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SRS 2017 Graduate Student Essay Prize

Committee: R. Chris Davis (Lone Star College-Kingwood), Valentina Glajar (Texas State University), Ron King (San Diego State University), Diane Vancea (Ovidius University of Constanta)

The Ninth Annual SRS Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded to the most outstanding unpublished essay or thesis chapter written in English by a graduate student in any social science or humanities discipline on a Romanian subject during the long academic year 2016–17. The prize committee received over twenty essays from a wide range of disciplines, submitted by graduate students and recent graduates from across North America, Europe, and Asia. The committee debated the merits of many prize-worthy essays. In the end, one essay stood above the others. It is with great pleasure that the committee awards this year’s Graduate Student Essay Prize to Dana Muresan for her essay “Brancusi: The Construction of a Romanian National Hero.”

Muresan’s well-researched and highly sophisticated essay examines through the lens of Brancusi the complex relationship of art and nationalism. It explores the role of Romania in the formation of Brancusi’s universal modern art and, in turn, the role of Brancusi and his art in the formation of Romanian identity and promotion of national culture. In particular, Muresan addresses the value the Romanian state derived from claiming Bransuci as a national hero, as a cultural symbol combining historic identity and contemporary sophistication. Yet this appropriation explicitly could not include full appreciation for the content of the work, given that Brancusi the émigré was producing art that was distinctly non-socialist in theme and format. The paper beautifully explores this contradiction, especially as it played out in official Romanian artistic discourse, highlighting both statements and silences of that official discourse. All at once, Muresan reflects on the legacy of Brancusi’s biography and art in both Romania and Paris; widens the analytical frame of Romanian identity discourses; and makes a significant contribution to an array of scholarly fields, including nationalism studies, identity studies, and art history, among others. Equally important to the committee, the essay showcases the field of Romanian Studies in an international context. Finally, Muresan achieves something very rare in academic writing these days, namely the ability to communicate ideas to specialists and non-specialists alike.

The committee felt three other finalists from this year’s competition deserved special mention: Kathryn Grow Allen’s “Migration, Conversion and the Creation of an Identity in Southeast Europe: A Biological Distance and Strontium Isotope Analysis of Ottoman Communities in Romania, Hungary and Croatia”; Alin Rus’s “‘Building’ Cultural Patrimony in Ceaușescu’s Neopatrimonial Romania”; and Karin Steinbrueck’s “Aftershocks: Nicolae Ceaușescu and the Romanian Communist Regime’s Responses to the 1977 Earthquake.” The quality and diversity of this year’s submissions certainly bodes well for the future of Romanian studies.

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H-Romania

H-Romania is an international interdisciplinary academic forum promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Romanian history, politics, culture and society. 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. Its intended audience is scholars, professionals, and students who study, teach, and write about Romania, Moldova, and these countries’ cultures and diasporas. Since 2013, it has been affiliated with the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), generally recognized as the major international professional organization for scholars concerned with Romania and Moldova. H-Romania’s editorial rationale is to facilitate the exchange of news, resources, and ideas about Romanian Studies. Specifically, it endeavors to create and strengthen scholarly and professional networks; to commission reviews and other scholarly discussions and debates on historical and contemporary issues important to Romania; to share ideas about teaching and researching; and more broadly to promote activities designed to foster advancement in these fields. H-Romania is currently edited by R. Chris Davis and Valentin Săndulescu.

How to Join H-Romania

To join H-Romania, first set up an H-Net account. To do so, go to https://networks.h-net.org, click on “Sign up to subscribe & contribute,” and follow the instructions 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 ask that you complete your H-Net profile, indicating your institutional affiliation, degrees, 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.

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Book series

Studii Românești/Romanian Studies/Études Roumaines/Rumänische Studien

Series Editors:

Irina Livezeanu                                                             Lavinia Stan
Department of History                                                  Department of Political Science
University of Pittsburgh                                                St. Francis Xavier University
Pittsburgh, PA 15260                                                   P.O.Box 5000, Antigonish, NS
USA                                                                              Canada B2G 2W5
irinal@pitt.edu                                                              lstan@stfx.ca

Editorial Assistant: Narcis Tulbure (narcis.tulbure@gmail.com).

