Happy holidays from The Society for Romanian Studies Friday, Dec 23 2016 

In 2016 the Society of Romanian Studies further consolidated its position as the world leader in the field of Romanian Studies, broadly defined.

Our membership remains strong, and we are continuing our activities, including scholarly prizes and publications. We have recently launched a new mentorship program to link junior and senior scholars interested in Romania, Moldova, their minorities, and diaspora communities. As we welcome the new year, we are looking forward to awarding the graduate student essay prize and the book prize in 2017, to publishing cutting-edge studies in the Romanian Studies book series at Polirom, and to beginning preparations for the summer 2018 SRS international congress in Bucharest.

On behalf of the Society we want to thank you for your continuous support and donations, and for your invaluable input and participation in SRS. We are eager to hear about your current research projects and publications!

Happy New Year!

Lavinia Stan
SRS President

Best wishes to all of you! Friday, Dec 23 2016 

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscientious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all, and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Canada is necessarily greater than any other country), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.
* By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.  This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.  Phew! I think that just about covers it! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! 🙂

Justice, Memory and Redress – dust cover Friday, Dec 9 2016 

Glad to see for the first time the dust cover for the new volume co-edited with Lucian Turcescu — Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania: New Insights. The book includes a number of important contributions signed by scholars from inside and outside Romania. It was long overdue, since Romania remains an under researched country. Thank you to Dennis Deletant and Nadya Nedelsky for agreeing to write the blurbs.


First transitional justice textbook in print Wednesday, Nov 23 2016 

The first textbook in the field, An Introduction to Transitional Justice, published by Routledge (https://www.routledge.com/An-Introduction-to-Transitional-Justice/Simic/p/book/9781138943223), is available now in bookstores. The textbook was put together by Olivera Simic with contributions on a diverse range of relevant topics. I authored the chapter on “Lustration and Vetting,” which gave me the opportunity to review those methods once again. This is a great addition that should be of interest to students and faculty members alike!

The Routledge website promotes the book: “An Introduction to Transitional Justice provides the first comprehensive overview of transitional justice judicial and non-judicial measures implemented by societies to redress legacies of massive human rights abuse. Written by some of the leading experts in the field it takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, addressing the dominant transitional justice mechanisms as well as key themes and challenges faced by scholars and practitioners. Using a wide historic and geographic range of case studies to illustrate key concepts and debates, and featuring discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, this is an essential introduction to the subject for students.”

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Transitional Justice, Anja Mihr  

2. The Development of Transitional Justice, Andrew Reiter  

3. Intermational Criminal Justice, Rachel Kerr  

4. Gender and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Johanna Mannegren Selimovic  

5. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Agata Fijalkowski  

6. Amnesty, Agata Fijalkowski  

7. Lustration and Vetting, Lavinia Stan  

8. Local Transitional Justice: Customary Law, Healing Rituals, and Everyday Justice, Lars Waldorf

9. Reparations, Jemima Garcia-Godos  

10. Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding, Lia Kent  

11. Arts and Transitional Justice, Olivera Simić 

12. Memorials and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel 

13. Measuring the Success (or Failure) of Transitional Justice, Andy Reiter  

14. Doing the Fieldwork: Well-being of Transitional Justice Researchers, Olivera Simić


Why no Havel in Romania? Friday, Nov 4 2016 

Cristian Patrasconiu did an excellent job polling various intellectuals and university professors. The question was: Why Romania had no Havel? I did my part, although in retrospect I could have wrote more. But I was told to limit myself to 1,500 characters, which seemed like a hard constraint at the time.

The responses are available here: http://www.lapunkt.ro/2016/11/04/ancheta-lapunkt-de-ce-nu-am-avut-un-havel-al-nostru/.

New title published in the Romanian Studies SRS-Polirom book collection Thursday, Nov 3 2016 

Polirom, the largest academic publisher in Romania, is about to publish the translation of a book by historian Alex Drace-Francis. The volume is the third in the Romanian Studies book collection sponsored by the Society of Romanian Studies and Polirom.

Alfabetizare, modernizare institutionala, dezvoltarea unei literaturi nationale, formarea unui stat independent: iata citeva fenomene asociate de mult cu experienta istorica romaneasca din secolele al XVIII-lea si al XIX-lea. Dar care este relatia dintre ele, cum s-au influentat reciproc si in ce context global si-au facut aparitia? Alex Drace-Francis propune o reevaluare critica a proceselor de creare a institutiilor culturale si educationale in Principatele Romane si in Vechiul Regat, in lumina teoriilor recente din stiintele sociale. De-a lungul a douazeci de capitole concise, dar intemeiate pe o ampla cercetare a surselor interne si externe, Alex Drace-Francis ofera o prezentare originala a principalelor linii de dezvoltare si in acelasi timp o serie de contributii noi la dezbaterile istoriografice internationale privind educatia, cultura tiparului, formarea statului si identitatea nationala.

More information is available at: http://www.polirom.ro/catalog/carte/geneza-culturii-romane-moderne-institutiile-scrisului-si-dezvoltarea-identitatii-nationale-1700-1900-6210/detalii.html.



SRS Fall 2016 Newsletter out Thursday, Nov 3 2016 

After almost one full year, our Newsletter is again published. Ana Fumurescu and Cristina Plamadeala, the new SRS Newsletter Editors, have worked diligently over the past weeks to put together an interesting and informative issue. Many thanks for them for all their work!



SRS general annual meeting coming soon Tuesday, Nov 1 2016 

For all SRS members out there, the general annual meeting is an important event where the officers of the Society provide summaries of their work over the year and the members can propose new programs, and raise other concerns. This year, as in previous years, we are holding our SRS general annual meeting at the ASEEES meeting in Washington, DC. We are scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm in Wardman DC Marriott, Mezzanine, McKinley. The meeting will be presided by Prof. Margaret Beissinger from Princeton University, who is serving as the Vice-President of the SRS. I hope we’ll have a large audience and a good discussion!

SGI 2016 reports are ready – including the one on Romania Friday, Aug 26 2016 

The Sustainable Governance Indicators reports on 2016 are available on the SGI website at:  http://www.sgi-network.org. I was fortunate enough to be coopted in this project to review the report on Romania, produced together with Andrea Wagner and Frank Bonker. The Romania Report is available here: http://www.sgi-network.org/docs/2016/country/SGI2016_Romania.pdf.

Front cover for Rowman & Littlefield translation ready Monday, Jul 18 2016 

Polirom has produced a wonderful front cover for the Romanian translation of Lavinia Stan and Diane Vancea, eds., Post-Communist Romania at 25: Linking Past, Present and Future (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). We hope the translation will be published very soon, to become available in Romanian bookstores by the end of this year. The volume includes contributions signed by Radu Cinpoes, Dennis Deletant, Tom Gallagher, Peter Gross, Ron King, Duncan Light, Cosmin Gabriel Marian, Mihaela Miroiu, Csaba Zoltan Novak, Cristina Parau, Levente Salat, Marius Stan, Paul Sum, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Katherine Verdery, Craig Young, Monica Ciobanu. Short blurbs were written by Aurelian Craiutu and Steven Roper. Many thanks to all contributors for their support!


Romania postcomunista

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