Who we are
Since 2003, academics and students from various university departments in the Balkans have established the BORDER CROSSINGS Network. The Network encourages the development of university cooperation mainly in the areas of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, Balkan Studies and History. It aims at promoting closer relationships between Universities, academics and students in the region by regularly organizing various forms of academic exchange.
Such cooperation is an important missing element in the process of cross-cultural and cross-border understanding, inter-ethnic tolerance and economic and political prosperity in the region. The BORDER CROSSINGS network’s activities counter fears, mistrust and prejudices. Students come out of these activities with a better understanding of their common heritage and the benefits, and how to use it to the advantage of the region. In addition, they build capacity within the participating Higher Education Institutions and enable further common research activities.
What we do
The Network has, since 2003, institutionalized
•An annual student conference based on round tables with a common agenda where students present their papers in English.
•The annual “Konitsa International Summer School in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans”, in collaboration with the University of Ioannina and the Municipality of Konitsa at the Greek-Albanian border.
•Two publication series entitled “Balkan Border Crossings: Proceedings from the Konitsa Summer School” and “Balkan Border Crossings: Contributions to Balkan Ethnography”.