Advisory Board:

Maria Bucur (University of Indiana at Bloomington, USA)
Magda Cârneci (Universitatea Națională de Arte din București, Romania)
Tom Gallagher (University of Bradford, UK)
Mihai Dinu Gheorghiu (Universitatea „Al. I. Cuza”, Iași, Romania)
Armin Heinen (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany)
Gail Kligman (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Vintilă Mihăilescu (SNSPA, București, Romania)
Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA, București, Romania)
Bogdan Murgescu (Universitatea din București, Romania)
Andrei Terian (Lucian Blaga University din Sibiu, Romania)

About the Book Series

The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), the world’s premier academic organization dedicated to the advancement of Romanian Studies, and Polirom, Romania’s largest publisher of academic titles, have partnered to launch a book series, Studii Româneşti/Romanian Studies/Études Roumaines/Rumänische Studien. We publish scholarly books in Romanian or Romanian translation authored or edited by SRS members. 

We are currently accepting three types of manuscripts:

  • Romanian translations of scholarly monographs that have already been published in a foreign language
  • Original scholarly monographs written in Romanian
  • Edited collections of Romanian-language essays dealing with a unifying theme.

Book proposals should deal with Romania and/or Moldova and the populations living on their territories or with the Romanian and Moldovan diasporas and cultures and have primarily an academic profile.  Contributions may have a disciplinary, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary focus, drawing on history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, linguistics, literature, art history, and other fields. All manuscripts and books that are submitted will undergo a rigorous review process.

Further information on how to submit a book proposal is available below.  For inquiries and suggestions, please contact either the series editors or members of the Advisory Board.

For further inquiries, and suggestions please contact the series editors, the series consultant, or the members of the Advisory Board.

About the Book Series

Submission information 

Colecție editorială

Books Published

Under Preparation

Organizational Links

The Society for Romanian Studies maintains close ties with a number of other scholarly organizations. Chief among them is the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), which every November organizes an annual meeting that is well attended by SRS members. Our annual general meeting is also hosted by the ASEEES conference, and the SRS is able to sponsor a panel at that conference. For more details, contact the SRS President, Lavinia Stan (StFX, lstan@stfx.ca) or the SRS Vice-President, Margaret Beissinger (Princeton University, mhbeissi@princeton.edu).

The other organizations with which the SRS maintains links are listed below, together with the SRS liaisons:

  • The American Historical Association (AHA) is the oldest and largest society of historians in the United States. It organizes an annual conference in January, in which many SRS members participate. The SRS participates with one panel organized by Ruxandra Petrinca. More information is available at: http://www.historians.org.
    Contact: Ruxandra Petrinca (McGill University, ruxandra.petrinca@mail.mcgill.ca)
  • The American Political Science Association (APSA) is the largest organization of political scientists in the United States. Each year, the APSA organizes a conference in late August. The SRS participates with one panel organized by Dr. Claudiu Tufiş. The APSA website is: http://www.apsanet.org.
    Contact: Claudiu Tufiş (University of Bucharest, claudiu.tufis@fspub.unibuc.ro)
  • The Romanian Studies Association of America (RSAA) focuses on Romanian language and literature. Each year since its creation, the RSAA has organized two sessions at the annual Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, which takes place in January. More information on the RSAA is available at: http://www.thersaa.org. The SRS and RSAA offer a joint membership.
    Contact: Margaret Beissinger (Princeton University, mhbeissi@princeton.edu)
  • The Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) is devoted to the exchange of knowledge amongst scholars interested in the area of Southeastern Europe. Many of its members are working on Romania and Moldova. Its website is: http://www.seesa.info/conferences. The SRS and SEESA offer a joint membership.
    Contact: Dallas Michelbacher (Central Michigan University, miche1df@cmich.edu)
  • The Balkan History Association (BHA) is a non-profit, apolitical, and independent organization that aims to develop and promote at both national and international levels the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Balkan region, and, more generally, of South-East Europe, located in Bucharest, Romania. The BHA website is: https://www.balkan-history.com/
    Contact: Roland Clark (University of Liverpool, clarkr@liv.ac.uk)

