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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 October 25, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 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 Georgiana Ciobotaru, 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

• Junior Lecturer Emilian Tilibașa, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Dunărea de Jos University, Galati, Romania


Staff

Elena Bujor, Head of the UDJG Communication Office

Ana-Maria Iftimie, master's student, Literature, Film and Cultural Representations (Faculty of Letters)

Ecaterina Hlivnoi, master's student, Literature, Film and Cultural Representations (Faculty of Letters)

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

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

Room: AS103

• Professor Michaela Praisler, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati

• Associate Professor Gina-Aurora Necula, Vice-Dean of the Cross-Border Faculty, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati

• Professor Ion Cordoneanu, Dean of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati

Room: AS111

Room: AS103

Gerard WEBER, Department of Social Sciences, Bronx Community College - City University of New York, USA
"Today you can say whatever you want, but nobody will listen to you!": Lessons on the political, economic and social transformation of Romanian society since 1989 from working-class retirees


Ioana MOHOR-IVAN, Michaela PRAISLER, "Dunrea de Jos" University of Galati, Romania
No more Eastern, but not yet Western. Filmic Cartographies of Romanian Migration after the Fall of Communism

Room: AS111

Room: AS103

Room: AS111

Section 1: Visual Narratives and Culture
Chairs: Michaela Praisler, Oana-Celia Gheorghiu

1. Tatiana ASTAFEVA (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany)
Always forward, never backward? Questioning the Communist Past in German Film
2. Eleni VARMAZI (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Revisiting ‘The Lives of Others’ (2006): A product during the times of unification
3. Olga SZMIDT (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
Pattern of Crisis. Discourse of the 1989 Transition and Its Cultural Aftermaths
15 minutes break
4. Kaixuan YAO (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Cinematic Dance: Cold War Nostalgia in ‘Suspiria’ (2018) and ‘Red Sparrow’ (2018)
5. Dana MONAH (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania)
Stories that Heal: Literature as Survival in Fiction of the Romanian Gulag
6. Alexandru CÂRLAN (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration)
Anca GÂȚĂ (”Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
The Engaged Argumentative Style: a pragma-dialectical approach to a propagandistic documentary film in socialist Romania – Reconstruction [Reconstituirea] (1959)
7. Oana Celia GHEORGHIU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
Parodying the Absurdity of Day-by-Day Life in Communism: Tales from the Golden Age Told and Re-told


Room: AS003

Section 2: History, Memory and Propaganda
Chairs: George Enache, Sergiu Cornea

1. Liviu Pleșa (Consiliul National Pentru Studierea Arhivelor Securității (C.N.S.A.S.))
Modificarea politicii de cadre a Securității in contextul politic din anul 1968
2. Alexandru TÂRDEA (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania)
Memoriile concurente ale comunismului
3. Dan TUDORACHE (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
Poezia carcerală în România comunistă. Nașterea și expansiunea unui fenomen de rezistență (1945 -1964)
15 minutes break
4. Sergiu CORNEA (“B. P. Hașdeu” State University of Cahul, the Republic of Moldova)
The metamorphoses of the territorial organization of local power in the Republic of Moldova in the post-communist decades: from the “Soviet rigor” to the “democratic uncertainty”
5. Iulian GRIGORIU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
Romanian Communism. The Moment of December 1989. Social Ontology Perspectives
6. George ENACHE (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
The Romanian Monachism and the Political Power at the Beginning of Communist Regime


Room: AS004

Section 3: History and Resistance through Culture
Chair: Ion Cordoneanu

1. Răzvan VOINEA (University of Bucharest, Romania
Off with the generals, house the sportsmen: nationalization, distribution and retrocession of housing in Bucharest (1946-1959)
2. Silviu LUPAȘCU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
Freedom of Writing in a Freedom-less Country: The Journal Opinia studențească during the Last Decades of the Communist Regime in Romania
3. Felicia CORDONEANU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
Cenaclul Flacăra – The Romanian Woodstock of the Communist Regime
15 minutes break
4. Valeriu-Bogdan PREDA (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania)
România și problemele dintre cele două state germane în perioada anilor 60
5. Ion CORDONEANU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
The Meaning of History v. Concentrationist Ideology in ‘Cel mai iubit dintre pământeni’ (1993)
6. Cristina PREUTU (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania)
Communication Networks between East and West during the Cold War: ORTF-RTV Exchanges


Room: AS206

Section 4: Literature, Film and Resistance through Culture
Chairs: Delia Oprea, Alexandru Praisler

1. Ketevan GIGASHVILI (Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Georgia)
Essential Textual and Editorial Markers of the Editions of the Bible's Georgian Translations in the Pre-Soviet, Soviet and after Soviet Eras
2. Gina NECULA ("Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Romania)
Political Language "celebrating" the Fall of Communism or The Art of Saying Nothing
3. Daniel MAGDALEN (University of Bucharest, Center of Excellence in Image Study)
Poetry as Rejudgement of Guilt(lessness). Andrei Ciurunga's Poems of Detention
15 minutes break
4. Alexandru PRAISLER ("Dunarea de Jos" University of Gala?i, Romania)
Film as Public Discursive Practice. Pre- and Post-Communist Constructions of Women in "Occident"
5. Tinatin TISHABRAMISHVILI (Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Georgia)
Grigol Robakidze - A Rehabilitated Writer in the Post-Soviet Age
6. Delia OPREA ("Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Romania)
Le discours du trauma dans le documentaire televise "Memorialul durerii" / [Le memorial de la souffrance]: une mediation linguistique du communisme
7. Ana Elena COSTANDACHE ("Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Romania)
Les manuels roumains de langue francaise avant et apres l'epoque communiste : memoire et culture

