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Déjà Lu 5

Issue 5 of Déjà Lu has now been published on the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) website–the biggest issue yet, with 42 articles from around the anthropological world. Déjà Lu (“Already read”) is an initiative of the WCAA that aims at pluralizing the dissemination of anthropological knowledge on a global level.

Co-editors are Gordon Mathews (Hong Kong Anthropological Society), Lía Ferrero (Colegio de Graduados en Antropología de la República Argentina), and Joy Owen (Anthropology Southern Africa).

The journal can be found at the following address:

‘Quest for a Suitable Past’: New Book from InASEA Members

Quest for a Suitable Past

Myths and Memory in Central and Eastern Europe


The book at the CEU web site.

Edited by Claudia-Florentina Dobre and Cristian Emilian Ghiţă

Claudia-Florentina Dobre is currently the Director of the Center for Memory and Identity Studies (CSMI) and an associate researcher at Regional Center of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, University of Bucharest. She has published extensively on the memory of Romanian communism and political persecution; museums, monuments, and memorials; and on everyday life under communism.
Cristian Emilian Ghiţă has a PhD in classics and ancient history from the University of Exeter. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bucharest. His interests include Hellenistic studies, Asia Minor, and ancient warfare. All of these are fortuitously combined in his current research project, “Military Traditions and Innovations in Hellenistic Asia Minor.”

The past may be approached from a variety of directions. A myth reunites people around certain values and projects and pushes them in one direction or another.

The present volume brings together a range of case studies of myth making and myth breaking in east Europe from the nineteenth century to the present day. In particular, it focuses on the complex process through which memories are transformed into myths. This problematic interplay between memory and myth-making is analyzed in conjunction with the role of myths in the political and social life of the region.

The essays include cases of forging myths about national pre-history, about the endorsement of nation building by means of historiography, and above all, about communist and post-communist mythologies. The studies shed new light on the creation of local and national identities, as well as the legitimization of ideologies through myth-making. Together, the contributions show that myths were often instrumental in the vast projects of social and political mobilization during a period which has witnessed, among others, two world wars and the harsh oppression of the communist regimes.

164 pages, 2017
978-963-386-136-3 cloth
$50.00 / €44.00 / £34.00


Lucian Boia
Claudia-Florentina Dobre
An Obscure Object of Desire: The Myth of Alba Iulia and its Social Functions, 1918–1940
Gábor Egry
Croatia between the Myths of the Nation-State and of the Common European Past
Neven Budak
Deconstructing the Myth of the “Wicked German” in Northern and Western Parts of Poland: Local Approaches to Cultural Heritage
Izabela Skórzyńska and Anna Wachowiak
Mythologizing the Biographies of Romanian Underground Communists: The Case Study of Miron Constantinescu
Ştefan Bosomitu
Women in the Communist Party: Debunking a (Post-)Communist Mythology
Luciana-Marioara Jinga
Avatars of the Social Imaginary: Myths about Romanian Communism after 1989
Claudia-Florentina Dobre
Post-Communist Politics of Memory and the New Regime of Historiography: Recent Controversies on the Memory of the “Forty-Five Years of the Communist Yoke” and the “Myth of Batak”
Liliana Deyanova
The Phenomenon of “Parahistory” in Post-Communist Bulgaria: Old Theories and New Myths on Proto-Bulgarians
Alexander Nikolov

CfP: CLARC 2018

CLARC 2018

International Linguistics Conference
June 8 – 10, 2018
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Rijeka, Croatia

The Center for Language Research at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, invites you to participate in the international conference entitled Perspectives on Linguistic Diversity. We invite abstract proposals for individual papers and panels.

The submission deadline for both individual papers and panel proposals is November 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be announced on January 19, 2018.

The working languages of the conference are English and Croatian.
Proposals for all types of presentations will be evaluated anonymously based on their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance and quality of abstract.

More information can be found on the CLARC 2018 website.

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

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 ( or Prof. Dr. Henrik Egbert (

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

CfP: State, Experts and Nature

Stefan Dorondel
Francisc I. Rainer, Institute of Anthropology Bucharest
Stelu Serban, The Institute for Southeast European Studies Bucharest

State, Experts and Nature
Engineering the Modern Southeast and Eastern Europe Environment

Call for papers for an edited volume

Since the nineteenth century the natural environment in the Western world has undergone dramatic change. The rapid industrialization of the economy and the increase in commodity exchange volume in Western Europe and the US has led to interventions by technical experts seeking to ‘improve’ nature by putting it to work. The wave of ‘improvements’ to the environment through technological means and expert interventions hit Southeast and Eastern Europe several decades later. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, when the nation state had become established in this region, the role of technocracy started to grow and become central to state formation. Modernization of the state and attempts to build new nations (in the modern sense of the word) entailed tremendous interventions in the natural environment in order to subjugate it or put it to work for the benefit of the people. State development required a bureaucracy and a technocracy to oversee technology, water and forest management, ‘environmental policy’ and agriculture. State experts who offered technological solutions and Nature, as the object of this transformation, developed an intricate relationship.

The environmental transformation of Eastern Europe in modern times hardly benefited from consistent policies. Political regimes changed radically during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as did the relationship between the state and the natural environment. Social engineering was enabled by means of environmental engineering.

