Invitation to the 1st ASECU YOUTH WINTER SCHOOL (17-21 February 2020, Polanczyk, Poland)

Dear members of the Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region (ASECU),
I have the pleasure to announce holding the 1st winter event in the frame of ASECU Youth activities and am honored to invite your institution – your students and professors – to participate in
the 1st ASECU Youth Winter School “Via Carpatia – a route to the future: Socio-economic and geopolitical aspects”
The organizer of the event is the University of Rzeszow, Faculty of Economics (Poland). We invite you to join the ASECU Youth family, get engaged in lively lectures of professors, practice-oriented workshops, have an excursion program and enjoy 5-day (17-21 February 2020) winter vacations in Polanczyk, Poland, with us!
The submission of applications is already open and will be closed after 20 January 2020. Key information about the event and the application procedure can be found in the latest news on the official website of the ASECU Youth and encloses the Call for Application and the Application Form:
We would kindly ask to inform students and professors of your institution as soon as possible as the time for submission is one month.

The ASECU Youth Factsheet 2019 is additionally attached to this letter to inform your colleagues and students in detail on the activities and figures of the ASECU Youth and encourage them to join our big multinational team and be part of the 1st winter event in the frame of the ASECU Youth.

Students’ Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region (ASECU Youth)

Website of the ASECU:

Fundamental Rights, Values and Diversity: Conflicts and Examples

Roundtable discussion co-organised by cbg-lab and the Jean Monnet project «Enhancing the Debate about Intercultural Dialogue, EU Values and Diversity» of the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia.

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2nd call for ‘Short Term Scientific Missions’ (STSM) and for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) conference grant applications

Dear ENTAN colleagues,
I am delighted to inform you that the second call for STSM grants and the second call for ITC conference grants have been announced this afternoon on our website and Facebook profile
Application deadline is 20 December 2019.
Please consider applying, and also please share this information with other colleagues from ENTAN countries, especially with PhD students and early career researchers who wish to apply for an NTA related research visit, or to present an NTA related paper at a conference anywhere.

CREABALK #2 Screenings (12/12/2019)

Urban Architecture and Urban Poetics (Sem. Hall 10, 15.00-1700):

Concrete Utopia- Documentary
Directed By:  Anna Ilin and Josefine Bingemer
Country Of Origin: Germany
Production: Germany
Production Year: 2015
Runtime: 18.16

What defines a city’s identity? In 1963 Skopje was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, many of its historical buildings were lost forever. Yet, with the help of the international and Yugoslavian community the city succeeded to re-emerge as a kind of modern utopia – modelled after the plan of the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. Today the great architectural efforts of the 60s and 70s receive little appreciation, though once magnificent giants of concrete, by now many of them are crumbling and suffer from neglect. The situation in Skopje is specifically extreme, as in 2010 the government issued a plan to redesign the city in a kind of neo-renaissance style. In our film we are taking a long and patient look at the architecture of the post-earthquake era and ask people what it means to them.

Wasingtonia – Animation
Directed By: Konstantina Kotzamani
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2014
Runtime: 24

Washingtonia starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard.
Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it’s heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry heart.

To tell a ghost- Documentary
Directed By: Chris Piotrowicz, Stefan Ehrhardt
Country Of Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production Year: 2019
Runtime: 11:55

‘To Tell A Ghost’ is a short documentary film directed by Chris Piotrowicz and Stefan Ehrhardt and produced, written and scored by Mirza Ramic. The film tells the story of Mirza Ramic, the Bosnian-born, American-based musician and one half of the electronic music duo Arms and Sleepers. ‘To Tell A Ghost’ captures Mirza’s attempt to process personal loss and childhood memories while finding healing through music.

Belgrade is Blue like an Orange- Experimental
Directed By: Antonin Blanc
Country Of Origin: Serbia
Production: Serbia
Production Year: 2018
Runtime: 10:00

A man is driving through Belgrade. There are reminiscences of the soviet past that he despises, and luckily the city will inspire a neo-liberal manifesto.

Urban Experiences, Crises and Experiments (Amphitheatre 12, 1800-2030):

Vietnam- Documentary
Directed By:Jovana Kovanovic
Country Of Origin:Serbia
Production: Serbia
Runtime:26 min

A unique group of youngsters, born in the infamous 90’s in Serbia, have grown up united by certain rules on the streets of isolated Belgrade ghetto, symbolically called Vietnam. At the doorstep of adulthood their friendship is facing temptation, under the weight of new life challenges, needs and social circumstances.

