The Romanian-Moldovan Research Group, or RO-MO, is a research forum initiated at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL) by and for PhD students working on topics broadly relating to Romanian and Moldovan/Bessarabian history, culture and literature. It started out as a semi-formal afternoon workshop in London and, as the network gradually grew, it became something of a moving feast with sessions at Wadham College, Oxford, and the History Institute in Cluj, Romania. As the Chair for Romanian Studies at SSEES/UCL, which was first set up in 1948, was terminated three years ago and the convening PhD students (Daniel Brett, Raul Cârstocea, Irina Marin) graduated and went their separate ways, RO-MO went into abeyance.
This blog and the activities it charts seek to revive RO-MO, reactivate its network of young scholars and extend it to include the latest researchers in the field based in the UK, Europe and the US. In this enterprise we have benefited from the institutional support of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Leicester), the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany) and London School of Economics (LSE).