An institution that promotes university cooperation and academic exchange in SE Europe.

Border Crossings Network Since 2003

The programme


The 12th Konitsa Summer School teaching and fieldwork activities

The 12th Konitsa Summer School offers a full academic programme with an emphasis on theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues in Sociocultural Anthropology. The course "Ethnographic Research in Border Areas" is the core course, which explores the borders, border crossings and boundary construction processes in SE Europe.

Moreover, the School’s programme includes courses discussing the current political and economic conditions in SE Europe. The relationship between data gathering and data analysis and the writing of ethnography are discussed as intellectual, methodological and epistemological tools for the conduct of the fieldwork practice. A special ethnographic focus on environmental history and cultural ecology which explores issues related to the border area complements a rich and advanced curriculum.

The participants have a chance to conduct short fieldwork projects in three Balkan countries, participate in the BCN’s publication series, actively engage in local issues, and become acquainted with the border area. Various lecturers join their forces to teach providing an international aura and enhancing the School’s interdisciplinary character.

Thomas Wilson, professor at the Binghamton University, State University of New York, and the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queens University in Belfast (Northern Ireland) will be the invited speaker to deliver a lecture and a workshop.


Courses offered


Courses offered 24 – 27/7


Ethnology of socialism

Environmental history and cultural ecology of the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The case of Pindus and the adjacent borderlands

Ethnographic challenges of everyday life: sensorial approach

Doing fieldwork:

Theory, method and the production of anthropological knowledge


Ethnographic Research in Border Areas

28/7 – 1/8
Fieldwork exercise in Albania, Greece and the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia for all participants

Preparation for the presentation of the fieldwork exercise results

Presentation of the fieldwork exercise results

 *See the attached documents of the course description and the daily plan below



 Invited speakers


Professor Thomas Wilson

Binghamton University, State University of New York
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Thomas M. Wilson is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has a continuing appointment as Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a co-founder of the Centre for International Borders Research. His research interests include national identity and nationalism, international borders and frontiers, the anthropology of Europeanization and European integration, drinking cultures and identities, and anthropology and cinema. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in the United States, and the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the British Council, and the European Union in the United Kingdom, he has been a Fulbright Professor in Ireland and in Canada, and a Visiting Professor in Wales, Lithuania and Finland. He has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Hungary, and is the author and editor of twenty scholarly books, including Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012). Professor Wilson received his PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from the City University of New York, MA in Cinema Studies from New York University, BA Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Comparative Politics from the European University Institute.


Lecture: Brexit on the Border: Hard and Soft Borders and New and Old Nationalisms

WORKSHOP TITLE: Ethnography at the Margins: The Normative and Pragmatic in Planning and Implementing Field Research




Day Trips

An excursion to the Greek-Albanian border area will take place on Friday, 28th of July as an introduction of the participants into the border landscape, proximity and its function as well as to its people and its history. In addition, the participants will have the chance to experience the frontier on foot.



Cultural events

July and August are months in which many social events, religious celebrations and public feasts, that include traditional music and dancing, take place in the town of Konitsa and the surrounding area.

These occasions are great opportunities for the participants to get more familiar with the area and its people, know each other, socialize and get entertained. As every year, we will attend as many as possible.


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