Hungary Ethnographic Field School Summer 95

Fri, 16 Dec 1994 15:13:12 EST

I will be leading an ethnographic field school to
Hungary again this summer. I would be grateful if you
can disseminate the information to appropriate
students and faculty. Thanks


July 9 - August 12, 1995

Hungary, uniquely situated between Western and
Eastern Europe, is experiencing difficulty in shifting to
a free market economy. The Soviet era 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
due to the loss of traditional farm markets. Currently,
tourism is seen as one of the solutions to economic
development. But mass tourism, as in the Lake
Balaton region, has its consequences: water pollution,
wetlands destruction, new housing at the expense
of scenic vistas and the traditional wine agriculture.
In this summer's work we will investigate the
problems of tourism development in western Balaton in
the villages and towns that surround the Lake and the
Kis-Balaton wetlands reserve. The principal goal of
this year's field work is to learn whether sustainable
tourism near the Kis-Balaton Wetlands is feasible and
whether farmers are finding new economic activities to
improve their quality of life. The participants in this
program will spend about three weeks living in
Hungarian households and learning how to do applied
research using ethnographic methods. About ten days
will be spent in the cultural center and resort city of
Keszthely learning about mass tourism. Students will
have time to travel in Hungary or to nearby European
Students will also learn skills associated with
organizing and carrying out applied anthropology, use
of computers for note-taking and analysis, and report
writing. English will the language of instruction.
English speaking field assistants will facilitate
communication with communty residents.

COURSES: ANT 495S (3cr.hrs.), ANT 495T (3 cr.hrs.)
Instruction will be in English. Knowledge of Hungarian
not required.

ANT 495S 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 495T 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
six students who may be juniors, seniors and/or
grad students from various fields. Prerequisites are
six credit hours in anthropology, one of which must be
ANT 252, Cultural Anthropology (or a comparable course
in introductory cultural anthropology). First and Second
Year students may be admitted with permission of the
instructor. No previous experience in ethnographic
fieldwork required. Participants will be assisted by
English-speaking students from the Pannon Agricultural
National University, located in convenient Keszthely.

housed at the Forras Panzio Hotel when 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, camping and wind-surfing are
common lake activities. U.S. citizens only need
a valid passport to enter Hungary. No other documents
are required.

EXCURSIONS: Transportation costs in Hungary are
very low. Budapest is a $6, three hour train ride away.
There are many interesting places to see around the
lake including the Kis-Balaton Wetlands Nature
Reserve; the village of Szigliget, which was the
winner of the 1993 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

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. James M. Wallace, Associate
Professor of Anthropology at North Carolina State
University. Other faculty involved: Prof. Agnes Toth,
Tourism Management, Pannon Agricultural University.

expect special round-trip fares costs to range between
$700 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

FEES: The cost of the program (excluding airfare) is
$2,300 (if paid by April 15, 1995). Included are the
following: Tuition for two courses, double occupancy
rooms, breakfast and one additional meal, local field
transportation, bicycles, use of portable computers (one
per two students), visits to local sites of interest and
cultural events, International Student I.D., health
insurance. The cost of the program participation after
April 15, 1995 is $2425.

APPLICATION: To reserve a place, send a deposit of
$100 to be 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 deposit ($50 of which is
non-refundable) should be made payable to NCSU.
Selection is based on a first come, first serve basis.
There is a maximum enrollment of six.
If you have questions, please call us at: 919-515-2087.
Mail the letter and your deposit check to: Summer Field
School in Hungary, Box 7344, North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7344. A formal
application form will follow upon receipt of your letter.

Wallace, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Box
8107, North Carolina State Univeristy, Raleigh, North
Carolina 27695-8107. Office telephone: 919-515-2491;
home 919-781-8655; email:
Fax: 919-515-2610.

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