Начало / Университетът / Факултети / Стопански факултет / Научна дейност / Конференции, семинари и специализации / SOUTH EAST EUROPE STUDENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE, 28-29 May 2010 - Prishtina, Kosovo



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28-29 May 2010

Prishtina, Kosovo

INVITATION: Universum Institute for Economic and Social Studies and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invite senior undergraduate and graduate students (master and PhD students) to the international conference entitled ‘South East Europe Student Research Conference’. Please find the topics below.

PROPOSALS: Paper proposals should include the main argument and keywords, and may not exceed one (double-spaced) page. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of experts for each topic.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 16 APRIL 2010. All proposals should be sent by email at emira.limani@universum-ks.org, or alejtin@universum-ks.org.

PAPERS: Accepted paper proposals will need to be submitted no later than May 23rd, 2010. Papers shall be 2000-4500 words long and may follow one of the following referencing systems: Harvard Referencing System, Cambridge Referencing System or Chicago Referencing System. Papers shall be reviewed by anonymous peer-reviewers. For more information on the review process, consult the Universum Institute's research policies at: www.universum-ks.org.

PARTICIPATION FEE: There is NO participation fee for the conference.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation (including meals) for Western Balkans students and some international students will be provided at the student’s dorm. However, no transportation costs are covered by the organizers.

PUBLICATION: All selected papers will be published in a Special Conference Proceedings.



The Western Balkans Student Research Conference shall cover five topics, each of which shall be discussed and presented under the supervision of a specialized panel of scholars:

1) WESTERN BALKANS EU INTEGRATION CHALLENGES - The conference intends to commission and receive papers that cover the challenges that shape the SEE countries’ prospects for integration in the EU. More specifically, the conference aims at receiving research papers that discuss the following: a) the competition policies in the Western Balkans, and the approximation of rules in the concerned countries with the EC standards; b) the market stabilization under a liberal approach in the SEE; c) political stability and the political conditionality from an EU integration perspective in SEE; d) legal systems’ reform in the Western Balkans, and the latter’s legal harmonization with the aquis communitare.

2) SOCIAL POLICY IN THE SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE – The conference intends to commission and receive papers that cover the social dimension of public policies in any of the South Eastern Europe countries. More particularly, within this theme, the conference intends to receive research works that have studied one of the following: a) the interrelationship between the social policies and the economic growth in any of the SEE countries; b) challenges of the social policy to the state expenditures and public deficit; c) implications of the social policy in the market-liberalization process; d) the European integration vis-à-vis the Western Balkans countries’ social wealth-fare; e) the social policies’ interference towards the state corruption and ‘government overload’ phenomenon; and finally, f) the social policy of a given SEE country as a determinant for the public opinion’s satisfaction with the government.

3) DEMOCRATIZATION IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE – The conference intends to receive papers that cover the democratization routes of any of the SEE countries. More particularly, the conference intends to receive papers that have researched on one of the following sub-topics: a) the communist legacies’ interference in the post-communist democratization process; b) the challenges to the SEE pluralist democratization; c) the corrupted electoral systems, and the outcomes in the public legitimacy context; d) the public participation in the policy-making process, and its relationship with the people’s electoral behavior; e) the political parties’ extent of quantitative and qualitative pluralism; f) the endangerement of democratization from the populist politics; and g) the international community’s preference for stability, rather than deeper democratization in the SEE.

4) ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND TRENDS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS – The conference intends to receive papers that cover the economic performance and trends in the Western Balkans. More particularly, the conference intends to receive papers that have researched one of the following sub-topics: a) the Global Financial Turmoil’s interferences in the economic performance of any of the Western Balkans countries; b) the impact and significance of IMF’s financial support for the budgetary deficits in any of the Western Balkans countries; c) what is more beneficial for a Western Balkans country: euroization or the strengthening of domestic currency?; d) is there any evidence that the financial speculation is the ground of financial crisis in Croatia and Greece?; e) what was the role of Central Banks in the management of extended public expenditures in the Western Balkans countries during electoral periods; f) is there any degree of support for increasing the role of the state in the management of demand in any of the national economies in SEE; g) what are the trends of foreign direct investments in the Western Balkans countries, in the aftermath of the global financial turmoil; i) what is better off: strengthening the market regulator with a view to the development strategies in the Western Balkans or decreasing its role?; h) anything else related to the economic growth policies or market liberalization strategies in any of the western Balkans countries.

5) MINORITY AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS - The conference intends to commission and receive papers that cover the ethnic minority position within the social, economic and political systems of the SEE countries, with emphasis in Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. This topic shall particularly cover: a) the consociational governing systems in Macedonia and Kosovo, and the sufficiency of minority rights’ protection in the countries’ concerned; b) the majority vs. minority relations in Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia; c) the institutional approaches to the minority issues in the countries concerned; d) party politics and its interaction with the minority rights; e) the lack of integration in CoE as a deficiency of minority rights’ protection from the international perspective; and f) the international community’s constrains upon the SEE governments with regard to the ethnic-minorities’ rights protection and participation in the public life.

The Conference is co-organized and supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Office in Prishtina.

Further information can be obtained from the website of the Conference www.universum-ks.org/studentconference

We look forward to hosting you soon in Prishtina.



Organizing Committee

SEE Student Research Conference

Universum Institute for Economic and Social Studies
Veterrniku pn, Prishtina, Kosovo, 10000
Tel. +381 38 544 210, +377 44 124 897
Email: info@universum-ks.org
Web: www.universum-ks.org