The idea of the summer school is to link the topics of the lectures to observation and fieldwork. Thus students are supposed to listen to 4 h of lectures in the mornings, then to conduct field research during the afternoons. For the field research they are expected to choose topics and form teams under the supervision of the faculty staff. Bulgarian students will help for the translation during interviews. Professors and students will discuss their findings and exchange information and ideas at regular meetings. 

The topics suggested so far are:

The virtualization of the urban space, Ivaylo Ditchev (20-29 June)

Night laboratory. The city at night, Ger Duizings (20-29 June), see

Doing ethnography in/of extra-legal urban spaces and practices, Filippo Zerilli (21-29 June)

The role of the informal economy in producing social advancement, Pietro Saitta (27-29 June)

Waste and The City, Velislava Petrova (20-29 June)

Urban consumption practices, Milla Mineva (20-29 June)

Youth Subcultures, Valentina Gueorguieva (20-29 June)

Observations of Sozopol's 'memoryscapes' and their possible subversions, Daniela Koleva (20-29 June)

Nostalgia for socialist living, Schamma Schahadat (26-29 June)

Visual methods in studying heritage, display and the city, Bella Dicks. (20-23 June)

Heritage practices, Michel Rautenberg and Corine Vedrine (23-25 June)

Students are free to choose more than one topic. Some of the topics might change in the process of working. Students will work in teams supervised by the faculty members.


For the successful completion of the school students are expected to:

- deliver a visual archive (pictures, video materials), fieldwork diaries and interviews;

- in the last day of the school every group shall present the results of their research by making a poster or by presenting a short movie, made during the time of the project;

- students are supposed to deliver a paper/essay 2 weeks after the end of the summer school in order to get credits (8 ECTS). The best students’ papers will be published on the website of the electronic magazine Seminar-BG ( 

The successful completion of the summer school corresponds to 8 ECTS. (For the students from the MA programmes of Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies in Sofia University these credits are included within their academic programmes).

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

All lectures, presentations and discussions will be delivered in English.