In the lead up to the 2020 European Capital of Culture which shall be held by Rijeka, Croatia and Galway, Ireland, a workshop is being convened to explore contact points, historical parallels and comparisons between Ireland and Southeast Europe. This two day workshop envisages contributions from history, cultural studies, area studies and other (inter)disciplinary approaches that focus on links between Ireland and Southeast Europe. It takes its cue from the Rijeka 2020 bid “Port of Diversity” and the themes of water, work and migrations and seeks to offer a forum for the development of future scholarly Irish/ SEE collaborations and interventions.
Possible contributions include labour, migration and diaspora communities (e.g. the recent migration of Croatian citizens to Ireland), comparisons and linkages with regard to religion (Catholicism, pilgrimage sites like Medjugorje, clerical figures like Stepinac), ethno-nationalism, church and state, revolutionary movements (e.g. International brigades in the Spanish Civil War), gender, memory studies, or sport.
Contributions might also empirically treat concrete historical instances of interactions - for example Hubert Butler's Balkan Essays, the Ustasha interior minister Andrija Artuković who resided in Dublin after WWII or, Irish mercenaries in the Balkans during the 1990s.
Linkages could also be approached through critical area studies, the exploration of symbolic geographies (Ireland/the Balkans as floating signifiers, peripheries), through travel writing, literature, visual representations or nation branding strategies and economic paradigms („the Irish model‟).
In addition to scholarly contributions we also welcome proposals for artistic interventions that engage with Irish/SEE parallels and foster links between the two European Capitals of Culture 2020.
Abstracts of 200-300 words and a short biographical statement (less than 100 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and Jelena.Dureinovic@geschichte.uni-giessen.de by 20 December 2017. Selected participants will be informed in early January 2018.
The workshop is convened by Rory Archer (University College London), Jelena Đureinović (University of Giessen) and Vjeran Pavlaković (University of Rijeka).