(Post-)Yugoslav Migrations. State of Research, New Approaches and Comparative Perspectives

(Post-)Yugoslav Migrations. State of Research, New Approaches and Comparative Perspectives

Osteuropa-Institut, FU Berlin; Berliner Kolleg für vergleichende Geschichte Europas (BKVGE)
BKVGE, Institut für Geschichte, FU Berlin, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin
Vom - Bis
08.12.2006 - 10.12.2006
Ulf Brunnbauer

Migration from and within the territory of the former Yugoslavia has played and continues to play a salient role for the social, economic, political and cultural developments of both the domestic societies of the former Yugoslavia and its successor states as well as the destination countries. From seasonal migration patterns under Ottoman rule and overseas emigration in the late 19th and early 20th century to labor migration (‘Gastarbeiter’) during the socialist era – this area constituted a dense and multifaceted social and geographic space of migration activity. Recent emigration to Western Europe and Northern America as a result of the wars of the 1990s and the economic crises after the breakdown of socialism added new practical and discursive dimensions to the migration from this area as a European and transatlantic migration process.
However, despite the paradigmatic position of (pre- and post) Yugoslavia within European migration, there are considerable gaps in the research on this subject. Our conference, therefore, intends to locate, and begin to fill these gaps by pursuing the following aims:

1. to explore how theories and concepts of recent migration research can be employed usefully for the investigation of (post-)Yugoslav migrations.
2. to determine the status of social and historical research on migration from (and within) the former Yugoslavia and its successor states.
3. to relate the results of empirical research to theoretical and methodological approaches in the contemporary migration debates.
4. to identify existing research lacunae and, accordingly, to stimulate new, international research efforts with an interdisciplinary perspective.
5. to put the (post) Yugoslav emigration experience into a broader comparative framework.

The conference will consist of an opening session with keynote addresses by prominent experts in the field and of four panels on pivotal issues of (post-)Yugoslav migration. In each panel session, pertinent theoretical and methodological concepts as well as empirical research on the topic of the panel will be presented and discussed.

Die Tagung ist öffentlich und Gäste sind herzlich willkommen. Aufgrund des begrenzten Platzes werden nicht-referierende Teilnehmer/innen gebeten sich bis zum
beim Organisator der Tagung (Ulf Brunnbauer, ulf@zedat.fu-berlin.de) anzumelden.


Friday, 8 December
9.30–13: Opening and Keynote-speaches

Ulf BRUNNBAUER/Georgia KRETSI (Osteuropa-Institut, Free University of Berlin): The case for the conference
Leo LUCASSEN: Migrations in Modern Europe [Keynote on Comparative Perspectives]
Ivo BAUCIC (Omiš, Croatia): "Gastarbeiter" and Migration Research in Yugoslavia
Janine DAHINDEN (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland): Current Concepts and Theories of Miration Research and their Use for Post-Yugoslav Migrations
Evangelos KARAGIANNIS (Ethnological Seminar, University of Zurich): Critical analysis of recent migration research concepts

15–19: Migration History

Michael G. ESCH (Berlin): Migration Research as Social History (theoretical input)
Ulf BRUNNBAUER (Osteuropa-Institut, Free University of Berlin): Yugoslav History as Migration History
Marjan DRNOVSEK (Institute for Slovenian Migration, Ljubljana): Continuties and Changes in Emigration from Slovenia, 19–20th centuries
Dubravka MLINARIC (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb): Social and Economic Causes for and Consequences of Emigration from Croatia (19./20. centuries)
Discussant Boris KANZLEITNER (Belgrade)

Saturday, 9 December
9.30–13.30: Political and Economic Mobilization of Migrants

Georgia KRETSI (Osteuropa-Institut, Free University of Berlin): Political Mobilization of Migrants: the Case of Kosovo
Manuela BOJADZIEVA (Frankfurt am Main) “Für sie ist Nation Luft”: Immigration practices and resistance on the example of migration from Yugoslavia
Mirjam HLADNIK (Institute for Slovenian Migration, Ljubljana): From a dollar bill in an envelope to a petition for the White House: The significance of Slovenian migrants in the United States for back home
Discussant: Paul HOCKENOS (Internationale Politik, Berlin)

15–19: Networks and Migration

Pascal GOEKE (Institute for Human Geography, University of Frankfurt/Main): When networks become relevant: Forms of migrant families and social change (theoretical input)
Robert PICHLER (Department for Southeast European History, University of Graz): Transnational Networks of Albanian Emigrants from Macedonia
Jasna CAPO-ZMEGAC (Institute of Ethnological and Folklore Research, Zagreb): Family Networks Spanning Nation-States: Croats Between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany
Aleskandra PAVICEVIC (Institute of Ethnology, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Belgrade): In and out of the Emigrant’s World: Death in Tramontane Country
Discussant: Bojan ALEKSOV (Berlin/Budapest).

Sunday, 10 December
9.00–13.00: Legal-Political Conditions and Migrant Actions

Sevasti TRUBETA (Osteuropa-Institut, Free University of Berlin): Discovering a Shady Side of Europe – Preventing its Expansion: EU-Politics and Roma Migration (theoretical input and case study)
Edvin PEZO (Southeast-Institute, Munich): Political Pressure and Opportunities for Emigration of Muslims from Interwar Yugoslavia
Sasa BOZIC (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb): Policies of Citzenship and Migrant Creativity: Emigrants from Croatia in Australia, Northern America and Europe Compared
Anne JUHASZ (Institute of Sociology, University of Zurich): Citizenship, Migration and Family – the Case of Yugoslav Migrants
Dženita SARAC (Institute of History, Sarajevo): How Fellow Citizens became Immigrants: Bosnians in Slovenia
Discussant: Mila MANCHEVA (Berlin/Sofia).


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