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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


4th Konitsa International Summer School
in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans

Konitsa, Greece, 29/7–13/8 2009



Courses offered

(Course director: Prof. Vassilis Nitsiakos)

1st group of courses (30/7 – 2/8)

“Special issues in anthropological theory”

Dr. Georgios Agelopoulos, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Dr. Aliki Angelidou, Panteion University, Athens

Dr. Eleftheria Deltsou, University of Thessaly, Volos

Dr. Rozita Dimova, Free University, Berlin

Dr. Deema Kaneff, University of Birmingham, Birmingham

"History of Balkan ethnology"

Dr. Ljupco S. Risteski, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, University Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Skopje

Dr. Ilia Iliev, Dep. of Ethnology, University “St. Kliment Ohrisdki”, Sofia

Dr. Slobodan Naumovic, Dep. of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

“Nation, region, local: New stakes and new practices of ethnicity”

Prof. Vintila Mihailescu,

National School of Political Studies and Administration, Bucharest,

General Director of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest

Ethnographic research in border areas:

Course and fieldwork practice for all participants (3-7/8)

“Ethnographic research in border areas: Field practice in both sides of the Greek-Albanian border”

Prof. Vassilis Nitsiakos, Dep. of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina

Dr. Vassilis Dalkavoukis, Dep. of History and Ethnology, Democritus Univ. of Thrace. Komotini

Mr. Kostas Mantzos, PhD Candidate, Dep. of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina

Dr. Ioannis Manos, Department of Balkan Studies, University of Western Macedonia, Florina

2nd group of courses (8–11/8)


Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway

Dr. Vassiliki Kravva, Technological Institute of Thessaloniki

“Popular music (and culture) in the former Yugoslavia”

Dr. Rajko Mursic, Faculty of Arts, Dep. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana

“Negotiations of religious identities in the Balkans”

Dr. Katerina Seraidari, Centre d’anthropologie de Toulouse

Dr. Katerina Markou, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Rethimno


Guest lectures and workshops by invited speakers

Prof. Michael Herzfeld, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA


“Practicing Theory in Anthropology: From Social to Cultural Intimacy”


“Theoretical Practice in Anthropology: Language, Embodiment, Knowledge”

Michael Herzfeld ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology, 1969), Athens (non-degree program in Greek Folklore, 1969-70), Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies, 1972; D.Litt., 1989); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D.Phil., 1976); he holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2005). Before moving to Harvard, he taught at Vassar College (1978-80) and Indiana University (1980-91) (where he served as Associate Chair of the Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, 1980-85, and as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, 1987-90). Lord Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester in 1994, he has also taught and led seminars at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1995), Paris, the Università degli Studi di Padova (1992), the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (1999-2000), and the University of Melbourne (2005-present), and has held visiting research appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (1985), at the University of Adelaide, and at the Université de Paris-X (Nanterre) (1991). His research interests include social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and Thailand.

Prof. Sarah Green, Department of Anthropology, Manchester University, UK


“Border memories and speculations: interweaving past and future in Epirus and the Aegean”


“Money, Gender and Borders: a workshop on how borders locate moral and material differences and exchanges”

Sarah Green ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, and is currently Head of Social Anthropology there. She is also Chair of a COST Research network, called “Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social, moral and material relocations of Europe's eastern peripheries” ( Her research focuses on the anthropology of space, place and location, particularly in relation to borders; she has carried out long-term research on the Greek-Albanian border, looking at the relationship between people’s location and their sense of themselves. She is currently carrying out research on the Greek-Turkish border, looking at the circulation and understanding of money between two coastal towns. She has previously worked on issues relating to gender and sexuality, urban anthropology, information and communications technologies and environmental anthropology.

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