The Society for Romanian Studies celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2018. We are far from its humble beginnings, when a handful of graduate students and professors in American universities, and Romanian diaspora members, gathered for the first time in 1973 to found the Society. This year, close to 450 individuals have proposed papers, panels, roundtables, poetry readings, art installations, as well as documentary movies as part of the June international congress we will organize at Academia de Studio Economice in Bucharest.

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To celebrate this historical marker for the Society, which also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Romanian modern state, we launched “45 for 45” – a series of 45 weekly interviews with SRS members teaching in Western universities to be published in LaPunkt, a reputable electronic platform in Bucharest. The brain behind this project is historian Anca Sincan.

I had the honour to be the first interviewee in this anniversary series, and took this chance to talk a bit more about the Society and its general direction. The interview is available here. Stay tune – more of them are coming soon!

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