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

SRSThe 2015 conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) Bucharest, 17- 19 June 2015: Linking Past, Present and Future:  The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania andMoldova (1989/1991)

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.

For more information about the conference, click here.

Find here the complete call.

Find here our panel proposal: La Roumanie et la France – rencontres culturelles au temps des confrontations Ouest- Est which has been accepted.


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