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Call for Applications to the Fourteenth Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize competition for an outstanding unpublished essay or thesis chapter. The submitted single-author work 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 2022 prize consists of $250 plus an individual, one-year membership to SRS that includes a subscription to the journal, valued at $75. The second-place award of honorable mention includes a one-year subscription to the journal. 

The competition is open to current MA and doctoral students or to those who defended dissertations in the academic year 2021–2022. The submitted work should have been completed within the last two academic years and should not have been published yet. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents. Expanded versions of conference papers are also acceptable if accompanied by a description of the panel and the candidate’s conference paper proposal. Candidates should clearly indicate the format of the essay submitted. Essays/chapters should be up to 10,000 words double-spaced, including citations. 

Candidates should clearly indicate their institutional affiliation. Include as well your current e-mail and postal addresses so that you may be contacted.  Questions can be directed to the chair of the committee, Prof. Rodica Milena Zaharia, at milena.zaharia@rei.ase.ro. Please send a copy of the essay, any accompanying documentation (as both Word and PDF please) and an updated CV to milena.zaharia@rei.ase.ro.

Applicants are not required to be members of SRS in order to apply.

Deadline for submissions is 15 July 2022.  The winners will be announced on 1 November 2022.

SRS Essay Prize Committee Members:

Rodica Milena Zaharia (chair), Faculty of International Business and Economics, Bucharest University of Economic Studies milena.zaharia@rei.ase.ro  

Marius Wamsiedel, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Marius.Wamsiedel@xjtlu.edu.cn

Iemima Ploscariu, Independent Scholar iemima.ploscariu2@mail.dcu.ie

Call for Applications to the Keith Hitchins Dissertation Prize

The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is delighted to announce the inaugural competition for the Keith Hitchins Dissertation Prize in any discipline related to Romanian Studies. 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. The award carries a financial component of $250 plus a year’s membership of the SRS, which includes a subscription to the Journal of Romanian Studies.

Eligibility: The submitted dissertation must be written in English or Romanian by a scholar in any social science or humanities discipline on a Romanian or Moldovan subject, broadly and inclusively understood. This may encompass focus on themes related to Romania (as it currently exists and in its various past iterations), to the people who have lived in or currently inhabit Romania, or those who self-identify as Romanian but reside beyond Romania’s borders. Studies connected to ethnic minorities in Romania are also eligible. If you are not sure whether your dissertation is eligible, please send a query to the chair of the jury.

We will take into consideration dissertations that were completed (technically speaking, “deposited” with the relevant institution) during the last two academic years, 2020-2021 and 2021-22. Dissertations completed prior to August 2020 are ineligible.

Materials and Deadline: To be considered for this competition, please send a brief letter of interest that includes the title of your dissertation, an abstract, and some proof of eligibility in regards to when your dissertation was completed. This proof may be as simple as an email or signed letter from your dissertation adviser, confirming the academic year when the dissertation was deposited. We need to receive the initial inquiry before June 9th, 2022, in order to ensure speedy reply. The letter of interest needs to be sent to the chair of the jury.

Please send the dissertation in a digital format that can be easily shared, as pdf or word document. The dissertation needs to be sent individually to each member of the jury. Documents that are very large may not come through. If you have illustrations that render the document very large, please contact us directly and we will work out a digital document transfer to the jury.  The deadline for submitting the dissertation is July 1st, 2022.

The winner of the competition will be announced on or around November 1st, 2022.

The jury of the Keith Hitchins Dissertation Prize is:

Maria Bucur, history and gender studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Chair: mbucur@indiana.edu

Calin Cotoi, sociology, University of Bucharest: calincotoi@gmail.com

Radu Vancu, literature and literary criticism, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu: rvancu@gmail.com

Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Society for Romanian Studies and the PLURAL Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies:
Considering the military aggression of the Russian Federation against the territorial integrity, the sovereignty, and the independence of Ukraine,
Considering the atrocities committed by the Russian Armed Forces against the civilian population in Ukraine, including children,
Considering the repression by the Russian State of the people who use their freedom of speech,
Aware of their mission to defend human rights and democratic values and to spread this awareness,
jointly PROTEST against the Russian invasion of Ukraine,
STAND IN SOLIDARITY with the people of Ukraine and with our Ukrainian academic colleagues,
and pledge to HELP them in whatever way they can,
BACK the petitions of their fellow associations ASEEES, BASEES, and IARCEES,
SUPPORT the protests of the Russian intellectuals and the entire Russian people,
and HOPE for peace and for justice.


Resources for Scholars Affected by the War in Ukraine

Thanks to the Feeding the Elephant team from H-Net Books.

  • #ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world whose mission is to collect and disseminate information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international levels for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated with a Ukrainian academic institution. On Twitter @Sci_for_Ukraine.
  • Ukraine Crisis Scholar Support Group is a private Facebook group (requires users to join) that shares opportunities, contacts, and advice.
  • Resources for Helping Displaced Scholars from Ukraine compiled by the ASEEES International Task Force for Displaced Scholars (ITFDS).
  • Twitter thread of open calls for Ukrainian academics compiled by Jared Warren.
  • H-Ukraine regularly shares opportunities. To receive email notifications, users should create an H-Net profile and subscribe to the H-Ukraine network. Scholars can also check posts tagged Emergency Resources for Ukrainian Scholars.
  • Resources for scholars in danger is an extensive Google Doc of institutions offering opportunities and support for displaced scholars, artists, and cultural workers compiled by the Postsocialist and Comparative Memory Studies working group and maintained by Anna Topolska. (h/t Rossen Djagalov for this and the following three suggestions)
  • Scholars at Risk Network works with its global network of higher education institutions around the world to arrange short-term, temporary research and teaching positions for threatened scholars. They also provide advisory, referral, and career support services for scholars.
  • City of Asylum Exiled Writer and Artist Residency Program is a long-term residency for literary writers and other artists who are in exile from their home countries and under threat of persecution because of their work.
  • International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an independent organization of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.