PhD Conference 2014

Sfârșitul de săptămână mă va găsi la Cluj, unde va avea loc episodul III al unui proiect de “suflet”: Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Totalitarianism for PhD Students. Pe scurt: PhD Conference.

Povestea a debutat în 2012, când am organizat la Iași, în parteneriat cu Universitatea “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” și Centrul de Studii asupra Comunismului și Postcomunismului, prima conferință din acest ciclu: “A Cross Disciplinary Exploration on Central and East-European Totalitarianism(s)”. La conferința din 2012 au participat doctoranzi implicați în programe doctorale la Belgrad (University of Belgrade), Brașov (Universitatea „Transilvania”), București (Universitatea din București, Școala Națională de Studii Politice și Administrative), Budapesta (Central European University, Eötvös Loránd University), Chișinău (Universitatea Pedagogică de Stat „Ion Creangă”), Cluj-Napoca (Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai, Institutul de Istorie „George Barițiu”), Florența (European University Institute), Iași (Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”), Londra (University College), Kiev (National University of „Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”), Poznan („Adam Mickiewicz” University) și Vercelli (University of Oriental Piedmont).

Povestea a continuat și anul trecut, când PhD Conference s-a mutat la Sibiu, în cadrul unui parteneriat cu Universitatea “Lucian Blaga” – Re-thinking the Central and Eastern Europe Totalitarianisms: Challenges, Entanglements and Reassessments. Din nou, lista de invitați a fost cât se poate de atractivă, cu doctoranzi implicați în programe doctorale la Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, SUA, (University of Pittsburgh), București (Universitatea din București, Institutul de Sociologie al Academiei Române), Cluj-Napoca (Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai), Iași (Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”), Erevan, Armenia (Yerevan State University), Ostrog, Ucraina (The National University of Ostrog Academy), Leipzig, Germania (University of Leipzig), Alba Iulia (Universitatea „1 Decembrie 1918”) şi Constanţa (Universitatea „Ovidius”).

Anul acesta am avut șansa de a continua acest proiect, în cadrul unui parteneriat cu Universitatea “Babeș-Bolyai”. Joi și vineri (4-5 decembrie), la Cluj, se va desfășura ce-a de-a treia ediție a proiectului: “After 25 Years: The Central and Eastern European Totalitarianisms in Retrospect”. Alături de noi vor fi doctoranzi din New York, SUA, (Columbia University), Gainesville, SUA (University of Florida), Praga, Republica Cehă (Charles University), Budapesta, Ungaria, (Andrássy Gyula University, Central European University), Kiev, Ucraina (National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’), București (Universitatea din București), Cluj-Napoca (Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai), Iași (Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”).

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Conferința se va desfășura în zilele de Joi, 4 decembrie 2014, orele 09.00-19.30, și Vineri, 5 decembrie 2014, orele 09.00-13.00, la Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai” din Cluj-Napoca, Facultatea de Istorie și Filosofie, Aula „Regele Ferdinand I” (str. Napoca, nr. 11).

PROGRAMUL CONFERINȚEI:

“After 25 Years: The Central and Eastern European Totalitarianisms in Retrospect”

3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Totalitarianism for PhD Students

December 4-5, 2014 – Cluj-Napoca (ROMANIA),

“Babeș-Bolyai” University

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 – 09:30 – Arrival and Registration of the Participants

Venue – “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Faculty of History and Philosophy (11, Napoca street), “Regele Ferdinand I” Aula

09:30 – 10:00 – Opening remarks

Radu PREDA (Executive President, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile)

Ioan BOLOVAN (Vice-Rector, “Babeș-Bolyai” University) 

10:00 – 10:45 Keynote

Mihai CROITOR (Lecturer, Faculty of History and Philosophy, “Babeș-Bolyai” University)

From Friends to Enemies: the Soviet-Romanian Political and Diplomatic Relations (1961-1962)

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee-break

11:00 – 13:00 – Panel 1

The Up and Downs of the “Socialist” Market Economy: Modernisation Attempts and Systemic Failures

Chair: Manuela MARIN (PhD, “West” University of Timișoara)

Vlad ONACIU (Faculty of History and Philosophy, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca),

Informal Economy: Blat for Goods, Workplaces and Resources in Communist Romania

Vlad PAȘCA (Faculty of History, University of Bucharest),

Romania’s Failed Economic Reform during National-Communism (1967-1974)

Victor PETROV (Columbia University in the City of New York),

A Cyber-Socialism at Home and Abroad: Bulgarian Modernisation in a Cold War World 1967-1989

Tijana MILOSAVljević-ČAJETINAC (Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University, Prague),

Is the Connection Between Evil and Totalitarianism the Connection of Necessity?

13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch

15:00 – 17:00 – Panel 2

(Re)Disscusing the Communist Societies and its Entanglemets

Chair: Mara Mărginean (PhD, Romanian Academy, Cluj Branch)

Diego CIOBOTARU (Faculty of History, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaşi),

Stadium Violence, another Facet of the Political Confrontation in Romania during 1944-1947

Johanna MELLIS (University of Florida, Gainesville),

“Defectors, Smugglers, Intermediaries: Hungarian Athletes’ Experiences as ‘Elites’ Under Communism”

Lucian ROBU (ASTRA National Museum Complex, Sibiu),

„Non-alignment” Process in Painting and Sculpture Between 1949-1962, during the Propaganda for Collectivisation of the Agriculture in People’s Republic of Romania (RPR)

Iryna SHYROKOVA (National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’),

Debates within the Western Scientific Community on Repressive Psychiatric Practices in the USSR from the 1960s to the 1980s

17:00 – 17:15 – Coffee-break

17:15 – 19:15 – Panel 3

Identity, Memory and the Challenges of Post-Totalitarian Societies

Chair: Ștefan BOSOMITU (PhD, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile)

Carmen ȚÂGȘOREAN (Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca),

Remembering January 1941 – The Bucharest pogrom

Kristina ANDELOVA (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague),

The Political Language of the Czech Left after 1989: Forging New Understandings of Social Morality and Justice

Andra-Octavia DRĂGHICIU (Andrássy Gyula University, Budapest),

The Dark Side of the Moon.  The Challenges of Oral History Interviewing in post 1989 Romania

Cătălin PARFENE (Faculty of History, University of Bucharest),

Cowboys from Hell: Metallica and Pantera’s Heavy Metal Concert in the Soviet Union in 1991

19:30 – Dinner

Friday, December 5, 2014

9:00 – 11:30 – Panel 4

From Intellectual Collaboration to Dissidence and Opposition in Communist Romania

Chair: Adriana CUPCEA (PhD, “West” University of Timișoara)

Narcis Ronald POPESCU (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest),

The Party School of Social Sciences “A. A. Jdanov” (1948-1958)

Cristina GOGÂȚĂ (Faculty of Letters, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca),

How to Elude Censorship. Ana Blandianaʼs Second Volume: Călcâiul vulnerabil

Andreea-Mihaela ANDREI (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest)),

The Dissidence of Paul Goma

Ioana-Zoia SANDU (URSU) (Faculty of History and Philosophy, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca),

Clergy and Intellectuals as “Class Enemy”: Case-study – The “Burning Bush”

Alexandra PREDA (Central European University, Budapest),

Romanian Artists of the 1980s: From Avant-Garde Aesthetics to Ideological Options

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee-break

11:30 – 12:15 – Keynote

Mara MĂRGINEAN (PhD, Romanian Academy, Cluj Branch)

Workers, Politics and Power. A Social View on Romanian Industrialization in the 1950s 

12:15 – 12:45 – Concluding remarks

13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch