Slavic and Eurasian Studies

photo of Lake Skadar National Park, Montenegro by Boudewijn “Bo” Boer


The Balkan Circle is a weekly seminar where lectures, presentations, exhibits, or open interactive dialogues will focus on any (and all) aspects of historical, political, economic, social and cultural phenomena in the (so-called) Balkans. The seminar is free and open to the public and will be held every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm online.


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Spring 2021 Schedule

February 5 • Keith Brown

The 1903 Report: Macedonia, Patriotic Education and the Case for Dialogue

February 12 • Caterina Preda

Communist Monuments in Post-Socialist South-Eastern Europe: Removed, Dislocated or Resignified

February 19 • Iskren Ivanov

Radicalization in Bulgaria: Empirical Research on U.S. – Russia Competition in Eastern Europe **** Rescheduled to April 16, see below


February 26 • Isa Blumi

An Ottoman Story Until the End: Reading Fan Noli’s  Post-Mediterranean Struggle in America, 1906-1922 


March 5 • Bojana Videkanic

Nonaligned Modernism: Tracing Transnational Artistic Ties Between Second and Third Worlds


March 12 • Diana Mishkova

The Production of Space: A Balkan Perspective


March 26 • Samantha Farmer

Reparative Tendencies in the Work of Jasna Žmak and Dana Budisavljević


April 2 • Smoki Musaraj

Book Talk: Tales from Albarado: Ponzi Logics of Accumulation in Postsocialist Albania


April 9 • Emily Greble

Islamic Revivalism in Yugoslavia and the Crisis of Europe


April 16 • Iskren Ivanov

Radicalization in Bulgaria: Empirical Research on U.S. – Russia Competition in Eastern Europe 


April 23 • Jason Roberts

The Iron Guard Ecclesiology of Nae Ionescu and Mircea Eliade


April 30 • Mary Neuburger

By Bread Alone? Hunger, Abundance, and the Politics of Grain in 20th Century Bulgaria 



Past Speakers:

* Note: Recordings of the past presentors are available on our YouTube Channel. Some recordings are unavailable due to speaker request or technical glitches.

Dimitar Bechev • Rival Power: Russia's Challenge to the West in the Balkans

Ruslan Trad • Under the Radar: Hezbollah on the Balkans

Vladislav Beronja • Fragments of Utopia: Imaginary Archives in Dubravka Ugrešić’s Fiction

Jeremy Kasper • Kosovo: U.S. Bureaucracies Adaptation to Conduct Post-Combat Operations in a Dynamic Multi-National Environment

Maša Kolanović • New Moral and Affective Economy of Capitalism on the Ruins of Yugoslav Socialism: Three Cultural Patterns

Stefka Kuneva • Residential-Defensive Towers in the Balkans from the Ottoman Era

Michael Kiel • Report from internship at the Balkan Civil Society Development Network in Skopje

Charalampos Minasidis • "Come See Swords and Yatagans / and Quite a Few Bulgarian Heads": Constructing a Greek anti-Bulgarian Culture of War during the War Decade of 1912-22

Milena Ðorđević-Kisačanin • Returning "Home": Bosniak Migrants in Turkey

Jasmin Mujanovic • De Facto End of European Enlargement in the WB and the Effects of that on Regional and Continental Politics

Nita Luci • Kosovo’s Promise of Coal and Future of Efficiency: Gendered Imaginaries of Energy

Sunnie Rucker-Chang • Roma Representation in Southeast European Cinema

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