Economic History Seminar

Seminar

THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:                                                                                    Annales of the Seminar   

BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

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Conveners: Prof. Roumen Avramov (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia)
                      Dr. Martin Ivanov (Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Venue: The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate, 15 “Luben Karavelov” Str., Sofia 1000


Institutional context.  One of the outbreaks of the transition has been the disruption of the academic community, namely in the field of economic and social sciences. Expert knowledge was gradually fragmented, privatized, commercialized and politicized. As most of the major projects are foreign financed, demand tends to create imported discourses and agenda. The traditional research units suffer from low budgeting and are evolving into nutshells-like structures hosting independent individual projects. Universities are, by definition, more conservative and inertial. Top faculty is renewed very slowly, while at the same time the demand for economic education is booming. Research activity is organized mostly on individual basis and the lack of communication prevents the emergence of a dense, competitive intellectual tissue.
Consequently, our aims are to:

• establish missing links;
• build a new type of network, based on a common intellectual effort and bringing together the learning society, flexible institutional structures and public mediation. The explicit aim of this networking exercise is to contribute to a more informed, deeper and publicly accessible conceptualization of the challenges faced by Bulgaria;
• build a platform for an informed public debate;
• contribute to the revival of public and professional interest to economic and social history;
• attract M.A and Ph.D. students;
• stimulate an active and critical exchange;
• encourage an interdisciplinary approach to Bulgarian history and future;
• complement (without supplanting) parallel ties with the West by providing space for domestic and regional “horizontal” contacts;
• alleviate the usual formal constraints of large scale international projects (written reports, English language) by creating a more relaxed and intimate “free speech” area.

An NGO, with its appropriate status, is best placed to play the role of a more dynamic and flexible focal point for institutions and people with quite different profiles.

Conceptual context. The choice of economic and social history reflects the relevance of this field for the understanding of key issues of the transition agenda. History is a privileged gateway to some of the most debated problems in the pre-accession period.

• Uniqueness versus Triviality? The dichotomy is implicitly present in the century-long debate over the place of Bulgaria in Europe. The view that Bulgaria is a “unique case” underlies the perception of many transitional problems. It is important to understand what makes the differences, what put nuances and what is common in temporal and spatial terms? Otherwise a danger of inadequate analogies/dichotomies in space and time emerges.
• What are the limits of the traditional catching-up, copying, and “institution-importing” modernization strategy? In Bulgaria, as in many other countries, institution-building has been based on imported models that provoke the well-known “form without content” problem.
• The noteworthy social pessimism in Bulgaria has become a tangible barrier to social dynamics. It nurtures self-underestimation, and inferiority complexes. The phenomenon has distinct roots in the past that deserve careful attention.
• “Is the Bulgarian economy compatible with capitalism?” is a recurrent question. If yes, with what model of capitalism? Why some European models have exerted a greater influence in Bulgaria than others? The (non-obvious) answers are also historically determined.
• What are the more distant roots of the persistent anti-liberal bias that has provoked – in particular – tensions in “absorbing” rules, values and mentality patterns of the Washington consensus?
• A corollary of the previous question is another one – what are the roots of the prominent etatist stance in Bulgarian economic policy and in the Bulgarian economy that have been historically observed?
• What is the growth/development interface? It has been argued by leading historians that Bulgaria is a typical case of “growth without development” i.e. of lagging (diverging) institutional vis-à-vis quantitative changes
• Bulgaria has a rich historical experience as a part of important economic/political entities. Just to mention the pre-Independence economic development of Bulgarian lands in the Ottoman Empire, the WWI and Inter-war belonging to the German economic area, the COMECON membership… What are the lessons to be drawn from this experience? Its assessment and generalization could prove insightful in the perspective of the EU membership.
• What creates the observed gap between (supposedly good) individual qualities and (supposedly deficient) social aptitudes?
• A definite tradition has been established in the scientific approach to economic and social issues. A number of – both outside and domestic – clichés have impregnated the intellectual landscape in Bulgaria. What are the intellectual legacies that shape those patterns?

The seminar intends to discuss those questions through a “transition/accession-oriented” reading of the past, with explicit references to the impact of historic legacies on the current economic and social reality. The approach will stress the continuum in economic (social) history by transgressing the often superficial political chronology. Political events are inappropriate breaking points for the long-term trends in economic and social time.

