Monday, February 25, 2013

Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia 16th OHRID SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013 International Summer School “UNDERSTANDING BYZANTIUM IN THE BALKANS: WHERE THE EAST MET/PARTED FROM THE WEST” 15 - 24 August 2013, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia Call for Applications CONFIRMED LECTURERS: Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge, Great Britain Professor Florin Curta, University of Florida, United States COURSES OFFERED: Course title: The gravitational fields of East and West across the medieval Balkans Course title: The beginning of the Middle Ages in the Balkans The Summer School “Understanding Byzantium in the Balkans: Where the East met / parted from the West” will explore the fascinating phenomenon of Byzantium and its enduring impact on Medieval Balkans. The objective of the Summer School is to address the complex socio-economic, cultural and political processes that led to the transformation of the Roman world and emergence of Byzantium and the Balkans as gravitational zones between East and West. The leading international scholars in the field of Byzantine and medieval Balkan studies will present the latest insights in addressing the 
various questions concerning the re-evaluation of issues of group identity and ethnogenesis in the Balkans, the concept of making of the Slavs, the examination of Byzantium as Superpower and Soft Power and as an enduring appeal to external elite, along with development of the Balkans as highway and flashpoint between Latin West and Byzantine East. Through appliance of new approach in historical and archaeological research the Summer School will explore Byzantine and Balkan studies in the Western Europe and United States and put them in a dialogue with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. The main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking and to raise the understanding of Byzantium and the Balkans and their place in international history, grasping them not as a factor of East-West division but as a integrative component of the European cultural history. Deadline Early application deadline: 15 April Late application deadline: 15 May Director of the Summer School Professor Mitko B. Panov Euro-Balkan University Address: Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia Tel/Fax. ++ 389 2 30 75 570 Please send your application to: 
Ivana Krajcinovik - Coordinator of the Summer School e-mail:  

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