5th Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life “Shared Past/Contested Heritage“
For most of the course of its historical development, the modern Balkan countries share a common past and belong to the same political formations (Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman Empire). The nation-states and identities formed in the 19th and 20th centuries put today's inhabitants of the Balkans in front of the task of distributing the common cultural heritage. Today, every Balkan nation studies history differently and has its own "image of the past." National stereotypes and ethnoreligious prejudices are an occasion for confrontations not only in the field of symbols and ideas but also in social, political, and economic life.
The Fifth Balkan Summer School of Religions and Public Life "Shared Past/Contested Heritage" (BSSRPL) aims to introduce participants from the Balkans, Europe, the USA, Asia, and Africa to the diverse the cultural and historical heritage of the Balkans and to provoke a series of discussions in connection with contemporary interpretations and uses of the past. Together, participants will go through "history lessons" taught within different Balkan national paradigms.
The training, which will take place in the summer of 2021 (June 28 - July 11), seeks a possible shared understanding of the legacies of the past in order to create conditions for rethinking the stereotypes inherited from generations and to develop a specific sensitivity to historical facts. BSSRPL will be organized together with CEDAR - Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion (www.cedarnetwork.org). The training includes both traditional forms of training (lectures, seminars) and innovative approaches in presenting and understanding the historical facts. There are also three days of fieldwork among different communities in Northern Macedonia. The leading professors are with high international prestige.
March 29, 2021, is the deadline for receiving applications. All application material and questions should be send to BSSRPL@cedarnetwork.org