Eleventh Mediterranean Research

24 – 27 March 2010
Meeting near Florence in Montecatini Terme (Italy)

The Members of CHDR participated at Eleventh Mediterranean Research Meeting that took place near Florence (Italy) on 24 – 27 March 2010.

Reaching its Eleventh Session, the Mediterranean Research Meeting promoted the same values as CHDR: committed to foster theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars, focuses attention on legal, historical, economic and socio-political issues, aims to enable junior scholars to meet more senior scholars in an interactive environment, and to promote further research collaboration, encourages the publication and dissemination of this research in edited volumes.
The CHDR members were participants of the workshop “Who is Who in the Balkans Today: Mythmaking and Identity Mutations, 1989-2009”, directed by:

Vjekoslav Perica, University of Rijeka/Fiume, Croatia
Darko Gavrilovic, Singidunum University, Serbia
It is built on the following assumptions: exYugoslavia’s successor states’ “nationhood” is mostly symbolic, i.e. “discursive”; however, for the reason that the newly formed states have continuously worked on nation making for the last two decades (states make nations, not the other way around), analyses of the newly constructed national identities should focus on identification of the official national founding myths composed, imposed and maintained by the state. Of course, these official myths are not without challenges so that the states’ legitimacy and the appeal of this type of nationhood remain precarious.

More specifically, the workshop examined the following topics: the (dis)continuity of the former nation’s myths and the comparison of the old and new myths; The new class structure, particularly the so called “criminal privatization” and new poverty it brought about; New national founding myths of ex Yugoslav states, the roles of the state and the “negative other (s)” in each case; Furthermore, the regional, provincial, urban, rural, clan and similar identities congruent with or in conflict with the national; Religious institutions as national cofounders and new religious myths incorporated into national ideologies; Migrations, refugees and demographic changes; The role of ethnic Diasporas, major historical controversies and conflicting appropriations and uses of certain historical figures, sacred sites, historic places, symbols, etc.