‘Through Savage Europe’ (1907) is the title of the Harry De Windt book on his endeavors in the Balkans at the dawn of the 20th century. This one day symposium, to be held on the 7th of May (2016) at Cardiff University, will bring together a broad range of issues pertaining to scholarly involvement with the past of South-eastern Europe, and its societies. The plurality of approaches to various material records, cultural heritage and the centuries of social change in the wider region will be at the core of discussions. Nowhere is the lack of a unified approach to these issues more obvious than across the dynamic landscapes of the Balkan Peninsula. We hope to facilitate a debate both about how people in Southeast Europe envisage themselves, and also how Western Europe perceives and interprets this. Does a juxtaposition exist, or is the Southeast on its way to Westernization?
The symposium will accommodate a variety of papers from several aspects of History, Ethnomusicology, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage politics. The keynote will be delivered by Professor James Whitley from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.
James Whitley is a Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology and has a long record of experience in working with the past of South-Eastern Europe. His main research interest is the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world during the Early Iron Age and Archaic periods. Crete and its vibrant research history and archaeological record have formed a fascinating landscape for Professor Whitley’s many successful investigations. As a Director of the British School at Athens between 2002 – 2007 and as a long-term researcher of past Mediterranean societies, James Whitley presents a figure with remarkable knowledge and experience of the dichotomy in views, dealt with at our symposium.
The symposium supported by the Cardiff University Graduate College funding for interdisciplinary activities.