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Balkan Connection, University of Sussex, 2-3 June 2011

Below is the programme for the conference. Please do not hesitate to circulate it.
All the best,
On behalf of the Organization Committee,
Ali Huseyinoglu
Balkan Connections Conference
June 2-3, 2011
Venue: Global Studies Resource Centre (Arts C)
University of Sussex (Brighton)
Welcome tea and coffee: 12:00-12:30
Opening remarks (12:30-13:00)
Dr. Eugene Michail: Balkan histories: Key themes and alternative paths (University of Sussex)
Session I: Representing the Balkans (13:00-14:30)
Ana Živković Snowley: Splits and changes in discourse on Montenegro in the nineteenth century British writing: From denigration to glorification (University of Brighton)
Dr. Katerina Gachevska: Criminal identities and mafia images: Crime and political reform in post-communist Bulgaria (Birmingham City University)
Andy Anderson: A Map of the Vilayet of the Danube 1869 (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS))
Tea and Coffee Break: 14:30-15:00
Session II: Echoes of the Ottoman Empire (15:00-16:30)
Dr. Clemens Hoffmann: Debating the Balkanization of Ottoman rule (University of Sussex)
Kerem Nisancioglu: Rethinking Ottoman decline: Uneven and combined development and the modern nation-state (University of Sussex)
Vesselina Ratcheva: Affects of the post-Ottoman: Narrating the present through the past (University of Sussex)
Break: 16:30-17:00
Keynote speaker: 17:00-18:30
Prof. Russell King: Geography-Migration-Albania (University of Sussex)
Dinner with keynote speakers (open to all participants): 19:30 at Ottoman Cuisine (BN2 3HQ)
Tea and coffee reception: 8:30-9:00
Session III: Trauma and Violence (9:00-10:30)
Marika Djolai: Community cooperation and adaptation strategies: The shaping of post-conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Sussex)
Andrea Szkil: Forensic specialists’ work in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Sussex)
Kalina Yordanova: Trauma transmission in the former Yugoslavia (UCL)
Break: 10:30-11:00
Keynote speaker: 11:00-12:00
Prof. Jane Cowan: A critical journey from the Balkans to Geneva (University of Sussex)
Lunch break: 12:00-12:45
Session IV: ‘Minorities’ in the ‘Balkans’ (12:45-14:15)
Emina Demiri: Social inclusion of Croatian ethnic minorities in the context of EU accession (University of Sussex)
Sebahattin Abdurrahman: Homogenization, integration or segregation: Minority rights in education of Western Thrace Turks in Greece (SOAS)
Ali Huseyinoglu: A missing ‘fourth’ actor?: Education of the Turkish minority in Greece through the lens of Brubaker’s Triadic Nexus Theory (University of Sussex)
Deniz Duru: Homogenization and New Diversities in Burgaz, the Princes Islands, Istanbul (University of Sussex)
Tea and coffee break: 14:15-14:45
Session V: NGOs, Nations-states, and EU Integration (14:45-16:15)
Marko Stojic: The changing nature of Serbian political parties’ attitudes towards the EU (University of Sussex)
Piotr Goldstein: Who are the 'NGO People' in Mostar and Novi Sad (University of Manchester)
Closing reception: 16:15-16:30
Closing remarks: 16:30-17:00
Dr. Dimitris Dalakoglou: Balkan (Dis)connections: Re-approaching the Balkan questions in the age of capitalist crisis (University of Sussex)
Dinner with keynote speakers (open to all participants): 18:30 at the Lion and Lobster pub (BN1 2PS)
Balkan Connections: ‘Balkan Connections’ is an initiative by a number of doctoral students at Sussex University. As a continuation of our respective research interests, we decided to create a platform to promote this area of regional studies at our university and to connect with other relevant departments throughout the UK and beyond