Anthropologist to Speak on Waste, Poverty and Politics in Bulgaria

Elana Resnick, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will present “Scavenging Votes and Scrap Metal: The Politics of Romani Labor and Poverty in Bulgaria” on Monday, Feb. 1 from 12:30-2 p.m. in E37 Machmer.

Her talk is part of the 701 colloquium series for the department of anthropology.

Resnick is completing her dissertation entitled “Nothing Ever Perishes: Waste, Race, and Transformation in an Expanding European Union.” Supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the School for Advanced Research, her work explores the relationship between waste management and social discrimination, tracing connections between material garbage and metaphors of “social trash” in Bulgaria.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS) project, the department of anthropology, and the European Field Studies program.

For further information about the Distinguished Lecture and the department of anthropology's CHESS program, please email Krista Harper at