21-08-2018

Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic

TEACHERS, STUDENTS, COLLEAGUES: RELATIONS BETWEEN BULGARIAN, WESTERN AND BALKAN ETHNOLOGISTS

The purpose of this issue is to examine the scientific communication between ethnology in Bulgaria and the related disciplines in the Balkans, Europe, the United States, and the post-Soviet space. Passing through the terms Ethnography, Ethnology, Folklore studies, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Bulgarian scholars adopt new scientific paradigms and research tools and strive to maintain a dialogue with their colleagues from local, regional and global academic institutions. Bulgarian Ethnology invites authors to propose articles that investigate the achievements and the obstacles to the scientific communication. Possible topics could be:

- New scientific paradigms and research tools – where they come from, how they are introduced, how and to what extent they are perceived by Bulgarian scholars

- Parallel trajectories – similarities and differences between Bulgarian and Balkan ethnology and related disciplines over the last decades

- Problems of academic communication – internal contacts and dialogue (or the lack of it) between Bulgarian researchers and institutions, as well as between Bulgarian scholars and their Balkan colleagues

- Hidden and institutionalized hierarchies in the academic knowledge

- Individual trajectories – inclusion of Bulgarian researchers with foreign diplomas in the local academic institutions; inclusion of Bulgarian researchers in foreign research centres; relations between foreign scholars and their Bulgarian colleagues.

Compiled by: Ilia Iliev

Deadline for submission of abstracts (up to 300 words): 20 January 2019

Deadline for submission of articles: 1 September 2019

Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg; bg_ethnology@abv.bg;

iliev@ymail.com

We look forward to your articles and materials!

20-08-2018

Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic
ETHNOLOGY OF AGING


The purpose of this issue is to examine the problems of old age and aging in Bulgarian and Balkan societies from the perspective of ethnology, anthropology and social history. Elderly people already represent a significant part of the contemporary Bulgarian society, and the demographic trends indicate that their share will increase over the next decades. However, in the field of ethnology and related disciplines the number of investigations on age and aging is small. Bulgarian Ethnology invites authors to propose articles on the following topics:
- Social construction of old age in contemporary and traditional Bulgarian society, including ethnic minorities
- Old age varieties – male and female, active and contemplative, young retirees and deep old age
- Role of the elderly people in the family, intergenerational relations, solidarity between young and the elder, problems of inheritance
- Care for the elderly – institutions and family, local and religious communities, moral norms and practices
- The role of the elderly people in the family economy (pension and additional income, childcare and housekeeping), local communities’ economy (care for common spaces, control and negotiation of moral norms, neighbourhood services and neighbourhood craftsmen), Bulgarian society economy in general (working pensioners)
- Social solidarity and daily communication – forms of mutual help and organizations of the elderly, social contacts and isolation.
Compiled by: Ilia Iliev
Deadline for submission of abstracts (up to 300 words): 20 December 2018
Deadline for submission of articles: 20 June 2019
Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg; bg_ethnology@abv.bg;
iliev@ymail.com

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20-08-2018

Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic

YOUTH (POST)SUBCULTURES IN THE 21st CENTURY

In different historical periods, young people and their cultural practices have been defined and labelled differently, as sub-normal, dysfunctional, delinquent, rebellious or consumerist. Youth studies start from the urban micro-research of the early Chicago School, whose authors were interested in the cultural and social context of youth deviant behaviour, and end up with the contemporary postsubcultural theories, in which the individual consumer choices become crucial for the construction of identity. The ‘youth question’ and the concept of subculture have always been part of the research field of sociology and criminology, but at the same time are subject to analysis in the field of cultural studies, anthropology, psychology and psychoanalysis. Contemporary youth studies look at subcultures in the terms of identity, engagement, autonomy, communication, and culture, and increasingly put in use the qualitative methods of ethnography.

The purpose of this issue is to unite authors from various scientific disciplines who are tempted by the problem of youth group and individual identity and its social, ethnic and gender aspects. The issue will provide a forum for discussion and analysis of cultural practices and forms of communication of young people in contemporary urban environments. The spectrum of topics is wide and remains open: from the pop culture consumers, through the street art of graffiti writers and musicians to the social activism of various youth movements; from subculture to the underground scene and neo-tribes; from the closed space of the teenage room to the schoolyard and the outdoor festivals and facecontrol nightclubs.

Compiled by: Vihra Barova

Deadline for submission of abstracts (up to 300 words): 31 December 2018

Deadline for submission of articles: 31 March 2019

Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg; bg_ethnology@abv.bg; vihra.barova@iefem.bas.bg

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25-05-2018

Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic

Working title “Local Production, Clothes and Language Treasure”

Recently there is an increasing tendency to study clothing in its relation to a particular historical period and/or cultural context. Especially interesting is the study and interpretation of archival documents revealing how the clothes were made and worn and how they were discussed among the representatives of different social strata. This thematic issue of Bulgarian Ethnology with the working title “Local Production, Clothes and Language Treasure” is intended for publishing in 2019 and will present and interpret archival data concerning:

  • the production of different types of clothes;
  • peculiarities of the words used to designate particular clothes and their parts;
  • social differentiations on the basis of clothes, and the discourse related to those differentiations.

