The International Academic Week is the Southeast Europe Association’s (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG) annual key event to bring together early-career researchers (MA/ PhD/ Post-Doc levels) and experienced scholars from all over Europe and beyond to present and discuss their research on the region. As always, it will take place in cooperation with the Akademie für Politische Bildung at the beautiful Lake Starnberg in Tutzing 3-7 October 2022. Parts of the event will also be available online. The conference languages are English and German.
This year’s conference is hosted by Dr. Lumnije Jusufi (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Jasna Čapo (Zagreb), and Prof. Dr. Rozita Dimova (Skopje) and will focus on the topic of return migration and its consequences for Southeast Europe. Early career researchers with an academic background in different scientific disciplines, such as Social and Political Sciences, (Visual) Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Musicology, as well as History or Geography, who are focusing in their present research on return migration and related topics are cordially invited to apply for active participation with either an own paper or poster presentation. A limited number of places will also be available for participants without a paper or poster.
The aim of the conference is to discuss transformations at all levels that migration and return initiate in the countries of origin. We conceptualize (return) migration as a „new social project“ (Appadurai 1996), as a „project for the future“ that carries a creative and innovative potential for new societal paths and initiatives among migrants themselves as well as in the countries of origin. We investigate what (return) migrants remit or bring along with themselves (i.e. material, social, and cultural remittances) and how the affected societies adapt to or deal with these novelties and visions for the future (Duscha et al 2018). The focus is on both the established (the locals, non-migrants) and on (return) migrants and their interactions. We also pay attention to the ways in which the governance of return migration and the discourses thereof impact individuals‘ reintegration and societal transformations.