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Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans
Thursday, October 06, 2011, 04:00pm
To Saturday, October 08, 2011
Lockheed Martin Boardroom and Lounge Library
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
1810 College Road, Columbus, OH 43201

Theodora Dragostinova

Yana Hashamova

Organizers
Theodora Dragostinova, Department of History
Yana Hashamova, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures

Overview
Ethnic diversity and national tensions in the Balkans have long attracted the attention of the international community of scholars and policy-makers who have tried to understand how states, societies and people in the area negotiate complex religious and ethno-national identities.

Bulgaria and Bosnia exemplify two fascinating case studies of these issues of ethnic diversity and national conflict. The two countries share a similar history of strained transitions from empires to nation-states to communist internationalism and back to nationalism.

However, after the fall of communism in 1989, the two states followed diverging paths; while Bosnia underwent a violent process of civil war accompanied with ethnic cleansing, Bulgaria maintained relative ethnic peace, religious tolerance, and political stability. The ultimate purpose of this conference is to debate how and why two similar states and societies experienced comparable challenges of ethnic complexity, political conflict, and national reconciliation differently.

Program

Thursday, October 6, 2011

4:00-4:30 p.m. -- Check-in and registration at the Glenn School

4:30-6 p.m. -- Opening remarks (TBA) and Session I: Beyond Mosque, Church, and State
Moderator:  Theodora Dragostinova, The Ohio State University
Victor Friedman, University of Chicago
E mos shikjoni kish e xhamija (And look not to church and mosque): How Albania and Macedonia Illuminate Bosnia and Bulgaria
Yana Hashamova, The Ohio State University
Women between State and Mosque: Compliance or Agency

6:30-8:30 p.m. -- Reception at the Faculty Club

Friday, October 7, 2011

9-9:30 a.m. -- Coffee and breakfast

9:30-11:30 a.m. -- Session II: The Ottoman Legacy in the Balkans - Moderator: Jane Hathaway, The Ohio State University
Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas
Emergence and Historical Development of Muslim Communities in the Ottoman Balkans: Turcoman Colonization, Conversion to Islam and the “Indigenization of Islam” in the Balkan Peninsula (late 14th – 18th cc.)
Snjezana Buzov, The Ohio State University
Conversion to Islam and Islamicization in Bulgaria and Bosnia: Similarities and Differences
Ipek Yosmaoglu, Northwestern University
Transitions to Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1912

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch break (box lunch provided) and campus tour/free time

1:30-3:30 p.m. -- Session III: Ideas of Nationhood in Bosnia
Moderator: Gregory Jusdanis, The Ohio State University
Robert Donia, University of Michigan
The Historical Development of a Bosniak National Identity
Max Bergfolz, Concordia University, Canada
When Nationhood Suddenly Happens:  The Micro Dynamics of Inter-Communal Relations in Post-World War II Bosnia-Herzegovina
Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University- Chicago
Constituent Parts: Accounting for Nationhood, History, and the "Unaccounted for" in Modern Bosnia-Herzegovina

3:30-4 p.m. -- Coffee break

4-6 p.m. -- Session IV: National Dilemmas in Bulgaria
Moderator: Tatyana Nestorova, The Ohio State University
Theodora Dragostinova, The Ohio State University
In Search of the Bulgarians: Mapping the Nation through National Classifications
Mary Neuburger, University of Texas-Austin
Tobacco Dependencies?: Bulgarian-Muslim Relations under Communism in the Shadow of Bulgartabak
Irina Gigova, College of Charleston
Negotiating National and Cosmopolitan Impulses in Socialist Bulgaria: Bulgarian Writers in Texts and Actions

6:30-8:30 p.m. -- Catered dinner at the Glenn School

Saturday, October 8, 2011

9-9:30 a.m. -- Coffee and breakfast

9:30-11:30 a.m. -- Session V: Postsocialist Discourses and Debates
Moderator: Jennifer Suchland, The Ohio State University
Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Beyond Nation? A Thrice-Told Tale from Bulgaria’s Postsocialist Soundstage
Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University
Stories States Tell: Identity, Narrative, and Human Rights in the Balkans
Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin College
Secularism and Church-State Symphony: Religious Freedoms, Eastern Orthodoxy and the application of Western conceptions of Human Rights in Postsocialist Bulgaria

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Lunch break (box lunch provided)

12:15-3 p.m. -- Session VI: Postsocialist Conflicts and Identities
Moderator: Yana Hashamova, The Ohio State University
Maria Popova, McGill University
Who supports Ataka? Analysis of individual level support for Bulgaria’s radical nationalists
Simeon Mitropolitski, University of Montreal
One trigger – two outcomes: The role of the EU integration in boosting and eroding the ethno-national identities in the Balkans; the cases of Bulgaria and (F.Y.R. of) Macedonia

1:15-1:30 p.m.-- Coffee break

Paula M. Pickering, College of William and Mary
Local governing institutions in Bosnia: prioritizing local concerns over ethno-national identity?
John Quigley, The Ohio State University
The Efficacy of International Criminal Prosecution in the Aftermath of Inter-ethnic Conflict

2:30-3 p.m. -- Roundtable discussion and concluding remarks

Participants
Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas
Max Bergholz, Concordia University
Donna Buchanan, University of Illinois
Snjezana Buzov, The Ohio State University
Robert Donia, University of Michigan
Victor Friedman, University of Chicago
Irina Gigova, College of Charleston
Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin College
Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University-Chicago
Simeon Mitropolitski, University of Montreal
Mary C. Neuburger, University of Texas
Paula M. Pickering, College of William and Mary
Maria Popova, McGill University
John Quigley, The Ohio State University
Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University
Ipek Kocaomer Yosmaoglu, Northwestern University

See the conference abstracts.

Sponsors
Co-sponsors of this conference include the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Paissii Fund - Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and Department of History.

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