On 3-4 December 2021, the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje in cooperation with the Visegrad Fund and Balkan Trust for Democracy organizes the Avenues of Cooperation Conference: Toward a Reimagined Regional Belonging. The conference is a part of the project Avenues of Cooperation (more info at: https://www.isshs.edu.mk/avenues-of-cooperation-project/)
At the two-day event, scholars and public intellectuals from North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, will debate, and through a combined approach of research and advocacy, seek to find a solution to the cultural conflict between the Macedonian and the Bulgarian state related to their respective nation-building narratives which has caused a stalemate in the Union’s enlargement process blocking the next step of North Macedonia’s accession to the European Union. The conference is part of a more complex project initiative which seeks to understand the conflict, offer possible solutions to it, and build bridges of academic and civil society cooperation that will contribute to a sustainable overcoming of the problem at hand.
The speakers at the conference include:
• Katerina Kolozova, Senior Researcher/Full Professor, ISSH-Skopje
• Costas Douzinas, Professor at the Birkbeck University in London and President of the Nicos Poulantzas Institute in Athens
• Spasimir Domaradzki, Ass. Professor at University of Warsaw and member of the editorial board of Res Publica Nova
• Gábor Egry, Director at the Institute of Political History-Budapest
• Michal Vit, Professor at Metropolitan University Prague and a senior fellow and Director of the Institute of Modern Development in Prague
• Marta Szpala, Senior Fellow in the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw and Coordinator of the Think Tank Forum during the Polish presidency in the Berlin Process.
• Dimitar Bechev, ISSH-Skopje visiting faculty/Oxford University
• Stefan Detchev, Prof., ISSH-Skopje visiting faculty/ /South-West University of Blagoevgrad
• Ljupco Petkovski, ISSH-Skopje visiting faculty
At the link below is the conference program with more details.
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