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Life on the Rivers in Southeastern Europe (Historical Aspects of the Spatial Planning of Settlements and Communications) is the title of a new collection of studies published by the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) as its 141st special edition. Edited by Ljubodrag P. Ristić, the collection includes thirteen texts by scholars from Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia. Since the first period of their settlement along riverbanks, humans have influenced the forming and changing of their surroundings and natural environment by building settlements, roads, bridges and canals, transforming nature and consequently clashing with it. Ranging from the period of classical antiquity to the 20th century, the research topics discussed in the book are focused on these shifts and conflicts. The evolution of settlements along the banks of the Danube River has garnered the most attention and has, as such, been accorded the largest space. In the classical period mines developed in the Danube Valley (Podunavlje), leading to the construction of settlements and traffic routes. The Danube was the frontier that needed to be crossed by barbarian invasions. Along its banks old and modern settlements rose and fell; routes were traced and fortresses, dams and canals built. These changes are reflected in the history of Novi Sad, Belgrade, Vidin, Lom and Rousse. The main factors that shaped the urban planning of Belgrade in the mid-20th century were the Sava and Danube waterways. At the same time, the Danube was the key factor in the creation of the first spatial plan of Serbia. Research of the basins of the Sava, Drina, Great and West Morava and some other smaller rivers of Serbia have highlighted both the huge benefits of waterways and the enormous damage incurred due to flooding. The military and strategic importance of the Strymon River is presented through the prism of military conflicts in the classical period. The great advantage provided by waterways was in the past also reflected at the micro-level (watermills) and in the 20th century in the construction of electrification systems (the Treska River). This collection of writings is the second book on spatial planning in the Balkans published by the Institute for Balkan Studies of the SASA.

Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated at the international conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions EASR 2019 held from 24 to 29 June 2019 at the University of Tartu (Estonia). At the conference, Dr. Djurić Milovanović organized a panel „Inrerreligious Encounters and Religious Change in Yugoslavia“ and presented a paper entitled Hidden Religious Landscapes”: Religious Minorities and Home-grown Religious Movements in the Border Regions. EASR gathers more than 600 scholars from all over the world and it is the most important international conference for the study of religions.

Dr Vladimir P. Petrović, Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Balkan Studies of SASA, participated at the International scientific workshop: Ratiaria et son territoire  (Corpora en réseaux II) of the project Epigraphica Romana held in Paris, from 10 to 14 June 2019. The workshop was organized by the Institute ANHIMA (Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques, UMR 8210). Dr Petrović presented the paper entitled: Quelques considérations relatives aux inscriptions romaines trouvaient en Serbie qui témoignent les relations avec Ratiaria.

Dragana Đurić, a research assistant at the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated in the international scientific conference entitled “Contemporary Serbian Folkloristics VII” which was held from June 21-23, 2019. The conference was organized by the Association of Folklorists of Serbia, Belgrade University Library “Svetozar Marković“ and the National Library of  Kruševac. Dragana Đurić presented her paper “Contemporary narratives of Saint Paraskeva in the region of Šumadija“ at the conference.

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Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, held a visiting lecture on May 21st  2019 at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. On the invitation of Dr. Marko Vekovic within the course “Religious Communities in Serbia”, Dr. Djurić Milovanović lecture was entitled “Contemporary Protestantism in Serbia: Challenges of Pluralism”.

Mirjana Mirić, research associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, gave a talk entitled Balkan linguistic features in Timok and Lužnica vernacular. The lecture was organized by the Young Linguists Society, on 14th May 2019, in the Science club of the Center for the promotion of science in Belgrade.

Mirjana Mirić, research associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated at the international scientific conference Digital Humanities and Slavic Cultural Heritage with the paper entitled The effects of areal parameters on the future marker grammaticalization and complementizer „da“ omission in Timok and Lužnica vernaculars.The conference took place on 6th and 7th May 2019 in Belgrade, and it was organized by the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.

 

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At the invitation of the Center for Baltic and East European Research at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part in the workshop State, Roma Population and Forms of Social Resistance and Integration in South-east Europe, organized on May 15, 2019, by the Center in collaboration with the Institute of South East European Studies of the Romanian Academy. Annemarie Sorescu Marinković gave a talk entitled Roma Bear Trainers in Eastern Europe at the Turn of the 21st Century: To Be or Not to Be Tamed. The workshop was attended by researchers from Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Serbia and Sweden.

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Marija Mandić, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part at the 24th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities – ASN, 2-4 May 2019, at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Marija presented a co-authored paper (with Krisztina Rácz) „In Search of (Unequal) Symmetries: Remembering Hungarian as the Language of the Social Environment in Socialist Yugoslavia“.

 

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Marija Mandić, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part at the international scientific conference „Spaces In Between (Köztes terek / Spaţii intermediare)“, organiazed at the University of Transylvania, Miercura Ciuc / Csikszereda (Romania), 26 – 27  April 2019. Marija presented two co-authored papers (with Aleksandar Krel) „Multilingualism in Ethnic Mimicry: Language Use of the Banat German Speakers in the Aftermath of World War II“ and (with Krisztina Rácz) „Language of the Social Environment in the Context of Habsburg Educational Policy“.

 

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