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2nd Warsaw AIESEE International Workshop "The Balkan Jews & the Minority Issue in South-Eastern Europe"

Organized by the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History Faculty of “Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw
Warsaw 7th - 8 th November 2016
Call for Papers
The Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History as a full member of Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Européen (AIESEE) has existed since the 10th Congress of AIESEE in Paris held in 2009. In 2011, the Commission organized the first AIESEE Conference The Image of Russia in the Balkans.
The second AIESEE Warsaw Conference designed as an educational workshop is dedicated to the topic of Balkan Jews. The minority issue should not only be considered as a significant context for the main topic but also as an exemplification of Balkan specific and unique character which is a result of linguistic and cultural convergence.

In the Balkans a multilevel network of mutual cultural relations has been created including language, tradition, religion, literature as well as identity. It seems that in the region which has functioned as a multiethnic and multireligious whole for the centuries, a specific model of multiethnic relations appeared, based on balancing between preserving own ethnic distinctness and integrating with the dominant culture.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the character of relations in the Balkans and to understand tolerance in mutual interethnic relations. During the discussion we would like to focus on the following topics:
• Jews’ status in the Ottoman Empire and interethnic relations in the Balkans
Sephardic culture and its intercultural relations in the Balkans: literature, language, religion
Legacy of multiethnic empire and the minority issue in the Balkan countries as a context for Shoah
Jews identity in the Balkans after Shoah, Yugoslav context
Jewish minorities in the contemporary Balkan countries (EU policy toward minorities and current authorities attitude toward Jewish communities contexts)

Sessions will take place in the morning and afternoon of 7th and 8th November 2016 at the Faculty Artes Liberales of the University of Warsaw.
The guest speakers on this occasion will be:
Dragi Gjorgiev (Institute of National History Republic of Macedonia)
Agnieszka August-Zarębska (Faculty of Philology, Institute of Romance Studies, the University of Wrocław)
Nadège Ragaru (Sciences PO CERI – France)
Konstanty Gebert (Gazeta Wyborcza)

The working language of the Workshop is English. For each academic paper on the aforementioned topics that is accepted will be allocated a slot of a maximum 20 minutes.

All proposals should be sent to the General Secretariat of AIESEE: and to the Secretary of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History, Mrs. Marzena Maciulewicz:

We kindly ask all interested applicants to submit abstract (approximately 1000 words) as well as personal and represented institution data.
Deadline for sending topics: 15th February 2016
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31st March 2016
Announcement for successful paper: 9th May 2016

Accommodation, travel and food expenses are expected to be covered by the participant or its affiliated institution.
We plan to publish materials in the book series Colloquia Balkanica

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