Call for papers

External influences in South East Europe?

Workshop to be held at the University of Liverpool, UK, on Friday November 23rd, 2018.

This workshop will examine the extent and nature of external influences, broadly defined, in south-east Europe taking a multi-disciplinary, and diverse methodological, approach to this highly topical area of study.

It starts from the premise that the region is coming back to the fore as a space of interest to the EU, Russia and Turkey - amongst others. The workshop seeks to explore how these influences are manifested in the region in terms of politics, security, religion, media and culture.

In this way we seek to promote further research in this developing area by both looking at several aspects in empirical detail and identifying overarching patterns and trends which may not be visible to a more specific approach.

We welcome papers looking at outside influences in the region on the following broad areas:

Justice and Home Affairs inc.

  • “Terrorism” and political violence inc. far right parties
  • Radicalisation
  • Organised crime and corruption inc. trafficking

Security inc.

  • Politics and geopolitics inc. relations with the EU
  • Energy security
  • Military security inc. relations with NATO

Media and Culture inc.

  • Social media and cybersecurity
  • Religion
  • News media and popular culture

The workshop will also include an event aimed at PGR/ECR career development.

Please send a 200-word abstract to including your:

  • Name and title
  • Email address
  • Organisational affiliation (if any)
  • Career stage (PhD, ECR, mid etc.) 
  • Either a web link to your organisational profile or brief biographical notes.

Deadline: September 21st, 2018


  • Some assistance with travel costs will be available and will be prioritised for PhD and ECR paper-givers. 
  • **If you intend to apply for travel funding, please also give us an estimate of your travel costs to Liverpool **
  • NB: Only members of BISA are eligible for travel cost re-imbursement.

This workshop is organised by The Europe and the World Centre, University of Liverpool  and the BISA South East Europe Working Group.‌