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Читалищата по време на пандемия – политики и практики
Community Centres (Chitalishta) in the Time of Pandemic – Policies and Practices

Author(s): Stela Nenova
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Education, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Music, Library and Information Science, Archiving, Preservation, Electronic information storage and retrieval, Education and training, Civil Society, Governance, Sociology, Local History / Microhistory, Recent History (1900 till today), Labor relations, Economic policy, Welfare systems, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social development, Health and medicine and law, Sociology of Culture, Present Times (2010 - today), Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives, Distance learning / e-learning
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: community centres (chitalishta); pandemic; preservation; local cultural heritage; policies; practices

Summary/Abstract: The measures for limiting the distribution of COVID-19 that have been undertaken by the state during the last months affected many institutions and people engaged with the preservation of local cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. The article discusses the official policies towards the community centres (chitalishta) in the current complicated situation caused by the pandemic crisis. Additionally, it utilises direct observations in the field, in the media and in internet milieu, and interviews with community centre workers and representatives of communities that are successors of cultural heritage. Based on concrete examples, the study offers a general and up-to-date picture of preservation practices, developed on local level, such as the ethnographic collections at the community centres, the non-professional groups for folklore, and different initiatives related to the popularisation and socialisation of cultural heritage.

  • Issue Year: XLVII/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 046-060
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian