Constanța VINTILĂ-GHIȚULESCU (PhD), Principal Investigator (PI) for the ERC project, Luxury, Fashion and Social Status in Early Modern South-Eastern Europe (LuxFass) is Senior Researcher at the "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History–Romanian Academy

As historian, her areas of expertise are: social history; history of ideas and mentalities; family and daily life; legal history in the pre-modern Romanian society (18th – 19th centuries). On these subjects she published extensively and also organized important scientific events (national and international). With Silvia Marton (University of Bucharest – Faculty of Political Sciences), she created in 2009 a group of research, Reflections on the Political and Social History of the 18th and 19th Centuries in Romania (GRIPS). Through this and with the institutional help of New Europe College, she encouraged the research of many young Romanian scholars from various domains (history, sociology, political science and so on). Constanța Vintilă-Ghițulescu was also historical consultant for the Romanian production Aferim!, directed by Radu Jude. The movie won the Silver Bear for the Best Director (2015) and was selected to represent Romania for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards competition, in 2016. For more details see

Constanța Vintilă-Ghițulescu is currently a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2015/2016)" Throughout her professional activity she was associate professor at University of Bucharest (Faculty of Political Sciences: 2012-2015; Faculty of Literature: 2012-2014; 2005-2007; Faculty of Sociology: 2009-2012); University of Iasi (Faculty of History: spring 2008); University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj (Faculty of History: spring 2014), visiting professor at Foundation "Maison des Sciences de l’Homme", Paris (2007), NEC fellow ( 2001-2002), NEC-Getty (2006-2007), NEC-Link (2008).

She is the author of many books, including Liebesglut: Liebe und Sexualität in der rumänischen Gesellschaft 1750-1830, Frank&Timme, Berlin, 2011; Im Schalwar und mit Baschlik. Kirche, Sexualität, Ehe und Scheidung in der Walachei im 18. Jarhundert, Frank&Timme, Berlin, 2013; From ișlic to top hat: fashion and luxury at the gate of the Orient, Iniciativa Mercurio, Valadolid, 2011; (edited by) From Traditional Attire to Modern Dress: Modes of Identification, Modes of Recognition in the Balkans (XVIth-XXth Centuries), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011; Evgheniţi, ciocoi, mojici. Despre obrazele primei modernităţi româneşti, 1750-1860, Humanitas, Bucureşti, 2013 ; Patimă şi desfătare. Despre lucrurile mărunte ale vieţii cotidiene în societatea românească (1750-1860), Bucureşti, Humanitas, 2015.

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Giulia CALVI

Giulia CALVI (PhD) is Professor of Early Modern History in the Department of Scienze Storiche e dei Beni Culturali at the University of Siena. From 2004 to 2012 she held the Chair of “Gender History in Europe and the World (XVI-XIX)” in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence. She was Kratter Visiting Professor in the Department of History at the University of Stanford in 2013. In 2012 she was appointed to the Chair of Italian Culture in the Italian Studies Dept. at the University of California (Berkeley). She was visiting professor at the EHESS in Paris and Marseille in 2001 and 2011. From 2003 to 2007 she was a member of the Advisory Committee of Villa I Tatti. The Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence, Italy).

Giulia Calvi’s main publications and research interests are in the field of early modern cultural and social history. She has studied medical practice in times of epidemics (Histories of a plague year. The social and the imaginary in Baroque Florence, California University Press 1989); family relations (Il contratto morale. Madri e figli nella Toscana moderna,1994); women’s writings and autobiographies (Barocco al femminile, 1992; La Mujer barroca, 1995); court culture and female courts (with R. Spinelli (ed), Le Donne Medici nel sistema europeo delle corti, 2008). Her recent production investigates the circulation of images, texts and material culture in and beyond Europe: Gender and the Body in A. Molho and D. Ramada Curto (eds), Finding Europe, 2007; Global trends: Gender Studies in Europe and the US, “European History Quarterly” 4, 2010; Across Three Empires: Balkan Costumes in XVI Century Europe, in C. Vintila-Ghitulescu (ed.), From Traditional Attire to Modern Dress: Modes of Identification, Modes of Recognition in the Balkans (XVIth-XXth Centuries), 2011; Corps et éspaces. Les costumes des Balkans dans l’Europe du XVI siècle “L’Atélier du Centre de Recherche Historique”, revue èlèctronique du CRH, 11, 2013, DOI : 10.4000/acrh.5291; with K. Stornig (ed), Fare famiglie in prospettiva globale, special issue of Genesis XIV/1 (2015).

She is a member of the scientific board of “Histoire, Médécine et Santé” and editor in chief of “Genesis”, a refereed top level academic journal of gender history published in Italy.

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Artemis YAGOU

Dr Artemis YAGOU is an Athens-born historian of design and technology, currently based in Munich. Apart from her role as Senior Researcher for the LuxFaSS project, she is Research Associate of the Deutsches Museum (Munich), working on the project "How they Played: Children and Construction Toys (ca. 1840-1940)“ which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2016-2021). She has lectured and published extensively internationally. Her book Fragile Innovation: Episodes in Greek Design History (CreateSpace, 2011 in English/2015 in Greek) explores the modernization of Greece from a design history perspective.

