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SRS Statement of support for CEU
An island of academic empowerment in East Central Europe, Central European University (CEU) sees its existence threatened by the wave of populist and illiberal politics that have swept the region in the last few years. Academic life in Turkey and Russia has already been disrupted by those governments’ interventions. Now it seems to be the turn of the Hungarian government to interfere with CEU’s academic freedom and smooth functioning. This comes after months of the Orban government’s harassment of NGOs and the CEU, directed against what this government perceives as one of the last bastions of liberal thinking in a country that has gradually come to embrace authoritarian illiberalism.

We, in the Society for Romanian Studies, feel that is it our duty as colleagues and academics to signal our regret and dismay about the attack on CEU. We offer our solidarity and support in this moment of crisis. We, members of the Society for Romanian Studies, are connected in so many ways to this Center  of research excellence in Eastern Europe some of us being now or in the past, students, alumni, professors, mentors, and researchers at this University, that it is impossible to stand idly by.
Society for Romanian Studies #westandwithceu


Call for Proposals for the Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS)

Bucharest, 26-30 June 2018

The SRS is an international inter-disciplinary academic organization that promotes professional study, criticism, and research on all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova. For information about SRS, visit www.society4romanianstudies.org.

The 2018 SRS conference will be hosted by

the Faculty of International Business and Economics of the Academy of Economic Studies (ASE)

in Bucharest. We thank them for their support.   

#Romania100: Looking Forward through the Past

Keynote Addresses: Katherine Verdery and Vintilă Mihăilescu

In 1918, the National Assembly at Alba Iulia proclaimed the unity of all territories inhabited by Romanians and thereby laid the foundation for the modern Romanian state. Yet the proclamation also insisted on a wide range of principles and forward looking reforms from full rights for all (including ethnic and religious minorities, press, and right to assembly) to land reform and a democratic political system. This unique historical moment arguably represents in a nutshell the issues and dimensions associated with questions of a Romanian identity, a national consciousness and culture, the place of intellectuals in Romanian public life, as well as the politics, policies, and economics of Romanian development, including in comparative and international perspective. “Marea Unire” also served as midwife to the birth of Romanian Studies.

The SRS wishes to take the 100th anniversary of this unique moment in Romanian history as an invitation to reflect upon the past, reassess the moment’s impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future, including for Romanian Studies. The conference aims at taking a fresh look at the very creation of contemporary modern Romania. We wish to examine the significance of this historical moment for Romania and Moldova’s historical trajectories, domestically and within the wider European, Eurasian and even international contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender and sexuality studies, film and media studies, art history, music, architecture, and education, among others. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The 1918 unification in comparison with other unifications, both past and present
  • The 1918 unification and its precursors in popular and official memory, historiography, film, literature, the arts
  • The 1918 unification and its legacies on minorities and diasporas
  • The 1918 unification and making connections to Romanian and Moldovan developments going forward (fascism/Nazism, communism, post-communism, democracy, human rights, minority rights)
  • Romania, Moldova in Southeastern and Central Europe
  • Romania, Moldova and European accession and integration
  • Global integration, bilateral and multilateral relations, foreign and security policy issues
  • World War I and the 1918 moment
  • Romanian and Moldovan political thought, and the role of ideas in political change
  • Romanian and Moldovan philosophy and literatures
  • Sources and archives
  • Writers, artists and the arts in fascism, communism and post-communism
  • Legal and constitutional reforms
  • Party and electoral politics, voting behavior, policy analysis and administration
  • Free markets, neoliberalism and state paternalism
  • The status of ethnic, religious, linguistic and sexual minorities in Romania and Moldova
  • The reconfiguration of social stratification
  • Post-communist media and journalism
  • The role of the Orthodox Church and of other religious groups
  • Dynamics of migration from and into Romania and Moldova
  • Education policies and strategies
  • Urban policies and architecture: 1918, communism, and post-communism

The language of the conference is English. Submissions and presentations in French and German will be considered, if they are for full panels or roundtables with members from more than one university.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, book or movie presentations, and art installations should be sent by September 25, 2017 to srs2018conference@gmail.com. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by December 4, 2017.

Individual paper proposals should include title, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a short c.v., and contact information of the presenter. Proposals for panels including 3-4 papers, one chair, and 1-2 discussants should provide a title and description of the panel topic, abstracts of all papers, short c.v., and contact information for all participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities. Roundtable proposals of 3-5 participants should include title and description of the topic, short c.v., and contact information for all participants. In addition, the conference organizers will accept proposals for presentations of books, movies and art installations; proposals should include a title, a description, short c.v., and contact information.

Conference registration fees: The fees are 65 USD for scholars from North America and Western Europe; 65 RON for scholars from Romania, Moldova and parts east; and 15 USD for graduate students from all countries. All these conference registration fees include SRS membership for 2018. All conference participants must pay the registration fee for their names to be included in the final program.

