Department of Music

The Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe
Targu Mures, Romania, August 2003

The Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe, Targu Mures, Romania,
August 2003

Steven Totosy de Zepetnek (Media and Communication Studies, University of
Halle-Wittenberg), Carmen Andras (Georghe Sincai Institute of the Romanian
Academy of Sciences), Magdalena Marsovszky (Viadrina University, Frankfurt
an der Oder)
21.08.2003-24.08.2003, Targu Mures, Romania

An open conference with a call for papers advertised and distributed world
wide in 2002 and 2003 (deadline of abstracts 31 March 2003), the theme of
The Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe is contemporary Central
and East European culture after the 1989-90 end of the Soviet colonial
period. Instead of focusing on a defined and specific theme or subject
area, it is a wide and interdisciplinary scope that is the objective of
the conference, thus providing a forum for an international gathering of
scholars studying the region in various disciplines in the humanities and
the social sciences. A debated notion, Central and East Europe is defined
here as a geographical region stretching from the former East Germany
(Mitteldeutschland) to Austria, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic,
Bulgaria, Poland, the Baltic countries, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, the
Ukraine, etc., thus including the Habsburg lands and German influence and
their spheres of interest at various times including now. An "imagined"
(Anderson) and "in-between peripheral" (Totosy) landscape of culture and
history, since 1989-90 and the end of the Soviet empire the countries of
Central and East Europe have engaged in a restructuring of their
political, economic, social, and cultural environments and societies.
While this reshaping of the region is still on-going, there is a new
Central and East Europe in place now, politically, socially, economically,
and culturally. Papers presented at the conference are in areas of
scholarship such as the politics of culture and cultural policy, the
histories of post-1989 Central and East Europe, cultural traditions and
European integration, intersections of society and socialization,
globalization, economics, and culture, art and artists in the new Central
and East Europe, aspects of minorities, (comparative) media studies, the
marginal, and marginalization, literary criticism, etc.

The conference is hosted by the Gheorghe Sincai Research Institute of the
Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy of Sciences
 (Targu Mures, Romania), Petru Maior
University (Targu Mures, Romania), the City of
Targu Mures &, and the County of

Thursday 21 August 2003


Panel 1: Culture Policy and the Politics of Culture in Post-1989 Central
and East Europe (Chair: Andrej Skolkay)

1.1.1 Popa, Mircea (Sextil Puscariu Institute, Cluj-Napoca, Romania):
"From cultural control to publishing market policy: the case of

1.1.2 Verdalle, Laure de (Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Paris,
France, "Culture management and theater in
post-1989 East Germany."

1.1.3 Dinescu, Ana (ZIUA: primul ziar romanesc, Romania, "Romanian ethnic minorities in Central and East

1.1.4 Selyem, Zsuzsa (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania,
): "The reception of contemporary
Hungarian-Romanian literature in Romanian journals."

1.1.5 Sata, Viktor (American University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, & "The Romanian press:
history, ideology, and post-1989 ethics."

1.1.6 Skolkay, Andrej (University of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava,
Slovakia, ): "The intellectual and literary press in

Panel 2: Cultural Traditions and the Integration of Europe (Chair: Judy

1.2.1 Horolets, Anna (School of Social Research, Warsaw, Poland, "Joining the European Union and aspects of public
discourse in Poland."

1.2.2 Costea, Simion (Petru Maior University, Targu-Mures, Romania, "Historical and political traditions in Romania's
Process of Integration with the European Union."

1.2.3 Dungaciu, Dan (Romanian Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania, "A comparative view of nationalism in West and
East Europe."

1.2.4 Stefanov, Pavel (Shoumen University, Bulgaria, "Bulgarian minorities after 1989: change and

1.2.5 Cotoi, Calin Nicolae (University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, "Social imagery and the new European

1.2.6 Young, Judy (Audrac Information Services Inc., Ottawa, Canada, "Challenges in the implementation of minorities
policies in Central and East Europe: some examples from Hungary and the
Czech Republic."

Panel 3: Culture and the East-West Divide in Post-1989 Central and East
Europe (Chair: Antonio Eduardo Mendonca)

1.3.1 Donos, Natalia (Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of
Moldova, "Globalization, economics, and

1.3.2 Glajar, Valentina (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA, "Post-1989 representations of the Sudeten
German-Czech conflict."

