program “Experiment, Power, Society”

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


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.

Download full CfP

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