Noua Colecție Editorială

Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), cea mai importantă organizație academică internațională dedicată dezvoltării și promovării studiilor românești, și Polirom, cea mai puternică editură de pe piața academică românească, au încheiat un parteneriat cu scopul de a lansa o nouă colecție editorială, Studii Româneşti/Romanian Studies/Études Roumaines/Rumänische Studien. Colecția va cuprinde cărți în limba română, scrise sau coordonate de către membrii SRS.

 

În momentul de față acceptăm trei tipuri de manuscrise:

 

  • Traduceri în limba română ale unor studii monografice deja publicate într-o limbă străină
  • Studii monografice inedite, scrise în limba română
  • Volume colective de studii care tratează o temă unitară, scrise în limba română

 

Volumele propuse pentru publicare în cadrul colecției trebuie să aibă un caracter preponderent academic și să se ocupe de România și/sau de Republica Moldova, de comunitățile care trăiesc pe teritoriile acestor țări, de culturile lor sau de diaspora românească și moldovenească. Contribuțiile pot să adopte o perspectivă disciplinară, interdisciplinară sau multidisciplinară și să vizeze domenii precum istoria, științele politice, sociologia, antropologia, dreptul, economia, lingvistica, literatura, istoria artei și altele. Toate manuscrisele și cărțile vor fi recenzate atent în vederea publicării.

 

Mai multe informații privind procedura de trimitere a propunerilor de volume sunt disponibile pe site-ul SRS, la adresa http://www.society4romanianstudies.org/book-series/.

 

Pentru întrebări și sugestii, vă rugăm să-i contactați pe coordonatoarele colecției, pe consultant sau pe membrii consiliului consultativ.

 

Under preparation in 2016

The SRS-Polirom Romanian Studies series has a number of translations and original manuscripts under consideration. The following titles are scheduled to be published in 2016:

 

Lavinia Stan și Diane Vancea, coord., România postcomunistă: trecut, prezent, viitor, traducerea volumului Post-Communist Romania at 25: Linking Past, Present and Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe. The events of 1989 are widely seen as having ushered in new all-encompassing reforms in almost all areas of life. In few other places were reforms more contested and divisive than in Romania, a country that suffered greatly under the sultanistic-cum-totalitarian dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, faced the region’s only bloody anti-communist revolt, and as such had the longest to travel on the road from communism to democracy. We now have a generation’s worth of experience with these wrenching reforms that have deeply affected Romania’s political institutions and political culture, and ultimately allowed it to become a member of the coveted European Union club. This volume gathers key lessons for democratic theory and practice from Romania’s first twenty-five years of post-communist transformation. Written by leading experts in the field of Romanian Studies, the chapters focus on the most important factors that have shaped the country’s political transformation since 1989.

The volume includes contributions by Radu Cinpoes, Monica Ciobanu, Dennis Deletant, Tom Gallagher, Peter Gross, Ronald F. King, Duncan Light, Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Mihaela Miroiu, Csaba Zoltan Novak, Cristina Parau, Levente Salat, Lavinia Stan, Marius Stan, Paul E. Sum, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Diane Vancea, Katherine Verdery, and Craig Young. Dennis Deletant and Mihaela Miroiu presented their chapters as keynote speeches at the 2015 Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies.

 

What people are saying about it:

This new book … brings together timely contributions from younger and more established scholars from two continents that shed fresh light on the evolution of the fledgling Romanian democracy after 1989. It reminds us that Romania’s image and transition to democracy must be linked to the absence of market reforms and the lack of a vibrant civil society under communism. The book also demonstrates that the rapid proliferation of political parties after December 1989 brought about a weak form of pluralism that was not conducive to genuine political competition. The new political parties had weak constituencies, little grass-roots support, and lacked well-defined doctrines and internal discipline. The volume also points out several directions in which Romania must still make progress in order to catch up with its neighbors in the West. It will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, and historians as well as to those studying Eastern Europe and transitions to democracy.

