International Symposium on Balkan History Studies Committee (UBTAS), is an academic organization whose members are national and international faculty members, researchers and executives of the organization and whose mission is academic studies on Balkan history. The purpose of UBTAS is to research the Ottoman period which constitutes an important part of the Balkan history; to encourage national and international historians and researchers to use Ottoman sources; to introduce the Ottoman legacy; to determine the common aspects among Balkan people and thus to reestablish the Ottoman Peace (PaxOttomana). With this purpose, UBTAS makes academic works such as international symposiums, books and journals. The first symposium by UBTAS entitled“First International Balkan History Researches Symposium: methodological approaches”was held in Balıkesir University between the dates of 26-28 April 2013 (http://balkansemp2013.balikesir.edu.tr/).
This symposium was a collaborative work of UBTAS, Balıkesir University, İstanbul University Eurasian Institute and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The purpose of the symposium was to encourage the use of Ottoman sources left out in Balkan history studies by national and international academics and to draw the attention on the shortcoming in this subject. 23 academics from the USA, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Greece and 34 academics and organization executives participated in the symposium. The papers presented by Libra Kitap (http://www.librakitap.com.tr/content/view/410/219/)