SRS 2017 Graduate Student Essay Prize – Call for Submissions

The Society for Romanian Studies is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize competition for an outstanding unpublished essay or thesis chapter. The essay must be written in English by a graduate student in any social science or humanities discipline on a Romanian or Moldovan subject, broadly and inclusively understood. The 2017 prize, consisting of $300, will be presented at the 2017 ASEEES Annual Convention in Chicago, November 9–12. The competition is open to current MA and doctoral students or to those who defended dissertations in the academic year 2016–2017. A dissertation chapter must include the dissertation abstract and table of contents; an expanded version of a conference paper must include a description of the panel and the conference paper proposal; and a seminar paper must include the seminar title and description. Submissions should be a maximum 12,500 words, including notes and bibliography. Candidates should also clearly indicate their institutional affiliation and the type of the essay submitted. Questions can be directed to the chair of the committee, Chris Davis <R.Chris.Davis@LoneStar.edu>.

Please send electronically a copy of the essay and an updated CV to each of the four members of the Prize Committee, listed below. Submissions must be sent by July 1, 2017.

Prof. R. Chris Davis (chair)
Department of History and Humanities
Lone Star College – Kingwood
Kingwood, TX, USA

Prof. Diane Vancea, Ovidius University  <economics@ovidius-university.net>
Prof. Valentina Glajar, Texas State University  <vg10@txstate.edu>
Prof. Ronald King, San Diego State University  <rking@mail.sdsu.edu>

The Fourth (2017) Biennial SRS Book Prize – Call for Submissions

The Society for Romanian Studies invites nominations for the Fourth Biennial SRS Book Prize awarded for the best scholarly book published in English in the humanities or social sciences, on any subject relating to Romania or Moldova. To be eligible, books must be in English and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016 as indicated by the copyright date. Books may be in any academic field, with a predominant focus on Romanian or Moldovan subject matter (including subjects relating to the activities of non-Romanian ethnic groups on Romanian or Moldovan territory). Edited books, translations, reprints or new editions of works published before 2015, and non-scholarly books are not eligible. The prize will be presented at the ASEEES National Convention in Chicago in November 2017 and carries with it an award of $500. Either authors or publishers of books may make submissions. Submissions should be sent to the SRS prize committee by 1 June 2017. Three copies of each submitted book should be sent by mail directly to each committee member at the addresses given below. Questions or inquiries can be sent to the committee chair via email at A.J.Drace-Francis@uva.nl.

Copies should be sent to the following:

Alex Drace-Francis
European Studies Department
University of Amsterdam
Kloveniersburgwal 48

Peter Gross
10025 Casa Real Cove
Knoxville, TN 37922

Inessa Medzhibovskaya
Eugene Lang College
The New School
65 West 11th Street
New York

SRS Newsletter in the works

Any member wishing to contribute to the Newsletter with general ideas for its content, or specific ideas for stories, should please contact Ana Fumurescu and Cristina Plamadeala, our Newsletter Editors, via email at anafumurescu@outlook.com and/or montrealcp@gmail.com. Likewise, members who wish to share news regarding publications, promotions, and other professional updates are also encouraged to contact Cristina and Ana. Please place “SRS Newsletter Item” in the subject heading of your email. All are encouraged to write to Cristina and Ana as soon as possible!

SRS Annual Meeting at ASEEES 2016

The Society for Romanian Studies will hold its Annual General Meeting at the ASEEES annual convention (November 17-20, 2016) in Washington, DC (see http://www.aseees.org/convention).  We are booked for Friday, November 21, at 6:30 – 7:30 pm in Conference Room 15 of the Marriott Riverside.  If you want to add items to the agenda, please email Lavinia Stan (lstan@stfx.ca) by November 15.


Please subscribe to H-Romania as soon as you are able so as not to miss out on important SRS news, information, and book reviews: https://networks.h-net.org/h-romania. H-Romania is an H-Net discussion network for scholars, students, and professionals interested in Romanian Studies (broadly conceived). It focuses primarily on the countries of Romania and Moldova but also attends to numerous other past and present political, ethnic and social groups, including minorities and diasporas, in terms of their significant connections to present-day Romanian territory. To join H-Romania, first set up an H-Net account. Go to https://networks.h-net.org, click on “Sign up to subscribe & contribute,” and follow the instructions from there. Once you’ve created an H-Net account and profile, you can then go to the H-Romania page and click “Subscribe to this network to join the discussion.” Before allowing any contributions we do ask that you complete your H-Net profile, indicating institutional affiliation, degrees, short bio and areas of interest. You can do this by clicking on the accounts icon in the upper right, then selecting the “Profile” option from the drop-down menu. We are also interested in building our Reviews and Reports pages, including book and film reviews as well as and conference and exhibition reports. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the editors at editorial-romania@mail.h-net.msu.edu. Please also let us know if you are interested in joining the editorial team or becoming a reviewer or blogger at H-Romania. Thanks, and please spread the word to colleagues and students!!

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