Call for Papers – ETE – v. 4, n. 1 (January-June 2017) – Education in Southeastern Europe: From Empires to Nation-States

Call for Papers

Deadline: 10/04/2016

Monograph Edition

Education in Southeastern Europe: From Empires to Nation-States

Coordinator: Katerina Dalakoura (University of Crete, Greece)

The transition from empires to nation-states is a chapter of a great interest in the history of Europe, and Southeastern Europe in particular. The nation-states in this part of Europe have emerged from and evolved through continuous upheaval. From revolutions and the wars against the Ottoman Empire to conflicts amongst the newly established nation-states, characterized by clashes between rival nationalistic ideologies, irredentism and vying for position between East and West, countries in the region experienced more than a century (1815–1923) of strife in the struggle to expand their national living space and territorial boundaries.

Education, as a crucial institution for the ideological construction of the «nation» and the main consolidation mechanism of the nation-state, is a mirror of the shifting politics of continuous constructions and reconstructions of national identities. This is nowhere more apparent than in Southeastern Europe, where Education reflects the policies of cultural and political re-orientation during the long-term transition to national statehood; negotiations with the Ottoman/Oriental past; reactions to the cultural imperialism of the Great Western Powers and the reception of the Western-type paradigm of progress; and the integration of these processes into new, constructed national identities.

The call for papers entitled Education in Southeastern Europe: From Empires to Nation-States, edited by Katerina Dalakoura (University of Crete, Greece, email: dalakoua@uoc.gr), has been put out to explore the issue of Education during the period of transition to national statehood in different national contexts within the region, and to highlight convergences and/or divergences on the above topics. With this in mind, comparative approaches are very welcome.