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Add to Calendar 21-11-2019 10:00 22-11-2019 16:00 Europe/Bucharest UGAL Conference Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism UGAL Conference Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture ”Dunărea de Jos” University Galați, Str. Domnească nr. 111, building AS

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Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture

A joint project of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, the Faculty of Letters, and the Cross-border Faculty of “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, the conference is intended as a cultural forum for imparting knowledge and research on the textuality and representation of recent, lived history, from different yet interrelated angles:

  • History and Memory Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Literary criticism
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology, etc.

With obvious propagandistic aims, the feature films and documentaries produced in the Eastern Bloc would ‘rewrite’ the history in the making, providing their home audiences with the image of a system that should have been perceived as victorious against the evils of the corrupt, capitalist West, and as a blessing for the ones fortunate enough to be under the protection of the Party.


Equally worth commenting on are the few cultural products of the age that escaped censorship in their attempt to fight the regime, either by subtle insertion of subversive elements in the communist visual propaganda or by ‘emigration’ to a free world that was more than willing to find out what was going on behind the Iron Curtain.


Following the 1989 revolutions, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, lastly, the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, cultural memory has been set in motion to ‘show and tell’ how communism really was, in visual artefacts which have painted ‘the age of horrors’, 1945-1989, as even darker than it had actually been. With freedom of expression newly guaranteed, art creators have, since then, struggled to re-textualize the imposed narratives of the recent past, thus re-producing a history of communism.


Without any claims to historical truth(s), we hereby invite individual contributions to an academic debate within the framework of an event that will hopefully shed some light on the way in which communism was culturally represented before and after 1989 in the former communist states and in the West.


A special panel will be dedicated to aspects of overcoming the communist trauma and regaining a sense of national identity through culture in the former Soviet states, with special emphasis on Moldova and Ukraine.


You are, therefore, kindly invited to submit an abstract of maximum 250 words for an individual presentation or a 500-word proposal for a panel or workshop to oana.gheorghiu@ugal.ro by July 25, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 1, 2019.

The presentations can be delivered in English, French or Romanian. However, the papers sent for publication will be in English.


Publication

Following the standard procedure of blind peer review, a selection of papers will be published in a collective volume with PETER LANG (Germany), a renowned publishing house that has already expressed its interest in the topic. Papers equally qualitative that will fall outside the scope of the volume will be published in thematic issues of the journals edited by the organizing faculties:

  • CULTURAL INTERTEXTS (www.cultural-intertexts.com), indexed with ERIH+ and Ebsco, under evaluation by Clarivate Analytics - Arts & Humanities Citation Index;
  • ACROSS (www.across-journal.com), indexed with MLA, CEEOL and Index Copernicus, under evaluation by Ebsco.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture

Conference Organisers

• Professor Ion Cordoneanu, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Professor Michaela Praisler, Faculty of Letters, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Oana Gheorghiu, the Cross-border Faculty, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

Organising Committee

• Associate Professor Gina Necula, the Cross-border Faculty, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Alexandra Teodorescu, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Felicia Cordoneanu, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Alexandru Praisler, Faculty of Letters, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Delia Oprea, the Cross-border Faculty, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Lecturer Decebal Nedu, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Junior Lecturer Gabriela Debita, the Cross-border Faculty, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture

Scientific Committee

• Professor Emeritus Ștefan Avădanei, Faculty of Letters, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

• Professor Ioana Mohor-Ivan, Faculty of Letters, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Professor Alina Ganea, Faculty of Letters, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Associate Professor Gabriela Colipcă-Ciobanu, Faculty of Letters, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Professor Radu Carp, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, Romania

• Professor George Enache, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Professor Ivan Ivlampie, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Professor Constantin Ardeleanu, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania

• Associate Professor Gerard Weber, Bronx Community College, NY, USA

• Senior Lecturer Catalina Neculai, Coventry University, UK

Schedule

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Keynote Speakers

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”Dunărea de Jos” University

Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Faculty of Letters,
Galați, Str. Domnească nr. 111, building AS

Fee

Thirty Years Since The Fall of Communism: Visual Narratives, Memory and Culture

Conference fee

€50 (250RON)

It covers the conference folder, programme, book of abstracts, lunch and refreshments, as well as publication costs.

The conference fee should be paid within 30 days of the notification of acceptance, by wire transfer or PayPal.

Further information:

An additional amount of 100 RON (€20) will be charged for second authors, provided that they also participate in the conference.

Travel and accommodation costs lie with the participants.

Participants from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have the possibility of applying for a grant that would cover the accommodation costs.

Optional social activities: dinner at a restaurant, on the evening of November 21, 2019 – 100 RON, to be paid at the Registration Desk.

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