Other representative publications are:

"A dialogue of sources: Greek bourgeois women and material culture in the long 18th century", in: Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu (ed), Women, Consumption, and the Circulation of Ideas in South-Eastern Europe, XVIIth - XIXth Centuries, Leiden: Brill, 2017 (forthcoming).

Visual communication in the Balkans (Special Issue, Co-edited with Jilly Traganou), The Design Journal, 18:4, 2015.

"Greek design", in: Clive Edwards (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015, 114-116.

"Modernist complexity on a small scale: The Dandanah glass building blocks of 1920 from an object-based research perspective", Deutsches Museum Preprint, no 6, 2013.

“Is everyday technology serious or fun? Reflections on emotional styles in product design”, ICON, vol. 17, 2011, 40-56.

"Uniforms in design history" (Special Issue, Editor), Journal of Design History, 24:2, June 2011.

“Dress, modernity and evolution in 19th century Greece”, in: Ghitulescu Constanța (ed.) From Traditional Attire to Modern Dress: Modes of Identification, Modes of Recognition in the Balkans, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, 194-211.

“Narratives of heritage and modernity: National production and consumption in Greek advertising”, in: Oliver Kühschelm, Franz X. Eder and Hannes Siegrist (eds), Konsum und Nation, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2012, 109-134.

“Metamorphoses of formalism: National identity as a recurrent theme in the history of design in Greece”, Journal of Design History, 20.2, 2007 (special issue on south-eastern European design), 145-159.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Design Journal, the International Advisory Board of ThRAD, A Design Culture Journal, Book Review Editor of ICON, the journal of ICOHTEC.

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Liviu PILAT (PhD) is Associate Professor at „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, Faculty of History and coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Social Elites and the Ideology of Power. His research activity is focused on the history of power, defined as a combination between political, social and cultural history, because the social and cultural facts, in the same way as political actions, can be analyzed as power gestures. His studies followed the legitimization discourse, concepts and representations of power, political rituals, aristocratic sociability and ecclesiological and political theology aspects. Liviu Pilat considers the luxury in ancient societies as a cultural habitus of power, because the concept of luxury is not restricted to material goods and rather it also involves certain cultural forms developed by the social elite. The distribution of luxury goods among members of the ruling class defines hierarchy and social segregation and the display of luxury goods manifests power structures, closely bound up with political thought, where luxury provides a visual index to the social order enshrined in custom and law. The manner in which power structures distribute luxury goods determines the cultivation of specific aesthetic values, with major implications for the development of arts and with a powerful cultural impact upon entire society.

His major publications include:
Între Roma și Bizanț. Societate și putere în Moldova (secolele XIV-XVI)[ Between Rome and Byzantium. Society and power in Moldavia (14th-16th centuries)], Iași, 2008, 603p.

„Between Ottoman Empire and Latin Christendom: Moldavia as Frontier Society in the Late Midle Ages”, Europe and the „Ottoman World”. Exchanges and Conflicts (16th-17th centuries), ed. G. Karman and Radu G. Păun, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2013, p. 171-193.

„La métaphore du corps dans les chroniques moldaves au XVIe siècle”, Les corps et ses hypostases en Europe et dans la société roumaine du Moyen Age à l’epoque contemporaine, coord. Constanța Vintilă-Ghițulescu et Alexandru-Florin Platon, New Europe College, 2010, p. 167-174.

“Societatea și discursul de legitimare al Puterii în Moldova (secolele XIV-XV)” [Society and the discourse of power legitimization in Moldavia (14th-15th centuries)], Revista de Istorie Socială, X-XII, 2005-2007, p. 34-52.

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Nicoleta ROMAN

Nicoleta ROMAN (PhD), Scientific Assistant within the ERC project, Luxury, Fashion and Social Status in Early Modern South-Eastern Europe is junior researcher at "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History – Romanian Academy.

As historian her areas of expertize are: social and cultural history; history of ideas and mentalities; family and childhood history; institutional history; microhistory and history of premodern and modern Romania. Starting from her PhD thesis on women in 19th century Wallachia, she developed an interest on two related subjects, childhood history and welfare system in Romanian space. On the first one, she created an online scientific platform, and organized scientific events, both national and international. The intention was not only to encourage discussion on childhood history, but also to highlight its importance within the social history and also its interdisciplinary character.

Following an her work on illegitimacy, infanticide and welfare system in the first half of 19th century Romania, Nicoleta Roman gained a post-doctoral grant offered by Romanian National Research Council (CNCS), Shaping a social identity. Orphans and Child Abandonment in Wallachia (1800-1860) (2011-2013).

