Dragoş-Gheorghe NĂSTĂSOIU

Academic Year:

Field of Study:
Art History
Medieval History

Research Program:
NEC Odobleja

Independent Scholar


Research project: Performing Gender in a ‘Contact Zone’: Transformation of Social Roles of Orthodox Noble Women in Late-medieval Transylvania (14th-16th Centuries)

This project assesses the changes in the performance of female gender roles by Orthodox noblewomen in late-medieval Transylvania, a contact zone where different confessions and ethnicities mutually influenced each other. By conceptualizing the experience of living under “foreign” rule, it assumes that the religious and ethnical “Othering” could become a catalyst of social change, determine the emergence of new social identities, and have an emancipating impact on gender performance.