1.3.3 Bohutskyy, Vilhelm K. (Central European University, Warsaw, Poland, "Prospects of Ukrainian culture: in-between East
and West."

1.3.4 Samson, Ramona (Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, "The cultural dynamics of European integration in
post-communist Central and East Europe."

1.3.5 Klumbyte, Neringa (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, "Popular and political opposition to the liberal state
in Lithuania 1995-2003."

1.3.6 Mendonca, Antonio Eduardo (New University of Lisbon, Lisbon,
Portugal "Social and political changes in
museums of former socialist countries."

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Plenary Speech by Dan Berindei (President, Historical Sciences
and Archaeology, Romanian Academy of Sciences): "Some present-day
considerations about Romanian historiography during totalitarianism."


Panel 4: Transformations of Art and Culture in Post-1989 Central and East
Europe and Beyond (Chair: Pia Brinzeu)

1.4.1 Boca, Irina (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, "The cultures of exile, case Romania."

1.4.2 Wucher, Monika (Projektgruppe, Hamburg, Germany "Gesellschaftliche und gemeinschaftliche Modelle
in der mitteleuropäischen Kunst der 90er Jahre."

1.4.3 Varnagy, Tibor (Liget Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
"Scandals in the Arts in 1990s Hungary."

1.4.4 Salcudean, Nicoleta (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu-Mures,
Romania, "The new conditions of the exile in
post-communist societies."

1.4.5 Georgescu, Maria-Ana (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, "Perceptions of ethnicity and the cultures of the other
among Hungarian and Romanian students today."

1.4.6 Brinzeu, Pia (University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania, "Europeanness and connecting East and West."

Panel 5: History and Historiography in Post-1989 Central and East Europe
(Chair: Camil Muresan)

1.5.1 Guzner, Bridget (British Library, London, United Kingdom, "Collection-building of post-1989 Central and
East European holdings of the British Library."

1.5.2 Teodor, Corina (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania and Keith Hitchins (University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA, "The history of the
Orthodox Church and post-1989 Romanian and Bulgarian historiography."

1.5.3 Dorlan, Carmen Maria (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures,
Romania, and Marian Zaloaga (Gheorghe Sincai
Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, "Central European
influences in post-1989 Romanian historiography."

1.5.4 Ploesteanu, Grigore (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures,
Romania, "Post-1989 Central and East European
historiography regarding the 1848 Revolution."

1.5.5 Bocsan, Nicolae (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and
Stelian Mandrut (George Barit Institute of History, Cluj-Napoca, Romania):
"Regional histories of the Banat and Transylvania, 1990-2000."

1.5.6 Muresan, Camil (George Barit Institute of History, Cluj-Napoca,
Romania): "Theories of history in post-1989 Central Europe."

Panel 6: Culture and Society in Post-1989 Central and East Europe (Chair:
Peter Hruby)

1.6.1 Szabo, Nicolae (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, and Cornel Sigmirean (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu
Mures, Romania, "New perspectives in the history of
Transylvanian students at European Universities."

1.6.2 Maxwell, Alexander (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
USA, "Self-marginalization: rune-writing subculture
as a minority national movement in modern Hungary."

1.6.3 Drahokoupil, Jan (Central European University, Warsaw, Poland "Local political elites after 1989 in
the Czech Republic: post-communist transformation and political culture."

1.6.4 Vrnoga, Lukrecija (University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, "The end of Czechoslovakia and the problems of
transition in Slovakia."

1.6.5 Hruby, Peter (Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic, "Jews, communism, and the Soviet Secret Service."

Panel 7: History and Society in Post-1989 Central and East Europe (Chair:
Alexandru Zub)

1.7.1 Boskovic, Sanja (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, njasa@ptt.yu)
and Gordana Bekcic (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, "Jovan Ducic and the cultural matrix of
post-1989 nationalism in Serbia."

1.7.2 Chiorean, Ioan (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, "Plaidoire pour l'étude des traditions historiques
communes des peoples de l'espace post communiste."

1.7.3 Dobrescu, Vasile (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, and Lucian Giura (Lucian Blaga University,
Sibiu, Romania): "Romanian historiography pre- and post-1989."

1.7.4 Ploesteanu, Nicolae-Dragos (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures,
Romania) and Adrian-Vasile Boanta (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures,
Romania): "Aspects of Copyright in post-1989 Romania."

