Between August 19 and 21, 2022, in Călimăneşti, the 54th edition of the National Folk Festival “Cântecele Oltului” was held – a large-scale scientific cultural event, bringing together, year after year, more than half a century, representatives of folklore ensembles from the provinces bordering the ancient Alutus: Harghita and Braşov, Sibiu, Vâlcea, Teleorman, and Olt. In the artistic encounter in Călimăneşti, Sibiu represented the folklore ensemble “Căluşerii din Răşinari”, in the town hall and cultural home of the well-known coastal settlement. The extraordinary program of the folklore ensemble, which focused on the elements of the dances representing Răşinari, delighted hundreds of spectators present in the summer garden of the House of Culture in Călimăneşti. The originality of interpretation and the beauty of the local folk costume were rewarded with a special award from the jury, for the promotion of traditional culture among the youth. The children and youth of the folk ensemble “Căluşerii din Răşinari” were coordinated with talent and sure hand, coordinated by the university professor. Dr.. Nikolai Konstantinsko of the University of Bucharest.
During the symposium “Ault Songs Festival – from folk custom to artistic performance”, in the presence of members of the jury and representatives of the six districts bordering Ault, a university professor. Dr. Elie Moise presented the thirty-fifth volume of the Journal of the Romanian Academy – “Ethnology and Communication Studies”, one of the oldest specialized journals in the Romanian region.
As in recent years, the magazine appeared in the publishing house of the Astra Museum, edited by the Sibiu Institute for Social and Human Research and printed with the financial support of the Sibiu Provincial Council, through the Provincial Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture “Cindrelul-Junii” Sibiu.
The volume opens with sections on Folklore – Ethnology – Anthropology and from the Ethnology of Germans in Romania, with studies that make use of field research or archival documents, as well as theoretical synthesis on traditional culture, and address topics related to: mobile pastoralism, traditional architecture on site and in open-air museums, and conservation restoration, celebration of some family customs, preservation and promotion of certain handicrafts, current health status from the perspective of magic and ethnology. Signed by researchers representing university centers or museums such as: Argeş (Gerard Călin, Maria-Catalina Ghinea), Bucharest (Marin Constantin, Rodica Raliade, Silvia-Valentina Zamfir), Cluj-Napoca (Cosmina Maria Berende), Ploiesti (Sebastian Ştefănucă), (Elie Moise, Mihai Bonoy, Andre Boda), Vâlcea (Ioan t. Lazăr), Zalău (Camelia Burgel).
The German column benefited from a study by ethnomusicologist Gottfried Habencht (a Swabian scholar of Banat, settled in Freiburg), translated by our colleague from the Kluge Folklore Archive,
Dr. Sanda Ignat.
In the anniversary column, A. Dr. Otilia Hedeshan of Western University in Timisoara celebrates the 80th anniversary of the birth of Doina Comlusan, an important, albeit more interested in the field of literary theory, folklorist, and our colleague,
Dr. Christian Mucha, of the Constantin Priluu Institute of Ethnography and Folklore, signs the centenary of Andrei Bocchan, an ethnologist with a major contribution to the study of folk dance.
The section dedicated to the celebrations is signed by the university professor. Dr. Elie Moyes, contains material born of unexpected news, which shocked the whole congregation, in memory of Mercia Compino (1959-2021), ethnomusicologist at the Cluj County Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, a longtime collaborator of Hope and Private Patrols Us, also present in this volume with the last study he managed to transmit to us – ancient and modern in dance-musical folklore from Roman space. Another article calls Professor Crăciun Parasca (1945-2020), famous scholar and journalist, Methodist, inspector and director of the “Behor Culture Directorate”.
The volume continues with notes and comments and ends with
The facts – where the most important ethnological events of 2021 are recorded, in general the events in which our institute was also represented.
Those interested can find more details about the journal on the Facebook page, on the website of the Sibiu Social-Human Research Institute, access it from the Central and Eastern European Electronic Library (CEEOL) or purchase it from the Conservation Center for Conservation and Promotion. Traditional culture “Cindrelul-Junii” Sibiu.
Ethnologists based in Călimăneşti emphasized the fact that through its 35 volumes, Ethnology Studies and Communications contributed to the identification, scientific presentation and promotion of elements of identity for traditional culture and civilization from the entire Roman space, regardless of ethnicity. Perhaps it is worth noting that the first volume of the periodical “Studies of Ethnology and Communication” appeared in 1978, as a scientific publication of the Society of Folklorists and Ethnographers of Sibiu Province, on the initiative of such researchers as Elie Moyes, Cornelio Bocor, George Pavlescu and Horst Klosch. At first, four volumes were published, then a break occurred due to completely unfavorable conditions, and after 1990 the periodical appearance resumed under the auspices of the Sibiu Institute for Socio-Human Research (Roman Academy), along with the other three. Annual Publications – “Forschungen zur Volks- und Landeskunde”, “Urban History”, “Yearbook of the Sibiu Social-Human Research Institute”.
The complete collection so far from Ethnology Studies and Communications.
(9650 pages), with Elie Moyes as editor-in-chief, is part of Cibin’s city identity, lending the individuality – both – to the area and to the academic community here.
Sibiu Institute for Social and Human Research