8093CfP: Kokkalis Program Graduate Workshop on Southeastern Europe, Harvard, 12-13.2.2009
- Oct 31, 2008Dear colleagues,
The Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe is currently
accepting submissions for the annual Graduate Student Workshop on Southeast
Europe, which will take place at Harvard University on **February 12-13,
Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals for papers to be
delivered at the workshop. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words, and
should fall into one of the three following thematic units:
1) Leaders and Leadership – old and new – in Southeast Europe:
The nature of political leadership in Southeast Europe has been defined for
generations by powerful, charismatic elites. Is the political style of
“Balkan strongmen” – from Ceausescu to Hoxha, and Zhivkov to Milosevic – so
thoroughly engrained in the Balkan psyche that it is only a matter of time
before their successors reappear? Or is the “charismatic authority” of the
past giving way to a “routinized” elite? Papers can explore these and
related questions from a historical and/or contemporary perspective.
Papers can also consider leadership beyond the political context – e.g.,
grassroots/civil society leadership.
2) Diaspora as a Political and Economic Player in the States of Southeast
Paper’s should explore the potential scale and significance of the role of
diasporas in the political, institutional, and economic development of
countries in Southeast Europe. Papers can examine the historical and
contemporary roles of diaspora in the region; the evolving nature of
citizenship and identity in Europe and its impact on Southeast Europe’s
expatriate communities; the reconceptualization of diaspora; and related
3) Westphalia, Neo-Westphalia or Post-Westphalia: Statehood in Southeast
There is a burgeoning literature on the causes, forms and consequences of
the transformation of the Westphalian state. Drawing from this literature,
papers should discuss the implications of the changing nature of
nation-state sovereignty as relevant to the countries of SE Europe in terms
of their relationship with, or participation in, the European Union, as
well as regarding the sustainability of states in the region.
The areas of focus for the workshop are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo,
Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
A number of grants for travel and accommodation are available. The deadline
for submission is **November 24, 2008.**
The Kokkalis Program would greatly appreciate any assistance you can
provide in publicizing these fellowships to your students and colleagues.
Please visit http://www.hks.harvard.edu/kokkalis/workshop_2009.html or
contact us at Kokkalis_Program@... for more information.
Kokkalis Program on Southeastern & East-Central Europe
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge MA 02138