Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

11.8.2015 at 09:00 - 22.9.2015 at 23:59


The East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB) is a multidisciplinary subject founded on the cooperation of several departments and units of the University of Helsinki coordinated by the Aleksanteri Institute, the University of Helsinki. The ECEBB studies are open to all University of Helsinki degree students and exchange students.

NB (9.10.): Please contact the Planning Officer (see information below) in case you are interested in participating to the course. You will be put to a waiting list, in case someone cancels her/his participation.

Politics of Memory in the Balkans provide students with a new perspective on the history of Balkan conflicts. In general it highlights the following problems: how the history have been used in the modern political discourse in the Balkans; links between the past and the contemporary problems affecting social, economic and political situation in the Balkans; as well as variety of political perspectives on the historical facts.

The course will firstly introduce most important developments in the Balkan history, be followed by selected contemporary conflicts within and between the respective countries, such as national mythology and the World War II; the fall of Yugoslavia; struggle over future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia's conflict with its neighbours; and Kosovo's heritage.

3 ECTS: Eight web lectures, reading, and lecture diary. See also lecture diary instructions

+ 1 ECTS: Essay of 5-7 pages, see instructions

+ 2 ECTS: Essay of 10-12 pages, see instructions

Kirjallisessa tentissä suoritettavat teokset valitaan seuraavista:

  • Misha Glenny (1999) The Balkans 1804 - 1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 726 s. (5 op);
  • Maria Todorova (1997) Imagining the Balkans, 257 s. (2op);
  • Tom Gallagher (2001) Outcast Europe: The Balkans, 1789 - 1989, from the Ottomans to Milošević, 314 s. (2 op);
  • Pål Kolstø (2005) Myths and Boundaries in South-Eastern Europe, 357 s. (3 op);
  • Natasa Kovacevic (2009) Narrating Post/Communism: Colonial Discourse and Europe's Borderline Civilization, 240 s. (2 op).

Opintojakson hyväksyttyyn suoritukseen edellytetään aktiivista osallistumista luentokursseille ja niillä vaadittujen tehtävien suorittamista tai vaihtoehtoisesti kirjallisten tenttien hyväksyttävää suorittamista. Opintojakson arviointi riippuu suoritustavasta.

Contact person: ECEBB Planning Officer

ECEBB teaching programme 2015-2016

Credits can be transfered to:

  • MES programme elective studies
  • EUC2
  • Hyl214E/Hyl322
  • 406691 Slavistiikan erikoiskurssi

Course will take place in Moodle (a virtual learning environment used at the University of Helsinki). ECEBB/Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: the instructions will be sent to your helsinki.fi email address. A new topic is introduced each Monday in Moodle with notes from the lecturer, reading, and eventually written assignments. The first topic will be posted and available in Moodle on Mon 26th October.

Jan Mús, PhD, Institute of East-Central Europe, Lublin