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Presentation of the book "Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies II"

CAS 22/11/2008

CAS has the pleasure to invite you to a discussion on “Ethnography and Anthropology” centering on the collective volume “Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies II. Social Era Anthropology in South-East Europe”, compiled and edited by CAS former fellows Vintilã Mihãilescu, Ilia Iliev and Slobodan Naumović (Lit Verlag, Munster, 2008).

The three editors will take part in the discussion, and Daniela Koleva will present and comment on the book.

The event will take place on the 11th of December 2008 at 17:30 hrs at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, Library Hall, 3 fl.

The collection is the second volume in a series edited by Chris Hann and published by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. It includes publications by authors from Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria about the history of the discipline during the communist era. It also contains interviews by West-European, mainly Anglo-Saxon anthropologists who had worked on the Balkans, thus presenting an outside view towards the work of their East-European colleagues.

The publications of Anelia Kasabova, Asen Balikci, Vasil Garnizov, Ilia Iliev, Carol Silverman and Milena Benovska-Sabkova survey the state of the discipline in Bulgaria. The editors purposefully talk about “anthropologies” during the socialist period. Their argument is that we can speak of a multitude of local varieties of the same scientific field, variably called ethnography, folkloristics, ethnology, anthropology or study of the people. This contention is not shared by all contributors to the book and by a great many local scholars. For this reason the editors hope that the presentation of the collective volume will spur a long-awaited discussion on the legacy bequeathed by ethnography and folkloristics of the socialist era as well as on their connections to, divergences or, possibly, contradictions with the ethnology and anthropology which have emerged since 1989.

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