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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Slawistik und Hungarologie

Transgressing Boundaries in North Macedonia

Workshop am 27. Juni
Wann 27.06.2019 von 10:00 bis 20:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo UL 6, Lichthof Ost (Raum 1007)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Border Research Crossing Borders HU Berlin in cooperation with Südosteuropa - Gesellschaft cordially invite you to our event on the latest developments in North Macedonia, in particular the evolution of relations with neighbouring countries:



Historical narratives, identity constructs,

and political interventions in times of change




27th of June 2019 (Thursday), 10.00 AM-8.00 PM

Humboldt University of Berlin

Unter den Linden 6

Lichthof Ost (Room 1007), Main Building


The Republic of Macedonia has recently been renamed to the Republic of North Macedonia. Underlying this change was the country’s willingness to join the European Union and NATO as a means of achieving economic prosperity, internal and external security, and stability. This development has taken its course but should not to be taken for granted in the post-Yugoslav context in the last decades.


In 2017, a bilateral agreement was signed with neighboring Bulgaria. In 2018, another agreement signed with Greece prompted the name change, once again raising concerns and even rage among Macedonian nationalists. Both agreements, the Agreement for Good Neighborly Relations with Bulgaria and the Treaty of Prespa with Greece stipulated the establishment of two separate bilateral commissions that would be charged with examining historical textbooks, establishing a mutual understanding of offensive and provoking content and suggesting more acceptable interpretations of the past in order to ensure relaxed and amiable neighborly relations in the future.


What would be the academic assessment of these divisive processes in the Republic of North Macedonia: these are the questions, we will discuss. And what are the reactions of neighboring Greece and Bulgaria to these new developments? Is there a potential to overcome the ethnonational founded narratives of closed communities that prevail in the media-mediated public sphere? What are the possibilities of engaging in a debate about common yet conflicting pasts that transcend the boundaries of ethnic communities?






Welcoming words

Christian Voss (Humboldt University of Berlin)



Transgressing boundaries of narratives between North Macedonia and Bulgaria


Miladina Monova (Bulgarian Academy of Science)

Čavdar Marinov (Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv)

Ljupčo Risteski (Ss. Cyril & Methodius University in Skopje)

Petar Todorov (Institute of National History, Skopje)


12:30-14:30 Lunch break



Transgressing boundaries of narratives between North Macedonia and-Greece


Tasos Kostopoulos (University of Ioannina)

Athena Skoulariki (University of Crete)

Irena Stefoska (Institute of National History, Skopje)

Ana Čupeska (Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje)



Podium discussion: Communication Unbound?

Perspectives for North Macedonia and its neighbors


Key note: Florian Bieber (Universität Graz)

Ambiguous Agreements: Addressing Nationalism through International Diplomacy


Ivaylo Dichev (St. Kliment Ohridski" University of Sofia)

Agata Rogoś (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Artan Sadiku (Solidarnost)

Ioannis Zelepos (LMU München)




Organizational board:

Christian Voss

Goran Janev

Agata Rogoś

Nenad Stefanov