11th Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies (MNACMS)
This conference is hosted by the Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, with support from the Mary Choncoff Fund at ASU.
November 4th – 7th, 2022 at Arizona State University
On November 5th and 6th, scholars will present papers on topics in the broad area of Macedonian studies, including language, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, folklore, art, history, anthropology, sociology, and politics.
The working languages of the conference are English and Macedonian.
North Macedonia (Macedonia before February 2019), officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in Southeast Europe that gained independence in 1991 as one of the successor states of Yugoslavia. It is a landlocked country with border neighbors Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. Skopje, the capital and largest city, is home to a quarter of the country's 1.8 million people, and is a long-standing Sister City partner of Tempe, Arizona.
North Macedonia and the United States enjoy a cooperative relationship across a broad range of political, economic, cultural, military, and social issues. The two have had good bilateral relations since North Macedonia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The United States formally recognized North Macedonia in 1994 and established full diplomatic relations in 1995. The United States strongly supports North Macedonia’s aspirations for full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions and is committed to helping North Macedonia embrace inclusive democracy and citizen-responsive governance; fight corruption and discrimination; strengthen rule of law; continue to build upon achievements as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ally and partner; strengthen and diversify its economy; promote media freedom; and build greater democratic institutions in a full, inclusive, multi-ethnic society.
In this context, this year's 11th Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies will touch on important topics such as:
- Language in use: on intimacy, judgment, and affect
- Friend/foe: Representations of Macedonian Distinctiveness
- On border crossings and biculturalism
- Macedonian Dialects
- Cultural production on a page, stage, and screen
- Migration Series
The conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines to explore these and other dimensions of Macedonian Studies and its impact on policy-making and scholarship in international relations, in the United States and beyond.