Symposium Announcement: 3rd Internat. Symposium on Ethnic Identities & Political Action in Post-Cold War Europe

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Symposium Announcement: 3rd Internat. Symposium on Ethnic
Identities & Political Action in Post-Cold War Europe

3rd International Symposium on Ethnic Identities & Political Action in
Post-Cold War Europe

Xanthi - Greece     
August 16 - 19, 2001

Organised by
School of Social and Community Science (University of Ulster)
Laboratory of Anthropology (Democritus University of Thrace)
International Demokritos Foundation

Scientific Committee
Nikolaos Staurou (Howard University)
Constantin Danopoulos (San Jose State University)
Neoklis Sarris (Panteion University)
Manousos Marangoudakis (Ulster University)
Nikolaos Xirotiris (Democritus University of Thrace)


Continuing the series of successful and thought provoking symposia
that we launched two years ago, this year’s symposium aims to
critically review the sociological and political study of ethnic
identities and political action in Europe as they are shaped by:
1) the disintegration of the Eastern Block;
2) the US hegemony and the precipitation of economic globalisation;
3) the institutional completion and the political expansion of the
European Union;
4) the role of mass media in shaping ethnic identity and international
political action; and
5) the collapse of Yugoslavia and the political turmoil that has
developed since then in the Balkans.

Four key issues will underpin the symposium papers this year:
1) Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and the Future of Ethnic Identity.
Proponents of Globalisation envisage peaceful and prosperous world.
Entrepreneurial-styled competition will replace war; individual
interests will weaken state boundaries and aggressive nationalism will
become a thing of the past. Yet, in many parts of the world one
witnesses the rise of ethnic and religious based nationalism. Instead
of being submerged and subsumed by the onslaught of globalisation,
many hitherto dormant groups labour to re-establish or strengthen
their ethnic identity and groups consciousness. The task of this
symposium will be to bring together a group of scholars who will
discuss and analyse the impact of globalisation on ethnic identities
in the Balkans, other parts of the former Eastern bloc, as well as
other parts of the world. Papers will include case studies as well as
comparative and theoretical undertakings.

2) The social and political factors affecting the process of identity
construction today.
The contributors will be asked to review the theoretical tools and
methods used to analyse the social and political factors responsible
for the construction of ethnic identities and to identify those who
are particularly successful in helping us understand the ethnic

3) Inter-state Rivalry and Ethnic Identity.
The contributors will be asked to examine the status quo of ethnic
communities in relation to international affairs and by-national
relations. Ethnic groups are often adopted, supported, or manipulated
by revisionist neighbouring states. Furthermore, they usually take
into consideration international sensitivities and interests before
they decide the political strategy they will follow (e.g., political,
military, cultural). To what extent then are ethnic groups civil
society, and to what extent state-bound phenomena?

4) The Role of Mass Media in Identity Formation. 
The contributors will be asked to examine recent developments in the
Balkans, the Caucasus, Ireland, and elsewhere in Europe in an effort
to assess the role of electronic and paper media in shaping the
political agenda of both ethnic minorities’ movements and
international political intervention.

Locating the Symposium in Thrace will provide an opportunity for
Balkan social scientists to exchange and debate a number of issues,
which affect their counties in profound ways, and give the opportunity
to western academics to meet with colleagues who have first hand
experience of the 'powder-keg' of European politics.


Name (Fist, Last): __________________________________________
University, Faculty or Institute: ___________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________
Postal Code: __________________, City: _______________________

Country: ____________________________
Tel.: ___________________________, Fax: ______________________
E-mail: ______________________________________________________
Participation                Yes: ____ - No: ____

Title of the Presentation: ___________________________________
Please return this until the 25th of April, to:
Professor Nikos Xirotiris
Laboratory of Anthropology
P.O.Box 209, GR-69100 Komotini, Greece
Tel.:   0030 531 23365
Fax:    0030 531 23365, 0030 531 25212



Abstracts (200 words max.) to be submitted
by June 01th 2001 to:   Further Informations to:

Professor Nikos         Dr Manussos Marangudakis
Xirotiris               School of Social and
Laboratory of           Community Science,
Anthropology            University of Ulster
P.O.Box 209             Londonderry
GR-69100, Komotini      N. Ireland
Greece                  BT48 7JL
(tel) 0030 531 23365    (tel.) 0044 28 90 375280
(fax) 0030 531 23365,   (fax) 0044 28 90 375402
0030 531 25212          (e-mail)



Referring to the expenses, we would like to inform you that we should
provide you with full board accommodation during your stay.

For any questions about the stay in Xanthi:
Professor Nikos Xirotiris
Laboratory of Anthropology
P.O.Box 209
GR-69100, Komotini, Greece
(tel) 0030 531 23365
(fax) 0030 531 23365, 0030 531 25212
Prof. Nikolaos Xirotiris
Laboratory of Anthropology
Demokritos University of Thrace
P.O.Box 209
GR-69100 Komotini
tel.  0030-531-23365
fax 0030-531-25212 or 23365

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