On December 10-12, 1999, an initiative group consisting of Milena
Benovska, Glenn Bowman, Christian Giordano, Deema Kaneff, Karl Kaser,
Vintila Mihailescu, Karin Norman, and Klaus Roth convened in Bucharest and
founded the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology
(InASEA). It succeeds the Association for Balkan Anthropology (ABA).
The founding committee kindly invites you to participate in the first
general assembly and conference of InASEA in Sofia.
The broad topic of the conference is
The Anthropology of Southeast Europe - Ten Years After:
Socio-Cultural Aspects of Transformation
The conference will be held on Sept. 14-17, 2000, at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. The organs of the association will be elected at the general assembly of members. The language of the general assembly of
members will be English, while the languages of the conference are
English, French, and German.
The conference shall focus (1) on the cultural changes themselves and (2)
on the disciplines studying them. It will therefore discuss the following
the study of the socio-cultural consequences of the transformation
processes in SEE, particularly the transformation of (socialist) everyday
phenomena of contemporary (post-socialist) everyday culture and
popular culture, etc.
the change of paradigm in the study of ethnicity and ethnic groups,
as well as
the status and the role of the cultural sciences (ethnology, cultural
and social anthropology, folklore, ethnography, historical anthropology) in
the process of transformation (in subject matter, methods, theories,
approaches) which these disciplines are undergoing in research and
teaching in order to overcome the legacy of the past and to develop into a modern ethnology and/or social anthropology.
The SFCdosteuropa-Gesellschaft has granted financial support; further
applications for funds are pending. Accommodation and travel expenses
(train, bus) of participants from AL, BiH, BG, HR, MK, RO and YU can
probably be paid for.
Please submit as soon as possible your:
application for membership,
to Prof. Klaus Roth or Milena Benovska below.
The members of the founding committee are looking forward to your response
and to meeting you in Sofia.
Prof. Klaus Roth
Institut FCr dt. und vgl. Volkskunde
Ludwigstr. 25, D-80539 MFCnchen
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