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MULTICULTURALISM AND LANGUAGE CONTACT

An International Scholarly Conference organized by

The Max van der Stoel Institute at South East European University

and

The Research Center for Areal Linguistics at the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences

Balkan peoples in the course of centuries of living in a multicultural and multilingual environment have attempted to interpret the world around them in a common fashion while at the same time preserving a variety of distinctive features, such as language and dialect. Significant cultural interactions, especially during the attested period of the Balkan Linguistic League, have brought about the convergence of inherited linguistic structures in the respective Balkan languages combined with varieties of common lexical elements, all conducive to more effective communication among the peoples involved.

At a time when some political actors are seeking to convince various publics that "they have nothing a common" (a phrase deployed stridently during the Yugoslav Wars of Succession), this conference seeks to bring new perspectives to the roles of multiculturalism and language contact as vital factors in mutual understanding and a shared worldview, a topic that is both timely and in need of deeper scholarly engagement. Papers dealing with the peoples and languages of the Balkans (as well as Balkan peoples and languages living beyond the Balkans) are especially welcome, but any paper relevant to the main themes of the conference is eligible to be submitted for consideration.

  • The conference will be held 31 August - 1 September 2017 at the Campus of Southeast European University in Tetovo.
  • Registration: 50 euros for those outside of SEEU (includes conference dinner and an excursion on 2 September)
  • The organizers will provide accommodation for participants from abroad.
  • Abstracts should contain the title, the author's name and affiliation, and a brief description of not more than 500 words (excluding references). The file should be saved as doc, docx, or pdf and the name should be LAST-NAME_TITLE-KEYWORD.
  • Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to mvdsi@seeu.edu.mk no later than 20 June 2017. Potential participants will be informed of their acceptance by 5 July 2017.

Judicial Reforms and Anti-Corruption Practices: Challenges, Prospects and Transfer of Experiences


30 June 2017

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Call for Papers and Invitation to Participate

2nd Balkan – American Research and Evaluation Conference:

Strengthening Communities and Families

September 16, 2016

South Eastern European University

Skopje, Macedonia

Key Note Speaker

Asher Ben Arieh, Ph.D.

The Hebrew University and The Haruv Institute, Israel

This conference brings together researchers and others interested in learning how families and communities are being studied in the Balkans. Of specific interest is how success is measured to improve child and family well-being and how research and evaluation are being used to bring about meaningful change for children and families.

Abstracts of potential presentations should be focused on topics of relevance to the symposium theme of strengthening families and communities. Because families are fundamental to all societies, it is important to understand how current social and economic forces affect the quality of family life. There are many changes taking place in the structure and function of families that put stress on the important role of families to act as a buffer and provide a safe place for family members. Community institutions (schools, workplaces, NGOs, places of worship) historically have been supportive of family life but now are also facing challenges in meeting the needs of families and providing meaningful support.

We are interested in presentations relating to an empirical approach, with a focus on describing changes in family life and the policies and practices of community institutions that are supportive and protective of family life. The relative effectiveness of various strategies (e.g., family support/treatment programs, NGOs, legal action, political action, public information campaigns, educational efforts), and the lessons learned from last few generations are of interest. The overall quest is to understand what is happening to families and how change might occur to improve family life.

Among the topics of interest are:

* research and evaluation to improve community life and bring meaningful change to society;

* how policies and administration affect community life and family well-being;

* child and family well-being (e.g., child maltreatment, indicators of thriving and resilience);

* descriptive analyses of changes in the structure of families (e.g., divorce, co-habitation, single parents);

* analyses of the impact of changes on children, adolescents, young adults, families, and communities, in areas such as: family life, schooling, health, gender roles, sexual behavior, ethnic relations, wealth distribution, crime and victimization, international migration, religious beliefs, organization of work, and opportunities for people with disabilities;

* analyses of the ways in which community institutions (e.g., faith institutions; health care; education; human services; local governments) have initiated changes and the relative effectiveness of different strategies to strengthen families;

* the types of innovations in policies, programs, and clinical practices that are needed to respond to current challenges and further develop positive trends.



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ORGANIZERS:

South Eastern European University
Max van der Stoel Research Institute
Clemson University, South Carolina
Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
Haruv Institute, Israel
Marin Barleti University
University of Tirana
Faculty of Social Sciences


Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: August 30, 2016
Deadline for Abstract Acceptance: September 5th, 2016
Deadline for Submission of Papers Considered for Publication: October 30, 2016


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Please email abstracts of no more than 150 words to: ifnlclemson@gmail.com

Conference Location: South East European University

Organizing Committee:

  • Mark Small, J.D., Ph.D., Clemson University
  • Jonuz Abdullai, Ph.D., South East European University
  • Edlira Haxhimiymeri, Prof. Assoc. Dr., University of Tirana
  • Veli Kreci, PhD., South East European University
  • Agron Rustemi, Ph.D., South East European University
  • Veton Latifi, Ph.D., Max van der Stoel Institute
  • Nikoleta Mita, Prof. Dr., University of Tirana
  • Migena Kapllanaj, M.Sc., Marin Barleti University
  • Pajtim Thaci, M.A., Max van der Stoel Institute

 

Registration

Each paper presenter must register to the symposium through making a payment of 40 euros per participant. Payment information is provided below. 

