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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


11th International Konitsa Summer School

The Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina
organises in collaboration
with the “Border Crossings Network
and the Municipality of Konitsa,
the 11th “International Summer School
in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans”
in the town of Konitsa, Greece,
from 24/7 – 10/8/2016


The 11th Konitsa Summer School teaching and fieldwork activities

The 11th Konitsa Summer School offers a full academic programme with an emphasis on theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues in Sociocultural Anthropology. It includes courses discussing the current political and economic conditions in SE Europe as well as border crossings and boundary construction processes.
Various aspects of the “migrations crisis” as well as economic issues are addressed in two courses which complement the understanding of borders and bordering processes in SE Europe.  
The relationship between data gathering and data analysis and the writing of ethnography are discussed as intellectual, methodological and epistemological tools for the conduct of the fieldwork practice. The ability to theorise, interpret and produce audio-visual material during fieldwork is supported by a course which will provide a basic introduction to technical aspects of filmmaking.
A special ethnographic focus on Croatia and a course on environmental history and cultural ecology which explores issues related to the border area constitute a rich and advanced curriculum.
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 lecturers 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. Jonathan Parry, professor at the London School of Economics (Department of Anthropology), will be the invited speaker to deliver a lecture and a workshop.

The deadline for the submission of applications for the 11th Konitsa Summer School is extended until June 5th, 2016.

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