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"The Public and Private Spaces of Village Life in Maramures, Transylvania"

Saturday, March 24 - 10:00AM to 10:45AM
Grand Ballroom C

During an eight year project beginning in 1999, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin lived over a year with a peasant family in an isolated region of Maramures, northern Transylvania. There she encountered a unique example of cultural attitudes toward privacy. The Maramuresenii live guarded behind tall gates and fences while maintaining a "beautiful room," (or even a "beautiful house") where they display their pristine wares - tapestry, clothing, embroidery, wood carvings, pottery, and rugs. The way these private spaces are used to generate public gossip is a lesson in moments of voyeurism.


Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin
Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin

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