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240522 SE "Re-Imagining" the Balkans - Anthropological Inquiries into Diversity, Borders and Migration (P4) (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 08.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 09.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Monday 11.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 12.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 09.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 10.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Eastern and South-Eastern Europe/the Balkans represent an ascending field of inquiry for anthropologists. Especially due to the collapse of real-socialism, the violent conflicts in the Balkans and the on-going process of EU-Eastern Enlargement the number of anthropological contributions is continuously growing. Moreover, anthropological inquiries into eastern and south-eastern fringes of Europe have generated new and innovative ways of thinking about core concepts of anthropology, such as identity, hybridity, borders, diversity, violence, modernity, migration etc.
As indicated in the title, this seminar will thus provide the students with the opportunity to re-assess both the knowledge about this part of Europe and important concepts and research fields in anthropology. This will be done by focusing on the following thematic clusters, while continuously considering the dimensions of gender and historical legacies:
• Diversity/Identity/Multiculturalism
• Borders/Borderlands
• Migration

Apart from stressing the dialectics of theory and empirical knowledge production through the focus on anthropological case-studies, the students will be continuously encouraged to apply a comparative perspective as one of the core tools of anthropological inquiry.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance, presentation, seminar paper

Examination topics

Presentation and seminar paper on one of the course subtopics (see aims and content)

Reading list

Selected readings:
Ballinger, Pamela (2004):“Authentic Hybrids” in the Balkan Borderlands, Current Anthropology 45(1): 31–60.
Brubaker, Rogers (2004): Ethnicity Without Groups. Harvard University Press. Duijzings, Ger (2000): Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo. Columbia University Press.
Green, Sarah F. (2005): Notes from the Balkans. Locating marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek--‐Albanian Border. Princeton University Press.
Kymlicka, Will (2002): Multiculturalism and Minority Rights: West and East, JEMIE 4(2002).
Todorova, Marija (2009). Imagining the Balkans (Updated Edition). Oxford University Press.
Vertovec, Steven (2012): Diversity and the Social Imaginary, European Journal of Sociology 53 (3): 287--‐312.

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