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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity
Central Eurtopean University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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Name

Zuzana BURIKOVA

Country Slovakia
Residence Nizna
Nationality Slovak
Sex Female
Age 26
Zodiac sign Scorpio, Chinese cat.
Educational background M.A.hon. in Ethnology & Aesthetics from Comenius University in Bratislava (1999)
Present position PhD student in Ethnology at the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak cademy of Sciences
Part-time teacher at the section of the Study of Religions of the Dept. of Ethnology
Teaches: Fieldwork - Theory and Methods
Employer Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at Comenius University
Research interests Anthropology of Postcommunist Society, Anthropology of Religion, Economic Anthropology
Current research Ethics of production and consuption with special reference to the conservative Roman atholic environment in rural Slovakia.
Conferences, competitions... 2000, May  Cracowia, Poland  International Ethnological Conference Ethnic and National Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe 2001, June  Oxford, UK  - Interdisciplinary graduate colloquium Inter Arma Silent Musae: Art and Culture in Confliect Society 2001, Nov. - International Interdisciplinary CEP Conference Making the Modern Europe
Professional affiliation Slovak Ethnological Society
Slovak Society for the Study of Religions
Publications  
Excerpts from publications Constructing 'the self' and 'the other': narratives about the conflicting past among Germans in Slovakia

[...] The period of the 1930's and 1940s turned to be a crucial point in the history of the German minority in Slovakia. Under the virulent historical circumstances, the everyday life strategies were both influencing and influenced by one's ethnic identity. Therefore an oral history dealing with this period is especially appropriate for an analysis of the reflection of own and the other ehtnic groups. In my paper, I will show how social and political conflicts were related to the narrative representations of own and alien groups. [...] the autobiographical narratives of the German inhabitants and the archival materials [...] show Slovaks and Ruthenians as the most important representatives of otherness, the Slovaks and Ruthenians will symbolise 'the other'. [...]

The images of Germans and Slovaks/Ruthenians in the General oral history [...] originate in the categorisation found on the binary opposition between 'us''them'/'self''other' . This kind of categorisation can be found on all linguistic layers from the names consisting of one or two works, up to the long narratives, when the contexts point on this categorisation.

[...] The analsis of narratives has shown that images of the self and the other were highly influenced by the period of conflict in 930's and 1940's. The neutral representations of the pre-war time were followed by images created on the base of bianry opposition between groups standing in conflict. The imagres of self and the others are self-centred and use the mirror effect. The events described in narratives are selected in a way supporting the positive image about the self. In the case of two groups engaged in conflict, the positive qualities of the own and negative of the other groups are strengthened. The main principle leading the construction of the self and the other is of presentism  interpretations of the past events are re-created according to the present situation of narrators. The main aim of the narratives about past stays in the present  their intention is to provide a positive explanatory model for past, present and future acting of narrators.

Case study for the summer course  
Statement of interest Being a postgraduate student in Ethnology, I have found this course very thought provoking and necessary for my research and teaching. My research interests embrace anthropology of transition societies as well as ethnicity, therefore the issue of multiculturality is in the centre of my interests. Since I have studies both Ethnology and Aesthetics, I also appreciate the link with mass media and arts offerred by the course.

Besides, I regard the connection of postcommunist theory as extremely fruitful, especially in consideration of my PhD thesis, Ethics of production and consumption with special references to conservative Roman Catholic environment in rural Norhtern Slovakia. An interdisciplinary approach to the analyses of postcommunist society offered by the course could enrich me with innovative perspectives..., and help me to successfully accomplish my research.

Personal message  
Plans for the future  
Likes nature, poetry (poet-tree), nice people, nice places, meeting nice people, visiting nice places, good music, good books, mountines, walking
Dislikes too formal environment
Hobbies canoeing, traveling, hiking
FoodFest surprise Zemiakove placky - Potato pancakes.
Thanks for visiting my webpage! Dakujem za navstevu mojej stranky !
See you soon in Budapest! Dovi v Budapesti !
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