CfP: Neighborhood and barriers. Experience of closeness on the Balkans, 26-28.2.2002, Blagoevgrad
- International University Seminar for Balkan Studies and Specialization
South-Western University "Neophit Rilski", 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, tel./fax: 00359 73 375 31
After the successful end of the Eleventh International Round Table "Custom and law on the Balkans" (Blagoevgrad, 26.02-28.02.2002) the Managing Board of International University Seminar for Balkan Studies and Specialization come to the decision that Eleventh International Round Table (Bansko, 26.02-28.02.2003) topic will be: "Neighborhood and barriers. Experience of closeness on the Balkans ".
We believe that you will be interested in the topic and you are welcomed to take part in the program. The conference will be held from 26.02.2003 until 28.02.2003 in Blagoevgrad. We expect your application and a summary of your paper (2-3 pages) in English until 15.11.2002 at the latest. You will be informed if your paper is accepted until 15.12.2002. The summaries of the accepted papers will be brought to the interested persons' notice during the conference days.
Please, send your application on the following address:
International University Seminar for
Balkan Studies and Specialization
1"Georgi Izmirliev" Pl., AUBG building, room 105
2700 Blagoevgrad, BULGARIA
Or contact us on:
Tel./fax 00359 73 375 31
Neighborhood and barriers. Experience of closeness on the Balkans
The experience of neighborhood and closeness has a centuries-long tradition on the Balkans. We would like to discuss its cultural and historical dimensions and everyday practices in order to find new opportunities and forms of dialogue.
The social relations of closeness and distance, the personal experience of belonging and being different will be the main topic of the conference. It will be discussed as a fundamental philosophical problem of "neighbor" as "a fellowman" and as a social phenomenon in its specific expressions: spatial, linguistic, judicial, cultural, and ideological.
· Historical forms of co-existence of different societies and cultures - the ways of interaction and the limits of tolerance, acceptance and recognition;
· Everyday experience of neighborhood, closeness and difference. Neighborhood as a co-existence in the cultures of the big and the small towns, quarters and villages. Cultures of neighborhood: men and women, children and elderly people as neighbors;
· Images of co-existence, cooperation and conflicts in the Balkan cultures and literatures;
· Historical forms of institutionalization of neighborhood and barriers: institutions of mutual aid and social care, conflict resolution and cooperation;
· The cultures of neighborhood and the cultures of distinction. The official and the underground cultures.
· Tradition of neighborhood and the challenges of new communication technologies and globalization;