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Cfa: Ohrid Summer University, 16-29 August 2010

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  • Mitko Panov
    Euro-BaIkan Institute for Social and Humanities Research, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia is announcing Summer School *“Reconstructing Imaginary and Real
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      Euro-BaIkan Institute for Social and Humanities Research, Skopje, Republic
      of Macedonia
      is announcing

      Summer School
      *�Reconstructing Imaginary and Real Byzantium: Historical and Cultural
      Legacy that Divide and Integrate Europe� *
      to be held 16th-29th August, Ohrid, Macedonia

      The Summer School �Reconstructing Imaginary and Real Byzantium: Historical
      and Cultural Legacy that Divide and Integrate Europe� will explore the
      complex and fascinating phenomenon that is the Byzantium and its legacy,
      striving to go beyond the established approach in the study of Byzantine
      history and culture. The objective of the Summer School is to distance from
      the stereotyped application of �Byzantinism� and to introduce the Real
      instead of Imaginary Byzantium. Apart from the historical analysis of the
      origins of Byzantium and its development as a separate political and
      cultural entity that dominated Eastern Mediterranean for more than a
      millennium, the various questions concerning the
      interpretation/misinterpretation of the Byzantine legacy in the
      conceptualization of European civilization will be discussed. The Summer
      School will explore the Byzantine studies in the Western Europe and �put
      them in a dialogue� with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. Its
      main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking of the understanding of
      Byzantium and its heritage not as a factor of the East-West division, but as
      an integrative civilizational bridge between the Balkans/Southeast Europe
      and Western Europe.
      The Summer School is integral part of Ohrid Summer University (OSU) which is
      an academic program for young faculty, PhD candidates, postgraduates,
      researchers and professionals, which offers intensive, problem oriented and
      research based courses from the domain of social sciences and humanities.
      OSU was founded in 1998 and has functioned continuously since then, as one
      of the core programs of the �Euro-Balkan� Institute, involving a significant
      number of both junior and senior members of academic communities from
      various countries. To date �Euro-Balkan� Institute, trough OSU program, has
      organized more than 30 summer schools from various areas with over 500
      participants, involving more than 100 proffessors. During the 11 years-long
      period of its existence, OSU has engaged itself in: adequate and effective
      training of the academic staff, demonstration of successful linkage of
      state-of-the-art scholarship and effective and innovative teaching,
      promotion of academic excellence and ability to facilitate creation and
      sustenance of active networks of academics, as well as collaborative
      advancement of learning in certain disciplines within the international
      context.
      Summer School Programme Concept:
      Two two-week course will be organized in master lectures, discussion
      sessions and workshops, held by the renown scholars in Byzantine Studies
      from Great Britain and Republic of Macedonia.
      First week:
      Course: �Deconstructing the Real Byzantium: UnderstandING the Balkans�
      Duration: five days
      Format:
      a) Interactive lectures, followed by discussion sessions. The focus of the
      lectures and discussions will be the exploration and identification of the
      Real Byzantium and how to distinguish it from the �imaginary� or �imposed�
      Byzantine legacy of the Balkans. Another component of the lectures and
      discussions that will take place will be to comparatively explore how
      Byzantium influenced the identity and culture in the medieval Balkans.
      b) Afternoon workshops aiming at exploring various questions related to the
      history of Byzantium and the Medieval Balkans.

      Second week:
      Course: �Byzantium and the West: Eastern versus the European CULTURAL
      Identity�
      Duration: five days
      Format:
      a) Interactive lectures, followed by discussion sessions. The spotlight of
      the lectures and discussions will be the exploration of the question when
      the actual separation between Byzantium and the West occurred, and how the
      religious and cultural division influenced the Balkan region. Another
      component of the lectures and discussions that will take place will be
      addressing the ideology in Byzantium and how it was perceived in the Balkans
      and the West.
      b) Afternoon workshops aiming at exploring various issues related to
      Byzantine ideology, religion and culture.
      The Programme consists of several features:
      - The academic programme of the Summer School, will be supplemented by other
      educational activities, such are the intensive course in Old Slavonic
      language and the workshop in paper production, offered for all the
      participants of Ohrid Summer University (covered by the participation fee).
      - In regard to the high standards established by the Euro-Balkan Institute
      and due to its membership in the Erasmus Charter, the Summer School will
      grant theparticipants appropriate certificate with 10 credits (ECTS),
      applicable in the master studies of participant�s home universities.
      - Memorable social events on the campus and at the Ohrid Lake.
      - Tours of the numerous medieval churches, ancient and medieval monuments in
      the UNESCO protected city of Ohrid, located at the shore of the
      unforgettably beautiful Ohrid Lake (covered by the participation fee).

      Eligibility and fee:
      - Participant must be MA or PhD students interested in exploring the issues
      of Byzantine Studies (not older than 36 years of age)
      - Participant must be a national of one of the countries from Southeastern
      Europe in order for her/his accommodation costs to be fully covered by the
      Organizer. The total participation fee will be 100 euro.
      - Participants from other countries are also eligible to participate, but
      ineligible for the financial support provided by the organizers. These
      applicants, will have to cover participation fee of 100 euro and
      accommodation costs.
      Number of participants: 20
      Working language of the Summer School will be English.
      Please note that the Second Announcement with the detailed Programme of the
      Summer School will follow on 1st of May 2010.
      Deadline for submitting the application: June 15th 2010.
      Deadline for announcing the results of the selection process: July 1st 2010.

      Contact person:
      Prof. Dr Mitko B. Panov,
      Director of the Summer School
      Euro-Balkan Institute
      Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
      Tel/Fax. + 389 2 30 75 570
      Email: mitko.panov@...
      www.euba.edu.mk


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