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.
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.
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 Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group policy paper and recommendations were presented on 29 October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna by Hedvig Morvai, Florian Bieber, and Milan Nič. Kristof Bender (ESI) and Jan Kickert (Political Director, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs) served as discussant.
The relationship between state and society in Southeastern Europe has undergone a recent phase of intense restructuring, with protest politics and new waves of social movements from the political margins questioning the status quo and shaking up entrenched political systems.
The role of monuments is to commemorate a specific event or personage from the past so as to create politically compliant concepts of identity in the present day.
In the Bulldozer Revolution in Serbia, one of the critical moments was when it became clear that the notorious security forces – called “Red Berets” – decided to take sides with the people rather than the dictator and not to use force against the demonstrators.
Edward Mortimer (CMG, Vice President of the Global Salzburg Seminars and Fellow of All Souls College Oxford)