The 3rd International Balkan Annual Conference

The 3rd International Balkan Annual Conference (IBAC), “Bosnia and Herzegovina: in Common History and Multicultural Atmosphere of the Balkans” will take place in Sarajevo-Bosnia and Herzegovina between 10 and 13 October 2013.

The theme of the first conference held in Macedonia in 2011 was “co-existence of cultures in Balkans” and of the second conference held in Albania last year was “The Balkans at a Crossroads: Evaluating the Past, Reading the Present, Imagining the Future”.

IBAC Conference series mainly aims to broaden the angle to encompass a larger and deeper outlook at the region’s history, culture and politics. Therefore a detailed analysis of Balkans is very important and necessary for understanding of social, cultural and economic structures of Balkan countries. One of the ways to imagine and construct the future of the region could be evaluating the experiences of the past and reading the present.

Organizing Committee of International Balkan Annual Conference 2013 decided that this year’s theme should highlight the Balkans multicultural historical background which stands as a precious value and source for a peaceful and prosperous future. Thus, the present theme has been found appropriate for the purpose.

Hosting the IBAC 2013, Bosnia and Herzegovina has got such a historical past which shares many values in the common history, culture and socio-economic life of the Balkans. Starting from Illyrians different civilizations such Romans, Slavs and Ottomans existed in the area where today’s Bosnia-Herzegovina is roughly situated.

Upon closer inspection it is not difficult to see the similarities between Bosnian history and general Balkan history that also constitutes the part of the latter. Therefore it looks very essential to find out the similarities, the biggest is the multiculturalism and a common history. The organizing committee therefore highly hopes and believes that IBAC 2013 Conference with a theme strongly stressing the positive aspects of the Balkan history in all perspectives will make a great contribution to the social, economic and political developments of the region in future. In this sense past experiences both good and bad definitely prove that expectation.


Prof. Dr. Mahmut AK (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Mustafa ÖZKAN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Mahir AYDIN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Justin MCCARTHY (Luisville University)
Prof. Dr. Heath W. LOWRY (Bahçeşehir University)
Prof. Dr. Machiel KIEL (Utrecht University)
Prof. Dr. Cezmi ERASLAN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Fahameddin BAŞAR (Fatih Sultan Mehmet University)
Prof. Dr. İdris BOSTAN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Nedim İPEK (Ondokuz Mayıs University)
Prof. Dr. Ömer TURAN (ODTÜ)
Prof. Dr. Tufan GÜNDÜZ (Gazi University)
Prof. Dr. Feza GÜNERGUN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Mustafa KAÇAR (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Sakine ERUZ (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Birsen ÖRS (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Tahsin ÖZCAN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Reşat ÖNGÖREN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Hamdi SAYAR (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Rauf VERSAN (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Bülent ÖZDEMİR (Balıkesir University)
Prof. Dr. Yüksel KIRIMLI (Istanbul University)
Prof. Dr. Feridun M. EMECEN (29 Mayıs University)
Prof. Dr. Mesut IDRIZ (International University of Sarajevo)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aydın BABUNA (Boğaziçi University)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Hasan KORKUT (International University of Sarajevo)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet GANİC (International University of Sarajevo)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Agim MAHMUTİ (International University of Sarajevo)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aliye Fatma MATARACI (International University of Sarajevo)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ali ÇAKSU (International University of Sarajevo)

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