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Conference: Debating the End of Yugoslavia, University of Graz, 4-6 November 2011‏

South East European Dialogues (SEED): Debating the End of Yugoslavia
Centre for Southeast European Studies, Karl-Franzens-University Graz
4-6 November 2011

The Centre for Southeast European Studies is organizing the international conference “Debating the End of Yugoslavia” from 4-6 November 2011.

2011 is the 20th anniversary of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, providing for an opportunity to reflect on this event which not only shaped the region, but also Europe at large.

The conference constitutes the most important academic event on this occasion this year. Instead of discussing the dissolution again, the conference is taking an innovative approach. On the first and second day, (4 & 5.11.) eye witnesses remember and reflect on the dissolution of Yugoslavia. This includes politicians, journalists, diplomats and other personalities from public life. The recollections of eye witnesses are commented by scholars, who provide a background and open a discussion. On the second and third day (5 & 6.11.), some 35 leading historians, sociologists, lawyers, anthropologists, political scientists and economists from former Yugoslavia, the rest of Europe and North America discuss the state of scholarly debate.

The conference is thus not just a conference on the dissolution of Yugoslavia, but also aims at identifying new directions for research. In addition to the interdisciplinary perspectives, the conference also brings together senior scholars with younger researchers and provides for a dialogue on these issues between scholars from former Yugoslavia.

During the conference, the university museum will host an exhibition of the Design Studio Trio (Sarajevo), which has designed iconic posters, magazine covers and ads over the past 20 years.

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