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THE BALKANS IN THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

THE BALKANS IN THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

The Program is as follows:

THE BALKANS IN THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
16-17 May 2018
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

PROGRAMME (DRAFT)
15 May 2018, Main Building, Hall 1
18:30 Books Launch: Regional Studies Monographs. Series of the Center of Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater”
 

16 May 2018, Aula Magna
10:00 – 11:00 Registration
11:00 – 12:00 Opening
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch for the participants, Hotel “Crystal Palace Boutique“, 14, Shipka Str.
Conference Hall, North Wing, 2nd Floor
 

Panel 1: European Integration and Integration Processes in South-Eastern Europe
Chair: Prof. Ivan Ilchev (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
13:30 – 13:45 Prof. Marie-Janine Calic (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich)
The EU “Strategy for the Western Balkans”: Old Wine in New Bottles?

13:45 – 14:00 Prof. Paskal Milo (University of Tirana)
The New EU Enlargement Strategy for Western Balkans: Is it a New Vision for the Region?

14:00 – 14:15 Prof. Gül Günver Turan (The Turkey EU Association)
Prospect of EU Membership for Western Balkan Countries
14:15– 14:30 Discussion

14:30 – 15:00 Coffe Break
Panel 2: The Western Balkans as an Issue of the European Security
Session 1
Chair: Prof. Alexandar Kostov (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, BAS)
15:00 – 15:15 Assoc. Prof. Daniel Smilov (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
EU as Regional Integration
15:15 – 15:30 Prof. Inga Kawka (Pedagogical University of Kraków)
The EU Macro-Regional Strategies in the Western Balkans
15:30 – 15:45 Assist. Prof. Shefik Shehu, Assist. Prof. Faton Shabani (University of Tetovo)
PESCO and the Future of EU Security
15:45 – 16:00 Discussion
16:00 – 16:30 Break
Session 2
Chair: Prof. Wolfgang Höpken (University of Leipzig)
16:30 – 16:45 Assoc. Prof. Nikolaos Varsakelis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) European Regional Convergence: Is the Technology that Matters
16:45 – 17:00 Prof. Veton Latifi (South East European University, Tetovo)
The Political Discourse of the Balkan Countries and Their EU Integration Pro-cess One Century since the First World War
17:00 – 17:15 Prof. Jordan Baev (G. S. Rakovski National Defense College, Sofia)
The Parallel Process of Bulgaria and Romania’s Integration into the Euro-Atlantic Security System as a Case Study for the Western Balkans
17:30 – 18:00 Discussion

19:00 Cocktail

17 May 2018, Conference Hall, North Wing, 2nd Floor
Panel 3: The Europeanisation of the Balkan Societies
Session 1
Chair: Prof. Ivan Parvev (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
09:00 – 09:15 Assoc. Prof. Dobrinka Parusheva (University of Plovdiv/ Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, BAS)
Urbanisation as Europeanisation. Becoming “Modern” in the Balkans at the End of the Nineteenth Century
09:15 – 09:30 Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracol-ogy, BAS)
The Balkans as Europe: Drawing Upon Lessons from the Past
09:30 – 09:45 Assist. Prof. Lorand Madly (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca)
From a Pre-modern Society to the European Union – The Paths of Romania and Central-Eastern Europe towards Modernization
09:45 – 10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2
Chair: Assist. Prof. Maria Baramova (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
10:30 – 10:45 Prof. Wolfgang Höpken (University of Leipzig)
Europe as a Hegemonic Concept: The German Idea of a ´New European Or-der´ and Southeastern Europe in the 1930s/40s
10:45 – 11:00 Prof. Iskra Baeva, Prof. Evgenia Kalinova (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohrid-ski)
The European Integration of the Former Socialist Countries of the Balkans af-ter the End of the Cold War – Successes and Problems
11:00 – 11:15 Prof. Gordana Djurović (University of Montenegro)
“C” Principles and Enlargement+
11: 15 – 11:30 Discussion
Panel 4: Religious and Ethnic Aspects of the European Integration in South-Eastern Europe
Chair: Assist. Prof. Hristo Berov (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
11:30 – 11:45 Assoc. Prof. Naoum Kaytchev (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
EU Integration of the (Former Yugoslav) Republic of Macedonia in Regional Comparative Perspective
11:45 – 12:00 Assist. Prof. Adnan Džafić (University of Sarajevo)
History and Future of Bosnian Identity
12:00 – 12:15 Assoc. Prof. Ekaterina Nikova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thra-cology, BAS)
The European Union and the End of Balkan History
12:15 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch for the participants, Hotel “Crystal Palace Boutique“, 14, Shipka Str.
Panel 5: Regional Aspects of the European integration in South-Eastern Europe
Session 1
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Naoum Kaytchev (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
13:30 – 13:45 Assoc. Prof. Irina Ognyanova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracol-ogy, BAS)
Croatia's “Long Journey” to the EU
13:45 – 14:00 Assist. Prof. Aneta Mihaylova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thra-cology, BAS)
Romania after Its EU Accession: the Trials of the Membership
14:00 – 14:15 Prof. Žarko Korać (University of Belgrade)
Serbia EU Accession, Problems and Solutions
14:15 – 14:30 Prof. Vlado Buchkovski, Mr. Timco Mucunski, Prof. Goce Naumovski (Univer-sity of Skopje)
The Republic of Macedonia in the EU?
14:30 – 14:45 Discussion
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
Session 2
Chair: Assist. Prof. Yorgos Christidis (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki)
15:15 – 15:30 Assist. Prof. Berat Aqifi, Assist. Prof. Ardian Emini, Assist. Prof. Naser Rugova (University Kadri Zeka, Gjilan)
Membership of Kosovo in International Organizations
15:30 – 15:45 Assoc. Prof. Bajram Kosumi, Assist. Prof. Dukagin Leka (University Kadri Zeka, Gjilan)
Kosovo and its Integration into the European Union
15:45 – 16:00 Assoc. Prof. Ulpian Hoti (Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durres), Assoc. Prof. Ersida Teliti (University of Tirana)
Consumer Protection as a Prerequisite for Economic Integration of Albania
16:00 – 16:15 Dr. Shkelqim Xeka (Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durres)
Social Perceptions in Interethnic Relations in Albania Today and Psychological Models for Resolving Ethnic Conflicts in the Balkan Peninsula
16:15 – 16:30 Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
Session 3
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Ekaterina Nikova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, BAS)
17:00 – 17:15 Assist. Prof. Yorgos Christidis (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki)
The EU-led Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: An Assessment
17:15 – 17:30 Dr. Kaloyan Metodiev (Institute for Strategies and Analysis, Sofia)
Serbia and the European Union
17:30 – 17:45 Assist. Prof. Ivaylo Nachev (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracolo-gy, BAS)
Euroscepticism in Serbia on the Road to Accession
17:45 – 18:00 Discussion