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Call for Nominations: Board Members and Graduate Student Representatives

The Society for Romanian Studies is an international interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova. The Society seeks nominations for four regular members of the Executive Board and two graduate students to serve on the Board, elected by the SRS membership. 

The Nominating Committee strives to promote balanced representation in regard to age, gender, professional background, locations of residence, and geographical and disciplinary areas of specialization, but is not bound by any particular formula. Qualifications include being a member in good standing of the Society and being actively engaged in the field of Romanian Studies. 

The open positions and a brief description of duties are as follows:
·       Executive Board Members: Board members are responsible for the administration of SRS affairs. Duties include active participation in Board discussions via email;advising officers on diverse matters involving the Society; serving on committees; and promoting the Society among their academic networks. Whenever possible Board members should attend national and international conferences so as to engage in face-to-face meetings with the officers, other Board members, and SRS members at large. Term: January 2022 – December 2025
·       Graduate Students on the SRS Board are responsible for the administration of SRS affairs (together with other Board members). Their duties include active participation in Board discussions via email, advising officers on diverse matters involving the Society, especially as these affect junior scholars; serving on sub-committees; and promoting the Society and its activities among M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.  Term: January 2022 – December 2023  

Please send nominations or self-nominations to the chair of the Nominating Committee by January 10, 2022: Mihaela Serban (mserban@ramapo.edu)  

SELECTION PROCESSSRS selects Board members through an electronic ballot of all members in good standing. Open balloting will take place from January 15 – 25, 2022 and the results will be announced no later than January 30, 2022.


Seeking Contributions towards a Keith Hitchins Dissertation Prize

The Society Romanian Studies (SRS) would like to introduce a biennial prize awarded to the best PhD dissertation in any discipline related to Romanian Studies (broadly conceived) successfully defended in the previous two years. The named prize will be awarded in honor of the late Professor Keith Hitchins, who served as an advisor, encouragement and inspiration for numerous graduate students throughout his long career. Winners will receive $250 plus a year’s membership of the SRS which includes a subscription to the Journal of Romanian Studies. The prize competition will begin in 2022.

In order to make this prize viable for many years to come, the SRS is seeking donations from friends, families, colleagues and others who would be willing to help endow the prize in honour of Professor Hitchins. This can be in the form of one-off donations or regular annual or biennial contributions. Please note that unfortunately the SRS does not have non-profit status, so donations are not tax deductible.

The SRS is an international interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova. It awards an annual prize for the best essay by an MA or PhD student in Romanian Studies and a biennial prize for the best book published on Romanian Studies over a two year period. As the largest international organisation dedicated to Romanian Studies, the SRS also publishes the Journal of Romanian Studies, oversees the SRS/Polirom Book Series and the H-Romania listserv, runs a major international conference every three years, has its own mentoring program and an active social media presence.

Donations can be made using this PayPal link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=NJBYHJZFL4SBC

Or by mailing a check to the SRS Treasurer, Vladimir Solonari at the address below:

Department of History

University of Central Florida

Trevor Colbourn Hall 319

12796 Aquarius Agora Dr.

Orlando, FL 32816-1350

United States of America