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Kokkalis grad student workshop seeks papers

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The Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Southeastern Europe Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies will hold the eighth annual Kokkalis Graduate Student Workshop on Feb. 3, 2006.

Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals for papers to be delivered at the workshop. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and should fall into one of the thematic units listed below, relative to one or more of these countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, and Turkey.

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Possible thematic units include the following:

  • Images of the Balkans: Papers should aim to focus on the cultural production and circulation of images and prejudices concerning Southeastern Europe, including images in travelers’ accounts, in literature, in film, or in the news media; including foreign perceptions of the region and internal perceptions among the communities of the region. Discussion may also concern the theory and practice of “Balkanism,” as described by Maria Todorova.
  • Anti-globalization vs. Globalization in Southeastern Europe: Papers should question the potential benefits and losses the region will experience from allowing large corporations, such as multinationals involved in anything from food to information, oil, etc., to compete with local industries. Papers may also investigate the role of the state in protecting these local industries.
  • Political Economy of Transition in Southeastern Europe: Papers should aim to focus on the multidisciplinary analysis of the economic, political, and social dynamics of systemic transformation in the region. Papers may address the political economy of integration, Europeanization, and enlargement; the political economy of transformation; or the growing role of nonstate actors.A number of grants for travel and accommodation are available. Proposals and CVs may be submitted online at, or sent via e-mail to The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29.