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


9th International Konitsa Summer School

in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans
Konitsa, Greece, 23/7 – 8/8 2014



The 9th Konitsa Summer School offers a full academic programme with an emphasis on theoretical and methodological issues in Sociocultural Anthropology. That includes courses discussing the current political and economic conditions in SE Europe as well as border crossings and boundary construction processes.

A special ethnographic focus on religion in the Balkans (orthodox Christianity), one on the ethnography of a SE European country (Serbia) and another on music and sounds constitute a rich and advanced curriculum. In addition, a course on environmental history and cultural ecology explores issues that are discussed in hot debates in both Greece and Albania related to the border area.

Moreover, the participants have a chance to conduct short fieldwork projects in three Balkan countries, participate in the BCN’s publication series, actively engage in local issues within the framework of applied Anthropology, and become acquainted with the border area.

Various lectures from the Balkans, the rest of Europe and USA join their forces to teach providing an international aura and enhancing the School’s interdisciplinary character. Stathis Gourgouris, professor for Comparative Literature at Columbia University (USA), will be the invited speaker to deliver a lecture and a workshop.

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