From 26. to 29. October 2017 ISHA Maribor hosted the first ever ISHA seminar in Maribor, Slovenia. The topic of the seminar was “Ottomans and the Balkans”. The seminar participants came mostly from Ex-Yugo countries, some came from countries that wish they could be Ex-Yugo, and we had some Russians and Belgians as well.
On Thursday participants were driven to the hostel (which got a reward for being the best in Slovenia just a week earlier) by our BMW chauffeur. The Ice-breaking party was pleasantly near the hostel and participant’s singing abilities were tested by a karaoke machine.
Friday began with the Opening Ceremony at the city castle, where we were greeted by Maribor’s high dignitaries and listened to two interesting lectures, followed by some refreshments at the magnificent castle arcade balcony. After lunch we began the four workshops: “The Turks are coming!”, “Sultan, slaves, and everything”, “Culture shock” and “From Karađorđe to Atatürk”. The day concluded with also four pub crawl groups.
Sadly, the seminar was a weekend one and Saturday was already the last day. We began by rounding up the workshops and then proceeded to the Old Synagogue for the Final Conclusion. There we started the first part of the City Tour with a lecture on history of medieval and 20. century Jews in Maribor. After lunch we continued the City Tour. We went started by the river Drava, where the oldest vine in the whole world is grows, continued through the city and the park, and after 20 min climb ended up on the Piramida hill, where we saw the remains of the first “Marchburch” castle and an incredible view of the city and its surroundings. The day ended with a truly amazing NDFP.
ISHA Maribor is very proud to finally organise a seminar in our city. We hope everybody enjoyed it as much as we did. Everybody who couldn’t attend and everybody who wants to come back again, we’re already inviting you to the bigger and longer ISHA Annual Conference in April 2018, which will be held in Maribor, co-organised by ISHA Maribor and ISHA Graz.
In recent months, we have been luck to welcome several new sections to ISHA International, as well as welcome back an inactive section! We are very happy with the growth we have seen during this last year and if you are interested in starting your own section, take a look here and see how you can get involved!
We are happy that a new section has been established in Bosnia and Herzegovina and look forward to meeting the members of ISHA Sarajevo at one of the international events! In the meantime, have a look at their Facebook-page!
With the creation of ISHA Moscow, just a few months ago, and now ISHA Kaliningrad, we are glad to see ISHA spread to a new country and we really hope that the members of ISHA Kaliningrad enjoyed their first ISHA event in Lausanne! Make sure that you follow them on social media as well!
Finally, sometimes sections who have been inactive, can come back to life and so we happily announce the re-emergence of ISHA Belgrade (Klub Studenata Istorije Beograd). ISHA Belgrade was once known as the Students of History Club Belgrade (ISHA Belgrade) and was officially founded on May 23rd, 2007, in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. The last event they organized was the ISHA New Year Seminar in 2011, but soon the section died out. Now, we can welcome them back again, so check out their their website and like them on Facebook!
Days 1 & 2:
For three days participants were discussing issues about the (de)construction of Europe. After the tasty dinner and ice-breaking pub visits yesterday, we had wonderful discussions today.
We visited the archive of the Jean Monet Foundation and discussed about perceptions of Europe in different countries. We continued with an exciting workshop about Switzerland and its relationship about the European Union.
The last day of the Lausanne Seminar is over and most of the participants are on their way home already.
Thursday’s workshop sessions were very interesting and highly productive. In order to activate our braincells even more, several sport activities were provided in the afternoon. Later our efforts were rewarded with another delicious dinner (homemade Paella).
The next morning the academic program was closed by Bernhard Altermatt who gave us a lecture about Euroscepticism at the Foundation Jean-Monnet pour l’Europe.
Later that day we had a guided city tour through the astounding old town.
We’re thanking ISHA Lausanne for the amazing organization and this wonderful Seminar!