1.7.5 Szogi, Laszlo (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary "A survey of recent studies on Hungarian
students abroad."

1.7.6 Zub, Alexandru (A.D. Xenopol Institute, Iasi, Romania, "History, memory, and morals in post-communist

18:00- Reception and Dinner

Friday 22 August 2003

8:30-9:30 Plenary Speech by Gaspar M. Tamas (Philosopher, Budapest,

9:30-10:00 Coffee Break


Panel 8: Literature in Post-1989 Central and East Europe (Chair: Carmen

2.8.1 Molnar, Sara (Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary, "The changes of the textual 'I' in the works of
Imre Kertesz."

2.8.2 Chiorean, Luminisa (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, "Andrei Codrescu, candeur étrangère.
Rétrospection ou démarche sur l'identité poétique."

2.8.3 Doerfler, Thomas (University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, "Berlin East, Berlin West, and a wall

2.8.4 Varnai, Paul (Ottawa, Canada, "Imre
Kertesz and Holocaust Literature."

2.8.5 Andras, Carmen (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, "Romania and its images in contemporary
British literature."

13:00-14:30 Lunch


Panel 9: Culture, Translation, and Americanization in Post-1989 Romania
(Chair: Virgil Stanciu)

2.9.1 Tusnea, Adriana (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, and Sorana Veres (Petru Maior University, Targu
Mures, Romania, "The cultures of American English
and British English in post-1989 Romania."

2.9.2 Buda, Dumitru-Mircea (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, "A student's view of postmodernism in
communist and post-communist Romania."

2.9.3 Stefanovici, Anda (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, and Ramona-Gabriela Hosu (Petru Maior
University, Targu Mures, Romania,
"Romanian-British co-operation in higher education after 1989."

2.9.4 Peterlicean, Andrea (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, and Dana Rus (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures,
Romania, "American software terminology in

2.9.5 Boncheva, Kita (Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre,
Rousse, Bulgaria, "Cultures in transition in
post-communist societies, case Bulgaria."

2.9.6 Stanciu, Virgil (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania "On cultural components in the translation of
British and American fiction into Romanian."

Panel 10: Cultural Traditions in Central and East Europe and the
Integration of Europe (Chair: Ana Maria Dobre)

2.10.1 Spielmann-Sebestyen, Mihaly (Teleki-Bolyai Library, Targu Mures,
Romania, "L'Historiographie concernat les juifs de
Roumaine après 1989."

2.10.2 Kulahci, Erol (Institute for European Policy, Brussels, Belgium, "E-voting in the European Union and Central and
East Europe."

2.10.3 Banarescu, Monica (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, "The European Union and cultural diversity
versus economic solidarity."

2.10.4 Coman, Ramona (European Studies, Brussels, Belgium "L'Impact de l'européanisation sur les partis
politiques roumains."

2.10.5 Brett, Daniel (University College London, London, United Kingdom "The revival of radical movements in Poland and
Romania since 1989."

2.10.6 Dobre, Ana Maria (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, "Cultural traditions in post-1989
Central and East Europe and European Integration."

Panel 11: Visual Media and Music in Post-1989 Central and East Europe and
Beyond (Chair: Roumiana Deltcheva)

2.11.1 Dolidze, Zviad (Shota Roustaveli Institute of Theatre and Film,
Tbilisi, Georgia "Georgian cinema in the post-Soviet

2.11.2 Boros, Daniel (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, "Imagology in post-1989 Romanian and Hungarian cinema."

2.11.3 Raicu, Elena (Laval University, Quebec, Canada, "Le Film documentaire anthropologique en
Roumanie d'aujourd'hui."

2.11.4 Pop, Dorina (College of the Arts, Targu Mures, Romania, "La musicologie en Roumanie d'aujourd'hui."

2.11.5 Balasa, Marin Marian (Brailoiu Institute of Ethnography and
Folklore, Bucharest, Romania, "Post-1989 music,
musicology, and nationalisms in Hungary and Romania."

2.11.6 Deltcheva, Roumiana (Montreal, Canada,
"Slavi's Show: a paradox in post-1989 East European television culture."

Panel 12: From Central European Culture and Imagination to Democratization
(Chair: Magdalena Marsovszky)

3.12.1 Tamas, Christian (Iasi, Romania, "From
homo sovieticus to homo occidentalis."

3.12.2 Hudecova, Eva R. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, "The commodifications of imagination in Central and
East Europe before and after 1989."

