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Managing Diversity in the Post-Conflict Western Balkans: Multiculturalism, Multiethnicity, and Europeanization
International Conference 
Prishtina, Kosovo
June 24-25, 2011
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 16 May 2011








 Keynote Speakers:


Dr. Finn Laursen
- recently named Jean Monnet Chair ad personam by the European Commission, an extensively published scholar on European integration and EU studies, is professor of political science and Canada Research Chair in EU Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is also the Director of the EU Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie. For more info on Dr. Laursen, click here.


Dr. Aidan Hehir -
is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, London, UK. He is assistant editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and has widely published in the field of interventionism and statebuilding. For more info on Dr. Hehir, click here.

Dr. Joseph Coelho - teaches International Relations, Peacemaking and Peace-Building, and other political science courses at Seton Hill University. His research interests include state-building, democratization, peace studies, and his regional expertise is in the Western Balkans, particularly Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more info on Dr. Coelho click here.




The violent break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s has impacted the region of the Western Balkans and South Eastern Europe in a number of ways.  Today, as the Western Balkans countries struggle to leave the past behind and prosper, they face many challenges.  One key challenge has been to find the right way in which these countries can deal with their populations that come from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.  Ethnic and religious differences in many countries of the Western Balkans became much more visible fault lines during the regionís recent wars and armed conflicts (the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo, and the armed conflicts in Southern Serbia and Macedonia).  


Some have argued that multiethnicity is the only way forward, but the implementation of such policies is easier said than done.  The international community has been pressing Bosnia and Herzegovina to embrace the notion of multiethnicity so as to save the federation.  In Kosovo, multiethnicity has been a fundamental objective of the international community, as well.  Yet, ethnic divisions in most Western Balkans countries remain alive and well. 


So, is multiethnicity really the only way forward? Given the difficulty these countries have faced in trying to implement it, should the focus be now put on alternatives? Does Europeanization present another alternative to multiethnicity? Given the aspirations of the Western Balkans countries to join the European Union, attention must be paid to Europeanization as well in terms of it serving as a potential vehicle to manage diversity.  


Moreover, can multiculturalism be a better way forward? Looking at the example of multiculturalism in Canada, Australia, and other places, one can certainly draw some important lessons that could help the Western Balkans countries in managing diversity.   While the Canadian experience with multiculturalism has attracted worldwide attention, the Western Balkans countries so far have failed to engage in a meaningful debate about this model of managing diversity.   


Therefore, the objective of this international conference is to bring together scholars, researchers, policymakers, and other professionals with an interest in the Western Balkans and multiculturalism, as well as multiethnicity and Europeanization. To enrich the discussions, the conference will feature prominent scholars of these topics.


The Kosovo Public Policy Center wishes to invite all scholars and especially graduate students as well as recent post-graduates, with an interest in the Western Balkans and public policy (especially multiculturalism, multiethnicity or Europeanization) to submit abstracts for consideration for the second annual KPPC international conference. The deadline for abstract submission is May 16, 2011.  Successful applicants will be notified by May 20, 2011. Authors of selected abstracts will be expected to submit their full papers by June 23, 2011.


Depending on the number of accepted proposals for paper presentations, there will be between four and six panel sessions. Papers will be grouped into sessions based on their topic, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies used.


A list of guest speakers and honorary speakers, including government and civil society representatives, will be announced in late May 2011.


Papers presented at the conference, upon successful redrafting necessitated by the peer-review process, will be published in two issues of the second volume of the Western Balkans Policy Review, a semi-annual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal.


All paper presenters at the conference will be taken on a Tour of Kosovo on June 25, dependent on funding.


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • All abstracts must be in English, typed, and submitted via email as a .DOC (MS Word) or PDF attachment, using Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, 1 inch margins, double-spaced.
  • Each abstract should be between 300 and 400 words (max).
  • Each abstract should include the full name, affiliation, academic background and contact details of the author. A CV of the author should also be submitted.
  • Individual or group authored abstracts will be considered.
  • Each abstract is to be submitted via email by the given deadline to conference@kppcenter.org  

An academic committee consisting of university professors will be called upon to review all abstracts and select papers for presentation at the conference.


Please note that there is no fee to attend or present at this conference, thanks to the generous commitment of the organizers.  The organizers are working intensively to find sponsors, however, to financially help presenters from developing countries to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.   As funds become available, adequate announcements will be made on this site. 


All selected presenters and interested participants from abroad will be given practical information as to best travel options to Prishtina, Kosovo.  Hotel accommodation will be offered at a discounted rate for all conference participants. More details will have now been published on this page under the Practical Information section.


For further information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at conference@kppcenter.org


Because of the importance of the conference topic and the unique opportunity to get yourself published, the organizers hope to have a great number of you in Prishtina, Kosovo in June 2011.



* For the purposes of the conference, Western Balkans countries include: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia. Papers focusing on Turkey will also be considered.



Kosovo Public Policy Center, the American University in Kosovo Research Center, and Victory University College express the most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following conference partners, donors, and sponsors:

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We hope that the Academic Committee of the conference will announce selected paper presenters for the conference very soon after the deadline for abstract submission of April 30 passes. In the meantime, we are providing the following practical information for all those interested in attending the conference.

Coming to Kosovo by Air

If you are flying into Kosovo, please note that Kosovo is served by the Prishtina International Airport.  This airport is Kosovo's gateway to the world. Many major international airliners serve Prishtina. For a list of airlines and their contact info, please see the official website of the
Prishtina International Airport.

From the airport, you may take a taxi to your arranged hotel accommodation in Prishtina. The trip takes about 30 minutes and the average fare is about Ä25.00.  There are plenty of taxi companies at the airport that can offer you a ride to the city 24 hrs a day. 

Coming to Kosovo by Bus / Ground Transportation

Participants from the neighboring countries can also use ground transportation to come to Prishtina. There are regular bus lines connecting Prishtina to all capitals of its neighboring countries.  Please check with your local bus station for particulars on routes and fares.

You may also drive to Prishtina. However, please make sure that your car has proper insurance and that you are in possession of a valid driver's license. 

Entry Visas

Kosovo does not require entry visas for citizens of European countries or its neighboring countries. There is also a visa waiver treaty in effect between Kosovo and Turkey. Visas are also not required for citizens of the United States and Canada.  Citizens of other countries, however, may be required to have a visa to enter Kosovo. Entry visas are usually given at the point of entry by the Kosovo Border Police.  If you are not sure whether you need a visa or not, please contact us.


We have arranged for discount accommodation rates with Hotel Victory, one of the most prestigious hotels in Prishtina. Conference participants wishing to stay at Hotel Victory are encouraged to contact us well in advance to make their booking.  You are of course free to choose your own accommodation.

Local Transportation

Organized local transportation from Hotel Victory to the conference venue will be provided for conference participants. Alternative local transportation for conference participants staying at other hotels may also be arranged.


All our guests staying at Hotel Victory will be provided with a rich buffet breakfast of a luxurious hotel, included in their rate.  We will provide lunch and coffee/refreshments at the conference venue during the two days of conference proceedings. We will also provide two formal dinners for all conference presenters on the evenings of June 24 and 25. 

Financial Support for Presenters

At this point, we are not in a position to provide any financial support to our conference presenters. If additional sponsors come forth in supporting the conference, adequate announcements will be made on this page.  

Contact Person

If you would like to be booked at Hotel Victory and if you want us to arrange a cab to pick you up at the airport, and if you have any other questions regarding accommodation, transportation, etc, please contact:
Mr. Ardian Syla
KPPC Research Fellow
















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