Aurelian Craiuţu, Indiana University, Bloomington

 

This timely volume marks the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the communist regime in Romania and explores the evolution of Romanian democracy by addressing the social and institutional development of the country since 1989. The editors have selected key themes which guide us on Romania’s democratic journey, and the contributors to the volume are some of the best scholars on Romania, providing important insights to the country’s political transformation. For anyone interested in understanding Romania’s democratic transition and the role that state, non-state and international actors have played, this is a must read.

Steven Roper, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

 

Maria Bucur, Heroes and Victims. Remembering War in Twentieth Century Romania (Indiana University Press, 2010)

Heroes and Victims explores the cultural power of war memorials in 20th-century Romania through two world wars and a succession of radical political changes—from attempts to create pluralist democratic political institutions after World War I to shifts toward authoritarian rule in the 1930s, to military dictatorships and Nazi occupation, to communist dictatorships, and finally to pluralist democracies with populist tendencies. Examining the interplay of centrally articulated and locally developed commemorations, Maria Bucur’s study engages monumental sites of memory, local funerary markers, rituals, and street names as well as autobiographical writings, novels, oral narratives, and film. This book reveals the ways in which a community’s religious, ethnic, economic, regional, and gender traditions shaped local efforts at memorializing its war dead. Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Chair in East European History and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania and editor (with Nancy M. Wingfield) of Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (IUP, 2006).

 

What are people saying about it:

“Heroes and Victims demonstrates not only how individual, local, and national discourses of remembrance have operated in the complex geopolitical and ethnic world of 20th-century Romania but also how and why post-communist Romanians and others in the 21st century have moved to a post-memory discourse.”

Melissa Bokovoy, University of New Mexico

 

“An important book by one of the major emerging voices in east European studies.”

Charles King, Georgetown University

 

“[A] historical tour de force, compellingly written and powerfully demonstrated. . . . Bucur’s truly illuminating study explores the Romanians’ tortuously dramatic efforts to accomplish a long-delayed coming to terms with their past.”

Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland College Park

 

“[Bucur] is to be congratulated on a superb piece of scholarship which both sheds light on existing questions and raises important new ones. As such it can be recommended to teachers and researchers alike.”

Alex Drace-Francis, University of Amsterdam

 

Alex Drace-Francis, The Making of Modern Romanian Culture: Literacy and the Development of National Identity (IB Tauris, 2006)

How do literacy and the development of literary culture promote the development of a national identity? This well-researched and readable book explores the rise of Romanian-language literary, educational and printing institutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, bringing out a story that has not been fully explored in English. He builds on and engages with current knowledge about print culture, modernization, national identity and state formation, to make an original contribution to ongoing debates in these areas. Alex Drace-Francis is an Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam.

 

What are people saying about it:

“An enormously erudite study… [F]or anyone interested in the origins of modern Romanian literary production and education in the context of the Enlightenment, modernization, and state-formation this is an indispensable book.”

Irina Livezeanu, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

“Alex Drace-Francis has produced a highly accurate and often outstandingly subtle piece of research. This British scholar observes things that his Romanian colleagues, being too familiar with them, have tended to gloss over”

Ovidiu Pecican, Observator Cultural

“Solid and extremely well informed, Alex Drace-Francis’s book not only brings together a great mass of information and hypotheses, but also asks important questions about a cultural legacy whose investigation is still plagued by stereotypes.”

Mircea Anghelescu, Romanian Review of Book History

 

“Admirably balanced in its critical use of sources, perfectly mature in discussing a difficult topic, Drace-Francis’s book is an exceptionally insightful and stimulating analysis of emergent Romanian modernity and a model for future approaches.”

Doris Mironescu, Slavonic and East European Review

 

“Alex Drace-Francis has a knack of raising your intellectual game without leaving you fumbling for the ball. His occasional wit is dry but playful. If you know anyone who loves Romania enough to dig deep into its intellectual soil, the roots are here.”

Mike Ormsby, author of Never Mind the Balkans – Here’s Romania