News archive - [Event Announcement & Call for Papers] Conference on "Economic Development and Political Transition in Kosovo"

The American University in Kosovo (AUK) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - AUK's academic partner - are organizing an international conference on “Economic Development and Political Transition in Kosovo” on  September 7 –  8, 2012 at the AUK Campus in Pristina, Kosovo.The aim is to further develop an international research network of scholars working on the political economy of Kosovo’s development and to transcend the focus on post-conflict transformation that has characterized the recent literature on Kosovo. Furthermore, the Conference aims to promote professional and scholarly cooperation between international academic circles, on the one hand, and Kosovar researchers and policy-makers, on the other.

Due to delays on the donors’ side and the large volume of applications coinciding with the summer recess, the conference Review Committee has decided to postpone the event until 12-13 October.


Call for Papers:

We aim to attract contributions from scholars based at international and regional universities or affiliated with other research or policy institutions. 20 papers will be selected from a pool of open submissions based on peer review.

The Conference aims at including contributions from economists and political scientists interested in the institutional determinants of economic development and political change in Kosovo. Papers are solicited on (but will not be limited to) the topics listed in the attached Call for Papers.


We have secured preliminary expressions of interest from South East European and Black Sea Studies and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies for the publication of a selection of the conference’s papers as a thematic special issue.

The papers will also be translated into Albanian and Serbian. All Albanian- and Serbian-language contributions are expected to be collated into an edited volume to be published by RIT Press.

Important Dates:

6th August – Deadline for submission of extended abstract (800 words)


To submit abstracts and papers, or for further details about the Conference, funding opportunities or the planned publications, please contact Luca J. Uberti ( The subject line of all emails should be “AUK Conference 2012”. Please also include a one-page resume or a short bio, clearly indicating contact details and institutional affiliation.


Participation in the event is free. AUK hopes to offer paper-presenters a conference grant to cover travel and accommodation expenses. USAID-BEEP and the Balkan Trust for Democracy have expressed their interest in potentially supporting the Conference and the associated follow-on activities.


The Conference will feature two renowned academic guest-speakers and one guest-speaker from a Kosovar policy-making institution.


Source: Luca J. Uberti

Geographical focus
  • Kosovo*
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Elke Dall on May 24, 2012
Modified on August 16, 2012