Europeanization and Globalization: Romanians in their Region and the World
Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, 2-4 July 2012
In partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR)
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.
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, Romania
Dr. Igor Caşu, Director, the Center for the Study of Totalitarianism, Moldova State University, Moldova