Taking stock: Romanian Culture 1989-2019

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2020 conference, Seattle, USA
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In 2019, Romania celebrates 30 years since the Revolution. This landmark date compels us to reflect on the radical changes that have occurred in Romanian society and culture since 1989. How have freedom of expression, efforts to reinstate a democratic society, and the country’s accession to the European Union impacted cultural production (literature, cinema, art)? How is Romanian cultural identity negotiated in the national, supranational (European), and global marketplaces? Despite being considered “small” or “minor,” Romanian culture has acquired great visibility in Europe, while it still requires faster dissemination outside Europe (e.g. in the United States). How should cultural institutions ensure its translation and promotion more effectively? This panel invites discussions about the aesthetics, politics, and economics of Romanian cultural works, as well as their globalization after 1989. Please send a 250-word abstract and bio to Catalina Florescu (fflorescu@pace.edu) and Letitia Guran (liguran@ncat.edu) by March 15, 2019.