Chapter in new book edited by Florentina Andreescu and Michael Shapiro Thursday, Jun 12 2014 

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A new book that is about to be published examines the female ideal from a variety of perspectives. My chapter talks about the way two women, Mona Musca and Herta Muller, have been viewed by intellectual gate-keepers in Romania. The book is described on the Routledge site as:

“This work is a critical intervention into the archive of female identity; it reflects on the ways in which the Central and Eastern European female ideal was constructed, represented, and embodied in communist societies and on its transformation resulting from the political, economic, and social changes specific to the post-communist social and political transitions. During the communist period, the female ideal was constituted as a heroic mother and worker, both a revolutionary and a state bureaucrat, which were regarded as key elements in the processes of industrial development and production. She was portrayed as physically strong and with rugged rather than with feminized attributes. After the post-communist regime collapsed, the female ideal’s traits changed. As the consumer-oriented societies began displacing the state-dominated command economies of the communist period, the female ideal lost its close association with the state’s authority and with the industrial production and instead took on the feminine attributes that are familiar in the West’s consumer-oriented societies. As a result, the post-communist female ideal is tightly connected to various commodities (fashion products and luxury items), while the female herself has become a commodity in both marriage markets and illicit sexual exchanges associated with prostitution and sex trafficking.”

More information is available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138013216/

Additional affiliation Thursday, Jun 5 2014 

Both Lucian Turcescu (Concordia University) and I are now members of Le Centre canadien d’etudes allemandes et europeennes at Universite de Montreal. The Centre graciously hosted me during my sabbatical, 2013-2014. It runs a wide range of programs related to European studies.

http://www.cceae.umontreal.ca/Les-membres

Chapter in new book on Eastern Orthodoxy Thursday, Jun 5 2014 

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Lucian Leustean’s impressive volume on Eastern Christianity and Politics in the 21st Century just appeared at Routledge. I coauthored the chapter on the Romanian Orthodox Church together with Lucian Turcescu. The publisher’s description of the book:

“This book provides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of Eastern Christian churches in Europe, the Middle East, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Written by leading international scholars in the field, it examines both Orthodox and Oriental churches from the end of the Cold War up to the present day. The book offers a unique insight into the myriad church-state relations in Eastern Christianity and tackles contemporary concerns, opportunities and challenges, such as religious revival after the fall of communism; churches and democracy; relations between Orthodox, Catholic and Greek Catholic churches; religious education and monastic life; the size and structure of congregations; and the impact of migration, secularisation and globalisation on Eastern Christianity in the twenty-first century.”

More information is available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781315819037/.