ROMANIA AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS:
Roxana Mihăilă is a doctoral researcher and associate tutor at the University of Sussex European Institute. Her dissertation looks at the role of national political parties in EU treaty-making, with a focus on the Lisbon and Fiscal Compact treaties. Roxana’s broader research interests include political parties, EU integration and decision-making; Europeanization; comparative European politics; comparative research methods. She holds a LLM in European Law and a MA in European Studies from Maastricht University. She tweets @roxana_mihaila
Eleanor Knott: http://eleanorknott.wordpress.com/about/
Radu Cinpoeş is a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Human Rights and International Relations at Kingston University. His research interests include the politics of nationalism, ethnicity and identity, post-communism and politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Growing out of his interest in nationalism and the politics of exclusion, his research has recently focused on two complementary directions: migration and mobility, on the one hand, and issues concerning discrimination and intolerance, on the other. He has written on nationalism in Romania and on the extreme right and intolerance. His current work focuses on agential reflexive mediation of structural conditionings and the role of social networks in the context of transnational mobility.
COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN ROMANIA AND MOLDOVA:
Dr Viorel Achim is a Senior Researcher at the Nicolae Iorga History Institute in Bucharest. His research includes the history of the Roma, population policy in Romania during World War II and the Holocaust in Romania. He is the author of The Roma in Romanian History (Budapest, New York: Central European University Press, 2004, which appeared in Romanian in 1998). He published extensively on the deportation of the Roma to Transnistria between 1942 and 1944. He is the editor of Documents Concerning the Deportation of Gypsies to Transnistria (in Romanian) (2 vols., Bucharest, 2004) and has just finished a book on Roma forced labour in Transnistria, which will be published in 2014 in both Romanian and German.
Dr Ana Bărbulescu – Researcher at Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Bucharest, Romania; Lecturer – University of Bucharest, Department of Jewish Studies.
Research interests: forced labor of Romanian Jews: 1940-1944 (implementation, consequences, official motivation); day-to-day life in the Transnistrean ghettos; the reconstruction of Holocaust public memory in post-communism (competitive memories vs. competitive identity patterns).
Dr Andrei Cușco (University of Moldova (Chișinău)/University of Iași) is a researcher affiliated with the Department of History of the “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iași and a Lecturer at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the State University of Moldova (Chișinău). He holds a Ph.D. degree in the Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe from the Department of History of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. His research interests focus on modern East European history, comparative history of the Eurasian empires, intellectual history and historiography. For a number of years, he has been working on issues related to Bessarabia’s symbolic geography, the competing Russian and Romanian visions of this contested region in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century, as well as on broader issues of Russian and Romanian intellectual history.
Dr Dana Mihăilescu is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer of English/American Studies, at the University of Bucharest, where she earned her PhD in 2010 for the thesis Ethical Dilemmas and Reconfigurations of Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Eastern-European Jewish American Narratives. Her main research interests include Jewish American Studies, trauma and witnessing, ethics and memory. She has published articles on these topics in international journals of specialty such as American Imago, European Review of History, East European Jewish Affairs, Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Her most recent project is a co-edited volume on Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2014).
Dr Ion Popa is a part-time Lecturer in Holocaust Studies at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in December 2013 at the University of Manchester where he also received his M.A. in Religion and Political Life in 2009. Dr Popa published articles and book reviews in Yad Vashem Studies (2011), European Review of History (2012), Holocaust. Studii și Cercetări (2013) and Holocaust and Genocide Studies (forthcoming 2015) and presented papers at several academic conferences in Washington DC, Jerusalem, Bloomington Indiana and Manchester. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards: Saul Kagan Claims Conference Advanced Shoah Studies Fellowship (2010-2012), University of Manchester/School of Arts Languages and Cultures Award (2012-2013) and the Tziporah Wiesel Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM, Washington DC (2013)
Dr M. Benjamin Thorne received his Ph.D. in Eastern European history from Indiana University (2012). Formerly affiliated with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, this fall he will begin a new appointment as Assistant Professor of Modern European and World History at Wingate University. His current book manuscript, The Anxiety of Proximity: Race, Modernity, and Romania’s “Gypsy” Question was funded through fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Social Science Research Council, among others.