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Whatever others may feel, we feel at home in our Museum. We feel good here, we like to look around the rooms with painted walls, full of beautiful, surprising or simply familiar objects. We feel closer to our parents and know there are stories here to share with our children. Working together everyday, we sometimes feel like a big family. Do you hesitate to believe us? Come to the Peasant Museum and see for yourself…




Call for Papers MARTOR 18/ 2013




The Museum of the Romanian Peasant Anthropology Review
Revue d’anthropologie du Musée du Paysan Roumain


The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is seeking contributions for its annual review Martor. The Martor review is a peer reviewed academic journal, indexed by EBSCO and CEEOL, established in 1996, with a focus on cultural and visual anthropology, ethnology and museology. (http://www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro/journals.html)

The theme of our next issue is Childhood. Remains and Heritage. Remembering one’s childhood first appeals to a lost paradise; one talks of the serenity and bliss of early childhood, the sincerity of childish gestures and the series of common places can continue with the never-ending joy of childhood, the unconditional motherly love, the fairytales, the favorite toy. Is not however true that one can also remember the hesitations and helplessness of the first movements; the fears and the monsters, the stories without happy-ending; the frustrations, the fear of getting lost forever, the jealousy among brothers, the fighting for and doubting of maternal love; the despair of finding the beheaded favorite teddy bear? These memories are equally powerful and formative in today’s adulthood, defined both personally and culturally.
In the European Middle Ages, childhood ended towards the age of 10 which made girls of 13 good to be married. In other regions of the world, once they abandoned their toys, children of royal families received the responsibility of governing an entire country. Childhood is thus a concept differently defined and which might define a culture. The idea of this issue revolves around identifying these differences, their meaning and manifestation in multiple contexts, while at the same time, retrieving the cultural perspective and the attitudes that childhood memories can generate.

This call is addressed to researchers in different domains of social sciences and humanities, interested in the history/ ethnology/ anthropology/ sociology/ psychology of childhood, the discourses and practices concerning this age, as well as its relationship to memory and identity.
The articles may approach the following issues, but other kindred subjects as well:
• Concept of childhood; history, subject of research, rural childhood – urban childhood
• Materiality of childhood – furniture, clothes, food, toys.
• Beyond the materiality of childhood: beliefs, folklore (for the children, by the children), customs, parenting, education, and schooling.
• Representations of childhood in museums, photography, film and the arts.
• Memories of childhood: personal diaries, correspondence, testimonies.

We are expecting texts, in either English or French or Romanian (which we shall translate for publication) of 7.000 to 10.000 words by May 1th, 2013. High quality images supporting the argument are a plus in the selection process. We encourage early submission in the form of abstracts and expressions of interest.
Please e-mail your submissions and any inquiries (e.g. editorial guidelines) to Ioana Popescu (iopopescualta@gmail.com), Anamaria Iuga (anaiuga@gmail.com) and Simina Bădică (siminarb@gmail.com).
 




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