CALL FOR PAPERS The 9th International Conference Synergies in Communication (SiC 2021) 28 – 29 October 2021
The Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Romania, is organizing the 9th annual international conference Synergies in Communication (SiC 2021), to be held online on 28-29 October 2021. The event will be organized under the auspices of the Faculty of International Business and Economics in partnership with Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), University of Hyogo, University of Zaragoza, Quest Romania, PROSPER-ASE Language Centre and The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS), a member of The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE). The conference will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the European Day of Languages and will be included in the EDL data base of the Council of Europe and the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML/CELV).
Susținerile pentru disertații la masteratul de studii americane vor avea loc online pe 30 iunie 2021, de la ora 12.00. Programarea este afișată mai jos (masteranzii vor fi invitați și de către secretarul comisiei).
Ambasada S.U.A. și Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Limbi și Literaturi Străine anunță inaugurarea Amfiteatrului Martin Luther King, Jr. renovat și modernizat printr-un proiect comun. Evenimentul va avea loc vineri, 18 iunie, ora 11:00, la sediul Facultății de Limbi și Literaturi Străine, str. Pitar Moș nr. 7-13, cu participarea Chargé d’Affaires al S.U.A, David Muniz și a Rectorului Universității din București, Prof. Marian Preda.
Proiectul sprijină Programul de Studii Americane prin crearea unui spațiu atractiv si multifuncțional dotat cu echipamente de ultimă generație, care permit predarea cursurilor într-un mod interactiv, inclusiv online, și accesul rapid al studenților la multiple resurse academice. Echipamentele și mobilierul au fost oferite de Ambasada S.U.A, iar Universitatea a acoperit costurile aferente renovării spațiului și modernizării sistemului electric.
Înființat în 1996, Programul de Studii Americane al Universității din București a fost primul demers academic multidisciplinar din Romania dedicat spațiului cultural american. Programa de studii include cursuri de istorie, guvernare si instituții democratice, filozofie politică și economică, literatură, media, antropologie culturală, discurs public, relații internaționale în context global. Programul de Studii Americane desfășurat atât la nivel de licență, cât și la nivel masteral și doctoral, se bucură de sprijinul Ambasadei S.U.A. si al Comisiei Fulbright din România.
9:00-9:30 Opening of the Conference (Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Conference Organizer, University of Bucharest)
Octavian Roske (Assoc. Prof., Head of the English Department, University of Bucharest)
Mircea Dumitru (Executive Director, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission)
William O’Connor (Cultural Affairs Officer, United States Embassy, Bucharest)
9:30-10:15 A Conversation with William O’Connor (Cultural Affairs Officer, United States Embassy, Bucharest) on the Concept of Crisis in American Culture (Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Conference Organizer, University of Bucharest)
10:15-12:15 Panel 1: Crises in the Media, Old and New. Chair: Dana Mihăilescu (University of Bucharest
Alexandra-Petruta Borjog (American Studies BA student, University of Bucharest), “The Apocalypse and the Indian: Two Video Games”
Flavia Ciontu (PhD candidate, University of Paris 8), “Identities in Crisis: Coming of Age as an Immigrant in Little Odessa (1994)and An American Rhapsody (2001)”
Mihaela-Adriana Tone (English BA student, University of Bucharest), “Gilead’s Color Blindness: Contradictory Representations of Diversity in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale”
Elena-Patricia Cătănoiu (American Studies BA student, University of Bucharest), “Reimagining African American Identity in Afrofuturist Film: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther (2018)”
Sânziana-Miruna Popa (American Studies MA student, University of Bucharest), “Portrayals of the African American Community in The Birth of a Nation (2016)”
Tudor Constantin Truță (English BA student, University of Bucharest), “Beyond the Humanity of Cyberpunk”
12:15-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:40 Panel 2: Theorizing on Crises in Society/ Politics/ History. Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (University of Bucharest)
Anca Georgiana Dugaiasu (American Studies BA, “Ovidius” University of Constanța), “The Crisis of Residential Segregation: Disproportionate Opportunity Gaps in The U.S.”
Sean Muller (Anthropology MA, The New School for Social Research, New York), “Hyperreality, Identity, and the Crisis of Presence: An Anthropology of Impotent Revolution”
Remo Verdickt (PhD candidate, University of Leuven), “Frost/Baldwin: Go Tell It in the White House”
Maria-Alexandra Netbai (American Studies BA, University of Bucharest), “Translating the ‘Forgotten War’: Don Mee Choi’s Poems Rediscovering the Past of Korean-American Relations”
Ștefan Capmare (Letters BA student, University of Bucharest), “The Simulation Hypothesis and the Crisis of Reality”
14:40-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-17:00 Panel 3: Writing, Identity and the World. Chair: Diana Benea (University of Bucharest)
Andreea G. Moise (English BA, University of Bucharest), “‘A Soul in Physical Stress’: The Feminised Queer Body in Nightwood”
Carina Iulia Chereji (Literary Studies MA, University of Bucharest), “‘And so it goes’: A Close Encounter with Crisis in Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction”
Teodora Florea (Letters BA, University of Bucharest), “From Signs on the Bathroom Wall to the Storming of the Capitol: American Paranoia as a Crisis of Interpretation”
Ionelia Sandu (Anglo-American Studies MA student, “Ovidius” University of Constanța), “The Concept of Identity in Sandra Cisneros’sThe House on Mango Street”
Raluca-Rebeca Rădulescu (British Cultural Studies MA, University of Bucharest), “The Crisis of Hyphenated Identity in America: Tensions between Language, Identity, and Integration in Yiyun Li’s To Speak is to Blunder”
Garima Singh (English BA, DIT University, Dehradun, India), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Revelation of Cultural Crises”
17:00-17:30 Break / Jury Deliberation
17:30-18:00 “Dan Grigorescu” prize award ceremony. Closing remarks.
