Second Balkan studies meeting In search of the Balkans: Between Europe and the Mediterranean?

Event date
June 2-4, 2016
Short description

The “In search of the Balkans: between Europe and the Mediterranean?” conference (June 2-4, 2016) will follow the “Balkan studies: state of knowledge and lines of research” meeting organized by the French Association of Balkan studies (AFEBALK) in Paris in November 2002. The objective of this new meeting is to provide an overview of the current state of research concerning this region through the perspective of the multiple ways of practicing social sciences here.



Nearly fifteen years after the previous meeting, a new milestone in the contemporary Balkan studies in France has to be set. Numerous issues valid then (minorities, conflicts, borders, interfaith co-existence etc.), which often contributed to characterizing the Balkans as a “separate” space in Europe, have now given way to new perspectives, new challenges and new research practices. This new “return of the Balkans” to the forefront of the European scene has been demonstrated by distinct events such as the entry of certain countries in the European Union (Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, Croatia in 2013) and the prospective membership of others (Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, etc.) as well as a series of far-reaching events such as the eruption of the financial crisis in Greece and its global effects and the massive and dramatic migratory processes currently facing the entire southeast European region. In different manners, these events have led us to view the Balkan area as connected to both continental (new EU memberships) and globalization (spread of the economic crisis, migrations) trends. The participation of Balkan societies in wider processes has been accompanied by numerous transformations that have affected the everyday lives of its inhabitants over the last decades.

Call for papers

The proposals (maximum 2,500 characters spaces included, in English or in French, with five key words and the indication as to which theme the contribution could be integrated into) must be submitted on the platform before January 30, 2016, along with a biographical note five  lines  long.  You  will  receive  a  response  on  March  1.  This meeting  will  lead  to  several publications. 

Please read the full text of the Call in pdf attached below.


The  organization  of  the  conference  will  not  be  able  to  pay  for  transportation  or  lodgings  for participants. Certain requests can be submitted to the organizers and will be granted depending on the available budget. No inscription fees will be charged.  

Geographical focus
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on December 23, 2015
Modified on December 23, 2015