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Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, 2-4 July 2012‏

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

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, 2-4 July 2012

The SRS is an international inter-disciplinary academic organization based in North America
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The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) is a sponsoring partner

Europeanization and Globalization: Romanians in Their Region and the World

More than two decades after the fall of communism and several years after Romania’s accession
to the European Union, Romanians, whether at home, in a growing diaspora around the world, or
by virtue of international economic and cultural networks, are continuing to find themselves
integrated into increasingly interconnected European and global institutions and practices. This
gradual process of integration into international networks and interaction with foreign powers
has been underway for centuries. States that occupied the territory of contemporary Romania and
Moldova came under the influence of more powerful neighbors, and stood at the crossroads of
both warlike and peaceful migrations. At one point most Romanian boyars spoke Greek, and in
the 19th century Romanian students often studied abroad as they are again doing today. In the
1920s and 30s, ethnic and religious diversity contributed both to Europeanization and to
domestic and international tensions. Then, the Soviet model played a major role in the imposition
of communism. The proposed focus of the 2012 SRS conference encourages historical, cultural
and contemporary inquiries into the place of Romanians and Moldovans in European and global
structures, while pondering the implications of these trends for the future.

Keynote Speakers:
· Dr. Tom Gallagher, Professor of the Study of Ethnic Conflict and Peace in the
Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK
· Dr. Bogdan Murgescu, Professor in the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest,

We welcome proposals for papers, panels and round-tables coming from young and established
scholars working in history, sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, law,
linguistics, economics, business, religious studies, theater, literature, cinema studies, music, and

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

· Romania and the European Union
· “Europe’s,” Russia’s, and Romania’s roles in the Republic of Moldova
· The social, political, and ideological implications of globalization in Romania and
· Migration and diaspora within Europe, North America, etc.
· Consequences of EU accession
· Challenges to European and global integration
· Romanian writers abroad
· Romanian literature in translation
· The global reception of Romanian cinema, literature and art
· The Romanian/Jewish avant-garde in Zurich, Paris, Berlin
· Multinational enterprises in modern Romania and Moldova
· Minority cultures in Romania and Moldova (Roma, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Russian,
Ukrainian, Gagauz et al.)
· The construction of a European memory
· Romanian and Moldovan culture in the digital age
· The Romanian language mass media system in the panoply of world media models
· Journalism and political parallelism
· New and old forms of censorship and self-censorship
· Romanians’ and Moldovans’ historical encounters with “others”
· The image of the Roma/Jew/Hungarian/German among Romanians

Paper proposals should include the title of the presentation, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a
short c.v., and the contact information of the presenter. They should be sent in a single attached
Word or PDF document by December 1, 2011, to Matthew Ciscel at

Proposals for 2-hour panels including 3-4 papers, one chair, and 1-2 discussants should provide a
description of the panel topic, abstracts of papers, short c.v.’s and contact information for all
participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities. 2-hour
round-tables of 3-5 participants will also be considered. The conference languages are English
and Romanian. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by January 30,

In order to assure that the conference is accessible to scholars from across the Atlantic region and
to those from Romania and the Republic of Moldova, the conference fees will be quite modest.
For scholars from North America, the fee will be 40 USD; for those from the Eurozone and other
world regions, 40 Euros, and from Romania, Moldova, and post-Communist realms, 40
Romanian Lei. Graduate students will be exempt from this fee. SRS membership will also be
required and additional for those paying in USD and Euros, but included for those paying in Lei.