Ethnographies of Eastern and Soueastern Europe: Folklore and the Past

Instructor(s): Ioannis Manos and Georgios Agelopoulos

Course abstract:

The course examines the anthropological study of Eastern and Southeastern Europe as it has been documented through ethnographic fieldwork, from the first decades of the 20th century to the present day. It explores the relationship between anthropology, folklore and local epistemologal paradigms of ethnology which formed the academic fields engaged in the study of culture in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in a historical and a contemporary perspective.

The course will discuss the way in which the very notion of ‘the Balkans’ was defined as a field of ethnographic studies. It will also examine the historical, social, political and economic context within which these disciplines were developed. We will focus on the experience of socialism and the social, political and economic transformations undergoing in the area since 1989. Various ethnographic case studies will provide us with an understanding of collective identity formation, violence as a social relationship, identity politics, migration networks and refugee experiences.

Indicative bibliography:

Boskovic, Al., Hann, Chr., (Eds), 2013, The anthropological field on the margins of Europe. Berlin: LIT.

Βουτυρά Ευτυχία, Βαν Μπουσχότεν Ρίκη, (Επιμ.) 2007, Ανάμεσα σε παρελθόν και παρόν: Εθνογραφίες του μετασοσιαλιστικού κόσμου, Αθήνα:Κριτική

Μάρκου, Κατερίνα, (επιμ.), 2011, Ανασυνθέσεις και νέες δυναμικές στις βαλκανικές κοινωνίες μετά το 1990, Ηρόδοτος

Mihailescu, V., Iliev, Il., Naumovic Sl., (Eds), 2011, Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies, Munster: LIT.

Παπαταξιάρχης, Ευθ., (Επιμ.), 2006, Περιπέτειες της Ετερότητας: Η παραγωγή της πολιτισμικής διαφοράς στη σημερινή Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια

Todorova, M., 2003, Βαλκάνια. Η Δυτική φαντασίωση, Θεσσαλονίκη: Παρατηρητής