Nume: CAMPEANU Claudia

Tema: Migraţie, Identitate şi Cetăţenie

Partener: Institutul pentru Studierea Problemelor Minorităţilor Naţionale, Cluj Napoca

Proiect: Gothic hall churches of Transylvania. Typologies and relations to Central Europe in the development of the ecclesiastical architecture in the High- and Late Gothic periods.

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My broader research interest is ethnicity, especially as it plays out in everyday, localized contexts and it intersects other ways of making sense of the world.

My current project looks at what it means to live in two communities affected by massive, ethnically inflected, out-migration. I am asking how ethnic identities and arrangements were reconfigured during this process and also how the productive nature of migration intersects other social dimensions and processes in the communities of origin, rather than those of destination: changes in property and residence patterns, economic development, reimagining and retelling of the local history, kin and community making.

The two villages I chose for fieldwork were profoundly changed by the departure of most of their Saxon population to Germany up to the early 1990s: one of them is now overwhelmingly Romanian and Romani (Nocrich), while the other has surprisingly kept a lively, if significantly smaller, Saxon population (Mălâncrav). I am currently conducting fieldwork in Mălâncrav (spring-summer 2011).

About me:

After receiving my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, I worked for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southwestern University. I also hold a master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2000) and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Universitatea Babes Bolyai in Cluj Napoca (1998). I have published on tourism, development, heritage production and ethnicity in Southeast Transylvania.