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2007 Romanian Conference: Hour of Romania

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March 22-24, 2007
Indiana University Bloomington

The Romanian Studies program at Indiana University announces the conference entitled “The Hour of Romania” was held March 22-24, 2007 on the IU Bloomington campus. The conference revisited important U.S. scholarship in various fields of Romanian studies over the past few decades and will feature current trends in scholarship with a focus on Romania or placing Romania in comparative perspective. In a period when “area studies” are undergoing important shifts in many disciplines and as Romania enters the European Union, we also want to discuss what the future of “Romanian studies” looks like.

Romania joined the European Union in 2007. This is a moment for celebrating, a moment for taking stock of efforts made in the past to make Romania known in the world, and a moment for considering what Romanian studies might come to mean in the future. From now on Romania will be situated in a different context politically and internationally. In addition, the study of national structures and cultures is undergoing a significant change in academic disciplines. This conference gives us an important opportunity for considering these changes. We will discuss them in roundtable format, as well as highlight new directions in scholarly research focusing on Romania through competitively selected papers in the humanities and social sciences.

Accompanying Events

"Romania Redrawn Exhibition"
March 19-25, 2007
IU Fine Arts Library Foyer

"Romania Redrawn" is a group show of more than 35 pieces of art based on photos set out for disposal outside the Romanian consulate in New York. Romanian artist Irina Hasnas Pascal and Philadelphia photographer Laurence Salzmann used these, inviting artists to create works inspired by the photographs.

Hour of Romania Conference Preliminary Program

Participants for the Hour of Romania Conference

Roundtable Participants

  • Maria Bucur
  • Matei Calinescu
  • Marina Cap-Bun
  • Aurelian Craiutu
  • Peter Gross
  • Keith Hitchins
  • Charles King
  • Irina Livezeanu
  • Mihaela Miroiu
  • Mona Momescu
  • Christian Moraru
  • Vladimir Tismaneanu
  • Christina Zarifopol-Illias

Paper Presenters

  • Jennifer R. Cash
  • Roland Clark
  • Ion Matei Costinescu
  • Mihaela Czobor-Lupp
  • Katalin Gal
  • John Gledhill
  • Sorin Gog
  • Voichita Nachescu
  • Laszlo Peter
  • Victor Rizescu
  • Oana-Valentina Suciu
  • Theodora Vacarescu


Thursday, March 22

6:30 p.m.
Keynote address, Vladimir Tismaneanu
Woodburn Hall, Room 101

8:00 – 10:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Friday, March 23
All Friday Sessions in Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Roundtable on Social Sciences:

Chair: Aurelian Craiutu

Peter Gross
Mihaela Miroiu
Vladimir Tismaneanu

10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 1: Identity politics in the post-communist world:

Chair: Christina Zarifopol-Illias

Mihaela Miroiu

Jennifer R. Cash, "Is Romania Europe? Reconfiguring National Identity East of the Prut"
Sorin Gog, "Religion in post-socialist Romania.  Europeanizing traditional religious mentalities"
Laszlo Peter, "Impoverishment and the Rise of New Urban Poor in Romania: Sociological aspects of coping with poverty"

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Roundtable on Romanian language:

Chair: Matei Calinescu

Marina Cap-Bun
Mona Momescu Christina Zarifopol-Illias

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Post-Communist Politics and the EU:

Chair:Aurelian Craiutu

Commentator: Charles King

Oana-Valentina Suciu, "Ethnic minorities in Eastern Europe and their political representation in the light of EU integration: Romanian, Bulgarian and Slovak experiences"
Katalin Gal, "Informal Economy in Romania"
John Gledhill, "Inventing Chaos: the Politics of Anarchy in Transitional Romania"

Saturday, March 24
All Saturday Sessions in Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

8:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Roundtable in History and Humanities:

Chair: Maria Bucur

Keith Hitchins
Charles King
Irina Livezeanu
Christian Moraru

10:45 – 12:45 p.m.

Panel 3: New Trends in Historical Research:

Chair: Maria Bucur

Commentator: Irina Livezeanu

Roland Clark, "Religion as an Ethnic Marker: Orthodoxist Attitudes to Race and Religion"
Ion Matei Costinescu, "The Village as Quest for Modernity: On Dimitrie Gusti and the Nationalist Imagination"
Voichita Nachescu, "Romanian Women Writers, Modernity, and the Public / Private Divide"

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Intellectual Elites

Chair: Aurelian Craiutu

Commentator: Christian Moraru

Victor Rizescu, "Oligarchy’ as a heretic notion: the uses of Marxism in pre-communist Romania"
Theodora-Eliza Vacarescu, "Gendering the Communist System of Political Detention: Three Women’s Memoirs of Romanian Political Prisons"
Mihaela Czobor-Lupp, "Theater and the Pathologies of Politics in Caragiale’s View"

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wrap-up session

5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Movie Screening: Moartea Domnului Lazarescu

Conference Co-sponsors