Projects

Between the internal and external 'other': de-constructing Macedonian national identity

 

Project dates: February 2010 - June 2011 

From February 2010 Analytica is a partner in the Regional Research Promotion Program (RRPP) established with the aim to advance research in the social sciences in the Western Balkans countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. This partnership programme was created through a wide consultation process involving well‐respected researchers and research institutions from the region, Switzerland and other European countries.

Analytica is implementing a research project aiming to examine the dynamics of national identity (re)construction in Macedonia. As the name-dispute with neighbouring Greece intensified, discussions over the name, language and national identity (re)surfaced and all but dominate the public arena. This development requires input from the social sciences and invites researchers to contribute to a debate with wide policy and societal ramifications. Despite its popularity, national identity as a concept has not been approached from a social science perspective so far. Rather, scholars and politicians used it as a means to mobilise masses and rally support for political projects of different nature, leading to populist and nationalist politics. Macedonia's foreign policy is structured by a specific view of national identity, which has serious consequences for the country's political and economic development. The current dominant view of Macedonian national identity also affects domestic policy towards minorities, thus problematising the country's security and democracy. Therefore, looking into how the boundaries and identity markers of Macedonian national identity were forged vis-à-vis the internal (minorities) and external (neighbours) 'Other' will allow us a rare insight into the laboratory where knowledge, discourse and political power intertwine. The project will result with a study of the dynamics of construction and re-construction of Macedonian national identity in the last two decades, with an emphasis on the name-dispute with Greece and interethnic relations with Albanian minority.

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The state of the social science research in Macedonia. Conference held on the 14th of April 2011


 

Workshop in Blagoevgrad 9th of April

 
Project leader and contact: Ms Cvete Koneska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study

Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans

Building the capacities of the Civil Society Organizations to map and monitor the reforms of the security sector in the Western Balkans

 

 

Assessment of capacities to combat illicit trafficking of humans-related criminal activity: the case of Macedonia

Assessment of capacities to combat illicit trafficking of humans-related criminal activity: the case of Macedonia

 

European Fund for the Balkans – Think and Link Programme

Building National Capacities: Harmonisation, Legislation and Management

Project date: June 2008 – May 2009

OSI – Capacity Building Grant

The Think Tank Fund of OSI's Human Rights and Governance Grants Program

Project dates: 2007 -2009

Balkan Trust from Democracy

Project dates: June 2006 – June 2007

In a one year period, from June 2006 to 2007, Analytica’s development was supported by a grant from the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD). The overall goal of the project was to contribute in the successful implementation of the reform agenda and European integration processes in the country and wider in the region through the strengthening of the organisational and research capacity of ‘Analytica’. Thus, the goal was two fold: establishing sustainability of ‘Analytica’ in organisational sense; and increasing the research capacity of it in order to be able to deliver necessary policy research and analysis.