From several points of view this volume is something of a novelty. Firstly, it explores the Southeastern and Eastern European region from a longue durée perspective (19th century up to the end of the socialist period) describing various instruments, ideologies and technologies that were employed by the state in order to transform the natural environment. It also considers experts (engineers, biologists, geographers etc) commissioned by the state to 2 engage in environmental engineering using various technologies. Finally, the volume explores how communities involved in these changes have been affected and how they reacted to environmental change. An analysis of the relationship between state, experts, technology and Nature in Eastern Europe and its multiple layers and features, is the subject of this volume.

Important dates:
Deadline for receiving the abstracts: 1st of October 2017
Selection of the abstracts: 1st of November
Deadline for receiving the full papers: 1st of February
Internal review of papers: 1st of April
Deadline for second submission: 15th of June

The volume will be submitted to Yale University Press (The Agrarian Studies Program) or to Routledge (Environmental Humanities series). All questions and abstracts/papers will be submitted to both Stefan Dorondel ( and Stelu Serban (

CfP: Alterity and the Research Imagination Conference (Lisbon, 25-26 January 2018)

Alterity and the Research Imagination
VII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
25–26 January 2018
School of Human Sciences ׀ Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon
Keynote Speakers
Jess Auerbach ׀ Assistant Professor of Social Science, African Leadership University
Jeremy Gilbert ׀ Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London
Margherita Laera ׀ Lecturer in Drama and Theater, School of Arts, University of Kent
Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius ׀ Associate Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine”—a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) and Arif Dirlik (1994) have argued that, owing to its reliance on poststructuralist approaches, postcolonial thought excludes questions of economic and political power structures. A staunch Derridean who uses deconstruction to uncover and disrupt such inevitable hegemonic relations of power in the academy or elsewhere, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999) has likewise dissociated herself from the postcolonial mainstream. Edward Said (1983), whose groundbreaking book Orientalism (1978) sets out a toolbox for colonial discourse analysis, has grown more and more dissatisfied with the untenable apolitical nature of the theoretical insights of Derrida, Foucault and others. Yet, some scholars, and Said himself, have pointed to the geocultural limitations of his theoretical model. In considering discourses of orientalism and balkanism, for instance, Maria Todorova (1997) argues that, unlike the Orient, the Balkans is a concrete entity that is peripheral, but not completely other, to Europe. Paul Gilroy has challenged the racial and ethnocentric biases inherent within British cultural studies in his first major work There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (1987). His discussion of diasporic hybridity (1993), however, has been censured for being gender-neutral. In his seminal essay The New Cultural Politics of Difference (1990), Cornel West locates his polemic on the emergence of the new black (or African-American) cultural worker in a critical historical juncture that might be comparable to what Stuart Hall calls “the end of the innocent notion of the essential black subject” (1988). More recently, Arjun Appadurai (2006) has made the case for research as a human right—an exercise of the imagination that is intrinsic to knowledge citizenship in the era of globalization. This conference considers the theoretical and methodological conundrums researchers and practitioners in the humanities, arts and social sciences face when encountering sites of alterity. We invite proposals that engage with the concept of alterity and subject it to a searching critique through the lenses of multiple disciplines. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Representations of alterity in film, literature, architecture, the visual and performing arts, etc.
  • Alternative media, politics and creativity
  • Multicultural, intercultural and transcultural communication
  • Critical human geography
  • The everyday—its antecedents and simulacra
  • Sociality and the ethics of care
  • Hybrid modalities of identity and difference
  • Ethnographic translations of radical alterity
The working language of the conference is English.
Individual paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Proposals for panels of 3 papers (90 minutes) or roundtables of 3–5 participants (60 minutes) related to the theme of the conference are welcome. We aim to integrate an ambitious range of perspectives. Proposals incorporating practice as research, or other creative work, are encouraged.
Please send an abstract (250 words) and a brief biographical note (150 words) to All proposals should include a title, your name(s), contact details and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s). The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2017. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent on 1 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 15 November 2017.
Registration Fee
€50 (includes admission to all keynotes and plenary sessions and refreshments and lunch breaks during the conference)
Organizing Committee
Amani Maihoub (CECC-UCP)
Gregor Taul (CECC-UCP)
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies / announcement of scholarships

Beginning November 15, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships.

Application deadline: July 23, 2017

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.


To view the full call, please visit

“When Things Become Property”: A Book by Stefan Dorondel

The latest book in Berghahn’s series Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy is co-authored by Stefan Dorondel, member of InASEA’s Executive Committee.

When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.

Further information on the book is available here.

Déjà Lu, vol. 5

Issue 5 of Déjà Lu has now been published by the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA). This is the biggest issue yet, with 42 articles from around the anthropological world.

The website address for  Déjà Lu is:

CfP: Bodies In Transition – Power, Knowledge And Medical Anthropology


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)

Conference presentation / theme:



To submit a paper proposal please choose the panel you find more adequate from the list of panels:

Send your proposal directly to the panel(s) convenor(s) using the email address(es) provided in the detailed information of each panel.

Paper proposals should be submitted in English and should consist of:
– Paper title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words);
– Name and e-mail of paper proponent with institutional affiliation.

Paper proponents should note that:
– For future reference, the leading proponent of a paper will be considered the author; the remaining proponent(s) will be considered co-author(s);
– Each author may only present one paper to the congress; an author may, however, serve as co-author in a second paper.

Deadline for paper proposals:  April 1st, 2017.

Paper proposals will be evaluated by panel coordinators. The list of papers accepted will be announced on April 15th, 2017.