Identity as specificity. A case study in "originalist ideology" and its legacy in Romanian
Post-colonialist debates in anthropology and cultural studies investigated
in depth the "construction of the Other" and the discourse about
differences, but much less was done concerning "self-construction"
and the discourse about specificity of domestic ethnologies in small countries
such as the Balkan ones. On the other hand, turning common heritage into
exclusivist cultural spaces can be considered a "Balkan" case.
In this respect, the project aims to study the way a "diffuse ethnology"
contributed to the production of "national specificity" and
finally of the nation-state as a Kulturkreiss in the case of Romania.
The main hypothesis is that a kind of "originalist ideology"
was the background of all this discourses, producing an "originalist
complex" functioning as "mentality" till our days and interfering
in a specific way with modernity challenges.
|the project | participants
| research groups | events
| papers | progress
resources| news| contact | blue bird home | cps home | ceu home