Roundtable with important interethnic relations stakeholders in Sofia

We invited around 50 stakeholders involved in the monitoring and improvement of interethnic relations in Bulgaria (incl. related NGOs, representatives of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues, the Committee on Interaction with NGOs and Citizens’ Complaints) to join us for a roundtable scheduled for June 3rd. It will be the time to present our main findings and discuss them with our guests, as well as to draw some conclusions for the dynamic of interethnic relations in contemporary Bulgaria. BAN

More information about the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues

More information about the Committee on Interaction with Non-Governmental Organizations and Citizens’ Complaints

Link to the Bulgarian NGOs bulletin (in Bulgarian) where our invitation was published

20160603_114743Download here the presentation of the results held in Sofia June 3, 2016 (partly in Bulgarian).

 

Last project meeting and roundtables in Bulgaria coming up!

The team is now preparing for the last field trip in Bulgaria from MayKarzhali 31th to June 5th. The program will consist in visiting another site of the data collection (the city of Kardzhali located 300km South-East form Sofia, see picture of the Arda river below cons) and to disseminate the project findings to some of the Bulgarian official stakeholders of the country’s interethnic relations.

Download here the presentation of results held in Kardzhali on June 1st (partly in Bulgarian).20160601_154952IMG_0605_Fotor IMG_0607_Fotor

Upcoming presentations

The project team is ready for the conferences season! Part of our team will give oral presentations in different national and international scientific meetings, such as:IMG_1478 copie

– The 17th Jena Workshop and EASP meeting on “Social Justice: Inequality and Recognition” to be held in Jena, Germany, late June.

– The International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, California, early July.

– The 14th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society on “The future of Psychology” to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, next September.

Moreover, several PhD students will be participating in the poster session at the EASP 2015 Small Group Meeting on “The Dynamics of intergroup relations: Majority and minority perspectives on improving intergroup relations” to be held in Budapest, Hungary, mid-June.

More details about the personal and group presentations coming soon!

Upcoming team meeting in Switzerland

20150327_155737 - copieOn the road again! After a few months of data analyses, the Bulgarian team members are going to travel to Switzerland between 25th and 29th March 2015 for a team meeting, which will be dedicated to ongoing analyses and to progress of the planned studies. On this occasion, they will give a lecture in the social psychology laboratory at the University of Lausanne (information here).IMG_1478 - copie

Fieldwork finalised!

An important milestone has been reached in our project! We are happy to
let you know that the field work has now been completed (survey and
interviews). In June and July Bulgarian interviewers administered a
face-to-face survey in three regions (Karzhali, Montana and Stara
Zagora) of Bulgaria. Semi-directive interviews were conducted in a
sub-samble of the survey.

Greetings from Stara Zagora

DSC01417Yesterday, the whole team visited two Roma and Turkish areas of Stara Zagora (one of the Bulgarian region where data are currently collected). We had the opportunity to exchange with one of our survey interviewer and to “take the temperature”!

Survey training completed

Training Montana Training Stara ZagoraIn early June, interviewers were trained in three regions where the survey will be conducted (Kardzhali, Montana and Stara Zagora). The training addressed important issues regarding questionnaire administration among ethnic Bulgarians, Bulgarian Turks and Roma. Members of our Bulgarian academic team were strongly involved to support survey agency trainers and to guarantee that data collection is in line with the project goals. The data collection started immediately after the training.

New meeting in Sofia

sofia2The whole team is meeting at this moment in Sofia (Bulgaria) to share advancements on our research. During 3 days, questionnaire pretests and data collection will be disscussed. Informal exchanges between PhDs students are also planned. Besides, several visits (ex. Roma neighborhood) and cultural events are scheduled, in order for the Swiss team to know more about contemporary Bulgarian context and way of life and for the whole team members to get to know more about each other.