Research & Studies

Call for papers for Conference of Euro-Balkan University Skopje

Euro-Balkan UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE MACEDONIA on partnership with 

6th   International Conference – “Ohrid -Vodici, 2018” – Ohrid, 17-19 January 2018

Call for papers:

Diaspora, Transnationalism, Transculturalism and Inter-Cultural communications as new forms of social capital

Migration and migration-related topics currently have a prominent place in social sciences and humanities. Among an assortment of topics social scientists are involved in the study of areas such as migration and identities, citizenship, law and legal status, religion, family and kinship, children and “the second-generation”, language, education, health, media consumption, internet use, the construction of “home”, sexuality, remittances, hometown associations, development and social change, local politics, workplaces and labour markets.

Contemporary migration is a complex and multiple process and the movements of people often are not unidirectional – migrants could continually move between different places. All the more so as contemporary modes of communication and transport across the borders enabled them to work and live in different countries, keeping in touch with those left behind as never before (Foner 1997, Morawska 1999). Socio-cultural transnational activities cover a wide array of social and cultural transactions through which not only economical resources but also ideas, meanings and practices are exchanged, organized and transformed Levitt and Glick Schiller (2004. Recent researches have established the concept and importance of social remittances (Levitt 1998) which provide a distinct form of social capital between migrants living abroad and those who remain at home. To say that immigrants build social fields that link those abroad with those back home is not to say that their lives are not firmly rooted in a particular place and time. Indeed, they are as much residents of their new community as anyone else.

Individuals may migrate out of desire for a better life, or to escape poverty, political persecution, or social or family pressures. There are often a combination of factors, which may play out differently for women and men. Intra-family roles, statuses, relations and inequalities related to generation and gender affect who migrates and the impacts on migrants themselves, as well as on sending and receiving areas. Experience shows that migration can provide new opportunities to improve women’s lives and change oppressive gender relations – even displacement as a result of conflict can lead to shifts in gendered roles and responsibilities to women’s benefit. However, migration can also entrench traditional roles and inequalities and expose women to new vulnerabilities as the result of precarious legal status, exclusion and isolation. The impact of migration upon children is also considerable. These remained in the place of origin may have better living condition due to material point of view, but often they suffer because of the lack of intimacy with their parents working abroad.

On researching of diaspora context, there are studies of the second generations and their successful integrational trajectories based on the various forms of transculturalism and inter-cultural interactions and communication. Other empirical data, however, show that the second generation often may continue maintaining a strong sense of belonging and ethnic enclosure. Among some compact migrant communities mixed marriages are socially unacceptable. To find a spouse back in the sending areas is an actual practice. The everlasting flow of new migrants to diaspora areas has a double impact. Diaspora clubs and organizations support easier settlement and employment for the newcomers. Simultaneously migrants carry with them a specific local ethnic culture, religious traditions and behavioral habits of their birthplaces.


We invite scholars, PhD and MA students, researchers and practitioners in anthropology/ethnology, political science, economy, tourism sciences, media, archaeology, history, art, history of art, philology, literature, folklore, ethnomusicology, architecture, museology, archiving, audio-visual arts, information sciences/ technologies, geography, sociology, psychology and all related fields to submit papers on any topic related to conference theme. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of issues related to cultural heritage, economy, tourism, media, cultural identities, migration, diaspora, inter-cultural relations, multiculturalism etc.


Rubin Zemon Ph.D. (University Euro-Balkan) Skopje, Macedonia

Ferenc Miszlivetz Ph.D. (Institute for Advanced Studies) Kőszeg, Hungary

Robert Pichler Ph.D., (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Vienna, Austria

Giuliano di Bernardo Ph.D. (University of Trento), Trento, Italy

Samoil Malcheski Ph.D. (Institute for Socio-Cultural Anthropology), Skopje, Macedonia

Fariz Khalili Ph.D. (MIRAS Social Organization in Support of Studying of Cultural Heritage) Baku, Azerbaijan

Osman Kunduracı Ph. D., (Selcuk University) Konya, Turkey

Ahmet Aytac Ph.D. (Selcuk University) Konya, Turkey

Ivaylo Markov Ph.D., (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum – Bulgarian Academcy of Science) Sofia, Bulgaria

Jasminka Simic Ph.D. (Radio-Television of Serbia), Belgrade, Serbia

Kubilay Akman Ph.D. (Usak University) Usak, Turkey

Boris Manov Ph.D. (University St. Neofil Rilski), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Rizvan Sulejmani Ph.D., (University ‘Mother Teresa’) -Skopje, Macedonia

Velika Stojkova Serafimovska Ph.D., Institute for Folklore “Marko Cepenkov”, Skopje, Macedonia

Nadzyea Cherepan Ph.D. candidate(European Humanities University), Vilnius, Lithuania

Meli Shopi Ph.D. (University of Elbasan), Elbasan, Albania

Dejan Metodijeski Ph.D. (University Goce Delchev, Stip), Skopje, Macedonia


Deadline for Application : 14 December 2017

Notification of Acceptance Decisions: 21 December 2017

Registration : 9 January 2018

Conference : 17-19 January 2018



The Conference is open to individual submissions for papers and proposals for panels. All applications for papers and panels must be sent to the e-mail: [email protected] ,by 14 December 2017. The papers accepted upon the assessment of the Program Board will be notified via email by 21 December 2017. Application for papers should content:


· Title of the paper/panel or poster

· Abstract (in English only) not more than 300 words for individual papers, including the main argument and conclusions

· Abstract (in English only) not more than 500 words for panel proposals, including abstracts of panel papers

· Name and title of the author/s of the paper

· Short bio of the author(s) of the paper, not more than one paragraph

· E-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the author(s) of the paper.

· Size for poster has to be 50×75 cm



Conference language is both Macedonian and English.


All registered participants will be presented a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference.


All abstracts accepted to the Conference will be published as a conference booklet.


The conference will be held in Ohrid, Macedonia. Information about the exact premises will be given lather.



Conference will begin on 17 January 2018 and end on 19 January 2018.


On 17 January 2018, publication (Conference proceedings) from the 5th Conference Vodici-Ohrid, “RUNAWAY WORLD, LIQUID MODERNITY AND RESHAPING OF CULTURAL IDENTITIES, HERITAGE, ECONOMY, TOURISM AND MEDIA”will be promoted and disseminated.



There are 2 types of conference fees:

1. Standard type of fee for amount of EUR 130

Standard conference fee include: accommodation for 2 nights (Bad & Breakfast), registration, conference materials (booklet of abstracts), welcome reception, lunch and dinner, snacks, Conference proceedings (publication of peer-viewed papers).

2. Reduced type of fee for amount of EUR 60

Reduced conference fee include: Registration, conference materials (booklet of abstracts), welcome reception, snacks and conference proceedings (publication of peer-viewed papers).


Fee for posters is 30 EUR.



Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants. Organizing committee will organize accommodation and will cover accommodation costs for participants that will choose Standard type of registration fee. Detailed information on accommodation will be provided to the participants after their abstracts are accepted.


Participants will be responsible for paying their travel expenses.


The Conference website will be updated regularly for the participants and attendants.


University Euro-Balkan

Skopje, Macedonia

e-mail: [email protected]

Contact persons:

Simona Josifovska

simona.[email protected]

mobile/viber: +389 75311554