The broad context of the adopted point of view is the cultural dimension of economic (social) history. It implies a careful attitude to relicts embedded into texts, language, behavior, everyday life of the past. Economic (social) history is perceived as a facet of the mentalities’ history.


Between Home and Homeland: National Dilemmas and Individual Strategies of the Greeks in Bulgaria During the Interwar Period

Theodora Dragostinova (The Ohio State University) 25 June 2014 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

25 June 2014

The Authority of a Small Country in Hierarchical Regimes. Bulgaria between Exploitation and Cooperation, 1933-1956

Vera Asenova (Central European University, Budapest) 20 November 2013 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

20 November 2013

The Economic Reforms in Bulgaria from the mid-1960s to 1989

Iliana Marcheva (Institute for Historical Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 06 November 2013 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

06 November 2013

The Greek Imagined Community Before and After the Liberation of the Country. Certainties and Dilemmas".

Vasilis Maragos, 21 May 2013 (Tuesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

21 May 2013

The Run for Salonica: Bulgarians and Greeks from Cohabitation to War

Yura Konstantinova (Institute for Balkan Studies with Center for Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 24 April 2013 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

24 April 2013

Culture and Anti-Cultures of the Youth in Bulgaria During the 1970ies and the 1980ies

Mihail Gruev (Sofia University) 28 March 2013 (Thursday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

28 March 2013

The Collapse of Greece: History and Political Economy

Ekaterina Nikova (Institute for Balkan Studies with Center for Thracology) 20 February 2013 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

20 February 2013

Arranging the Puzzle: the Controlled Prices in Rumelia from the mid XVII to the early XIX centuries.

Hristian Atanassov (Bulgarian National Archives) 06 February 2013 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

06 February 2013

Visions about Reforms: the Right-Wing Projects, 1928-1940

Nikolai Poppetrov (Institute for History Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 13 June 2012 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

13 June 2012

The Destruction of Books: Bulgarian Practices and Myths from the XIX century

Kety Mircheva, 6 June 2012 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

06 June 2012

The Revival Process (the Assimilation Campaign Against the Ethnic Turks in Bulgaria, 1984-1989): Socio-Economic Conditions and Aftermaths

Iskra Baeva (Sofia University) 15 May 2012 (Tuesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

15 May 2012

Aspects of the Ottoman Migration Policy in the Bulgarian Lands during the XIX century (until 1878)

Ventzislav Muchinov (Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 25 April 2012 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

25 April 2012

Specificity of the Nuptiality among the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast’ Population during the XIX c. (until 1878)

Daniela Angelova (Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 28 March 2012 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

28 March 2012

A Demographic Policy of the Ottoman Empire in the Bulgarian Lands?

Shtelian Shterionov(Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)14 March 2012 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

14 March 2012

The Political Economy of Financial Transfers During the 1930ies in Bulgaria

Kiril Kossev (Nuffield College, University of Oxford), 29 February 2011 (Wednesday). CLS -seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

29 February 2012

Dendrology, Climate and History: A Case From the Late XVIII century

Nadia Manolova-Nikolova (Sofia University), Dimitar Dimitrov (Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 31 January 2011 (Tuesday). CLS -seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

31 January 2012

The Bulgarian State’s Youth Organization “Brannik”

Markus Wien (American University in Bulgaria) 17 January 2011 (Tuesday). CLS -seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

17 January 2012

The Progressive Liberals. Social networks and dependencies.

Svetoslav Jivkov (Sofia University) 14 December 2011 (Wednesday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

14 December 2011

The Big City and the Economic Development in the Balkans: Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo in the early XX century

Ivailo Nachev (Institute for Balkan Studies with Center for Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), 30 November 2011 (Wednesday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

30 November 2011

The Biblical Legitimation and Argumentation of Power in Medieval Bulgaria

Ivan Biliarsky (Institute for Historical Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), 10 November 2011 (Thursday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

10 November 2011

Syndicalism, Corprorativism and the Social State in the Era of Fascisms

19 October 2011 (Wednesday) Fabio Bertini (Università degli Studi di Firenze) – (In Italian, with simultaneous translation into Bulgarian)

19 October 2011

The Political Transfer or About the Balkan Transgressions of the “European” Modernity

Diana Mishkova (Centre for advanced study, Sofia), 12 October 2011 (Wednesday) CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST

12 October 2011

The Waqf (the Muslim Endowments) in the Ottoman Empire: Business, Shady Deals or (Cultural) Policy?