The starting point of the issue will be a group of articles based on the analysis of an ill-studied massif of archival documents from 1888 and 1889 preserved in the Scientific Archives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The massif concerns the population on the territory of the country with its respective clothing at the end of the 19th century. The data from the handwritten descriptions and illustrative photographs represents in a synchronous way the villages and the cities, as well as the clothes of the Orthodox Bulgarians, Catholic Bulgarians and some other ethnic and religious groups on the territory of the country at that period.

The main idea is to use the analysis of the archival documents and of some other sources to outline both the stable and the variable components of particular identities, as well as to reconstruct relations between cultural and linguistic stereotypes and practices.

We invite all colleagues interested in clothing, as well as in the discourse about it from the end of the 19th century to the present, to submit their texts.

Editor: Miglena Ivanova

Declaration of interest (summary – up to 300 words): 15 September 2018

Submission of the articles: 15 November 2018

Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg;

bg_ethnology@abv.bg;miglenadi@gmail.com;

miglena.ivanova@iefem.bas.bg

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Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic

ETHNO-PHOTO-GRAPHY

Most of the people perceive photography as a ‘realistic’ narrative; part of the ethnologists and anthropologists understand in the same way visual ethnography usually carried out in the field and then involved in the process of analysis. To some extent, photography could be understood indeed as a tool for preserving and studying culture. But on the other hand, we should keep in mind the postmodern critique towards documentary photography, in which it is argued that the meaning of photography and the photographs is constructed by both their creator and the one who observes them. From this point of view, it is quite possible and even necessary to pay attention not just to the images that create visual narratives, but also to the very process of taking pictures, and to the ways photography is interpreted. Starting from the idea that the connection between humanities and social sciences and the photographic image (picture, film, or video) is problematic and in need of discussion, Bulgarian Ethnology invites authors who are interested in the uses of photography in ethnology and vice versa – of ethnology in photography, to propose their articles for publication in this special issue. It is common idea that pictures (and visual images in general) can replace a great number of words. We would like to focus the attention on both the power of the images to create narratives and on the ethical side of working with them.

Editors: Dobrinka Parusheva, Elka Mincheva

Declaration of interest (summary – up to 300 words): April 30, 2018

Submission of the articles: September 30, 2018

Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg; bg_ethnology@abv.bg; elka.mincheva@abv.bg; dobrinka.parusheva@gmail.com

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15-10-2017

Bulgarian Ethnology invites proposals for a special issue on the topic

FOOD AND PUBLICITY

The incredibly increased interest in food and nutrition on a global scale raises a number of new research questions. Of particular interest is the somewhat surprising return of the importance of nutrition as a social event that is well-known to researchers of both traditional cultures (e.g. kurban, potlach) and modern ones (e.g. banquet, dispatching a soldier, celebrations of secular events, such as Women’s day). In recent years, we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number and popularity of events such as:

  • celebrations of different kinds of food (e.g. beans, potatoes, pepper relish – lyutenitsa);
  • reconstructions of historical feeding practices (e.g. Thracian food, Medieval feasts, Bulgarian traditional cuisine);
  • new forms of celebrations such as culinary festivals, organized in different cities, that combine offering of food and drinks and musical performances (e.g. Bankya mezi, Tabiet, beer fests);
  • presentations of food and drinks as marketing strategies (e.g. tastings, restaurants weeks);
  • introduction of marginal practices in the range of the acceptable (e.g. eating contests) and many others.

The abundance of food and nutrition events in the public space signals an encounter between the expectations of the public and everyone who tries to update and manage culture.

The proposed issue of Bulgarian Ethnology will provide an opportunity for identification and analysis of these new forms of public life as well as the trends they mark. Parallels with similar culinary events and occasions in other cultures will be made, which would allow identifying the features of the contemporary social, cultural and communicative situation.

Editor: Rayna Gavrilova

Deadline for submission of abstracts (up to 300 words): 30 November 2017

Deadline for submission of articles: 15 September 2018

Mailing address: balgarska_etnologia@abv.bg; bg_ethnology@abv.bg; rayna.gavrilova@gmail.com

 

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 1-05-2016

In 2017 the journal will prepared an issue "The road" with editior Ekaterina Anastasova.

 10-11-2015

In 2017 "Bulgarian ethnology" will make an issue related to the ethnoographic archive between two centuries with editor Anni Kirilova

6-07-2015

In 2016, our journal is going to publish the following thematic issues:

1. Cultures of Protest (issue editors Daniela Koleva and Mila Maeva);

2. Ethnology of the City (issue editor Nikolay Nenov);

3. Gift, Gift Giving, Philanthropy (issue editor Elya Tsaneva);

4. Bessarabian Bulgarians (issue editors Petko Hristov);

5. Heroic Culture (issue editor Nikolai Vukov).

We welcome your ideas and researches!