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International Workshop at CAS

19 October 2017

CAS Sofia is hosting an iInterdisciplinary workshop on transnational smuggling networks: "Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Narratives about Illicit/Black/Second Markets in the Black Sea Region and Southeastern Europe", on 19 - 21 October 2017


A) Keynote Speakers
Klaus Buchenau, University of Regensburg
Srdjan Korać, Institute of International Politics and Economics, Belgrade

B) Participants - In Concurrent Panels
Ramazan Hakki Öztan, University of Neuchatel
Mustafa Batman, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, The British Institute at Ankara
Vladan Jovanović, Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade
Francesca Rolandi, University of Rijeka and the National Institute Ferruccio Parri, Milan
Adelina Stefan, Central European University, Budapest
Claudiu Oancea, New Europe College, Bucharest
Sandra King Savic, University of St. Gallen
Jelena Bjelica, Afghanistan Analysts Network
Christian Axboe Nielsen, Aarhus University
Tihomir Bezlov, Sofia University
Nina Martinović, University of Copenhagen

C) Discussants
Rory Archer, University College London
Mišo Kapetanović, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Andreas Ernst, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Thursday, 19 October
19:00 - 20:30

Keynote and Welcome
SANDRA KING-SAVIC AND VLADAN JOVANOVIĆ: Welcome Note and Organizational Information

SRĐAN KORAĆ: The Culture of Illicit: Elusive (Im)Morality of Criminal-Entrepreneurship in the Balkans

KLAUS BUCHENAU: Corruption in Southeastern Europe. A longitudinal Cut from the 19th to the 21th Century

~ Dinner at Restaurant Checkpoint Charly~

Friday, 20 October
9:00 - 11:30
9:00 - 11:30: Historical Perspectives: Trade-and-Smuggling-Practices from the Late Ottoman Period up to WWII


RAMAZAN HAKKI OZTAN: (via skype): Maritime Smuggling Practices in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea under the Ottomans, 1878-1908

MUSTAFA BATMAN: The Relationship between the Régie and the Tobacco Producers in Trabzon during the Late Ottoman Empire

DANIEL-JOSEPH MACARTHUR-SEAL: Cosmopolitan Underground: Narcotics Smuggling in the Eastern Mediterranean 1923-1939

VLADAN JOVANOVIĆ: Istanbul, Sofia, Skopje, Belgrade: The Expansion of Illegal Opium Networks, 1929-1941

~ Coffee break ~
11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:30: Smuggling Networks in the Socialist Balkans


FRANCESCA ROLANDI: Transnational Contacts and Smuggling Networks across the Italian-Yugoslav Border during the Cold War

ADELINA STEFAN: Market Economy and ‘Informal' Socialism: Foreign Tourists, Tourist Workers, and Smuggling Networks on the Romanian Black Sea Coast, 1960s-1980

CLAUDIU OANCEA: Going Popular in the Underground: Black Markets and Popular Music in Socialist Romania during the 1970s and 1980s

~ Lunch at the Cookies Restaurant ~
13:30 -15:00

15:00 - 18:00: Contemporary Smuggling Practices and Narratives in the Black Sea Region and Southeastern Europe

Discussant: RORY ARCHER

SANDRA KING-SAVIC: Informal Trading Practices between Novi Pazar and Turkey between 1991 and 1995

JELENA BJELICA: The Balkan Route of Afghan Opiates in 21stCentury

~ Coffee Break ~
16:30 - 16:45

15:00 - 18:00: Contemporary Smuggling Practices and Narratives in the Black Sea Region and Southeastern Europe (continued)

CHRISTIAN AXBOE NIELSEN: The Serbian State Security Service, Paramilitaries, and Asset Extraction in the Wars in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

TIHOMIR BEZLOV: Smuggling - the Name of the Game Everybody Played

NINA MARTINOVIĆ: An Analysis of the Causes of Serbian Transnational Organized Crime (TOC)

18:00 - 19:00: Closing Session and Going Forward

~ Dinner at Restaurant Manastirska Magernitsa~

Saturday, 21 October

10:00 Check-out

Sightseeing in Sofia

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