Balkan Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Music (MLA 2014; deadline March 15)
Is Balkan "always the other" (Zizek), and for whom? How have Balkan self-consciousness and/or image altered, if at all, since 2000? Please send an abstract of 250 words by March 15.
Possible topics include:
--figures of Balkan in contemporary national and transnational literatures and film
--new genres of music that evoke and transform traditional Balkan motifs
--interactions between Balkan nations and the EU
--current economic dimensions of the term "Balkanization"
--contemporary political parameters of the term "Balkan"
--traditional Balkan literary tropes returned to or recast