MINELRES: CfA: Research Center on Interethnic Relations (CCRIT, Romania) anthropology project

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.delfi.lv
Sat Jun 21 13:39:56 2003

Original sender: Cristina Rat <cristina_rat@hotmail.com>

The Research Center on Interethnic Relations (CCRIT) from Cluj Napoca - 
Romania,   together    with    the   Sociology   Department   of   the
"Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj organizes a three-year program aimed at
enhancing the quality of  teaching social and cultural anthropology in
Central Eastern Europe. The program is carried out in the framework of
the Regional Seminars for  Excellence in Teaching and supported by the
Higher Education Support Program  of the Open Society Institute (Soros

The project includes the organization of regional summer-session, when
scholars meet  in order to discuss  topics relevant for their research
and  teaching, and  inter-session activities concerning  research with
the  students  and visiting  lectures.  Project  related expenses  are
covered by HESP.

The attached  files contain general information  about the program and
the application  form. We would be grateful  if you could forward this
message to  all those whom  you consider interested in  taking part in
the program.

Cristina Rat
Program coordinator



Disciplines and Academic Areas: Social and Cultural Anthropology. 

Project period: June 2003 - July 2006        
Host Institutions: 
"Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj Napoca, Romania
Research Center on Interethnic Relations Cluj Napoca, Romania
Working Language: 
Mandatory: English
Auxiliary: -

Program Director:           
Marius Lazar
Associate professor at the Sociology Department of the "Babes-Bolyai"
Univ., PhD
Co-director of the Research Center on Interethnic Relations

Core Resource Faculty:           

Judit Bodnar
PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of History and Sociology, Central
European University, Budapest 

Slawomir Kapralski
PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Center for Social Studies,
Central European University

Don Kalb
PhD, Professor, Sociology Department, Utrecht University

Gail Kligman 
PhD, Professor, Sociology Department, UCLA

Michael Stewart
PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Katherine Verdery
PhD, Professor, Department of Anthopology, University of Michigan

Project Description:           

The aim of the project is to facilitate the development of cultural and
social anthropology as academic disciplines in the post-communist region
by promoting collaboration among the scholars from Eastern European and
Western universities. Its primarily goals consists of working out
effective methods of transmitting to students not only theoretical
knowledge about research strategies, but also skills of doing fieldwork,
empirical data-analysis and interpretation. These abilities can be
nurtured especially through their active implication in research and
academic debates. 

The program implies summer-schools where young scholars from the region
and from Western universities meet and discuss issues relevant for their
research and teaching. Participants will benefit from the guidance
offered by senior scholars who agreed to collaborate as resource persons
for the project. There have been planned three such meetings, the first
one taking place in Cluj Napoca, Romania: 

September 2003 - Anthropological Reflections on Current Social Problems 
July 2004 - Anthropological Approaches on Ethnicity - Cultural and
Social Identities 
July 2005 - Anthropological Perspectives on Urban and Rural

During the inter-sessions period, project participants are expected to
engage in organizing local teaching workshops, co-ordinate country-level
literature monitoring and reviews in English done by their students, and
involve students in the research activities planned at the summer
sessions. Junior scholars from Western universities will be involved in
both classroom and fieldwork activities. 

The expected project outcomes regard the renewal of syllabuses for
anthropology courses, laying the basis of teaching resource centers in
the region, a better monitoring of currently published studies, a more
effective involvement of students in research activities, and initiating
visiting-lecturer and student exchange programs between the
participating faculties. 

The resources of the working group will be enlarged by establishing
collaboration with already existing academic networks, such as
international anthropological associations that resource faculty are
affiliated to or regional networks as those within the Academic Network
Initiative of the Civic Education Project.

Participants Eligibility:              
Scholars working in the following disciplines are expected to apply:
Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Political Sciences, and

Eligibility: young scholars from East-Central Europe and Western

Target countries from the post-socialist region: Albania,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland,
Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Responsibilities and benefits: 
- taking part at the summer-sessions;
- implementing the planned inter-session activities at their home
universities from Eastern Europe (teaching workshops,
publication-monitoring by students, involving students in research
- holding joint-lectures and seminars together with other project

Participants from outside the target region have to cover their travel
and living expenses.  

All project participants benefit from the guidance of resource persons,
they may use the technical facilities and documentation provided by the
host institutions (BBU Cluj Napoca and CCRIT). Their project-related
expenses will be reimbursed. 

Requirements for all applicants:

Applicants are expected to have already obtained a PhD diploma or be PhD
candidates in the social sciences. They must hold a teaching position at
a social sciences department of a university. Teaching assistants and
visiting-lecturers from research-institutions are eligible as well. 

Deadline for applications: 5th of July 2003. 

The selection committee (composed of members of the resource faculty)
will announce the successful applicants by the 20th of July. 

Application procedure:
Candidates are kindly asked to send by e-mail the following documents in
1. An updated curriculum vitae and a list of publications;
2. A statement of purpose describing their motivation to engage in the
project, their expected role in its implementation, and the potential
benefits for their future career as teachers and researchers (500
3. A summary of a study carried out by the applicant OR a writing-sample
from a such a study (1000 words);
4. A completed application-form;
In addition, applicants should post by regular mail:
5. A recommendation letter from a senior scholar or researcher;
6. A letter of support on the behalf of the Head of the Department the
applicant belongs to. 

Contact information for applicants and general inquiries:       
Contact person: Cristina Rat
Postal address: 
Research Center on Interethnic Relations
B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 No. 128
Cluj Napoca 3400 - Romania
Telephone/fax: (+40 264)197860
E-mail: office@ccrit.ro, cristina_rat@hotmail.com
Web site: www.ccrit.ro

>From MINELRES moderator: Application forms are available by request from
the organizers or from MINELRES moderator.

Other important information:    

Given that the September session is planned to have intensive workshops
and experimental field research, participants will benefit from
assistance on behalf of local resource faculty as well. 

Local resource faculty in charge of conducting workshops and offering
advise for the teaching-workshops held during the inter-sessions period
(CVs attached):

1. Istvan Horvath (lecturer at the Sociology Department of the
"Babes-Bolyai" Univ. Cluj Napoca, PhD) Field: interethnic relations,

2. Petru Ilut (professor, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj Napoca,
Romania) Fields: gender, family sociology, qualitative methods 

3. Eniko Magyari-Vincze (associate professor, "Babes-Bolyai" University)
Fields: anthropology, gender studies

4. Rudolf Poledna (associate professor, "Babes-Bolyai" University)
Fields: urban and rural sociology, sociological theories;

5. Elisabeta Stanciulescu (Professor, "Babes-Bolyai" University) Fields:
the sociology of education, qualitative methods

Local resource faculty in charge of assisting project participants and
the invited senior scholars at the fieldwork carried out during the
summer session (CVs attached):

Laszlo Peter, teaching assistant, PhD candidate at the Sociology
Department of the "Babes-Bolyai" Univ. Cluj Napoca

Stefania Toma, researcher, Research Center on Interethnic Relations