MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: Rethinking Interethnic Reconciliation in the Western Balkans, Florence, 24-27 March 2010
Sat Jul 4 09:44:22 2009
Original sender: Cyril Blondel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CALL for APPLICATIONS
Workshop 14 / 11th Mediterranean Research Meeting (MRM)
Rethinking Interethnic Reconciliation in the Western Balkans:
Minorities, Borders, Governance
Host: European University Institute (Florence).
Date: March 24-27, 2010.
Location: Montecatini Terme (near Florence).
Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2009.
Workshop directors: Antonija PetriA?uA?iA‡
(email@example.com); Cyril Blondel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Resulting from ethnic mobilisation processes directed by local
nationalistic leaders in the 1990s, ethnic conflicts in the Western
Balkans have led to a fragmentation and a recomposition of territories
and populations around some majority ethnos groups. Based on
consociational and pragmatic assumption of bringing the war to an end,
the International Community interventions that followed have also
reinforced the ethnicisation of territories, societies and politics.
While there is much research being conducted to highlight the limits of
such an approach, there is still too little work devoted to the possible
alternatives. Interstitial spaces between states, regions or
neighbourhoods - being by nature territories of interethnic cohabitation
- are still perceived as undefined, unstable and insecure in the Western
Balkans. They may instead constitute the places for the emergence of
shared experiences and memories in the respect of cultural and
opinions' differences, in other words, the places of interethnic
Thus, this workshop should serve as a platform for examining the
empirical and theoretical research on approaches, politics and
experiments aiming at facilitating interethnic reconciliation. Within
the scope of the workshop, legal, political, social and spatial
developments, such as cross-border initiatives, normatisation of
minority rights and pursue of good governance shall be examined. The
final aim of the workshop is to conclude if, as a result of above
enumerated models for interethnic cooperation; new political and social
dialogue is emerging in the Western Balkans.
For more details, please see
There will be no registration fee. Most selected participants are
eligible for a bursary. This will be a lump sum, unrelated to your
actual costs, and fixed according to your country of
residence/departure. Participants from Southeast Europe, Turkey and
Middle Eastern countries will receive a lump sum of 550 Euros to cover
their expenses (airfare, accommodation).
Participants from Western Europe, the USA and Canada will receive a lump
sum of 130 Euros. Participants from within Italy are not eligible for a
For details, please see
Paper proposals must be submitted online before July 15, 2009. Abstracts
of 500-1000 words are to be pasted in, CVs of max. 5 pages are to be
uploaded to, the online form at http://www.rscas.org/medform.asp
July 15, 2009: deadline for submission of abstracts.
September 15, 2009: results of selection process announced.
January 15, 2010: deadline for submission of papers.
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