Ethnographic Field School in Hungary

Wed, 8 Feb 1995 18:44:18 EST

Speaking of ethnographic field schools, would you please remind
appropriate persons of my field school in Balaton, Hungary this

Please forgive me if you have seen this recently.


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 capitals.
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.

HOUSING, FACILITIES, DOCUMENTS: Students will be 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 Hungary.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. James M. Wallace, Associate Professor of
Anthropology at North Carolina State University.

OVERSEAS TRAVEL AND FLIGHTS: Students can 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 departures.

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, university 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: 919-515-2491. 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.

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 Tel: 919-515-2491
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Fax: 919-515-2610
N. Carolina State University Email:
Box 8107, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107