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Martor - Dynamics of Success in Post-Communism; Codes, Behaviors, Possession, Exposure‏

The Romanian Peasant Museum is seeking contributions for its annual review Martor. The Martor review is an unconventional academic journal established in 1996, with a focus on cultural and visual anthropology, ethnology and museology. Some of its earlier issues can be read here: The theme of Martor 16/2011 issue is Dynamics of Success in Post-Communism. Codes, Behaviors, Possession, Exposure. We are looking to gather state of the art anthropological research on achieving and displaying social, economical and symbolic success in communist and post-communist societies. Among the questions this issue is seeking to address are: What did it mean to “succeed” in socialist countries? How did success behavior and communication change after 1989? What is the impact of increased mobility and migration on identity redefinition? How are these behaviors of exposure and seduction (Baudrillard 1970, 1979) subject to domestication (Goody 1977) or translation (Clifford 1999, 2010) according to the local codes of success? What is the social logic that sustains and articulates these
behaviours of possession, exposure and self-communication?
We are theoretically proposing a concept of success that is essentially relational. Constructed with reference to the other, it is a permanent affirmation and communication of one’s social, economic and symbolic status (Bourdieu 1972, 1979). For a better analysis of the concept and codes of success we are proposing a wider vocabulary: succes (réussite) and its antonyms, failure and shame ; prestige, honour, status; success displays such as houses, cars, new technology (cell phones), music (manele), gestures, odours; the effects of mobility and migration on local codes of success, and so on. These proposals are meant to incite reflection; they are neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are expecting texts, in either English or French, of 35.000 to 50.000 characters (with spaces) by July 15th, 2011. 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 Simina Badica ( and Daniela Moisa (