RITUALISTIC AND DAILY MEALS. ELEMENTS OF ROMANIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY

Posted On Jan 15 2019 by

The Romanian heritage is very rich in traditions, rituals and superstitions associated with meals, most of them unknown to a large segment of the population nowadays. The aim of our paper is to reveal the ritualistic values of meals associated with some Romanian celebrations (Easter) and of everyday meals as a statement of the vast national intangible heritage. Our broader aim is to promote aspects of Romanian cultural life from the visible and invisible Romanian cultural heritage at a national and international level. This paper aims to respond to the cultural need of asserting cultural identity by rediscovering Romanian food-related practices …


COMMODIFYING IDENTITY IN THE GLOBALIZATION ERA – A CELEBRATION OF CULTURE OR COMMODITY?

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

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TRANSLATIONS FROM JOHN STEINBECK AND ROMANIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Drawing on the perspectives provided by the Polysystem Theory, and holding that the shaping of cultural identity is a process of cross-cultural interaction (Jola Škulj), we purport to examine the influence of John Steinbeck’s writings on Marin Preda’s early short-stories through an analysis of the critical references that testify to it, and a comparative study of relevant passages from their works. In exploring the impact of the translations from the American author on the Romanian literary repertoire, reference will also be made to the historical context of the critical reception.


THE CULTURAL IDENTITY OF BUCHAREST – ANALYZING THE TEXT AND SUBTEXT OF THE CONTEMPORARY URBAN SPACE

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

The public space, generated by historical mutilated façades that have lost their initial meaning and message, is no longer meant to be a transparent space with an innocent outline2 but a transformed illusion of space, a confusing pattern that repeats itself from one frame to the next. Analyzing both artistic and symbolic characteristics of the eclectic façades the paper will read the dialogue generated by composition rules and recurrent patterns in their ‘text’ and ‘sub-text’, and will identify the connection between original material substance and the morphology of the architectural image ofBucharesttoday, while questioning the cultural value of a space …


MUSIC AS AN EXPRESSION OF CULTURAL IDENTITY: AUGUST WILSON’S DRAMATIC REFLECTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Music has become ‘a way of understanding life’ for African-American community in which they masked their souls in their painful history in theU.S.They expressed their faith, feelings, joys, and pains sometimes implicitly and sometimes through implied versions. The main aim of this paper is to expose the cultural identity of African-American characters in their music. Music and its unique capability, amongst many other things, can introduce a reservoir of expressivity, and establish boundaries between creative art and cultural identity. The deployment of cultural identity through black musical expression underscores the connection and complexities of African-American sense of self and place …


ABOUT THE ROMANIAN IDENTITY CONSTRUCT (I)

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

The present paper proposes – using the main scientific sources – to establish the way in which Romanians have become aware of their own identity. Even if the 19th century historians seemed to have agreed upon the present matter, in fact, the concept of Romanian identity has not been revealed yet, or accepted. This very discrepancy between ethnical realities and the Romanian cultural identity construct is in fact the core of our study.


GENTRIFICATION AS A RESULT OF GLOBALISATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Smith and Williams defined gentrification as “the rehabilitation of working-class and derelict housing and the consequent transformation of an area into a middle-class neighbourhood”. Gentrification emphasized the effects of global economy on newly found sectors due to financial activities and international job transactions during 1980’s as a result of the radical changes in Turkish economy. There were new types of jobs especially in İstanbul in accordance with the demands of this new, globalized economy. To locate these jobs and the people working, places and housing stock are needed near the city center. However, the eligible areas were already occupied and …