The 13th Konitsa Summer School teaching and fieldwork activities
The 13th Konitsa Summer School offers a full academic programme with an emphasis on theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues in Sociocultural Anthropology. The course "Ethnographic Research in Border Areas" is the core course, which explores the borders, border crossings and boundary construction processes in SE Europe.
Moreover, the School’s programme includes courses discussing the current political and economic conditions in SE Europe. The relationship between data gathering and data analysis and the writing of ethnography are discussed as intellectual, methodological and epistemological tools for the conduct of the fieldwork practice. A special ethnographic focus on environmental history and cultural ecology which explores issues related to the border area complements a rich and advanced curriculum.
The participants have a chance to conduct short fieldwork projects in three Balkan countries, participate in the BCN’s publication series, actively engage in local issues, and become acquainted with the border area. Various lecturers join their forces to teach providing an international aura and enhancing the School’s interdisciplinary character.
Robert M. Hayden, Professor of Anthropology, Law and Public & International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, will be the invited speaker to deliver a lecture and a workshop.
23 – 26/7
1. Migrating words and practices: drawing concepts from ancient to contemporary grammatology
|2. Environmental history and cultural ecology of the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The case of Pindus and the adjacent borderlands|
3. Sensorial ethnographies – from everyday experience to affective tonalities
4. Doing fieldwork: theory, method and the production of anthropological knowledge
Ethnographic Research in Border Areas
|5. Fieldwork exercise in Albania, Greece and the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia for all participants
(the participation in it is obligatory and a prerequisite for the certificate of attendance)
|Preparation for the presentation of the fieldwork exercise results|
Presentation of the fieldwork exercise results
*See the attached documents of the course description and the daily plan below
Robert M. Hayden
Professor of Anthropology, Law and Public & International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA
Robert Hayden (J.D., Ph.D.) is an anthropologist of law and politics. His primary research for more than three decades has focused on the Balkans, but has also done fieldwork in India (1970s, 1992, 2013) and among the Seneca Iroquois of New York State (1970s). Following ethnographic research on Yugoslav socialism from 1981-89, he did extensive work on issues of violence, nationalism, constitutionalism and state reconstruction in the formerly Yugoslav space, as well as on transitional justice issues stemming from the Yugoslav wars. From 2007-2013 Professor Hayden headed Antagonistic Tolerance: An International & Interdisciplinary Project on Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites, which developed and analyzed, variously, ethnographic, historical and archaeological data from Bosnia, Bulgaria, India, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Turkey. His new research stemming from this project include studies of sufi/ dervish orders in post-imperial settings, and the (re)construction of religious sites to mark competing national territorial claims in Bosnia since the end of the war there.
LECTURE: Soon to be announced
WORKSHOP: Soon to be announced
An excursion to the Greek-Albanian border area will take place on Friday, 27th of July as an introduction of the participants into the border landscape, proximity and its function as well as to its people and its history.
July and August are months in which many social events, religious celebrations and public feasts, that include traditional music and dancing, take place in the town of Konitsa and the surrounding area.
These occasions are great opportunities for the participants to get more familiar with the area and its people, know each other, socialize and get entertained. As every year, we will attend as many as possible.