IMPORTANT: After the payment please send a copy of your receipt to Mr. Pajtim Thaci at p.thaci@seeu.edu.mk

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Subject:   SEEU Bank account details for transfers in EURO

Name of Institution

South East European University- Tetovo

Address

“Ilindenska"nn, SEEU campus,

1200 Tetovo, Macedonia

Name of the Bank

STOPANSKA BANKA

Address of the Bank

Boulevard Marshal Tito nn,  

Tetovo, MACEDONIA

IBAN (European partners)

MK07200000900909026

Account number

0009009090

Swift Code

SWIFT BIC:STOBMK2X


Dear Participants,


The conference organizers intend to publish abstract proceedings from the conference.

In addition, the conference organizers intend to publish select papers from The Balkan-American Conference “Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities” once the conference has concluded in a special issue journal. The publication is intended to present an overview of the current state of family and community life as well as challenges and success stories in programs and policies that improve child and family well-being.

To have your paper considered for publication, please submit and format the paper according to “APA style,” the format used for most English journals on social science (http://apastyle.apa.org).  For those unfamiliar with APA style, a tutorial can be found at:  http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx

Generally, in APA style, the paper should be no fewer than 20 double-spaced pages (including references) with standard 1 inch margins, the text is left-justified, with a font size of 12, and type face of Times New Roman.

The paper should include:

  1. a title page (don’t count this page in numbering your paper)
  2. abstract
  3. an introductory section
  4. methods section
  5. results
  6. discussion
  7. references

Given the short deadline, only a draft of your paper need be submitted by October 30, ifnlclemson@gmail.com. Upon completion of the conference, authors of draft papers selected for publication will be contacted as to the status of their submission and given time to improve upon the paper. Papers will be accepted, accepted with revisions, or declined. In some cases, where significant English editing is necessary, an English co-author may be suggested in order to make the paper suitable for publication. The conference proceedings is targeted for publication in the Fall.

We hope that the publication provides a resource for all of those who teach and do research in the field of family and community studies.

”THE REFUGEE CRISIS AND ITS HUMANITARIAN AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS TO THE BALKANS”


17 May 2016

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- Call for paper - The First International Scientific Conference: Contemporary Challenges of Multiculturalism and Language Policies
Conference programe
THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE9 “Contemporary Challenges of Multiculturalism and Language Policies”
Organized by the Scientific Institute “Max van der Stoel ”South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia
The event was held on Saturday, Friday (May 16th-17th, 2014) starting at 10.00 a clock at the Lecture hall LH4 of the SEE University campus in Tetovo.

ROUND-TABLE:“Role of the Parliament in promoting equitable development and inter-ethnic and social cohesion”

Researching of existing experiences and knowledge, for summarizing lessons learned  of the  UNDP’s project on “Strengthening Political Dialogue through Parliamentary Inter-Community Relations Committee” and developing a practical resource guidebook on the relevant topics, implemented by Max van der Stoel Institute

ROUND-TABLE 

   "Role of the Parliament in promoting equitable development and inter-ethnic and social cohesion”

15th of May, 2014

SEE University Campus, Skopje, Lecture Hall

PROGRAM

12:00-12:15 Welcome notes and presentation of objectives and methodology of work

12:15-13:15 Open discussion with reflections from former members of the Parliamentary Committee and experts

Topics: 

  • The work of the Parliamentary Inter-Community Relations Committee
  • How to strengthen the political dialogue through Parliamentary Inter-Community Relations Committee?
  • The role of the parliament in promoting the equitable development and inter-ethnic and social cohesion

13:15-13:45       Questions by the researchers of Max van der Stoel Scientific Institute

Topics:

  • The political dialogue in the multicultural society: The role of the parliament and leadership
  • Promoting diversities and cross-cultural values
  • Communicating political dialogue and community interaction
  • Consensus making, power-sharing and monitoring the intercommunity stability

13:45-14:30 - Discussion

14:30-15:00 - Cocktail


  ROUND-TABLE :“National and local level institutions and nongovernmental actors promote inter-ethnic dialogue and social cohesion”

Researching of existing experiences and knowledge, for summarizing lessons learned  of the  UNDP’s project on “Strengthening Political Dialogue through Parliamentary Inter-Community Relations Committee” and developing a practical resource guidebook on the relevant topics, implemented by Max van der Stoel Institute

ROUND-TABLE 

  “National and local level institutions and nongovernmental actors promote inter-ethnic dialogue and social cohesion”

26th of May, 2014 (Monday)

SEEUniversity Campus, Skopje, Lecture Hall

PROGRAM

12:00-12:15     Welcome notes and presentation of objectives and methodology of work

12:15-13:15     Open discussion with reflections from members of local CIRC, former members of the Parliamentary Committee, local authorities, NGO activists and experts

Topics:

  • Promoting the inter-ethnic dialogue and social cohesion via the local level institutions
  • How to increase citizen’s interaction with the Parliamentary Inter-Community Relations Committee?
  • The role of the nongovernmental actors in promoting the inter-ethnic dialogue.

13:15-13:45 Questions by the researchers of the Max van der Stoel Scientific Institute

Topics:

  • Tackling the important issues to citizens through the PICRC and CIRC
  • How to promote diversity, tolerance and inter-ethnic cohesion through the work of the PICRC and CIRC?
  • Competence of the PICRC and CIRC on inter-community relations
  • Larger interaction and communication (vertical communication) of the PIRC with the local CIRC

13:45-14:30 - Discussion

14:30-15:00 - Cocktail

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