Cfa: Ohrid Summer University, 16-29 August 2010
- Euro-BaIkan Institute for Social and Humanities Research, Skopje, Republic
*�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
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.
Course: �Deconstructing the Real Byzantium: UnderstandING the Balkans�
Duration: five days
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.
Course: �Byzantium and the West: Eastern versus the European CULTURAL
Duration: five days
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
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.
Prof. Dr Mitko B. Panov,
Director of the Summer School
Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. + 389 2 30 75 570
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