Women, Consumption, and the Circulation of Ideas in South-Eastern Europe, 17th - 19th Centuries


Women, fashion, consumption, luxury, and education are the main subjects of our researchers. The contributors of this volume accompanied women and objects in their travels across Modern Europe and offered thorough and diverse analyses connecting the circulation of people with the circulation of ideas.
Making use of archive materials, visual sources and museum collections, the authors point out the richness of the region and the role of women in promoting new ideas of modernity. This will help the public to better know and understand the importance of women's sociability in building new nations and constructing new identities in South-Eastern Europe and beyond.
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Constanța VINTILĂ-GHIȚULESCU, Ph.D (EHESS, Paris, 2004) is Principal Investigator for the ERC project Luxury, Fashion and Social Status in Early Modern South-Eastern Europe (LuxFass), hosted by New Europe College, Bucharest. She published monographs and many articles on Romanian society in the modern era.

‘This volume begins to fill an important void in the study of southeastern Europe in terms of gender and material culture, and several chapters like those by Davidova or Falierou provide valuable insights and point to some very interesting avenues for further research.’
Evdoxios Doxiadis (Simon Fraser University), in Slavic Review (2019)

'... enriches the overall picture of life in the Ottoman Balkans by offering significant details on the ways in which women interacted with the social and cultural realities they encountered. The volume demonstrates how the consumption of luxury goods traversed religious borders. It also reveals women's roles in the cross-fertilization of cultures and makes an original contribution to the study of fashion in southeastern Europe. The numerous illustrations enliven the text and suggest the richness of the material. Scholars and students of the Ottoman Balkans will be entertained and enlightened by this collection.'
Lucien Frary (Rider University), in Balkanistica (2020)

"There is a great deal of variety among these contributions in terms of the types of sources they choose (paintings, memoirs, church cadasters, personal archives, clothing, etc.) and the specific scholarship they build upon. The most impressive overall achievement of the volume is to have brought to light archival troves in so many places and languages, reminding us about both the difficulty of doing archival comparative work on the Balkans and the unexplored richness of these sources." - Maria Bucur, Indiana University, UK, in: European History Quarterly 48(2)
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Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu

1 Translating Imperial Practices, Knowledge, and Taste Across the Mediterranean. Giulio Ferrario and Ignatius Mouradgea d’Ohsson
Giulia Calvi

2 French Residents and Ottoman Women in 18th-Century Levant Personal Relations, Social Control, and Cultural Interchange
David Celetti

3 Women’s Fashion in Dalmatia at the End of the 18th Century
Katarina Nina Simončič

4 A Dialogue of Sources: Greek Bourgeois Women and Material Culture in the Long 18th Century
Artemis Yagou

5 “Curls and Forelocks”: Romanian Women’s Emancipation in Consumption and Fashion, 1780–1850
Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu

6 European Fashion, Consumption Patterns, and Intercommunal Relations in the 19th-Century Ottoman Istanbul
Anastasia Falierou

7 Women in Merchant Families, Women in Trade in Mid-19th Century Romanian Countries
Nicoleta Roman

8 Women Travellers as Consumers: Adoption of Modern Ideas and Practices in 19th-Century Southeast Europe
Evguenia Davidova

All interested in the history of South-Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire, Gender Studies, Women and Fashion.
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