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Conference: Migration and Identity: Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Dimensions of Mobility in the Balkans, Sofia, 14-15 October 2011‏

We have the pleasure to inform you about an International conference that is organized by Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 14-15 October 2011

The theme and programme of the conference are:

Migration and Identity: Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Dimensions of Mobility in the Balkans

Friday, 14th October 2011

9.00 – 9.30 – Registration

9.30 – 10.00 – Welcome addresses by organisers

10.00 – 12.10 First Session

Chair: Petko Hristov

10.00 – 10.30: Key-note speech:

Vassilis Nitsiakos (University of Ioanina, Greece)

Transborder mobility and ethnicity along the Albanian-Greek frontier after the 1990s

10.30 – 12.10:

Karmen Medica (University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia)

Migrants in Europe: between integration and disintegration, in the context of contemporary contradictions and paradoxes

Marijeta Rajković Iveta (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Dissolution of Yugoslavia and migration from and to newly formed states

Milana Černelić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

The impact of migration on the cultural heritage and identity.

The example of the Croat (sub)ethnic group Bunjevci

Mila Maeva (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Language and migration (Bulgarian cases in the UK and France)

Sanja Đurin (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia)

A German – Croatian migration circuit

12.10 – 12.30: Discussion

13.30 – 15.40 Second Session

Chair: Stelu Serban

13.30 – 14.00: Key-note speech:

Karl Kaser (University of Graz, Austria)

Travelling, Orientalism and the photograph in the 19th century

14.00 – 15.40:

Anelia Kassabova (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Identities in frame. Photography and the construction of a "national body".

Evgenia Troeva (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Refugee Women in Bulgaria: Identities in Motion

Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska (Institute of National History, Skopje, Macedonia)

Ethnographic data on migrations in Macedonia

Constantin Iordan (Institute for South-eastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)
The Turkish migration from Dobrogea in the inter-war period: important moments

Valentina Sharlanova (IEFSEM, Sofia)

The history of Turkish immigration in Western Europe – genesis, reasons and stages

15.40 – 16.00: Disscustion

16.15 – 18.00 Third Session

Chair: Milana Černelić

Key-note speech:

Petko Hristov (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Migrations and new ”old” identities: Balkan patterns

Biljana Sikimić (Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade, Serbia)

Romanians in Serbian Banat between Romania and Western Europe

Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković (Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade, Serbia)

Exchange labour migration in the Vlah villages of North-eastern Serbia

Stelu Serban (Institute for South-eastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)

Subjectivity and migration in the socialist lifetime
Cases from Nicolae Bălcescu village, Northern Dobroudza

Bilyana Raeva (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Forming of identity of the citizens of Dimitrovgrad – the first Bulgarian socialist city

18.00 – 18.30: Disscustion

18.30 – 19.00: Presentation of new books

Saturday, 15th of October

10.00 – 12.10 First Session

Chair: Elya Tsaneva

10.00-10.30: Key-note speech:

Elya Tsaneva (IEFSEM, Sofia)

The Bulgarians down under – with objectivity and partiality

10.30 – 12.10:

Jadranka Grbić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Bulgarians in Croatia: migrations, presence, identity

Vladimir Penchev (IEFSEM, Sofia)

For Bread ... or for something else?

(The Bulgarian "contracted" labour migrations in former Czechoslovakia in the middle of last century)

Valentina Vaseva (IEFSEM, Sofia)
Bulgarian market gardeners in the vicinity of Bucharest – traditions and the present

Zhenia Pimpireva (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Migration to the city and the identity of Bessarabian Bulgarians

Elena Petrova (University of Odessa, Ukraine)

What is “our” tradition? Models and practices of identity construction among Bulgarian diaspora in South-Western Ukraine

12.10 – 12.30: Discussion

13.30 – 15.30: Second Session

Chair: Biljana Sikimić

Marinko Vuković (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia)

The influence of migrations and contact with others on the origin of the name of the Croatian ethnic group Šokci

Zorancho Malinov (Institute of Folklore, Skopje, Macedonia)

The identity of the migrants from the Shopluk in the new environments in the others parts of Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia

Ekaterina Anastasova (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Identity of transnational minorities in the nation building process (the case of Ukraine).

Karolina Bielenin-Lenczowska (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, Poland)

Keeping feet in two worlds? Everyday experiences of female migrants from Macedonia to Italy

Ivaylo Markov (IEFSEM, Sofia)

Migration, household and decision-making conflicts:

the case of Albanians from Republic of Macedonia

Final speech:

Anna Krasteva (New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Balkan Migration Models

15.30 – 16.00: Final Discussion

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