Area Studies in a Globalizing World

Conference, 11 -12 June 2010
Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria

Southeast European or Balkan studies have passed turbulent years – not only what the political landscape of the region is concerned but also in respect to the requirements of the disciplines dealing with the region. The time has come for a critical reflection: What have we being doing and in which direction(s) we are going? What can area studies accomplish, where are their limits – and what are the position(s) of area studies in a globalising world? An international conference, which will take place on 11 and 12 June 2010 at Graz University, is supposed to provide with answers to these burning questions.

Southeast European Studies: Advancement and Good Practice
At the 4th conference session Prof. Krassimira Daskalova and Caroline Hornstein Tomi? will present the research Transitions in Central and South Eastern Europe – Changing Gender Perspectives.

Nine researcher teams from nine countries of Central and South Eastern Europe gathered to work on nine topics within the scope of this project. Adopting a comparative, transnational perspective on the developments of gtender relations, it explores the social constructions of femininity and masculinity, the role of women in Central and South Eastern Europe over the past 40 years, using 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall as a reference point.

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