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Negotiating Religious And Ethno-National Identities In The Balkans

Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans
October 6-8, 2011

Lockheed Martin Boardroom and Lounge Library
The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University
1810 College Road
Columbus, OH

Registration is free and open to the public in the Lounge Library on the third floor of the John Glenn School.

Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans
6-8 October 2011
The Ohio State University

Conference organizers:
Theodora Dragostinova:
Yana Hashamova:
Additional information:

Thursday, 6 October 2011

4:00-4:30, Check-in and registration at the Glenn School

4:30-6:00, Opening remarks and Session I
Beyond Mosque, Church, and State – Moderator:  Theodora Dragostinova, The Ohio State University
Victor Friedman, University of Chicago
E mos shikjoni kish e xhamija (And look not to church and mosque): How Albania and Macedonia Illuminate Bosnia and Bulgaria
Yana Hashamova, The Ohio State University
Women between State and Mosque: Compliance or Agency

6:30-8:30, Reception at the Glenn School

Friday, 7 October 2011
9:00-9:30, Coffee and breakfast

9:30-11:30, Session II
The Ottoman Legacy in the Balkans – Moderator: Jane Hathaway, The Ohio State University
Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas
Emergence and Historical Development of Muslim Communities in the Ottoman Balkans: Turcoman Colonization, Conversion to Islam and the “Indigenization of Islam” in the Balkan Peninsula (late 14th – 18th cc.)
Snjezana Buzov, The Ohio State University
Conversion to Islam and Islamicization in Bulgaria and Bosnia: Similarities and Differences
Ipek Yosmaoglu, Northwestern University
From Exorcism to Historicism: The Legacy of Empire and the Continuing Pains of Nation-making in the Balkans

11:30-1:30, Lunch break (box lunch provided for presenters and moderators) and campus tour/free time

1:30-3:30, Session III
Ideas of Nationhood in Bosnia – Moderator: Gregory Jusdanis, The Ohio State University
Robert Donia, University of Michigan
The Historical Development of a Bosniak National Identity
Max Bergholz, Concordia University, Canada
When Nationhood Suddenly Happens:  The Micro Dynamics of Inter-Communal Relations in Post-World War II Bosnia-Herzegovina
Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University- Chicago
Constituent Parts: Accounting for Nationhood, History, and the “Unaccounted for” in Modern Bosnia-Herzegovina

3:30-4:00, Coffee break

4:00-6:00, Session IV
National Dilemmas in Bulgaria – Moderator: Tatyana Nestorova, The Ohio State University
Theodora Dragostinova, The Ohio State University
In Search of the Bulgarians: Mapping the Nation through National Classifications
Irina Gigova, College of Charleston
Negotiating National and Cosmopolitan Impulses in Socialist Bulgaria: Bulgarian Writers in Texts and Actions
Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Beyond Nation? A Thrice-Told Tale from Bulgaria’s Postsocialist Soundstage

6:30-8:30, Catered dinner at the Glenn School

Saturday, 8 October 2011

9:00-9:30, Coffee and breakfast

9:30-10:45, Session V
Postsocialist Discourses and Debates – Moderator: Jennifer Suchland, The Ohio State University
Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University
Stories States Tell: Identity, Narrative, and Human Rights in the Balkans
Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin College
Secularism and Church-State Symphony: Religious Freedoms, Eastern Orthodoxy and the application of Western conceptions of Human Rights in Postsocialist Bulgaria

10:45-11:00, Coffee break

11:00-2:15, Session VI
Postsocialist Conflicts and Identities – Moderator: Richard Tempest, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maria Popova, McGill University, Canada
Who supports Ataka? Analysis of individual level support for Bulgaria’s radical nationalists
Simeon Mitropolitski, University of Montreal, Canada
One Trigger – Two Outcomes: The Role of the EU Integration in Boosting and Eroding the Balkan
Ethno-National Identities; The case of Bulgaria and of (F.Y.R. of) Macedonia

12:15-1:00, Lunch break (box lunch provided for presenters and moderators)

Paula M. Pickering, College of William and Mary
Local Governing Institutions in Bosnia: Prioritizing Local Concerns over Ethno-National Identity?
John Quigley, The Ohio State University
The Efficacy of International Criminal Prosecution in the Aftermath of Inter-ethnic Conflict

2:15-3:00, Roundtable discussion and concluding remarks – Moderator: Yana Hashamova, The Ohio State University

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