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Location: Museum of Contemporary Arts, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Date: December 1 - 2, 2001.

Organizer: Contemporary Art Center - Skopje;
Melentie Pandilovski - Director
Tel/Fax: ++389.    ++389.
Orce Nikolov 109, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
e-mail: scca@scca.org.mk

Concept, Selection Committee, and Moderators: Melentie Pandilovski, Bojan 
Branislav Sarkanjac, Zoran Petrovski.

Supported by: Foundation Open Society Institute - Macedonia,
European Cultural Foundation, ProHelvetia Reseaux Est-Ouest

The project titled as UNDERSTANDING THE BALKANS is conceived as a challenge 
to examining the alteration stratum of the Balkans, concentrating strongly 
on questions of society, culture, art, and history. Reflections and 
analysis dedicated to these complex issues were examined during the 
Conference that took place in Ohrid, October 2000.
The project UNDERSTANDING THE BALKANS has in the past year grown from a 
list of participants of a Conference to a Network of intellectuals from the 
region, that has focused on examining the intersection of the acquired 
codes in the social, historical, cultural context we have used on the 
Balkans in our immediate past, as well as in considering the changes 
through which our societies, and culture, have undergone over the past 
decades. In preparing the publication of contributions and texts offered 
during the last year's Conference, we have grown to believe that there is a 
real Balkanic profile of practical thinking. It transpired that the 
Conference did not take course towards an all-embracing theorizing 
discourse; moreover, it was oriented towards the processes of modelling a 
concrete answer to those ever more diverging streams of Balkanic memories 
and expectations.
As a certain follow up the organizing team for the project Understanding 
the Balkans has selected this year the theme of THE BALKANS AND GLOBALISATION.
The questions to be discussed on the forthcoming Conference, in Skopje, 
Republic of Macedonia, are the effects and the effectiveness of 
globalisation in respect to the Balkans.
As globalisation represents an elusive term, entering the totality of 
factual and virtual processes in the spheres of ideology, economy, and 
socio-politics, researchers are urged to concentrate on the themes of:
-       the practical form that the globalisation demonstrates;
-       challenges posed by globalisation in the region of the Balkans - 
aspects of periphery and centers;
-       the marginalization of the area of the Balkans - margins of the 
-       the possibility of existing of rules regarding the phenomena of 
globalisation - global  market or global desire?;
-       the cultural posture of the region in respect to globalisation - 
between love-hate and the cautious indifference.

Further on researchers are expected to reflect on, and possibly challenge 
the definitions and especially practices of globalisation coming from the 
West about the globalisation. Are ideas about it evolving? Is globalisation 
an irreversible situation i.e. is globalisation just a one-way street where 
the mainstreaming is expected to come from the West, or does the Balkans 
vice versa also produce certain effects which significantly cross the 
threshold of the globalising phenomena, thus effecting the West, as well as 
the other corners of the world? What should the answers to the questions 
posed by globalisation be on the Balkans? Are there any Balkanic questions 
to be asked? Is the thesis that "if globalisation is a global situation 
then the answer to it should also be global" correct? Is the notion of 
globalisation equally understood on the Balkans as on the West, and do the 
notions and practices of globalisation differ considerably in various parts 
of the Balkans?
Who in reality has the leading role in the dealing with culture on the 
Balkans, in the context of globalisation? Is the State, reduced to a 
contributory role, and is it up to civil society, to deal with culture, or 
is the situation such as to that the State still represents a leading force 
in the dealing with this issue?

The format of the Conference
independent thinkers from the Balkan region as well as outside from it, 
covering a wide expertise (sociologists, philosophers, historians, art 
historians, culture theoreticians, and artists).

DEADLINE for submitting up-to 2 page abstracts: November 10
(Integral texts between 8 - 12 pages)
Selection Committee notification:  November 15

Internet coverage
a.      Web site.
The information about the UNDERSTANDING THE BALKANS 2000 Conference as well 
as a summary of the texts is available on the web site of the Conference. 
b.      The information about the UNDERSTANDING THE BALKANS 2001 
Conference, THE BALKANS AND GLOBALISATION, as well as a summary of the 
texts will be available on the web site of the Conference.
c.  The Conference will be covered by video footage directly from the 
Conference on our web page, during the entire duration.

The catalogue from the UNDERSTANDING THE BALKANS Conference 2000 is in 
print, and will be delivered to the participants of both Conferences. The 
proceedings from the Understanding the Balkans 2001 Conference THE BALKANS 
AND GLOBALISATION will be published in English and Macedonian with a 
possible translation to the other Balkan languages.

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Melentie Pandilovski
Contemporary Arts Center  - Skopje
Orce Nikolov 109, 1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax: +389.2.133.541
Tel/Fax: +389.2.214.495
Mobile: +389.70.217.075