The interdisciplinary (history and anthropology) postgraduate seminar is designed for Greek and Erasmus postgraduate students and it welcomes participation of PhD students and academics. It is intended to run for three successive years (fall semester).
It has four aims:
a) To bring together students and distinguished academic experts from South-East European and other European countries.
b) To bring together Greek students and incoming Erasmus students.
c) To strengthen links both between South-East European universities, as well as between them and renowned academic centres in the rest of Europe that focus in the Balkans.
d) To provide stimulus for academic analysis and interdisciplinary reflexion on past and ongoing social transformations in South-East Europe placed in a global context.
The course aims to present and examine pivotal questions about past and present transformations in SEE from a history and anthropology perspective. Departing in the 18th century and reaching the early 21st century, we will discuss key aspects of the political, economic, social and cultural change in Balkan societies and approach critically the ways in which they have been conceptualized and theorized in the social sciences and the humanities. We will critically discuss concepts related to the ‘Balkans’, ‘backwardness’, ‘modernization’, 'transition', 'socialism' and 'post-socialism' and explore new research approaching the above-mentioned transformations in a non-essentialist, comparative and transnational fashion which seeks to promote the inscription of the region and its study into global frameworks and discussions.