Periodic Reporting for period 4 - LuxFaSS (Luxury, fashion and social status in Early Modern South Eastern Europe)
Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
The present research topic has been of particular importance for those among the South-Eastern Europe societies that experienced the Communist regime. For a long time, history has been perverted and historical research was the first to suffer. Each step of the project has been brought into public debate important subjects, such as: the role of the past in the collective memory of a nation; material heritage and its relevance in re-writing the past; interpreting the Phanariot regime in light of archival documents. We aimed to connect the events and developments in the Romanian Principalities with the history of the region (Balkans), thus moving beyond the national and local historical interpretation.
Most of the scholarly events within the project were organized in Bucharest, which included noted specialists from various European countries, with the support of the host institution (New Europe College). Participants gave papers and the events were attended by a large public of scholars from various disciplines, proving once more the interest of this research topics. The project was also an opportunity for setting up a team which included international scholars, and to hold events at venues outside Romania, in prestigious institutions (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, European University Institute of Florence), in thus establishing a large network of scholarly contacted with specialist interested in similar questions.
This European project is also an inspiration for the Romanian researchers, in encouraging them to apply for ERC grants.
In recognition of the integration of Romanian historical research in the international framework, the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Johannis, awarded to me the honorific medal ""Ordinul National Serviciul Credincios in grad de Cavaler "" / National Order of Faithful Service (rank of Knight) in a public ceremony.
- The overall objectives:
1. An analysis of luxury in connection with power
a) the use of luxury by the Christian elites as a way of forging their identity by focusing on material goods, but also on cultural ideas
b) the routes of goods across South-Eastern Europe, focusing on the commercial aspects and on the networks, with people involved in all kinds of cultural and economic transfers
2. Luxury, “Europeanization” and the consumer society
a) the emergence of the Balkan nations, with a focus on changes leading to “modernization” seen as a process of „Europeanization” of these „new societies”
b) the consumer society and its definition in a new context brought about by the 19th century"
During this time-span, the LuxFaSS project organized nine major international conferences and workshops. The conferences brought together renowned scholars and young promising researchers, making possible a fruitful scientific dialogue on luxury, consumption and social status in early modern South-Eastern Europe.
The PI and the team members participated in national and international conferences, conventions and congresses (63), workshops (47), and some of them gave lectures or discussed their findings with students within seminars (37). The PI was especially active in making the project and its results known through lectures, both for academic and broader audiences. The number of research stages (66) enabled the team members to gather information about their topics and to contribute to the online database, a work still in progress. All the information can be accessed via the LuxFaSS website http://luxfass.nec.ro