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Intensive Programme 2012



Mobilities, Economy, Work and Leisure: Challenges and Visions

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

Univerza v Ljubljani, Oddelek za etnologijo in kulturno antropologijo

Piran, 21.-30. 7. 2012

General topic

Mobilities, Economy, Work and Leisure: Challenges and Visions

The organising team proposes the following general topics of the Intensive Programme:

- Work and leisure;

- Pre-economy and post-economy (from gift to financialisation);

- Mobilities and movement.

Permanent change is the main characteristic of capitalist economy and the fundamental force in history leading to major social changes. While some people are leading increasingly mobile lives, others face problems of immobility. Economy is constantly changing, blooming and collapsing. Similarly, workload is increasing in general, while for many there is no work at all. In this perspective, perception of leisure is also changing: on one hand it is internationalized, homogenized and normalized in form of travels, and on the other, it is often demonized and ridiculed in form of mass tourism.

Complex interrelations between work, leisure, movement and economy represent main challenges of the present: the time of crisis and revolt, pauperising and enrichment, intensive labour and leisure, but also blurred boundaries between the two: labour and leisure is often considered incongruous, but many forms of mobilities today consist of work and holiday at the same time. All those, and many more paradoxes, shifts and flows of the present are additionally entwined with mass media representations and new technologies of display.

Ethnographies of movement, work, labour and leisure are specific challenges of this time, worth discussing. We invite students to present their ongoing MA research, but also, if only possible, to reflect on these issues.

Participants (anticipated)

Vienna/Austria, 2 members of the staff, 7 students
Barcelona/Spain, 1 member of the staff, 3 students
Ljubljana/Slovenia, 4 members of the staff, 4 students
Lyon/France, 1 member of the staff, 2 students
Maynooth/Republic of Ireland, 2 members of the staff, ? students
Stockholm/Sweden, 1 member of the staff, ? students

Provisional time schedule

Participants should arrive on July 21st and depart on July 30th.

Provisional daily plan will be available soon.

Final daily plan will be available at the and of June.

Practical information


The IP will take place in the coastal town of Piran in the local community headquarters. Accommodation will be organised in guest house Gostišče Panorama.


Due to financial restrictions of the University of Ljubljana, travel and accommodation costs are responsibility of individual partner universities and participants. We recommend low budget airlines arriving in Trieste and Ljubljana. If possible, the organizers will provide transport from Ljubljana or Trieste airport. The nearest train station is Koper, and there are connections to Piran by bus.

The organizers will provide detailed information on how to get to Piran and the guest house later.


Students will be accommodated at the guest house Gostišče Panorama, Oljčna pot 9, in Piran. The price for accommodation (including breakfast and dinner) is 27 EUR per day for students and 30 EUR for professors if they decide to stay at the guest house. Students will be accommodated in dormitories for 3, 4 or 6 persons.

Afternoon workshops will take place in the guest house. Accommodation is situated within the walking distance from the main IP venue.

The local organizers are working with a very limited budget. Nevertheless, the organizers will try to reduce the costs of accommodation to the lowest possible level, and try to find some additional funds. If the partner universities will be in position to subsidise at least part of these costs, the final costs for an individual student may significantly decrease.


Staff and students should send the title and the abstract (up to one page) of their presentations no later than June 15th to jaka.repic@ff.uni-lj.si.

Staff papers should last 45 minutes. These will be followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

CREOLE students will have three options for their presentations:

1.Oral presentations (papers) should last 20 minutes with 10 minutes discussion.

2. Poster presentation. We expect a printed poster (format A0 or A1) or a poster prepared for the projection. The student will present the poster in 15 minutes.

3. Student workshop. Collective presentation on the topic proposed in a standard slot of 90 minutes.

Each Creole student has to prepare one presentation and may participate in more than one workshop. The students who have not sent the title and abstract of their presentation yet, should do so no later than 15 June.

Creole students are obliged to prepare presentations of their ongoing master research. Topics of their presentations should relate to their MA research, but should also reflect the general topic of the IP which includes, but is not exclusively limited to: mobilities, work, economy or leisure.

Finally, the students are required to submit a report about the lectures and presentations they attended at the IP, together with the literature used, to local organizers (deadline for their submission will be agreed at the IP).The basic information and some literature will be available in e-classroom.

The basic information and some literature will be available in e-classroom.

We would very much appreciate if the local supervisors coached the CREOLE students in preparing their conference papers!

Additional information and explanation for students:

Intensive Programme is the only part of the Creole programme when students and teachers come together and discuss important disciplinary issues, concepts and topics. The exchange of ideas, experience and expectations provides the students with a benefit for their ongoing MA research.

Students’ requirements for 10 ECTS:

For preparation, attendance, participation, presentation of the paper, and the final report/essay, the student receives 10 ECTS credits. Obligations for students consist of attendance for the whole time of the IP, presentation related to the MA, and the report/essay on one or several IP topics.

While the active participation and good paper/poster presentations constitute a part of the mark, the essential part of the final mark comes from the final report/essay which proves the benefit of new knowledge acquired at the whole Intensive Programme. The final essay/report should summarise the IP. It is the culmination of the general input the Intensive Programme gives to the students (with references from presentations, new information and knowledge acquired which should be upgraded while it is still fresh).


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