Dana Bădulescu, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași
Ludmila Martanovschi, “Ovidius” University of Constanța
Karina Pătrășcanu, University of Bucharest
The American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest
The Center for American Studies at the University of Bucharest
and the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission
invite proposals for their annual student conference on the topic
The Concept of Crisis in American Culture
to be held online
on Friday, May 21, 2021
We invite proposals for 15-minute presentations from undergraduate and MA students whose research is relevant to the topic of the conference. Papers may come from the fields of literature, film, theater and performance arts, popular culture, visual culture and the media, history, politics, intercultural and interdisciplinary communication, and transatlantic relations and may address issues such as (but not necessarily limited to): cultural, economic and political crises in American history; epidemics as crisis; the environment in crisis; American ways of dealing with crisis; crisis, minorities and otherness in American culture; democracy and crisis; the United States and world crises; crises of literary and cultural canons. The best presentation will be awarded the “Dan Grigorescu” prize (US$ 200). Doctoral students are welcome to present outside the competition for the “Dan Grigorescu” prize.
Please submit the following:
1. a 250-word abstract attached as an MS Word file. Your abstract must include the paper title and the name of the academic coordinator who has agreed to supervise your paper. Please note that, considering that each presentation will be 15 minutes long, final papers should be approximately 5-6 pages (Times New Roman, font 12, double-spaced). However, we strongly encourage participants to present and not simply read their papers.
2. 3-5 keywords from your essay;
3. Contact information (name, affiliation, phone number, and email address).
On January 5, 2021, the American Studies program was honored to welcome award-winning playwright Saviana Stănescu as a special guest in the Contemporary American Drama and Social Change class taught by Dr. Diana Benea.
Dr. Stănescu offered a talk on the process of developing one of her latest pieces, Kilometrul Zero (The Revolution Project), during her sabbatical semester in Romania in the fall of 2019. The presentation was followed by a Q & A session focusing on such issues as the broader contexts of Stănescu’s interdisciplinary body of work, the philosophy and practice of new play development, the representation of history in the contemporary theatrical imagination, as well as current directions and challenges in U.S. and global theater.
Saviana Stănescu is a Romanian American playwright, poet, scholar, and ARTivist, whose creative works have been widely presented in the U.S. and internationally. Recent productions include: Bee Trapped Inside the Window (Civic Ensemble), What Happens Next (Cherry Artspace), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project; Teatro La Capilla, Mexico City), Ants (New Jersey Rep), For A Barbarian Woman (Fordham/EST), Polanski Polanski (HERE, PS 122, Chain Theatre), White Embers (Dramalabbet, Stockholm), Viză de clovn (Teatrul Odeon), Organic (TNB), Toys (Hollywood; Avignon; 59E59 NYC).
Stănescu holds a PhD in Theater from the National University of Theater and Film in Bucharest, Romania, as well as an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she also taught for eight years. Currently, she is a tenured Associate Professor of Playwriting and Theater/Performance Studies at Ithaca College, NY. Stănescu is also the founder and president of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY).
The U.S. Embassy in Italy will host an online discussion on Activism and Citizen Participation: U.S. Elections 2020 on Thursday, October 22, 15:00 CEST (16:00 Bucharest time), featuring Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins. If interested and available, please join the event via https://www.facebook.com/AmbasciataUSA.
Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins is the first African American woman to serve as President of the League of Women Voters, where she focused on increasing voter participation, campaign finance reform, and health care for underserved populations. Jefferson-Jenkins continues to be an advocate and activist for civil rights, social justice, educational excellence, and stronger citizen participation in the electoral process. She serves on numerous boards and advises community-based organizations including Howard University’s Women Ambassadors Program. She also has contributed to numerous journals and books on election reform.
Also, please find below a list of recorded webinars on U.S. Elections-related topics. They were organized throughout the year by various U.S. embassies. As you will notice, the U.S. speakers are experienced professionals, who presented and discussed with their audiences on subjects relevant to the 2020 U.S. Elections. We hope you will find these resources helpful for a better understanding of the U.S. election process.