She is currently principal investigator in a project financed by CERGE-EI (Prague) and Global Development Network (GDN), Children, labour and education in 19th Century Romania: the construction of a working class

Her major publications include: (editor), Copilăria Românească între familie și societate (secolele XVII-XX) / Romanian Childhood between Family and Society (17th-20th centuries), București, Nemira, 2015; A dimension of private life in Wallachia: violence between parents and children (1830–1860) in ,,The History of the Family'', vol. 19, issue 2, 2014, pp. 182-201. Bâtir une famille. Les enfants abandonnees et leurs parents adoptifs en Valachie (1800–1860) in ,,Popolazione e Storia’’, 1/2013, pp. 79–104; Le couple conteste. L’enlevement dans le process roumains (1800–1860) in Claude Gauvard, Alessandro Stella (eds.), Couples en justice, IVe–XIXe siecles, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2013, pp. 59–76.

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I graduated in Economics at the University of Venice in 1992. After a period of work in French and Italian industrial and consulting firms (1990-99), I switched to the Academic career, taking a Ph.D. in Economic History at the University of Verona (IT), and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Padua, IT (1999-2005). Afterwards, I worked as researcher at the Universities of Padua (Economic History), of Hertfordshire, UK (Textile History), and at the KazNU “Al Farabi” of Almaty, KZ (Economic History).

My research interests have focused on Economic and Social History, with particular attention to textile history, the history of industrialization processes, and of ports, arsenals and trade in Early Modern Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean. In this context I have tackled such historiographical issues as the role of pluri – activity in rural households, the causes and long term consequences of the social and national division of labour, the paths of emergence of agro – industrial sectors (e.g. hemp and flax), the role of institution, technological transfer and labour organization in promoting economic growth, the coexistence in time and space of different path of development. I am now looking at the world of luxury textile (garments, and secondary products as high quality yarns and dyestuffs) as an innovative research object, shedding new light on global social and economic relations. Along with research activities, since 2005 I have been teaching Economic History of Developing Countries and Local Development at the University of Padua, and, in the Academic Year 2015-16, Sustainable Development at the University KazNU “Al Farabi” of Almaty.

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Anastasia FALIEROU

Anastasia Falierou studied at EHESS, Paris and in the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her PH.D thesis concerns the transformation of Ottoman clothing in Istanbul (1826-1925). Anastasia Falierou worked as fellow in the French Institute for Anatolian Studies in Istanbul (IFEA) and as instructor in both Greek and Turkish universities. She currently works as researcher in the Academy of Athens. Her research interests concern social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, gender studies in the Balkans, history of Modern Turkey.

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Mária PAKUCS (PhD) is a researcher with the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History – Romanian Academy, in Bucharest. Her research interests focus on trade history in South-Eastern Europe in the sixteenth and seveteenth centuries, and on the„social and urban history of early modern Transylvania. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.

Her publications include a book based on the customs accounts of Sibiu: Sibiu-Hermannstadt. Oriental Trade in Sixteenth Century Transylvania, Böhlau Verlag, 2007, and an edition of the first town protocol book of Sibiu/Hermannstadt: “zu urkundt in das stadbuch lassen einschreiben.” Die ältesten Protokolle von Hermannstadt und der Sächsischen Nationsuniversität (1522-1565), Schiller Verlag, 2016.

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Michal Wasiucionek

Michał Wasiucionek received his PhD from the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute, in Florence. Further, he completed his Masters of Arts in the Department of History from the University of Warsaw in 2011. In his research, he analyzes the phenomenon of cross-border patronage relations between the Ottoman, Moldavian and Polish-Lithuanian during the seventeenth century, with a particular focus on the position of the Danubian principalities. In his work Michal interrogates the role of the elites as a peripheral community of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the role of notables in the wider history of southeastern European throughout the course of the seventeenth century.

His main publications include: “Die Simulation von Souveränität in der frühneuzeitlichen Diplomatie: Die moldauische Gesandtschaft am polnischen Königshof im Jahr 1644.” In Die Audienz. Ritualisierter Kulturkontakt in der Frühen Neuzeit. Edited by Peter Burschel and Christine Vogel, 165–87. Cologne - Weimar - Vienna: Böhlau-Verlag, 2014; "Ethnic Solidarity in the Wider Ottoman Empire Revisited: Cins and Local Political Elites in 17th-Century Moldavia and Wallachia.” In New Trends in Ottoman Studies. Edited by Marinos Sariyannis et al., 232-45. Rethymno: University of Crete Press, 2014; “Diplomacy, power and ceremonial entry: Polish-Lithuanian grand embassies in Moldavia in the seventeenth century.” Acta Poloniae Historica 105 (2012): 55–83; “Hopping Across the Ottoman and Not-So-Ottoman Danube: Conversion, Reversion, Jurisdiction and Spatiality between the Ottoman Empire and the Danubian Principalities in the Seventeenth Century.” In Conversion and Islam in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The Lure of the Other. Edited by Claire Norton, Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming, “Hermeneutics of Ceremonial Lore: Glimpses of the Idealized Diplomatic Protocol as Revealed in the Polish-Lithuanian Diplomatic Accounts (1677-1763).” Archivum Ottomanicum 33 (2016), forthcoming.

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