Accepted paper:

Neglected interdisciplinarities: the Balkans, gender, and historical anthropology


Svetlana Slapšak (ISH - Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities)

Paper short abstract:

The demand for interdisciplinarity is put to a test of hyper-colonial stereotypes, new hieararchies of knowledge, market-oriented publishing world, and imperialist language rules. Earlier examples of innovative balkanological approach, like RIEB (1932-38)are used to propose new models of interdisciplinarity.

Paper long abstract:

"Hyper-colonial" is used to describe and define colonial stereotypes and narratives in academic discourse, used for cultures and regions which did not have a traditional colonial rule, but have been treated as colonial: different in status due to the European quest for Ancient Greece (and colonialism inflicted on Modern Greece), the Balkans were the object of a special academic interest, formulated as "balkanology": a discipline interdisciplinary by definition. Where does it stand today, what impact have Gender Studies had, how interdisciplinarity is performed, within which theoretical frameworks? Hyper-colonial, especially visible and present in the new interest for the region's anthropology of gender, is first historicized, then deconstructed in the paper. The neglected model of RIEB is revised and reflected in the light of new possibilities for interdisciplinarity.

panel IW03
Liminal Europe