Location: Navrom River, Str. Portului nr. 23

Room: AS103

Ying Zhu, Professor of Cinema Studies at the Department of Media Culture, City University of New York, USA; Director of the Center for Film and Moving Image Research at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
Memory, Nostalgia, and "Youth"

Room: AS111

Room: AS103
Room: AS111

Section 1: Totalitarian Spaces - The Worst of the Possible Worlds
Chairs: Ioana Mohor-Ivan, Alina-Beatrice Cheșcă

1. George GOTSIRIDZE, Ketevan GIGASHVILI (Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Georgia)
Private Letters as Visual Evidence for Disclosure of the Totalitarian Regime
2. Valentina DIMA (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Particularități ale receptării memorialisticii de detenție din România comunistă
3. Irakli KHEVEDELIDZE (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia)
The Narrative Strategies of the Representation of Consciousness in Modern Georgian Novel: Post-Soviet Experience (Based on "Obole "by Aka Morchiladze)
15 minutes break
4. Monica MANOLACHI (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Local Public Administration in (Post)Communist Romanian Movies
5. Alina Beatrice CHEȘCĂ (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
Communist Prisons and the Liberating Poetry
6. Georgiana CIOBOTARU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
The Identity Discourse in Herta Müller’s Novels
7. Esma MANIA (Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts, Georgia)
Mark of the Regime: Materials from the Private Archives of the Georgian Public Figures


Room: AS004

Section 2: Socio-Historical Aspects of Communism and Post-communism
Chair: Rarița Mihail

1. Lilya TSYGANENKO (Ismail State University of Humanities, Ukraine)
Lupta împotriva chiaburilor pe paginile posterelor de propagandă sovietică
2. Aliona CEPOI ACCEBAȘ (Ismail State Pedagogical University, Ukraine)
Confesiunile protestante din sudul Basarabiei. Penticostalii. Deportări și represiuni politice (anii 40-50 ai secolului XX)
3. Valentina CORNEA (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
Kitsch of the Local Public Administration: The Perpetuation of an “Aesthetic Ideal” of the Communist Period
15 minutes break
4. Vera TSERKOVNA (Ismail State University of Humanities, Ukraine)
Propaganda oficială în presa sovietică după al Doilea Război Mondial (în materialele revistei regionale „Pridunaiskaia pravda”)
5. Rarița MIHAIL (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
Migratory Practices and Contexts in Post-communist Romania
6. Ovidiu SOARE (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
Aspects of the transformation of a Romanian village during the interwar, in the communist and post-communist era


Room: AS206

Section 3: Resistance, Subversion, Revolution: The way out is through
Chairs: Gabriela Colipcă-Ciobanu, Gabriela Debita

1. Darya MOSKVITINA (Zaporizhzhia State Medical University, Ukraine)
The Mock-Shakespeare of Les Podervianskyi: Overcoming Soviet Experience
2. Bohdan KORNELIUK (Khortytsia National Academy, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine)
The Complete Works of Shakespeare in Ukrainian: a Breakthrough or a Slowdown?
3. Cristina MERCIU, Andreea-Loretta CERCLEUX (University of Bucharest, Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics)
The cultural identity of the Romanian industrial cities built during the communist era and the transformations registered in the post-industrial society
15 minutes break
4. Gabriela-Iuliana COLIPCĂ-CIOBANU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
Ideological Games and Representations of Communist Romania in ‘Comrade Detective’ (2017)
5. Gabriela DEBITA (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania)
The Stone, the Bird, and the Bus: Traveling Towards a New Reality in Ursula K. Le Guin's "Unlocking the Air"
6. Ana-Maria PÂCLEANU (“Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, Romania)
The Cult of Personality and Translation Constraints -- An ‘Intimate’ Relationship

Keynote Speakers

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

Ying Zhu

City University of New York

Michaela PRAISLER & Ioana MOHOR-IVAN

"Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati

Gerard A. Weber

City University of New York

”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.

The accounts where the conference fee should be sent are:

IBAN: RO29BTRLEURCRT0420636601 (EUR) Or RO79BTRLRONCRT0420636601 (RON)

Account holder: GHEORGHIU OANA CELIA

Bank: BANCA TRANSILVANIA SA, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

SWIFT/ BIC Code: BTRLRO22

Please state "Conference fee" in the correspondence area and send us a copy of the receipt.


Alternatively, to avoid paying extra bank fees (especially for non-EU transfers), you can use the PayPal account cultural.intertexts@gmail.com (EUR 2 should be added to the payable amount). A proof of payment is also required in this case.


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.

Travel and accommodation

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

Accommodation

We have arranged for our guests to be hosted by Navrom River Hotel, located on the banks of the Danube River, at a lower price (RON 200 / night, continental breakfast included).

This offer is subject to availability.

Please call the hotel reception for reservation, mentioning that you are a participant in the conference Thirty Years since the Fall of Communism.

NAVROM RIVER HOTEL

Str. Portului nr. 23

Galati 800025

Phone: +40 374 216 150 / +40 374 216 151 / +40 374 216 152 /

Fax: +40 374 216 155


Travel to Galati

Flights to Bucharest Otopeni International Airport (OTP) are listed below: https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/otp/airlines-that-fly-to-bucharest-otopeni-airport.html

You can book your airport transfer here: https://www.transfero.ro/

If you prefer travelling by train, please find the timetables at https://mersultrenurilor.infofer.ro/en-GB/Itineraries?OldCultureName=ro-RO. Select București Nord as the departure station and Galați as the arrival station (diacritical signs sensitive).

Taxi companies:

SAMATAXI +40236943 (or mobile app)

TAXI AS +40236940 (or mobile app)

TAXI 949 Galati +40236949 (or mobile app)

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