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.”

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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!