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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

2022 SRS Conference

Call for Papers: Borders and Transfers

15-17 June 2022
Society for Romanian Studies
Hosted by Universitatea de Vest and Muzeul de Artă, Timişoara

The Banat is “a reality, and at the same time a myth,
situated at the place where borders meet.”
– Adriana Babeţi (2007)

The Society for Romanian Studies invites you to Timişoara in June 2022, where the soup is sweet and it is bad luck to serve chicken on New Year’s Day. Timişoara, and the Banat more generally, has been shaped by the borders of empires and nation-states, by ethnic, religious, cultural, and economic transfers, and by the cultures flowing along the Mureş, Danube, and Tisza rivers. A melting-pot whose local realities reflect transnational influences, Timişoara is an ideal place for us to reflect on how borders and transfers – both real and imagined – shape the culture and society of the diverse peoples connected to Romania and Moldova. Raising and crossing borders is becoming more contentious than ever, and new boundaries are being thrown up around and within communities, both in the region and in its diaspora, yet the transfer of goods and information continues at an unprecedented rate.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Maria Bucur (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Professor Adriana Babeţi (Universitatea de Vest, Timişoara)

The conference is concerned with the following topics:

  • How borders and transfers facilitate group formation; what they exclude and whose interests they protect and reinforce.
  • How borders are imagined, made real, and enforced.
  • The impact of the pandemic on travel and crossing borders.
  • The difference between spoken and unspoken borders and transfers.
  • Liminal spaces in literature, art and film.
  • Transfers, influences and connections between texts.
  • Borders as limits on beliefs and imagination.
  • Rites of passage, liminality and blockages in space or time. This might involve ageing, travel, career progression, or metaphysics.
  • The contestation of boundaries and restrictions. When are transfers liberating and when are they perilous?
  • Political and military borders in time and space.
  • Corruption as the transgression of regulations and the function of discourses about legal, economic, and behavioral boundaries.
  • Borders and transfers as they relate to the social and cultural performance of gender and sexuality.
  • Interdisciplinarity as a goal and a challenge. The value and limits of disciplinary borders.
  • Border-making as governmentality versus borders that are constructed and challenged from below.
  • Processes of marginalisation, division, and solidarity.
  • Linguistic borders, multilingualism and its social and political implications.
  • Refugees, migration, population exchanges, and ethnic cleansing.

The official language of the conference is English, but papers, panels, roundtables, and discussions may also be delivered in Romanian. Each panel or roundtable will have only one language (English or Romanian), which will be printed on the official program.

At present we are planning to hold the conference face to face, with no hybrid option. If the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic makes this unfeasible we will communicate alternatives as soon as possible.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, book or movie presentations, and art installations should be sent by October 25, 2021, to srs2022conference@gmail.com. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal at the latest by January 25, 2022. Proposals should be written in the language you wish to present in.
• Individual paper proposals should include a title, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a one-page c.v. (one page), 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, a one-page c.v., and contact information for all participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities/ research institutes.
• Roundtable proposals of 3-5 participants should include a title and description of the topic, a one-page 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, a one-page C.V., and contact information.

Conference registration fees:
• For individuals earning more than the equivalent of over $15,000 (USD) per year:
o $120 (USD): This includes an Individual Membership to the SRS for 2022 and an electronic subscription to the Journal of Romanian Studies for 2022.
o $100 (USD): This includes a Discount Membership* to the SRS for 2022.
• For individuals earning less than the equivalent of under $15,000 (USD) per year: $30 (USD). This includes a Discount Membership* to the SRS for 2022.
• For life members and individuals who have already taken out three-year memberships: $20 (USD).
• For students: $15 (USD).

*NB. Discount Members do not receive a subscription to the Journal of Romanian Studies.

There is a limited number of fee waivers for people with modest incomes sponsored by the PLURAL Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies, Moldova. Please contact the conference organizers for details.

The Society for Romanian Studies is an international interdisciplinary academic organization based in the US and dedicated to promoting research and critical studies on all aspects of the culture and society of the diverse peoples connected to Romania and Moldova. For more information about the SRS see https://society4romanianstudies.org/

2021 Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is pleased to announce the Thirteenth 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 2021 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 2020–2021. 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, Narcis Tulbure, at narcis.tulbure@gmail.com. Please send a copy of the essay, any accompanying documentation (as both Word and PDF please) and an updated CV to narcis.tulbure@gmail.com

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

Deadline for submissions is 15 July 2021.  The winners will be announced on 1 November 2021.

SRS Essay Prize Committee Members:

Corina Doboș The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), University of Bucharest corina.dobos@istorie.unibuc.ro

Simona Livescu Academic Advancement Program University of California, Los Angeles slivescu@ucla.edu

Narcis Tulbure (chair) Department of Finance Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania narcis.tulbure@gmail.com


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