The Centre for Southeast European Studies is pleased to assume to role of an academic mentor in the implementation of the research project "Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations" prepared within the framework of the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP), implemented by the University of Fribourg upon a mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz is an interdisciplinary forum for teaching and research on Southeastern Europe. In addition to a comprehensive teaching program and research projects, the centre also regularly organizes events for an academic and a general audience on Southeastern Europe.
The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group latest policy brief was presented on 1 December at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs office in Brussels by Hedvig Morvai, Marko Kmezic and Florian Bieber. Corina Stratulat (EPC), Dusan Reljic (SWP) and Simone Mordue (European Commission) served as discussants. The lively debate focused on the critical assesment of the state of play of the EU elargement to the Western Balkans, as well as the prospects of pushing the reform agenda in the region forward?
So far, 2014 has been a year of mixed signals for the European integration of the Western Balkans. Enlargement fatigue was expressed explicitly by incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker when he stated the obvious that there will be no enlargement during his mandate and downgraded the enlargement portfolio in the new Commission. Yet, a high-profile summit of Western Balkan leaders in Berlin in August and the recent German-British initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina signal the renewed engagement of Germany and a number of other key EU member states with the Balkans.
The Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz is currently accepting applications for Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2015-6. The Centre provides research facilities for fellows, including a working place, access to the library and full participation in the activities of the center for a period of one semester (4 months, either October-January or March-June). Visiting fellows are expected to present their work in a research seminar, discuss their research informally with members of the center and contribute a working paper to the center’s working paper series.
In the last two decades or so, issues of gender at Eurovision have become increasingly visible. Often these have related to the (stated or perceived) sexuality, gender identity or gender expression of performers, but also to a broader notion the contest is an affirmation of camp and queer, which certain host cities and broadcasters have even integrated into the hosting of the event (for instance in Sweden and Denmark).
The seminar is going to critically engage with the concept of multiculturalism in Vojvodina by presenting some of the theoretical and empirical questions and findings of the research that is being done as a doctoral project.