Call for Field Research Project: The European Union: a bottom up view

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Call for Participation in Field Research

Project: The European Union: a bottom up view

Emic interpretations of decline along the Lower Danube (Bulgaria)

Base Camp Danube Km 727, Bulgaria, May – September 2018

Topic: ‘Is the Bulgarian North-west the poorest region in the European Union?’

Abstract: The Call invites participation in field-research activities seeking answer to the question: ‘Is the Bulgarian North-west the poorest region in the EU?’. Our research agenda follows from preliminary findings in the summer of 2017 (see below). They have prompted a need for open and unbiased look at this question. We think that neither popular national assumptions of a proverbially depressed region, nor EU statistics, should take a positive answer to this question for granted. Research of this type will help participants to challenge existing notions of ranking regions, based on economic indexes, as well as on popular assumptions.

Key words: Bulgarian North-West; Lower Danube economies; EU subsidies; Roma communities; major agri-businesses; biosemisosis

Organizers: Prof. Yulian Konstantinov, Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies & Prof. Dr. Henrik Egbert, Department of Economics, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

Time: The overall period of activities is from May until September 2018. A Base Camp of Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies at Danube Km 727, 16 km. downriver from the Danube port city of Lom, will be continually functioning during this time. Individual researchers choose their own fieldwork periods and sites. A time of more intensive research is planned in the first three weeks of September 2018, when more researchers could be present at the camp.

Seminar: We propose a data-synthesizing seminar at Villa Pomodiana (Km 725), near the village Stanevo, coinciding with the beginning of the grape-harvest on 16-18 September 2018.

Contact: Prof. Yulian Konstantinov (konstantinovyulian01@gmail.com) or Prof. Dr. Henrik Egbert (henrik.egbert@hs-anhalt.de).

For further information, please see the full cal [pdf].