Summer Ethnographic Field School in Hungary: update

Tue, 5 Apr 1994 17:51:55 EST

I am posting this notice about the Summer 1994 Ethnographic Field
School in Hungary. There are eleven students signed up and the
program can accomodate up to 20. Below you will find the full details
on the program. If you know of anyone who might interested, please
pass this on to them and/or have them contact me directly.
(Phone:919-515-2491; fax:919-515-2610); home:919-781-8655). The
five week program goes from July 2, 1994 to August 6, 1994. Thanks.

Tim Wallace, N.C.State U., Raleigh, NC


July 2 - August 6, 1994

Hungary, uniquely situated between Western and Eastern Europe is
experiencing difficulties in its adoption of a free market economy.
The recently ended-Soviet era has left many social, cultural and
economic problems. The traditional farm and industrial economy is
changing. Many farm families are on the verge of bankruptcy and
despair as due to the loss of traditional farm markets.

Currently, tourism is seen as one of the solutions, at least in the
short run, to economic development. But one of the consequences of
mass tourism in the Lake Balaton region is lake pollution,
destruction of wetlands and over- construction of housing at the
expense of scenic vistas and the traditional wine agriculture. In
this summer's work we will investigate the growing pains of tourism
development in the Western area of Lake Balaton near the cultural
center of Keszthely and near the villages surrounding the
Kis-Balaton wetlands reserve.

The principal goal of this year's field work is to learn what
possibilities there are for developing sustainable tourism near the
Kis-Balaton Wetlands and how to better manage the preservation of
Keszthely's cultural and architectural uniqueness. The participants in
this program will spend part of their time studying how tourists spend
their time and money. The other part of the time will be spent studying
villager response to agricultural change and their interests in
developing tourist attractions. Students will study first hand the cultural
aspects of tourism. They will also learn skills associated with
organizing and carrying out applied anthropology, use computers for
note-taking and analysis, report writing.

ENGLISH will be the language of instruction. All of the field school
assistants also speak English, as do many people in Hungary.
Students will be paired with English-speaking graduate students from
the Budapest University of Economics, Center for Tourism Research.

COURSES:(Instruction in English. Hungarian not required.)

ANT 498S Ethnographic Field Research in Cultural Anthropology.

This is a three credit field course which provides
practical training in three areas of ethnographic fieldwork:
methodology, research design and ethics. Students will learn
techniques in systematic observation, interviewing, note-taking,
computer software programs of use in ethnographic research, data
analysis and report writing.

ANT 498T Anthropology of Tourism: Applied Field Research.

This is a three credit field course focusing on tourism and the role
of culture as it affects the host
culture and the choice and structure of tourist activities by
visitors. The objective of this course is to conduct some research
for community action in developing sustainable tourist activities
that also are compatible with local cultural traditions.

FOR WHOM INTENDED: The program is designed for juniors, seniors
and grad students from various fields. Prerequisites are ANT 252 (or a
comparable course in introductory cultural anthropology). First Year
students may be admitted with permission of the instructor. No
previous experience in ethnographic fieldwork necessary. Participants
will be paired with students from the Budapest University of Economics
Center for Tourism Research.

HOUSING AND FACILITIES: Students will be housed in a dormitory of
the Pannon Agricultural University when they are in the city of
Keszthely and in Hungarian family homes when studying in farm
communities outside the city. Located on the banks of Lake Balaton,
Keszthely is a city of 35,000 with a wide variety of urban services:
outdoor restaurants, theaters, rock and classical concerts, parks, tennis
and basketball courts, soccer fields. Swimming, fishing, and
wind-surfing are common lake activities.

U.S.citizens only need a valid passport to enter Hungary. No other
documents are required.

EXCURSIONS: Budapest is a three hour train
ride away, and there are many interesting places to see around the
lake including the Kis- Balaton Wetlands Nature Reserve; the village
of Szigliget, a 1993 finalist in a juried competition for the most
interesting European village; the 12th century fortress city of
Sumeg; the mountain, wine-growing area of the North Shore of Lake
Balaton. Many other capitals of central Europe are within a day's
transportation from Hungary.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Tim Wallace,
Associate Professor of Anthropology at North Carolina State
Other faculty involved with the courses are: Dr. Marton
Lengyel, Director, Tourism Research Center, Budapest University of
Economics and Dr. Ferenc Gyulai, Director, Archaeobotany Section of
the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

OVERSEAS TRAVEL AND FLIGHTS: Students can expect special round-
trip fares costs to range between $600 and $975, depending on date of
departure and itinerary. The NCSU Study Abroad Office has information
available on travel agencies specializing in discounted student
fares. Information on train/bus travel from Vienna or Budapest will
be provided. Students may wish to travel together and the Study
Abroad Office will assist in coordinating departures.

FEES: The cost of the program (excluding airfare) is $1745.
Included are the following:
Tuition for two courses, double or triple occupancy
dormitory rooms, breakfast and one additional meal, local field
transportation, visits to local sites of interest and cultural
events, International Student I.D., health insurance.

APPLICATION: To reserve a place, send a registration fee of $100 and
a letter introducing yourself and presenting your special interests.
Include your full name, university address (& until when), permanent
mailing address, univ. telephone (& until when), home telephone,
university attending (or last one attended), your major, year of
graduation and degree. The check for the registration fee ($50 of
which is non-refundable) should be made payable to NCSU. Selection
is based on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for
receipt of the registration fee is April 18, 1994. There is a
maximum enrollment of 20. If you have questions, please call us at:
919-515-2491. Mail the letter and registration fee to:
Summer Field School in Hungary, Box 7344, North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7344. You may also call Dr. Tim
Wallace (919-515-2491 office; 919-781-8655 home. Fax:

James M. (Tim) Wallace
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
North Carolina State University
Box 8107, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
tel: 919-515-2491
email: <Internet>