Interview with Igor Tchoukarine--April 22, 2010

Interview with Igor Tchoukarine, recent Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Interview conducted in Ithaca, NY on April 22, 2010.

Tchoukarine's dissertation is on tourism in socialist Yugoslavia from 1945 to the end of the 1960s.

Interview Themes

How Tchoukarine came to do research on tourism (00:45)
Comparison between French, Canadian and US academic approaches to the region (01:52)
Challenges of bringing together multiple national contexts into single doctoral thesis (04:35)
Area studies training and its benefits/drawbacks (06:55)
Tchoukarine's self-definition as historian (08:53)
Future research plans relating to the Adriatic Sea (09:52)
The important unanswered questions in the field (11:22)
Defining the Balkans as a region (14:01)
Tchoukarine's family origins as they relate to the field (16:27)
First encounters with the Adriatic Sea (24:01)
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