Svetlana Ivanova (Sofia university), 16 June 2011 (Thursday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

16 June 2011

Between Public Health and Social Assistance: the Visiting Nurses and the Care for Children During the 1920ies and the 1930ies

Kristina Popova (South-Western University, Blagoevgrad)18 May 2011 (Wednesday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

18 May 2011

The Concession Contracts’ Policy of the Bulgarian Government, 1926 – 1931.

Rumiana Parvanova (Institute for Historical Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 20 April 2011 (Wednesday). CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

20 April 2011

Consumption as Entitlement or How Socialist Consumerist Culture Emerged in Bulgaria during the 1960ies

Milla Mineva (Sofia University)13 April 2011 (Wednesday).CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

13 April 2011

Admission Policies in the Universities during the Communist Regime in Bulgaria

Pepka Boyadjieva (Institute For the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 30 March 2011 (Wednesday), 17.30. CLS - seminar THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTURE OF THE PAST:BULGARIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

30 March 2011

Consumption and Shortages in the Social Relations under Communism

Christian Bankov (New Bulgarian University) 16 March 2011 (Wednesday), 17.30

16 March 2011

The Impact of the Contagious Diseases in the Macedonian Theatre of War, 1916-1918

Ivan Petrov (South-Western University, Blagoevgrad) 23 February 2011 (Wednesday), 17.30

23 February 2011

The Balkan culture of gurbet (migration)

Petko Hristov (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 9 February 2011 (Wednesday), 17.30

09 February 2011

26 January 2011

The Gross Domestic Product as a Measure of Economic Growth: Evolution; Methodology; Trends

Rositsa Rangelova (Institute for Economic Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 30 November 2010 (Tuesday), 17.30

30 November 2010

Brigandry and the Bulgarian Army until the Balkan Wars

Veselin Yanchev (Sofia University) 17 November 2010 (Wednesday), 17.30

17 November 2010

Tax Registers of the Athonite Monasteries During the Middle Ages

Ioanna Bencheva (Sofia University) 27 October (Wednasday)

27 October 2010

“Trud I Otdih” („Labor and Leisure”). A History of the Ideological Construction of Everyday Life in Communist Bulgaria.

Ivan Elenkov (Sofia University) 7 October 2010 (Thursday)

07 October 2010

Dating Bulgarian Parchment Manuscripts. Statistical and Economic Arguments.

Jordan Tabov (Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 16 June 2010 (Wednesday)

16 June 2010

Macedonia in the Bulgarian Railway’s Policy (1878 – 1918)

Angel Djonev (Regional Museum, Kyustendil) 2 June 2010 (Wednasday)

02 June 2010

Urbanization in communist Bulgaria

Aleksandar Vezenkov 20 May 2010 (Thursday), 17:30

20 May 2010

“School Expenditures”: Financing and Managing the Bulgarian Educational Institutions in Sofia during the 2nd and 3rd Quarters of the XIX c.

Vera Boneva (University for Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia) 28 April 2010 (Wednesday)

28 April 2010

Socio-economic Context of the Development of Muslim Primary Education during the Tanzimat period (1839-876)

Margarita Dobreva (Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 24 March 2010 (Wednasday)

24 March 2010

Rich/Poor, or Book Trading in the Ottoman Empire, ХVІІІ -ХІХ centiries

Orlin Sabev (Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 10 March 2010 (Wednesday)

10 March 2010

The Bulgarian Business Elites,1912-1947; 1989-2005

Georgi Ganev (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia) 25 February 2010 (Thursday), 17.30

25 February 2010

“Maestro”: The Next Failure of the Dream for a Bulgarian Automobile

Hristo Mishkov 10 February 2010 (Wednesday), 17.30

10 February 2010

Anchialo, 1906: The Political Economy of an Ethnic Clash.

Roumen Avramov (Centre for liberal strategies, Sofia), 27 January 2010 (Wednesday), 17:30

27 January 2010

Networks of Power / Power of Networks. The Government Elites in Romania and Bulgaria (Second Half of XIX – Early XX c.). A Social History.

Dobrinka Parusheva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

15 December 2009

Charity and Benefactors in Bulgaria, 1878-1939

The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate 26 November 2009 (Thursday)

26 November 2009

The “Commercial modernity” of the Bulgarian Revival

The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate

11 November 2009

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