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Month: January, 2017

Call for Field Research: The European Union: a bottom up view. Emic interpretations of decline along the Lower Danube.

Danube Seminar and Pilot Field Studies – Summer 2017

1 – 15 Aug. (Module 1); 3-10 Sept. (Module 2)

Yulian Konstantinov, Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies

Henrik Egbert, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.


The principal objectives of the events are:

to provide opportunities for researchers from a broad range of social science disciplines (e.g. Sociocultural Anthropology, Sociology, Human Geography, Economics) to participate in a seminar discussion of the proposed topic (Programme, below);

to provide opportunities for pilot field-research (Research Topics and Sites for Pilot Research, below);

to prepare the way for designing and submitting a research-project proposal on the proposed general theme of the events, with a possible additional inclusion of Romania and Ukraine as research sites, and targeting the period 1.06.2018-31.05.2020.
Location and logistics:

The events will take part at a Tent Camp of BSRCS at Km 727 on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube (Google Maps, below). Nearest town: Lom, nearest villages Stanevo (3 km.), Kovachitsa (7 km.). Arrangements for arrival/departure to and from the Camp will be made individually with each participant. We request participants to get in touch with Yulian for further details.


Board and lodging:

There is tent space for up to 10 people at the Camp. Kitchen, electric generator, other basic facilities. We get food and drinking water from the nearby villages, or from Lom. We use water from the river for cooking and washing.

Warning! Participants should be confident that they are not allergic to insect bites. Daily temperatures in August may get over 400 C. Thunderstorms and strong gales, lasting for several days, tend to hit the location at least once during the summer.



The events are self-financed. While at Camp, participants are expected to contribute to daily expenses (food, mineral water, soft drinks, petrol for transport to and from Kovachitsa, fuel/oil for boat, for electric generator, propane/butane for refrigerators, internet wi-fi (if we manage to install it). Judging from experience this should be not more than EUR 15 per person/day, possibly less according to daily/weekly needs. Wine or other alcoholic beverages are bought individually.


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.



BSRCS (Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies), NGO (PIC 923085466),

1000 Sofia, 6 Latinka Str. (Bulgaria). Tel. (+359) 899 175 222.

e-mail (Yulian):


Dr. Henrik Egbert, Professor of Economics. Department of Economics, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Strenzfelder Allee 28, D 06406 Bernburg
Phone: ++49 (0) 3471 355 1332


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.

CfPanels: EASA Medical Anthropology Network 2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting


EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal

Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)



In 2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with the prospect of promoting a compact encounter with more plenaries and less parallel sessions. The purpose is to maximize the interweaving of our experiences and understandings across the different niches and orientations within medical anthropology and in exchange with neighboring fields; we hope that bringing back plenary sessions creates room for unpredicted synergies. Around 120 medical anthropologists from around the globe will meet at the University of Lisbon to debate current research and developments and discuss the field’s contribution to gain a broader and deepened understanding of the conference’s overarching topic.

We chose the ubiquitous theme of the body, qualified in its transitional, mobile, itinerant and dynamic character. We welcome panel and paper proposals addressing different understandings of transition – historical processes, colonial encounters, displacements, migrations, social mobility, cyborg and post-human transformations, environmental variances and, last but not least, the multiple dynamics of embodiment – keeping in mind the centrality of power and knowledge as meaningful and critical axes of medical anthropology approaches to body and health. In particular, the ideas of bodies and transition cannot be disjointed from the larger concept of power and knowledge. How do different powers (state, institutions, movements, individuals) and at different levels (inter and trans-national, national, local) act, interact and/or counteract in the construction of the bodies? And how may knowledge play a role in these dynamics?

Starting from the fundamental notion in medical anthropology that it is ‘good to think with the body’ we open many past, current and future fields by critically reflecting why our human body represents so many different meanings, roles, constructions, interpretations and subjectivities. Humans ‘speak’ with pregnant, aged, tortured, modified, disabled, infected and gendered as well as with beautiful, charming and well-toned bodies, but they epitomize all the pervasive nexus of culture and biology. Moreover, women’s and men’s body exerts intrinsically powerful qualities: Whether a body is healthy or ill, strong or frail, provides care or needs care – it matters in its conjunction with other bodies and minds. Nevertheless, these ascriptions and perceptions are never static and fixed attributes, their transitional and casual nature in inter- and intracultural perspective will certainly shape the conference’s theme of ‘bodies in transition’.



Panel proposals should consist of:
– Panel title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words)
– Name and e-mail of panel proponent with institutional affiliation

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the conference secretariat:

Panel proponents should note that:
– Every panel shall have one coordinator and, if needed, a co-coordinator;
– Proponents shall coordinate one panel only; they can, however, serve as co-coordinator in a second panel. 

Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.

Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the list of panels accepted will be announced on March 1st, 2017.


Download Call for Panels as PDF file > here

Conference website >