The Hungarian University Federation of Cluj (FUMC – KMEI) is implementing the project “Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future” through which a unique transdisciplinary and transnational research group is established that studies the cultural and natural heritages of Sălaj County in a common framework using the complex methodologies of ecology, art history, archaeology, cultural and visual anthropology. The project meets the objectives of PA16/RO12 “Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage” Programme financed by the SEE 2009-2014 Financial Mechanism, and it is implemented in partnership with Bergen University Museum, and the Nordic Anthropological Film Association.

In the framework of the project 8 public meetings have been organized in the study area. The project team has met the local stakeholders in Crasna and Nuşfalău (25 May 2016), Ip and Boghiş (26 May 2016), Marca and Valcău de Jos (28 June 2016) and Halmăşd and Plopiş (29 June 2016). The presentations took place in a friendly atmosphere and were followed by discussions between the project team and locals. The local people present at the events showed their interest in the project: both parties agreed that the region holds exceptional natural and cultural heritage, but without being valued at an appropriate level. Similar projects have the potential to raise the awareness and to raise the visibility of this heritage.

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The Hungarian University Federation of Cluj (FUMC – KMEI) is implementing the project “Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future” through which a unique transdisciplinary and transnational research group is established that studies the cultural and natural heritages of the south-western corner of Sălaj County in a common framework using the complex methodologies of ecology, art history, archaeology, cultural and visual anthropology. The project meets the objectives of PA16/RO12 “Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage” Programme financed by the SEE 2009-2014 Financial Mechanism, and it is implemented in partnership with Bergen University Museum, and the Nordic Anthropological Film Association. Between the 22nd and 24th of April an interdisciplinary scientific workshop has been organized on human-nature interactions, the links between cultural and natural heritages, on the vulnerability and sustainability of traditional cultural and ecological values. The participants from Romania (Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Târgu Mureș, Satu Mare) and from abroad (Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary) have covered a wide array of different topics from the field of biodiversity, cultural anthropology (and visual anthropology), archaeology and art history: heritage and film, restoration of historic buildings, archaeological findings and heritagization, haymaking and local ecological knowledge, local museums, bear and human interactions, insect hotels, new religious phenomena etc. Each presentation was followed by vivid discussions. On the last day of the workshop the participants visited the region studied in the framework of the project. According to the feedbacks from the participants the workshop was a great success, especially with regards to its interdiscpilinarity.

Norwegian-Romanian workshop at the University Museum of Bergen, Norway: 'The Art of Knowledge Exchange' will be held on Friday the 7th of November 2014. The aim of the workshop is knowledge sharing in the fields of culture, human-nature relationships and applied visual anthropology. Speakers from the University of Bergen, from the Hungarian University Federation of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, NAFA and others, will present case studies and screen films.
The day will start at 9.00 o'clock with presentations from the participants from Romania. Bálint Markó will present 'Conserving and promoting natural heritages in Romania with the involvement of local communities' and Töhötöm Árpád Szabó will present 'Cultural heritage, discourses of tourism and the reproduction of rurality in Transylvania'. Orsolya Veraart will present her film 'Man of Nature and Me'. There will be a screening of Alyssa Grossman's film, 'Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues'. Frode Storaas will use excerpts from the film 'From Sunny Side to Shadowland' (dir. Knut Terum) and 'Tama Gaun - the Copper Village' (dir. Frode Storaas and Dipesh Kharel) to discuss 'Cultural heritage, local communities and reproduction'. The day will conclude with a discussion about 'What to label as heritage?' chaired by Hans-Jakob Ågotnes.
NAFA and the University Museum of Bergen are commonly organising the workshop, which is funded by EEA Grants & Norway Grants and open for everybody. In case you would like to attend, and for further information, please contact Ralph Veraart, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mob. +4794282799.

 

13 Early Stage Researcher (ESR, PhD) and 3 Experienced Researcher (ER, PostDoc) positions will be open in the Marie Curie ITN project "Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe" (RegPol²)

The project RegPol² coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography focusses on new patterns of regional disparities between metropolitan core regions and the remaining parts of Central and Eastern European countries (CEE). 16 subprojects will be dealing with the socio-economic forms of regional polarisation, their wider impacts on society as well as the responses conveyed by social, economic and political actors.

RegPol² trains 16 young researchers for careers in academia, public administration, NGOs and the private sector. It aims (1) to educate self-reflexive specialists in complex multi-agent decision making for regional policy under uncertain framework conditions; (2) to train young researchers in better understanding regional polarisation and interrelated policymaking processes in different contexts and in communicating relevant information for decision making; (3) to raise the employability of trained researchers due to better knowledge of different disciplinary and cultural planning and policy traditions in the EU.

All fellows will have the unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and multinational teams with excellent links to national and international research networks.

We are now looking for highly motivated candidates for 13 ESR positions (36 months) with the starting date 01 September 2014 and 3 ER positions (10 months) with the starting date 01 July 2014.