Europeanist Network events

Europeanist network - EASA and Natural Science Museum, Prahova, Romania
In partnership with University of Bucharest and Transilvania University, Brașov

Told and Untold Stories in Europeanist Anthropology/Ethnology

The goal of this workshop is to investigate told and untold stories in Europeanist research, from the beginning of anthropological inquiries to today’s challenges. By looking at modalities of doing anthropology not within the mainstream, i.e. the acknowledged four major ways (Barth et al. 2005), we aim to explore 'peripheral traditions’ by paying attention to overlooked national histories of the discipline, and their particular developments today.

We welcome rich case-studies related to either the very beginning of anthropology, between missionary work and travelling accounts, or to the formation of ethnography, folklore studies and ethnology in the framework of European nation building. How did these directions of research evolved during the twentieth century, and informed each-other? How did major political changes, like for example the rise and fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, restructure the way we look back on the evolution of our discipline?

Also, we welcome interventions about the main research directions in Europeanist research today, in each ‘peripheral tradition’, and about different ways of teaching Europeanist anthropology/ethnology. Are these directions structured by major changes in today’s Europe, or they just continue national trends? How today’s funding politics and raising precarity will structure tomorrow’s research and teaching? Why we need anthropology/ethnology to better understand our past, present and future in a continuously changing, globalized Europe?

The workshop is intended for app. 30 participants, and will include 1-2 plenary sessions (with keynote lecture), 1-2 round-tables and 3-4 panels (of 2 hours each). 1 round table and 1 panel will be organized in partnership with Applied Anthropology Network, as a satellite event for their annual workshop WWNA, and with European Network of Psychological Anthropology. One panel is organized and dedicated to ‘young researchers’, i.e. BA and MA students in anthropology/ethnology.

Communication will take place in English and French, the two official languages of EASA. Please send your proposal (title & affiliation, short abstract - max. 200 characters, long abstract-max. 200 words) to toldanduntold2019(at) , November 10th, 2019. Answers and practical details will be sent by November 15th, 2019.

Provisional program:

Friday 6/12:
14:00 - 15:00: Arrival of participants and registration
15:00 - 15:30: Welcoming speeches (Emilia Elena Iancu, Director of Natural Science Museum-Prahova; Lorena Anton, University of Bucharest & Chair of Europeanist network-EASA; tba.)
15:30 - 17:00: Keynote lecture Rodica Zane (University of Bucharest/University of Bordeaux): L’ethnologie, domaine academique
17:00 - 17:30: Coffee break 1
17:30 - 18:30: Round table 1 (Teaching Europeanist Anthropology/Ethnology Today) / Round table 2 (Precarity and The Future of Europeanist Research)
18:30-20:00: Wine & welcoming party

Saturday 7/12:
09:30 - 10:30: Visit of Natural Science Museum-Prahova
10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break 2
11:00 - 13:00: Panel 1 (Chair: Alexandru Iorga, Romanian Academy of Science)
13:00 - 15:00: Lunch break
15:00 - 17:00: Panel 2 (in collaboration with European Network of Psychological Anthropology/ Chair: Lavinia Țânculescu, Hiperion University & National School of Political Science and Public Administration)
17:00 - 17:30: Coffee break 3
17:30 - 19:30: Panel 3-Young Researchers (Chairs: Ileana Nica/Alexandru Ghițulescu/Georgian Bobleagă, University of Bucharest)
20:30 - Collective dinner (location tba)

Sunday 8/12:
09:30 - 10:30: Mihai Pop, Romanian Europeanist (FILM & performance by Rucsandra Pop)
10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break 4
11:00 - 13:00: Panel 4 (in collaboration with Applied Anthropology Network/Chair: Mihai Burlacu, Transilvania University of Brașov)
13:00 - 13:30: Closing remarks, Europeanist network meeting & planning for the near future
14:00: Departure for Bucharest (1 - airport/ 2- city center)

Organizing committee:
Dr. Lorena Anton (University of Bucharest)
Georgian Bobleagă (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Mihai Burlacu (Transilvania University of Brașov)
Alexandru Ghițulescu (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Emilia Elena Iancu (Natural Science Museum-Prahova, Romanian Academy of Sciences)
Ileana Nica (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Lavinia Țânculescu (Hiperion University & National School of Political Science and Public Administration)