An institution that promotes university cooperation and academic exchange in SE Europe.

Border Crossings Network Since 2003

In light of the latest developments with regard to the spread of the Covid-19, the restrictions imposed by national governments, universities and regional and local authorities, the coordinating team of the Border Crossings Network has decided to cancel the 2020 International Student Conference and the 2020 Konitsa Summer School. Our primary concern is the safety of all participants in the BCN activities. We remain committed to our goals and look forward to organizing the 2021 events.

The BCN Coordinating Committee


“The real origins of the BORDER CROSSINGS network is one of the most well kept secrets in the Balkans… Experts reported that the network is a revived Balkan tribe or that the network is the last remaining of the “Seven Sacred Balkan Brotherhoods”. It is not certainly accidental that the public conferences of the network took place in highland locations situated deep in the Balkan hinterland. This network is a deviant phenomenon which needs to be carefully monitored and investigated…”

(The 2006 World Report, pp. 234-235)

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.

e-BCN Newsletter of the Border Crossings Network

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.
•Three publication series entitled “Balkan Border Crossings: Proceedings from the Konitsa Summer School”, “Balkan Border Crossings: Contributions to Balkan Ethnography” and "Balkan Border Crossings: Ethnographic Research in Border Areas".

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