Balkan Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Music (MLA 2014; deadline March 15)

full name / name of organization: 
Mihaela P. Harper, Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas, Bilkent University
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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