Studying the Balkans Globally Workshop
Department of Politics Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK) Belgrade – Belgrade, 3 April 2020
We are pleased to announce a call for written contributions and an invitation to a one-day workshop at the Belgrade-based Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK). Southeast Europe (SEE) features prominently as an object of study across social sciences. It has proven to be an almost inexhaustive source of materials for topics as diverse as memory, peace and conflict, democratisation, transformations of capitalism, gender politics, justice, and migration. Yet, in many of these discussions, the region remains a source of data, rather than knowledge: local dynamics are interpreted in epistemologies and frameworks residing firmly in the power-centres of international academies, with ‘theory’ happening elsewhere. The workshop seeks to challenge this positioning by situating regional studies of Southeast Europe in larger debates in social science. First, it hopes to develop a SEE perspective to
recent efforts to globalise, provincialize, and decolonise social sciences. Despite the proximity between SEE and postcolonial studies from where these efforts emerge, SEE contributions to
provincializing social science have yet to be explicitly formulated. Second, the workshop takes forward the emergence of global and transregional approaches to area studies. In studying
the Balkans globally, the workshop aims to identify tools for understanding the region in new circuits of migration and networks of economic and political integration. With these two
broad themes in mind, the workshop will bring together interdisciplinary scholars to formulate innovative ways of studying the Balkans globally.