The Balkan History Association (BHA) is a non-profit, apolitical, and independent organization that aims to develop and promote at both national and international levels the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Balkan region, and, more generally, of South-East Europe. Our main fields of interest include, but are not restricted to various sub-disciplines of history—political, cultural, military, economic, urban, literary, oral, or the history of science communication—art history, history of religions and archaeology.
The objectives of the association are to facilitate the formation of a community of scholars specialized in the study of the region, as well as to engage in the formation and professional development of their younger peers.
BHA’s audience is composed of researchers, professionals and academics from a secondary and tertiary education background, students at any level of the university trajectory (BA, MA, PhD), high-school and college students, in addition to anyone interested in the study of the art, history, or archaeology of the Balkans.
Our activities include the organization of both academic events—conferences and lecture series—and social meetings, the latter targeting a non-specialized, general audience. The information related to these, as well as any research output generated on these occasions are advertised and published primarily through our website, and the associated Hiperboreea journal.
BHA promotes the scientific approach in the study of the history, culture, and archaeology of the Balkans. Our activities aim to contribute to a better understanding of the communities in the area, and their shared cultural heritage. Finally, BHA sees the Balkans as intrinsically linked to the larger European cultural space, and opposes its study in isolation.
The association defends the freedom of speech, encourages the collaborative exchange of ideas, and aspires to create a platform for cooperation between researchers and the general audience, designed to facilitate a better collaboration between the states in the area.