The Senate of University of Macedonia approved the organization of an International Symposium on the subject: "Culture and Space in the Balkans (17th-20th centuries)", with body in charge of organizing the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies.

The meeting of the Symposium will take place in Thessaloniki, at the premises of the University of Macedonia (Conference Room, 1st floor, Building KZ), on 21, 22 November 2014 (days: Friday and Saturday). Official language of the Symposium is Greek. The issue of the minutes is planned. The University of Macedonia has undertaken the financial support for the implementation of the Symposium.

This is an International Symposium with an invitation to colleagues from the Balkans and Europe and domestic scientists, researchers and educators at universities and research institutes. Indicatively, it is reported that in the realization of the Symposium will participate colleagues – except from the University of Macedonia – from the Greek side, from the University of Ioannina, the Democritus University of Thrace, the Aegean University, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Harokopio University/ Athens etc., as well as by a number of academic institutions of the countries of the Balkans and the rest of Europe.

As an indication, the following (institutions) are mentioned: University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski", Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism – Bucharest, Turnu Severin College of the University of Craiova, Istanbul Esenyurt Üniversitesi-Department of Architecture - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, CNRS, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften - Institut fόr Mittelalterforschung Abteilung Byzanzforschung - Wien, University of Zagreb - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Nis - Serbia, Albanian Fund for Monuments FSHM.

This issue concerning "culture" and "residential area" becomes timely both in local (national) as well as in international literature/bibliography, due to the new reality being formed in Southeastern Europe and especially the Balkans. With the completion of the centennial (last year) of the signing of the Treaty of Bucharest and the configuration - following it - of the "map" of the Balkans, this matter gains a special scientific historical-geographical – and not only – weight.


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