GENDERING ‘COMMUNISM’ PART I
Wed., June 17, 16:00-17:45 [FSPUB, Ghiță Ionescu Room]
Chair: Senior Lecturer Theododa-Eliza Văcărescu, Phd, University of Bucharest, Romania
Discussant: Professor Mihaela Miroiu, PhD, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania
Gender, conceptualized both as a symbolic and a material category, permeated all instances of communism/ state-socialism. The last two decades witnessed a burgeoning literature pertaining to the relationship between gender and state-socialism/communism. Most of the aforementioned studies were articulated within the dominant theoretical and conceptual frameworks used to analyze ‘really existing socialism.’ These various investigations, memoirs, oral history projects, etc. documented and explored women’s and men’s lives and experiences during that period in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the USSR. However, by comparison, the research agendas on this topic, concerning Romania and Moldova, have been less sustained and more scattered. Therefore, the main objective of this panel is to bring together various analytical approaches and topics in order to engage them into a critical dialogue.
1) MARIA BUCUR, Indiana University, USA: To Have and to Hold: Gender Regimes and Property Rights in Twentieth Century Romania
2) ALINA BRANDA, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Two Memoirs “In the Strict Sense of the Term”
3) RUXANDRA CANACHE (PETRINCA), McGill University, Canada
GENDERING ‘COMMUNISM’ PART II
Thursday, June 18, 8:30-10:15 [FSPUB, Ghiță Ionescu Room]
Chair: Senior Lecturer Theododa-Eliza Văcărescu, Phd, University of Bucharest, Romania.
Discussant: Assistant Prof. Jill Massino, PhD, University of North Caroline at Charlotte, USA.
1) NATALIA MILEWSKI, University of Bucharest, Romania: Women’s Press in Moldova (1970-1980)
2) ALEXANDRA GHIT, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary: Stretching the Truth: Linking Transnationally Postwar Romania’s Discourses on the “Woman Question”
3) MONICA-ELENA MITARCĂ, Christian University “Dimitrie Cantemir,” Bucharest, Romania
5) RALUCA MĂRGĂRIT, Ovidius University, Constanţa, Romania: Between Propaganda and Everyday Life Challenges.