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Mob07a


Finding a new home: adaptation and transgressions from the cultural heritage 
Convenors:
Mila Maeva (Institute of Ethnology and Folkloristic Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Petko Hristov (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at BAS)
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Stream:
Mobilities
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Tuesday 22 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

The panel concerns the post-2004 movements to the Eastern European countries. Taking into account the intensification of global movements and their impact on the cultural heritage, we will aim to look at its role, content, societal place and its transgression in the immigrant adaptation process.

Long Abstract

The increasing mobility and migration do concern a plethora of social processes, but their effect on the cultural diversity in the countries on their both ends is truly pronounced. The panel we propose is aimed at presenting the results of the post-2004 immigration movements to the ex-communist countries of Eastern Europe, unravelled and intensified by the accession of (some of) the latter to the European Union. While still being "leaders" as sending countries, the new EU member-states now play the dual role of receiving countries as well. Part of these new intensified movements is becoming a diverse population, motivated by a number of reasons to seek "better luck", more money or improved wellbeing and working or living conditions. This in turn organizes a multitude of new migrant groups, such as labour and leisure migrants, expats, students and refugees provoked by the new possibility for studying, living and business there. Taking into account the continuous intensification of global movements and their impact on the cultural heritage, we will aim to look at its fluctuating role, content, societal place and lastly its transgression in the immigrant adaptation process. The negotiation between cultures (own, national, regional or local) in the context of ex-totalitarian countries put in the foreground questions concerning the quick changes of the local social and cultural landscape and provoke discussion on the acceptance, integration and discrimination on the axis between "us" and "them".

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