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Conference: International Neighbourhood Congress on the Balkans, Istanbul, 4-7 October 2012‏


FROM WAR TO ETERNAL PEACE ON THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BALKAN WARS: GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RELATIONS
IN THE BALKANS

HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY, 4-7 OCTOBER 2012,
İSTANBUL/TURKEY

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVE
Emerging from a disintegrating Ottoman Empire, the new Balkan
states faced a host of conflicts that marred the construction of a
peaceful political geography in the region. Problems that had emerged
during this period continued to pose challenges throughout the history
until today. The end of the Cold War did not bring peace to the region,
either. Ex-Yugoslav states experienced one of the bloodiest conflicts in
history as a result of policies fuelled by ethnic nationalism and
historical territorial claims. Thus, the Balkans entered and exited the
twentieth century in a state of war. The region started the new
millennium with a legacy of potentially explosive ethnic conflicts that
could easily be triggered by seemingly insurmountable political and
economic problems that plague the region today.
Although security and stability are the foremost concerns, the Balkans
also have to contend with an array of political, economic, social,
environmental and transboundary problems. The region’s stability and
welfare would no doubt be served by establishing regional cooperation
mechanisms at intellectual and political levels and by jointly tackling
common problems. In this context, academic conferences and
meetings could play an important role in creating the fora to explore
new avenues for cooperation through exchange of views and ideas.
The Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Economic
and Administrative Sciences at Hacettepe University is organising a
congress entitled “From War to Eternal Peace on the 100th Anniversary
of the Balkan Wars: Good Neighbourhood Relations in the Balkans”, in
İstanbul, on 4-7 October 2012. The congress aims to foster good
neighbourhood relations in the Balkans and enhance academic
cooperation in the field of Balkan Studies.

The congress is expected to have contributions from the leading
academics, researchers, representatives of the non-governmental
organizations, opinion leaders, policy-makers, diplomats, and other
experts from the region, Turkey and around the world. We invite all
researchers interested in the region to submit paper or panel proposals
that address the themes and topics listed below.

CONGRESS THEMES
• Ottoman Empire and the Balkans
• The Balkan Wars
• The Cold War and its aftermath
• Political and Economic Security
• Human Security
• Terrorism and Border Security
• The Geopolitics of the Balkans
• Nationalism and Ethnic Conflicts
• Migration Movements and Refugees
• Religion/Identity Issues and Minority Rights
• Legal Issues
• War, Peace and Settlement of Conflicts
• International Intervention and its Consequences
• Role of the International Society
• Role of the UN in Peacemaking/Peace-building
• EU Integration Process
• Impact of International Actors and Great Powers
• Bilateral Relations, Regional Relations and Bilateral Disputes
• Neighborhood in Theoretical and Conceptual Terms
• Efforts of Regional Cooperation and Integration
• Peace and Stability Issues
• Turkey and the Balkans
• Impact of Globalization
• Political Economy and the Economic Transition Processes
• Role of the Civil Society
• State-Building
• Media and Communication
• Gender

CONGRESS TIMETABLE
Deadline for Paper Submissions : 20 June 2012
Notification of Acceptance Decisions : 30 June 2012
Registration : 15 July 2012
Deadline for Submission of Full Paper : 14 September 2012
Congress: : 4-7 October 2012

SUBMISSIONS OF PAPERS/PANELS
The congress is open to individual submissions for papers and
proposals for panels. All abstracts for papers and panels must be sent
to the e-mail address icon@hacettepe.edu.tr by 20 June 2012. The
papers accepted upon the assessment of the Scientific Committee will
be notified via email by 30 June 2012.

CONGRESS LANGUAGE
Congress language is both Turkish and English. Simultaneous
interpretation will be provided in both languages.

APPLICATION INFORMATION
The paper/panel application should include the following information:
• Title of the paper/panel
• Abstract not more than 300 words for individual papers,
including the main argument and conclusions
• Abstract not more than 500 words for panel proposals, including
abstracts of panel papers
• Name and title of the author of the paper
• Short bio of the author(s) of the paper, not more than one
paragraph
• E-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the author(s) of
the paper.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
All registered participants will be presented a certificate of attendance
at the end of the congress.

CONGRESS BOOKLET
All abstracts accepted to the congress will be published as a congress
booklet.

VENUE
The congress will be held in İstanbul.

SCHEDULE
Congress will begin on 4 October 2012 and end on 7 October 2012.

REGISTRATION
There will be no registration fee. However, all participants have to
register to Congress Secretariat by 15 July 2012.

FUNDING
Limited number of scholarships and funding for travel or
accommodation are available especially for the student participants.
For further information, please contact the Congress Secretariat.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants. Detailed
information on accommodation will be provided to the participants
after their abstracts are accepted.

TRAVEL
Participants will be responsible for paying their travel expenses.

WEBSITE
http://www.icon.hacettepe.edu.tr
The congress website will be updated regularly for the participants and
attendants.

CONTACT
Hacettepe University
Department of International Relations
Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 312 297 8111 / Ext.3
Fax: +90 312 297 6740