Understanding the American Election Process U.S. Speaker: Professor Brian Brox is an Associate Professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans,Louisiana. He also acts as head of political science undergraduate studies at the University and directs the U.S. Public Policy Program. Professor Brox also serves as a Political Consultant both in Louisiana and nationally. His company, Brox Research, conducts market research and public opinion polling for a variety of clients. Dr. Brox received his PHD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA degree in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. https://vimeo.com/396021556 Password: egy-vote2020
Women Running for Office U.S. Speaker: Susannah Wellford, who is the CEO and founder of Running Start, a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to training young women to run for political office. Running Start trains approximately 2500 young women every year in the United States and around the world. She is also a co-founder and past President of the nonpartisan Political Action Committee (PAC) Woman Under Forty, an organization which helps young American woman get elected to the United States Congress. Ms. Wellford has experience working as a lobbyist and as both a congressional and White House staffer. https://vimeo.com/438541221
Youth & Election U.S. Speaker: Adrienne Lever, who has over a decade of experience in political organizing, civic technology, and electoral campaigns. She is an alumnus of both the Obama and Clinton campaigns, and a founding member of Swing Left, a national grassroots organization that formed in the wake of the 2016 loss and went on to mobilize over half a million volunteers to take back the house in 2018. https://vimeo.com/461095547/c2968d2a9a
Presidential Debates U.S. Speaker: Frank Fahrenkopf, who is Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates. He was previously Chairman of the Republican Party for six years. When Fahrenkopf retired, he had served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee longer than any person in the 20th century. He co-founded the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1986 with Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Kirk. He also founded the National Endowment for Democracy, where he served as Vice Chairman and a board member. Additionally, he was President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) until he retired in 2013. https://vimeo.com/429782716
The Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for
five doctoral grants with a funding period of three years (1,350 EUR per month, 2021-2024) as well as up to five additional doctoral memberships for candidates who have already obtained third-party funding (starting date: October 1, 2021).
Of interest to prospective candidates who are interested in pursuing a doctoral project in Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Literary Studies, Political Science or Sociology. Only doctoral projects related to the field of North American Studies can be considered. Applicants will be able to submit their applications via our online platform until November 30, 2020 at 23:59 hours GMT (deadline). Further details can be found on our website at gsnas.fu-berlin.de/en.
Should doctoral candidates at your institution be interested in a short-term stay (2-6 months) at GSNAS, we would appreciate to receive inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialized in literary studies of the Old South, Dr. Anca Peiu, an Associate Professor of the Department of English, within the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest, Romania, is the author of a new book: FAULKNERIANA: Back to (and Beyond) Yoknapatawpha. This volume represents the outcome of her devoted research for over two decades. Anca Peiu has meanwhile also published three volumes of translations into Romanian from William Faulkner’s vast literary heritage. She has provided all these books with critical notes and well-documented introductory studies for Faulkner’s Romanian readers.
The book’s title may hint at E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “Kreisleriana”, an evocation of a favorite romantic character in some fragmentary fiction – thus suggesting now a kaleidoscope of approaches to some particular aspects of the modern American writer’s inexhaustible works. Another possible echo detectable in the present title is Louisiana, the place where William Faulkner’s career as a novelist actually started, with a generous friend’s encouragement, while Faulkner was living in Pirates’ Alley, New Orleans.
Anca Peiu’s book is written in English, addressing a larger audience. The “C. H. Beck” Publishing House in Bucharest has offered the best support for this volume, enriched with illustrations and cover design by Ion Aramă, a great graphic artist from Romania.
We may often fall prey to clichés about the masters of world literature. These clichés tend to obscure their actual messages. Many readers, whether scholars or just amateurs, may (think they) know enough about William Faulkner to place him into a thematic context and an absolute literary canon of the late 20th century.
From an Eastern-European retrospective, Anca Peiu’s book aims at guiding such readers through a labyrinth of universally contemporary fields of significance. Not only fine witticisms, but also the most unsettling prophecies for our times can we find through Faulknerian lines.
These will trouble us today more than ever; from the mock-cynical echo of a rhetorical question in Faulkner’s Acceptance Speech of his Nobel Prize in 1950: “When will I be blown up?” to his ars poetica reasserted in an interview given to The Paris Review in 1956: “I imagine as long as people will continue to read novels, people will continue to write them, or vice versa; unless of course the pictorial magazines and comic strips finally atrophy man’s capacity to read, and literature really is on its way back to the picture writing in the Neanderthal cave.”
Please note that the classes for the American Studies undergraduate and graduate programs will be held online this fall 2020 semester. The official info about fall semester classes at the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest is available here: http://lls.unibuc.ro/2020/inceperea-anului-universitar-2020/
Toți candidații din fiecare serie de câte 5 se vor conecta la începutul intervalului alocat seriei lor (10:00, respectiv 11:15).
Armăsaru Cătălina Iuliana
Lect. dr. Andreea Paris-Popa
Fufă Claudia Alina Ștefania
Lect. dr. Dragoș Manea
Conf. dr. Mihaela Precup
Ivănescu Maria Cristina Mădălina
Conf. dr. Mihaela Precup
Rusu Laura Maria
Conf. dr. Mihaela Precup
Conf. dr. Octavian Roske
Conf. dr. Octavian Roske
Gherase Elena – Cătălina
Conf. dr. Octavian Roske
Lect. dr. Raluca Andreescu
Lect. dr. Raluca Andreescu, Dr. Ruxandra Rădulescu
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