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Call for Papers - Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania and Moldova (1989/1991)

Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies

Conference venue: Bucharest, Romania
Period: June 17-19, 2015
Deadline for submitting abstracts: August 1, 2014



The 2015 SRS conference "Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania and Moldova (1989/1991) " will be hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest.

Anniversaries represent opportunities to reflect on past events, re-assess their impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future. Together with other 20th century historical events – including World War I, World War II, and the communist take-over – the overthrow of the communist regime represented a watershed event for Romania and Moldova, the most recent great transformation it is seen as having led to the end of the communist dictatorship, democratization of the political system, the introduction of market economy, cultural liberalization, the opening of borders, and a re-alignment with the West. At the same time, given Romania’s and Moldova’s persistent problems with political instability, pervasive corruption, slow economic growth, populism, and nationalism, the significance of the 1989/1991 regime change and its outcomes remains a source of contestation. The aim of this conference is to take a fresh look at the transformative events of a quarter century ago. We wish to examine their significance for the two countries’ post-communist trajectories, past, present, and future both domestically and in the wider European and Eurasian contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

Eligible topics

We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, music, and education, among others. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Precursors of 1989 (anti-Stalinist revolts and resistance, resistance through culture, the role of dissidents, everyday forms of resistance, Braşov 1987, etc.)
  • The external context (Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, the events in East and Central Europe)
  • Western propaganda and the Romanian diasporas
  • 1989 in popular and official memory, historiography, film, literature and the arts
  • Legacies of World War I and World War II
  • Sources and archives
  • Communism, post-communism, and the arts
  • Writers and artists in post-communism
  • The Romanian new wave and the legacy of communism
  • European Union accession
  • Moldova between West and East
  • Legal and constitutional reforms
  • Party and electoral politics, and voting behavior
  • Free markets, neoliberalism and state paternalism
  • Romania’s place in Europe and in the region
  • Romania’s relationship with the Republic of Moldova
  • Moldova’s place in Europe and the region
  • The status of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Romania and Moldova
  • The reconfiguration of social stratification
  • Post-communist media and journalism
  • The role of the Orthodox Church, and of other religious groups
  • Dynamics of migration from and into Romania and Moldova
  • Policy analysis and public administration
  • Urban policies and architecture in communism and post-communism

Keynote Speakers: Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA).

Guidelines for submission

Individual paper proposals should include the title of the presentation, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a short c.v., and contact information of the presenter.

Proposals for 2-hour 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, short vitae, and contact information for all participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities.

Roundtables proposals of 3-5 participants should include title and description of the topic, short vitae and contact information for all participants.

In addition, the conference organizers will accept proposals for book panels.

Submissions should be sent in a single attached Word document by August 1, 2014 to . Submissions and presentations in French will be accepted, as long as they are for full panels and roundtables including members from more than one university. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by October 15, 2014.

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; for those from the Eurozone and Western Europe, 40 Euros, and from Romania, Moldova and parts east, 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.


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