Unfortunately we are cancelling the talk: Ethnographies of Memory – the cultural reproduction of militancy in Kosovo by Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers. We apologise for the late notice. This is because the Women Academic Network talk has been rescheduled this morning for the same time slot (see below). Dr Schwandner-Sievers will give her talk at a later date to avoid some people having to make a choice.
Polly Trenow (Fawcett Society)
‘Feminism in practice – does activism really work?’
Wednesday 18th November
2-4pm (with networking 3-4pm)
For any questions, please get in touch with Dr Masi Fathi (email@example.com)
On October 30th the European Union launched a call for proposals making €38.7 million of EU funding available under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) through grants to improve the interoperability and interconnectivity of the European digital service ecosystem.
In the framework of this call, €4.5 million are allocated to Public Open Data: generating value through re-use of public sector information.
Interested applicants from all EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals through the call open until 19 January 2016.
Applicants should submit their proposal through the link on the call page.
A Virtual Info Day on all the 2015 CEF Telecom calls for proposals will take place on 23 November 2015. You can register online and ask your questions ahead of the event in the registration form.
This Info day will provide the participants with a background policy briefing and an introduction to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, who is managing the call for proposals and the grant implementation. Details on the evaluation process and tips on writing a good proposal will also be on the agenda. Participants have the opportunity to send questions on the calls beforehand via the registration form, and this input will serve as a basis for the discussion. They will also be able to ask their questions via the twitter hashtag #CEFtelecomdayduring the event.
Free registration for the event is open until Wednesday 18 November 17:00. After registration, you will be sent the webstreaming link.
All sessions will be accessible online via webstreaming. Sessions will be recorded, and presentations will be published after the event on INEA’s website.
All staff members and students welcome.
This is the third seminar in the Social Science Seminar Series.
Wednesday 18th November 2015, Poole House, P411, 2-3 pm.
Organiser: Dr Mastoureh Fathi, FHSS
Title: Ethnographies of Memory – the cultural reproduction of militancy in Kosovo
Based on life-history interviews with former KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) leaders, some of them leading politicians today, and on ethnographic research at memorial sites after the 1999 war, Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers explores the production and reproduction of a ‘militant spirit’ in Kosovo. Her research identifies the specific repository of cultural knowledge and the common social experiences which underpinned its authors’ radicalisation and traces the ways in which this spirit was effectively disseminated for purposes of Albanian mass mobilisation. Her analysis identifies simultaneous processes of self-professionalisation and ideological sacralisation, their impact on political legitimacy and public morality as well as the scope for contestations in Kosovar society. The paper aims to illuminate the apparent paradoxes of on-going resistance to international peace-building efforts in the region today as well as motives for self-sacrificial radicalism beyond the case study.
Dr Schwandner-Sievers, principal academic at FHSS (Sociology+), is a social anthropologist specialised on the Western Balkans and Albanian cultures and societies in particular. After research and teaching appointments at UCL, University of Bologna and University of Roehampton (London) as well as serving as director of the academic consultancy company, Anthropology Applied Limited, she joined BU in autumn 2013. She has recently completed a historical-anthropological research project on ‘Ilegalja’, the transnational Albanian militant movement of the pre-1999-war decades in Kosovo. This research was hosted by Free University, Berlin and funded by Thyssen Foundation. Currently, as a founding member of BU’s conflict transformation studies group, she is PI of the cross-faculty Fusion co-creation project ‘Designing a Story Line and Game based on post-war Memory in Kosovo’.
Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor in International Law, FMC, Convener Environment & Threats Strategic Research Group and Co-Director Research Cluster Conflict, Rule of Law and Society will present on his ongoing work on Hybrid Warfare at this year’s Annual Symposium (Jahrestagung) of Austria’s Ministry of Defense on 18 November 2015. Invited by the Organizers from the Wissenschaftskommission of the Bundesministerium fuer Landesverteidigung und Sport the event brings together leading experts on the topic of Hybrid Threats and seeks to give answers to present security threats such as economic warfare, hybrid threats, cyber warfare, media in conflict, social cohesion and its potential for conflict, migration wars and Russia’s new non linear warfare. Sascha will use his existing work on hybrid warfare https://twitter.com/GJIA_Online/media which is in collaboration with colleagues from the Swedish Defense University and NATO to discuss the origins of Hybrid Warfare and its contemporary use by Russia in the form of non linear warfare. He argues that Hybrid Warfare represents a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and that Western Defense doctrines have to adapt.
Hello BU Researchers:
This is Jaeyeon Choe, your new colleague originally from Gangnam, South Korea. After earning my Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, and working in China and Macau, I have joined BU as a Senior Lecturer in Events & Leisure, Faculty of Management. My primary research areas are Spiritual/Religious Tourism, and Chinese Consumer Behavior. Recently, I presented the papers, “Tourism development and its impact on Filipino workers’ quality of life in Macao, China” at Ethnicity and Tourism conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and “Chinese consumer behavior: conspicuous consumption at an international wine festival in Dalian, China” at Consumer Behavior in Tourism Symposium in Bruneck, Italy.
I am also currently finishing up a funded study, ‘Tourism development and cross-cultural understanding of quality of life among local residents, skilled and unskilled immigrant workers in Macao, China’ that was granted by Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao. I am preparing for another project on spiritual tourism among westerners in South East Asia, utilising an affiliation with the Centre for Asian Tourism Research at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. It is planned for the summer of 2016, which I am really looking forward to it.
My publications are available on BRIAN. I look forward to many interesting research activities and collaboration across BU! 🙂
Prof. Lee Miles and Dr. Lenia Marques presented their latest research outcomes at the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education) annual conference, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal), between 20-23 October 2015.
In this international encounter, the topics and discussion were around the umbrella theme of “Risk in travel and tourism: Geographies, behaviours and strategies”.
Prof. Lee Miles, representing the Disaster Management Centre developed further contact and cooperation with scholars of tourism by presenting two papers at the conference. The first single authored paper was on “Integrating Crisis Management and Tourism? Key Roles for Policy Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Resilience?” that represents an area of major research development at BUDMC. This was followed by an additional paper, co-authored with colleague Richard Gordon, that explored conceptualising blame wars during and after the onset of disasters affecting the tourist sector, entitled “Blame Games and Meaning Making: Influencing Decision-Making on Disasters for Tourist Destinations”.
Dr. Lenia Marques participated in an ATLAS SIG (special interest group) meeting with a focus on events, which she has been part of since its foundation in 2011. In this meeting, she presented the first results of a joint research project with Maria Podesta, researcher at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). The paper analysed how knowledge-based events are playing a strategic role in place-making. This topic relates closely to the challenges policy-makers and the events sector are currently facing in developing relationships between urban development and social cohesion.
The papers led to fruitful discussions and the conference was also a good opportunity for networking activities.