Call for Papers: “Material culture and everyday politics in the Balkans (19th-21st century)”

The Laboratory of Folklore and Social Anthropology at Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and the Balkan History Association (Romania) are preparing a volume dedicated to Balkans, history, geopolitics, language, culture, and society. The volume, entitled “Material culture and everyday politics in the Balkans (19th-21st century)” aims at an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the cultural past and present of the Balkans from the perspective of material culture, from the 19th to the beginning of the 21st century, and its contribution to the construction of real or symbolic identities of Balkan societies. Special emphasis will be given on exploring the various ways that objects are connected to people and participate in the configuration of social relations, values, identities, and otherness in the wider Balkan region.
The volume will be published by Peter Lang (Series “South-East European History”). Authors will be folklorists, social and cultural anthropologists, historians, sociologists, linguists, and scholars of religion, of art, and of museum studies. All these experts are invited to submit their paper proposals with special emphasis on material culture, as manifested in fashion, food, architecture, theater/cinema, religion, folk arts (weaving, embroidery, woodcarving, etc.), technical practices and attitudes, as well as its consumption as a museum and tourist product.
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