16-18 February 2006
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, New SSEES building, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H OBW
This conference seeks to address the issues of inclusion and exclusion that have arisen from these boundary changes. The boundaries of Central and Eastern Europe have been constantly contested from within and without and continue to shift and evolve in the wake of the fall of communism.
This perpetual change is reflected through the redefinitions and realignments of identities within the region. The challenge of the expansion of the European Union in the new century represents a key factor in the ongoing processes of regional realignment.
Every aspect of identity within the new members, the 'old' EU countries, the candidate states, as well as the regions excluded from the process has to be reasserted in the face of these dynamics. At the heart of this evolving process of redefinition or reassertion lie the notions of 'exclusion' and 'inclusion'.
The re-evaluation of history, especially that of the twentieth century, may also have a destabilising impact on the old narratives and intellectual certainties that have shaped our understanding of Central and Eastern Europe.
For the full programme of the conference, please go to www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees-pgconf
Romanian participation in the conference:
Thursday 16 February
16.30 – 18.00: Panel C3: Immigrants and Inclusion: Damiana Gabriela Otoiu (University of Bucharest): ‘Restitution in post-Communist Romania: keeping the “Others” out?: the case of the Jewish community’
16.30 – 18.00: Panel C4: Jewish Émigré Literature: Ioana Luca (University of Bucharest/Linacre College, Oxford): ‘In and out: Andrei Codrescu or the journey of a Romanian exile’
Friday 17 February
10.00 – 11.30: Panel D1: Enterprising to survive: Informal networks in South Eastern Europe: Narcis Tulbure (University of Pittsburgh): ‘Bani albi pentru zile negre: nest egg’
11.45 – 13.15: Panel E1: Social Exclusion: Maria Carmen Pantea (Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca): ‘Working children in transitional economies: qualitative approaches on inequality and social exclusion’
11.45 – 13.15: Panel E2: Ethnographic Evolution in Central and Eastern European Countries
One of the papers presented during that session is on Romania: Daniel Brett (UCL - SSEES): ‘From the peasant in the field to the peasant in parliament: agency and political mobilization: the peasant movements in Poland and Romania 1944-1947’
14.15 – 15.45: Panel F2: Nationalism in South-East Europe: Irina Marin (UCL - SSEES): ‘Slippages of imperial inclusion: the case of the Banat military border’
Saturday 18 February
10.00 – 11.30: Panel H1: Identity and Nation: Raluca Soreanu (Central European University): ‘Exploring the space of identification: a tricolour story from the city of Cluj-Napoca’
10.00 – 11.30: Panel H3: The Media Representation of Exclusion: Zita Farkas (Western University of Timisoara): ‘Coming out as a feminist: the game of exclusion/inclusion of feminism within the Hungarian written media discourse’
11.45 – 13.15: Panel J3: Mothers and Wives: Lorena Anton (University of Bucharest): ‘Abortion and the making of the ‘socialist mother’ during Communist Romania’
14.15 – 15.45: Panel K2: Regime and Government: Anca Gheaus (Central European University): ‘Welfare, feminism and new patterns of exclusion in Romania’
14.15 – 15.45: Panel K4: Literary Trends: Anca Baicoianu (University of Bucharest): ‘Remembrance of things past: identity narrations in post-Communist literatures’
Please note that advance registration is essential as numbers may be limited. If you are a SSEES or UCL student, attendance is free but it is essential to register. Please email with 'Registration' in the subject line, and clearly indicate which day(s) you would like to attend.
For registration or enquiries, contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices for pre-registration:
Students: £5/7* – 1 day; £15 – 3 days
Non-students: £7/10* – 1 day; £20 – 3 days
NOTE: * For 16 February only, the higher rate applies
An additional £3 administrative charge will apply for on the day registration.
Principal sponsor: Ratiu Foundation UK