Magdalena Slavkova

Magdalena Slavkova
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences | BAS · Department of Balkan Ethnology

PhD in Ethnology

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Сборникът „Съвременни теренни изследвания на културноисторическото наследство“ е резултат от дейността на учени от Института за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при Българска академия на науките. Те са обединени в работна група „Теренни изследвания“ в рамките на Националната научна програма „Културноисторическо наследство, национална п...
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This article analyses the empowerment of Romani women in Pentecostal societies in Bulgaria, discussing their diverse experiences in church lives, their opportunities, and the limitations they have as spiritual leaders. Using case material from my ethnographic research, I examine how Pentecostalism intersects with gender dynamics. In presenting the...
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Call for Papers for International Conference: ‘Between the Worlds: Migrants, Margins, and Social Environment’ 1st - 2nd of December 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Pentecostalism has reached Southeastern Europe and Bulgaria through the ministries of non-native missionaries and spread widely among Roma and non-Roma groups. The Romanian-speaking Gypsies (Rudari) are also adherents of Charismatic Christianity and have received baptism in the Spirit since recently. Some of the major themes for discussion in the s...
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This paper focuses on food in relation to the experience of religious transformation among Evangelical Gypsies. I analyze the ways in which foodways become a medium of engaging with the believing and non-believing worlds and how may be indicative of personal self-discipline. In the context of how Protestants under-stand the world around them, cuisi...
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This open-access publication offers a qualitative interdisciplinary analysis of local and global variants of cultures. The volume demonstrates how studying places, spaces, and rituals can offer unique insights into how people construct identity, local and global connections, and imaginations in these spaces, making this key reading for researchers...
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This paper is configured as an ethnographic discussion on the religious and social ties of different Roma/Gypsy communities from Bulgaria within their post-socialist labour migrations to Spain. It aims to add new fieldwork results and interpretations to the lacuna of studies on the interrelations between faith and migration. Most publications show...
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Evangelical Christianity has impacted many Roma communities across the globe and can be analyzed on many different levels. Speaking about Protestantism globally, it does not represent a united doctrine and ideology and every denomination requires from their adherents a certain way of understanding the believing and non-believing worlds around them,...
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Българите в Испания са обект на интерес в научната общност и в публичното пространство, въпреки че тази държава вече не е най-атрактивната европейска дестинация за нашите мигранти, както беше доскоро. Различни религиозни аспекти от ежедневието на нашите сънародници там остават недостатъчно проучени и представени, което ме насочи към тази тема. Пъту...
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Религиозното образование играе важна роля в евангелската християнска традиция. Въвеждането в протестантската идеология чрез получаване на знания е един от основните подходи за привличане на последователи, за тяхното морално превъзпитание и социализация в духовните общества. В настоящата статия ще се обърне внимание на образованието на деца и младеж...
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In this chapter, I deal with a new meaning of 'Bulgarianness' generated by transnational mobility of Bulgarians and Bulgarian Gypsies. I analyse the Sunday schools established abroad to serve as social agents aiming to maintain their cultural tradition and building a community life.
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Днешните миграции създават условия за развиване на взаимодействия между хората, чиито характер и интензитет са различни от тези през предишните исторически периоди, когато пътуващите са се движели в по-ограничени пространства. Те променят начина, по който чужденците се включват в живота на местните общности, изграждайки нови значения на общуванет...
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Tatiana Podolinská and Tomáš Hrustič’s book, published in Slovak in 2010 and in English in 2011, deals with the socialisation role of religion. It is an informative ethnological analysis of the possibilities of social inclusion through religious conversion. By focusing and elaborating...
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En nuestra época la diferenciación de los fenómenos migración y movilidad laboral temporal es difícil, porque es posible que en algunos casos se entrelazen y pasen de uno a otro, como es el “caso español”. En todos los casos es mejor especificar que España se elige inicialmente como un destino, en el cual se puede practicar la movilidad laboral...
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As a result of the development of the Bulgarian community in Spain associations and Sunday schools have been formed. The community needs to establish its own ‘moral heroes’ in the face of the school activists who will cooperate successfully with the community members and the institutions in Spain and Bulgaria. As a result of that the hierarchies an...
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In this paper, the author deals with a new meaning of ‘being Gypsies’ generated by the process of Evangelical conversion of Bulgarian Gypsies with specific reference to the case of Gypsy Pentecostal music and musicians. The significance of the ethno-cultural change after the conversion is such that the converts’ perception of tradition is different...
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In Spain there is a big Bulgarian community formed as a result of several migration waves after 1989. The changes in all spheres of social and political life after the fall of the socialist regime in Bulgaria (1944-89) led to an economic crisis that caused large-scale migration of Bulgarian workers and their families to Spain. Once a country known...
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This article deals with the various migration strategies of Bulgarian Gypsies who currently live in Spain. I focus on two aspects of their way of life abroad: labour activities and cultural adaptation to the local health care system. Following the downfall of the socialist regime in Bulgaria (1944-1989) a social and economic crisis emerged. The lif...
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The changes following the collapse of the Socialist regime in Bulgaria - 19 years of social and economic crises - have resulted in waves of migration toward Western Europe. Spain has become one of the most popular destinations for Bulgarians working abroad. In this article about labour migration from Bulgaria to Spain in the years 1990-2008, I writ...
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The focus of the book "Evangelical Gypsies in Bulgaria" (in Bulgarian, 2007) is on Gypsies who have accepted Evangelical baptism. This is the first detailed ethnographic study on Evangelical Gypsies. I did a solid field research among the Gypsy converts in various regions of Bulgaria between 2003 and 2006, as part of preparation for my book. The me...
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The Evangelical conversion of Gypsy groups worldwide has attracted the attention of ethnologists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, historians and sociologists. The problems discussed in the literature are connected with the influence of the 'new' religion on the way of life and identity of the converts. What are the changes that the believers u...
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A l’époque actuelle, la place et le rôle des « nouvelles églises », connues en Bulgarie sous le nom générique d’évangéliques ou de protestantes, sont d’une importance exceptionnelle pour la vie et l’organisation sociale des Roms/Tsiganes. La présence de maisons de prières, dirigées par des pasteurs roms, n’est pas un phénomène unique, mais plutôt u...