Directed By: Dimitris Gkotsis, Greece
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2014
Runtime:  12min

Spectrum is used to classify something in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme points. Documenting a slice in the life of five different people living in the heart of the city of Athens and the power relations between them. Priorities entwined, leading to misunderstandings and finally the absolute brutality.

On Bike-Documantary
Directed By: Gorjan Atanasov
Production: North Macedonia
Production Year: 2015
Runtime: 16

A short documentary about the power and use of the bycicle, the problems of the bicyclists and their fight for space and rights to ride freely in Skopje through Critical Mass and non-violent action.

Directed By: Konstantinos Stathis
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2018
Runtime: 23

A film is being made, the characters of the film have escaped in the countryside. The director wanders in the city at night. The crew is filming, trying to consist the film from everything that appears to be useful or function-able, but is that so? A woman is wandering in the city at night. The characters start to act for themselves. The crew and the director are getting into the film. Crossing in and out – all these people – ,from that film that’s being made by and with them, among other things.

4 Days
Directed by: Michalis Giagkounidis
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2017
Runtime: 79’

Thessaloniki Greece 2015. A girl in search of excitement tries to combat her wearisome life taking pictures of strangers. A customer at the coffee place she works at asks her to escort him to the hospital. A boy is in love with her. He stalks her. Their lives intersect. 4 days of their interaction scattered in time. Their attempt to change their lives.

TRANSCA, Translating Socio-Cultural Anthropology into Education

TRANSCA is a European initiative/Erasmus+ project that champions the integration of social anthropology into education to address pressing societal concerns, such as diversity, immigration, and socio-economic disparities. The project’s primary goals encompass bridging teacher education with socio-cultural anthropology, instilling key anthropological insights into teacher education, and innovatively addressing the complexities of classroom diversity. Essential to TRANSCA is introducing reflexive anthropological methods, enhancing educators’ understanding of their students’ lived experiences. Collaborating with prominent institutions across Greece, Denmark, Austria, and Croatia, TRANSCA emphasizes partnerships with Teacher Colleges and related associations. Key deliverables include a “Whitebook” of best practices, a concept manual, and a suite of teaching resources, all hosted on a sustainable digital platform. Ultimately, TRANSCA aspires to augment social inclusion in European education, propelling social cohesion across the continent.
See the project’s webpage and final deliverables:

Performing Ashura in Piraeus: Towards a Shiite poetics of ‘cultural intimacy’ with Greek embodied practices of religiosity

The research examines the ritual of Ashura, as it is performed by the Pakistani Shia community in Piraeus. Ashura is the day of mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Husayn: the Prophet’s grandson and 3rd Imam who led a revolt against the Omayyad caliph Yazid A, and was finally beheaded in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. This battle provides the central narrative around which Shia Muslims construct their political identity as migrants and their religious identification as a minority vis-à-vis Sunni Muslims in Greece. Ashura is commemorated every year through rituals of lamentation and public processions that include, in some cases, self-flagellation.

A decontextualized focus on the act of self-flagellation, over-accentuated by the mass media, reinforces local stereotypes of the Shia community practices as ‘incompatible’ with Greek cultural values. Social representations of the Shiite as ‘barbaric Others’ are frequently evoked in public debate in order to support Islamophobic and racialised narratives of anti-cosmopolitanism. However, confronted with xenophobia and social estrangement, the Shiite systematically attempt to articulate counter-narratives of ‘cultural intimacy’ (Herzfeld 2005) that stress the similarities between their ritual lament and various embodied performances of faith from the Greek cultural context, such as the Tinos pilgrimage (Dubisch 1996) or the Anastenaria (Danforth 1989).

The proposed research has a threefold purpose. First, it documents the community’s political struggle to promote discursively and practically a multicultural vision of citizenship based on embodied and affective components of subjectivity. Second, it unravels the rich meta-symbolic character the Ashura assumes in a migratory context, becoming an idiom or expressing and negotiating feelings of loss associated with migration trajectories. Third, departing from the case of the Ashura, but also opening-up the research focus through other examples of performances of lament, it examines how the claim to cultural intimacy is re-articulated in contemporary artistic practices, focusing on the performing arts.

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