3.12.3 Munarini, Giuseppe (University of Padova, Padova, Italy):
"L'Église gréco-catholique de Roumanie refletée dans l'historiographie
roumaine et italienne des dernières années."

3.12.4 Lynas, Richard (University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, "Post-1989 Romanian youth, faith, and

3.12.5 Cernat, Vasile (Gheorghe Sincai Institute, Targu Mures, Romania, "Intergroup dynamics and ethnic-national stereotyping in
post-1989 Romania."

3.12.6 Marsovszky, Magdalena (München and Viadrina University,
Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, "Möglichkeiten
integrativer Kulturpolitik. Europa, Deutschland und Ungarn."

Panel 13: Media and Culture in Post-1989 Central and East Europe (Chair:
Steven Totosy de Zepetnek)

2.13.1 Heintz, Monica (Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany, "Post-Socialist Romanian Media, Culture, and

2.13.2 Tereskinas, Arturas (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, "Sexual minorities, mass media, and civil
society in post-1989 Lithuania."

2.13.3 Marinova, Ekaterina Alexandrova (CARE Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria, & "The media and its
images of persons with disabilities in post-1989 South European cultures."

2.13.4 Radu, Bostan (Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of
Moldova, "Culture and the mass media in
post-1989 Moldova."

2.13.5 Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
and Boston, USA, "The reception of
Nobel in literature 2002 Imre Kertesz in the media."

18:00- Reception and Dinner

Saturday 23 August 2003

8:30-9:30 Plenary Speech by Keith Hitchins (Professor, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA): "East is East, and
West is West, and the Twain Shall Meet."

9:30-10:00 Coffee Break


Panel 14: European East, European West, and Post-1989 Romanian Literature
(Chair: Iulian Boldea)

3.14.1. Ciocarlie, Livius (University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France):
"Cioran et les Roumains."

3.14.2 Musina, Alexandru (Transilvania University, Brasov, Romania):
"Post-1989 Romanian literature between East and West."

3.14.3 Stefanescu, Dorin (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania):
"Le Dialogue des cultures: entre integration et édification."

3.14.4 Martin, Mircea (University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania): "Un
problème d'identité culturelle: l'Europe vue de l'Est."

3.14.5 Braga, Ion (Free International University of Moldova, Chisinau,
Republic of Moldova, "L'Iinfluence des stéréotypes
ethniques dans les sociétés post-socialiste (Roumanie et la République de
la Moldavie)."

3.14.6 Boldea, Iulian (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, "Le Miroir brisé. L'Ecriture autobiografique et
l'histoire dans l'Europe Centrale et de l'Est d'après 1989."

Panel 15: Criticism and Literary Theory in Post-1989 Romania (Chair:
Alexandru Cistelecan)

3.15.1 Cordos, Sanda (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, "La Prose roumaine d'après 1989 et le monde

3.15.2 Pop, Ion (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): "La
Nouvelle poésie roumaine après 1989 et le neomodernisme poétique."

3.15.3 Enache, Eugenia (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania):
"L'Image de l'intellectuel dans la presse culturelle roumaine d'après

3.15.4 Diaconu, A. Mircea (University of Suceava, Suceava, Romania, "L'Ecrivain roumain Mihail Kogalniceanu
et le modèle culturel européen."

3.15.5 Moraru, Cornel (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures, Romania, "La Réception de l'oeuvre de Lucian Blaga après 1989."

3.15.6 Cistelecan, Alexandru (Petru Maior University, Targu Mures,
Romania, "La Réception de la poésie de Tudor Arghezi après

Sunday 24 August 2003

8:30-9:30 Closing Round-table discussion and summary of the conference
with conference conveners Steven Totosy, Carmen Andras, Magdalena
Marsovszky and conference panel chairs Andrej Skolkay, Judy Young, Antonio
Eduardo Mendonca, Camil Muresan, Peter Hruby, Pia Brinzeu, Alexandru Zub,
Mihaela Irimia, Virgil Stanciu, Ana Maria Dobre, Roumiana Deltcheva,
Iulian Boldea, and Alexandru Cistelecan.

9:30-10:00 Farewell by conference hosts Grigore Ploesteanu, Director,
Gheorghe Sincai Institute and Vasile Bolos, Rector, Petru Maior University

Magdalena Marsovszky

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