International Conference

“Greek-Romanian relations from the decline of the Ottoman Empire
to the end of the Cold War era (1821-1989)”

Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-24 November 2023

The Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies (University of Macedonia), the Faculty of History and Geography (Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava), and the Balkan History Association are organizing an international conference on 22-24 November in Thessaloniki, Greece about “Greek-Romanian relations from the decline of the Ottoman Empire to the end of the Cold War era (1821-1989)”. The conference is addressed to all academics, including young scholars, dealing with a topic related to the political, economic, cultural, and social relations of the two countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. Researchers may submit proposals on any relevant topic about the two countries during this period.

Indicative sections:

– From Ottoman rule to national independence

– The strengthening of national identities

-Local conflicts and world wars

-Political regimes, parliamentarism and authoritarianism

-Society and life in cities, villages, and monasteries 

-Historical,  socioeconomic and  spatial evolution of  urban, rural and  monumental  spaces

-The transition from pre-modernity to modernity (trade, industry, capital, architecture and culture) in the 20th century

-The status and situation of ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities

-The flourishing of literature and the arts

– Forms and expressions of national ideology

– The preservation and enhancement of the ekistics cultural heritage and the Urban transformations and strategic policies of modern cities

-Uses of public history for the past and the wars of memory

The conference is organized in order to strengthen Greek-Romanian scientific relations. It will be held on 22-24 November on the premises of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. A post-conference publication is planned as well. The conference will be accompanied by a visit to the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, dedicated to the recent history of Macedonia with its own research Centre (KEMIT), and a tour to Thessaloniki city and the surroundings. Abstracts no longer than 300 words, along with contact information, name, and institutional affiliation, should be sent to (conference secretary). The deadline for abstract submission is 15 May 2023, and the full list of speakers will be announced before the end of May 2023. The organizers will cover the cost of accommodation, conference materials, participation in the planned excursion, refreshments, and lunch. For some researchers the transportation cost will be covered as well.

Academic and Organizing Committee:

Eleni GAVRA, Professor, University of Macedonia

Nikos MARANTZIDIS, Professor, University of Macedonia

Gheorghe ONIȘORU, Professor, Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava

Dobrinka PARUSHEVA, Assistant Professor, University of Plovdiv

Dimitris STAMATOPOULOS, Professor, University of Macedonia

Ciprian Lucretius SUCIU, Professor, University of Macedonia

Kostas TSIVOS, Assistant Professor, Charles University

Vlasis VLASIDIS, Associate Professor, University of Macedonia

Cristina IONIȚĂ, Balkan History Association


Organisers: University of Macedonia, Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Balkan History Association

Venue: University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Date: 22-24 November 2023 (Wednesday–Friday)

Application deadline: 15 May 2023

Form of abstracts: electronic file (doc, docx, pdf), up to 300 words

Contact: (Vlasis Vlasidis) (Diamantia Arvaniti)

Working language: English

Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested scholars.

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