National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest
Chief of Ethnology Studies Department
The aim of the project proposal is to approach the processes and phenomena which shape the written and oral dimensions of a local culture, in order to grasp a present meaning of traditions. The research is based on a fieldwork (2014-2017) dedicated to collecting local legends about space in communities from the northern area of Buzău County. In Romanian ethnology there is still a fracture between classic folklore studies, that usually build local communities as exclusively oral ones, and the new ethnology influenced by anthropology, causing a difficult methodological integration of the former; the project aims to draw up an analysis model meant to integrate both approach. The theoretical frame will cover two topics: 1) the way the local memory is culturally transmitted through written and oral narratives, through the interaction between different generations; 2) the way the living memory becomes a distinctive field of the local memory, as it is filtered through the written culture.