Workshop on Segmented East-European History in Bucharest

Deadline: 15 September 2016
Open to: researchers who have an interest in political and social change in the context of museums and heritage sites
Venue: 4-5 November 2016, Bucharest, Romania


A troubled and segmented East-European history has given rise to a troubled and segmented museum history. Museums in Central and Eastern Europe have found themselves, time and again, faced with difficult and uncomfortable choices.  The workshop is organized by the Regional Center for Advanced Francophone Research in Social Sciences (CEREFREA Villa Noël), University of Bucharest, 4-5 November 2016.

The workshop seeks to explore the specificities of reaction to political and social change in the context of museums and heritage sites.  Within this framework, the workshop will bring together contributions that respond to one or more of the following aspects, relating to the central concern on whether museum displays and heritage sites have been remade to conform to new scientific and political narratives/ agendas:

  • Examine case-studies of metamorphoses of East-European museums and built heritage during the Cold War and in post-communism;
  • Discuss whether museums are sometimes in the vanguard of social and political change or are they merely reacting to societal transformations;
  • Analyse how museums and heritage sites have been mobilized to qualify, and at times to criminalize the socialist period;
  • Seek to highlight the emergence and circulation of heritage models at national, regional and trans-regional levels;
  • Expand the debate by bringing case-studies of transnational processes going beyond the European borders (with a particular interest in Latin America);
  • Bring theoretical and methodological insights into the study of processes of heritage-making from a transnational perspective.


  • Have an interest in political and social change in the context of museums and heritage sites;
  • Be able to speak English and French. 


Funds are available to cover the expenses (travel or accommodation) for a limited number of participants. Please indicate in your paper proposal whether you will be seeking this funding.

How to apply?

Please submit 300-word abstracts and a short bio (in English or in French) to by September 15th. The successful participants will be notified by September 20th.

For any further questions please contact: 

Damiana Otoiu
Political Science Department, University of Bucharest
8, Spiru Haret Street
010175, Bucharest 1
Ph.: 0040 21 3141268
Fax: 0040 21 3133511

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