Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Babeş-Bolyai University

The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Deadline: 30-05-2018
Location: Cluj-Napoca


The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Babeş-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Academy –Center for Transylvanian Studies and the History Institute - Academy of Sciences of Moldova invites you to the International Conference
18-21 October 2018

The Great War completely changed geopolitical borders, economic systems, social structures, technology, and mentalities. Four great empires disappeared from the world map, and upon their ruins new states with new frontiers emerged. The political order of Europe, but also of other parts of the world, was deeply restructured. The Great War therefore shook the social order of the world. The aristocracy lost its dominant position, and the middle classes and workers began to claim an increasingly important role in society. The enormous number of casualties caused by the war also created emancipation opportunities for women: access to higher education, positions previously reserved for men only, or the right to vote in some states of the world. The very way of fighting a war underwent irreversible changes - the old weapons and strategies were replaced by others in which technology played an essential role, in which cavalry attacks were replaced by tanks, planes and submarines.
For Romania, the end of the war meant a huge chance to unite all the Romanian historical provinces within the borders of the same state, and to rebuild itself as a genuine regional power. The centenary of this pivotal moment for the Romanian people provides a good opportunity for a retrospective approach and re-evaluation of this event whose lasting effect still makes it self felt in some areas today.

We invite papers focusing on the following possible topics:

- W. Wilson and Wilsonianism;
-The geopolitical reorganization of Europe at the end of the Great War;
-The birth of Great Romania in 1918;
-The emergence of new state formations and their international acknowledgment;
-Alliances at the end of the war;
-Changes in political thinking after the Great War;
-The economic effects of the war;
-The impact of war on social classes; revolutionary movements;
-The Great War and the premise of technological and industrial advancement;
-One century later: the lasting consequences of the Great War.

Proposals are not restricted to these suggestions. We invite individual presentations, thematic sections/ panels, roundtable discussions in accordance with the rules and calendar of the conference.

Participation Fee: 150 lei or 40 Euro (includes conference materials, coffee breaks, 1 cocktail, 2 lunch meals). For participants wishing to be accommodated in the university premises, the participation fee is 350 lei or 85 Euro. There is an optional trip to Alba Iulia organized on 20 October, which includes a traditional Romanian meal and wine tasting at a wine cellar in the area (for an extra cost of 50 lei or 15 Euro)

Participants will cover their travel costs.

The official languages of the conference are Romanian and English.

Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan –,
Oana Tămaș PhD-
Terms and calendar of proposals for communications, panels, roundtable
discussions and posters

- Title of Panel
- Brief presentation of panel (200-300 words)
- Name of panel organizer - The organizer of the panel assumes the role of moderator
- Panels can include 4 presentations. Full panels and panel proposals, which will be completed on the basis of individual proposals, are both accepted
- The duration of a panel session is 100 minutes
- Panel proposals will be published on the conference website

- The maximum duration is 2 hours
- Title ofroundtable
- The number of participants and the layout of the presentations/discussions are decided by the organizer of the roundtable discussion and must be communicated to the organizers
- The organizer proposes: the title of the roundtable discussion, a 200-300 wordsabstract and announces the prior acceptance of a minimum number of 5-7 participants

➢ CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: deadline30 May 2018
- Title of presentation
- Abstract (200-300 words)
- Name and Surname of author/authors, academic rank, institutional affiliation, e-mail.

Note: Proposals for individual presentations that may be included in the already proposed thematic panels will be included chronologically in those panels, with the consent of the panel organizer andof the author of the presentation and depending on availability at the time of submission.

Scientific Committee
Acad. Ioan-Aurel Pop, professor PhD (rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, director, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Dennis Deletant, professor PhD(Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Paul Michelson, professor PhD (Huntington University)
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Rudolf Gräf, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Ovidiu Ghitta, professor PhD (dean, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeş- Bolyai University)
Liviu Maior, professor PhD
Gheorghe Cojocaru, professor PhD habil. (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)
Ana Victoria Sima, senior lecturer PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, BBU)
Alex Marshall, senior lecturer PhD (University of Glasgow, UK)

Organizing Committee
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University)
Ana Victoria Sima, associate professor PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, UBB)
Luminiţa Dumănescu, research scientist II PhD (Center for Population Studies, BBU)
Marius Eppel, research scientist II PhD (Museum Service, BBU)
Daniela Mârza, research scientist II PhD (Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Oana Tămaş PhD (Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management, BBU)
Silvia Corlățeanu-Granciuc, research scientist II PhD (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)

the Romanian Academy – Center for Transylvanian Studies, and the History Institute – Academy of Sciences of Moldova

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: „Nicolae Iorga” History Institute and Centre for M

Regional, National, and Local Identities in Central Europe and the Black Sea Region in the last 100 years

Deadline: 01-07-2018
Location: Venue: ”Nicolae Iorga” History Institute, Bd. Aviatorilor, no. 1, Bucharest.


100 years ago, at the end of the First World War, the world system changed. The European medieval multi-ethnic empires vanished for good. New nations emerged on the world scene. Within the new nations, new and old minorities tried to perserve and/or develop/transmit their local/regional/national identities. A Ligue of Nations was created in order to help the new nations develop and to protect theirs interests. However, this did not hinder the Second World War and the genocide it brought along. Yet, the world system of nations survived the atrocities of WWII being only recently challenged by globalization, environmental issues, migrations, new technologies as well as by the establishment and developement of trans-national entities such as the European Union. 
Our conference aims at finding answers to the question of identities in Central Europe and the Black Sea Region (BSR) from different perspectives: national, regional, local, and cultural. Its purpose is twofold: on the one hand, to describe and analyze the construction, adaptation, evolution and transmission of the national/local/cultural identities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus seen as processes under Western influences but bearing local meanings and acquiring special shapes and contents, and, on the other, to see what is at stake in building an European identity and its influence on the national/regional/local/cultural identities of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Caucasus. 
The conference will give a special attention to the impact of the Western ideas, discourse and practices on building/rebuilding national, regional and local identities in the Black Sea Region. The region is set as a case study for our conference topic as most of the countries around Black Sea, if not all of them, adopted and assumed a Western model of identity construction. However, this model was not implemented as such but adapted to the local context. This process was best described by Popkewitz through its concept of ”Traveling Libraries”, a metaphor for „the different sets of assemblages, flows and networks through which intelligibility is given to the changes” .
An imporant purpose of this conference is to discuss the usefulness, the transformation and the new meanings of concepts such as, „imagined communities” (Anderson, 1983), ”invention of traditions” (Hobsbawm, Ranger 1983),  „reframed nationalism” (Brubaker, 1996) in our contemporary world in the BSR and Central European region. Another focus of our workshop will be the analysis of the role of images (including propaganda images) in shaping and transmitting national/regional/local/cultural identities as their power increased lately due to the new medias. 
The workshop aims at addressing the above mentioned issues as well as the following topics (but not only): 
-	Emerging and evolution of national identities in Central Europe and BSR 
-	Old and new ideologies in fashioning identities
-	The role of literature, arts, history, etc. in building national/local/regional identities
-	Minorities within nations
-	Redefining national identities in UE
-	The impact of the new technologies in forging new national, local, and social identities
-	New global issues (environmental, migration etc.) and their role in changing regional, national, local identities
-	Theoretical approaches of identities in Central Europe and BSR

Please send your 500 words abstract as well as a short biography to the following address, by July 1, 2018. The selection committee will let you know if your proposal was accepted by August 1, 2018. The conference language is English. There is no participation fee! A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in MemoScapes. Romanian Journal of Memory and Identity Studies, issue 3 and/or 4.

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Claudia-Florentina Dobre
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