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Within the period 1990-2019 Bulgaria became a “sending” country, a country of emigration of a large number of citizens to various European countries like Germany, England, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and others. The present project aims to study the cultural and social consequences on the Bulgarian society, which occurred as a result of the emigration of a large number of people. This process affects many families, local, kinship, ethnic or social community, and society as a whole. However, the consequences of emigration are insufficiently studied, which determine the motivation for the development of the project proposal. Its goal is to collect a comprehensive data on the impact of immigration processes in Bulgaria in the period 1990-2019, in terms of socio-cultural development of the individual family, local communities and society, by taking into account economic and demographic patterns. The focus of research Is entirely on the families, the relatives of emigrants, mainly in areas of high migration and mobility. This will be the first comprehensive analysis of the changing family roles, cultural values, customary ritual practices and behaviour, living standards, child education, attitudes towards the elderly people, the decline in fertility and marriage rates, employment training and re-qualification, communication skills, the creation of mechanisms for potential migration and mobility; re-adaptation of the returning migration. As results of the project, an international scientific conference and national roundtable will be held, internet products will be elaborated, publications will be released in peer-reviewed and open access journals and in e-book of Bulgarian and printed book in English. A Program with measures and proposals for solutions of social and cultural problems in the Bulgarian society will be prepared as well. The project team assumes that, in order to make our society a "society of knowledge", we need to analyse in details the cultural and socio-economic effects of migration on the people who have remained in Bulgaria in order to offer solutions for improving the quality of life, the cultural and economic climate in our country.