ICUB Fellowships for Young Researchers 2016
Marius Stan – The Canvas of Apostasy: Romanian-British Political Sociologist Zevedei Barbu and the Critique of Totalitarianism
Marius Stan holds a PhD in political science from the University of Bucharest, served as the editor of the international journal History of Communism in Europe (2011–2013), headed a department at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the New Europe College in Bucharest. Between September 2015–January 2016, he was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
He is the author of books published in Romania and Poland, and of numerous articles in international scholarly journals. He is currently completing an intellectual biography of Romanian/British political sociologist Zevedei Barbu and, in company with Vladimir Tismaneanu, is working for a book titled “Two Sisters in Dark Times: Jewish Identity and Revolutionary Fates.” Together with Professor Tismaneanu from the University of Maryland, he is the author of “A Stalin Dossier: The Genialissimo Generalissimo” (2014) and “A Lenin Dossier: The Magic of Nihilism” (2016), both in Romanian. His research and teaching interests include: political biographies, the 20th century European communism and fascism, revolutionary political ideologies and movements, nationalism, transitional justice, and the main intellectual debates during the Cold War.
Gabriel Vîiu – Scientometrics and social choice: using concepts from preference aggregation procedures to understand contemporary research evaluation instruments
Gabriel-Alexandru Vîiu is a doctor in Political Science. He completed his PhD within the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest where his work focused on higher education policies related to research evaluation. His thesis explores the quantitative evaluation of researchers and the ranking of research units with contemporary scientometric indicators, general aspects of quality assurance in higher education as well as the institutional funding of public universities relative to their research performance. In addition to these topics Gabriel’s research interests also include preference aggregation procedures studied in social choice theory. Throughout the past years Gabriel has been involved in several institutional development projects within the National School of Political and Administrative Studies where he also holds part-time teaching responsibilities. He has also worked in several projects implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding where he contributed to policy studies, data analysis and reports. Before beginning his post-doctoral research at the University of Bucharest Gabriel was also involved in a research project focused on voting rules funded under the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation.
Andrada Nimu – Between Sexual Nationalism and LGBT Movements in Central and Eastern Europe
Andrada Nimu holds a Ph.D. in Political Science at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration, with a thesis on women and sexual minority movements from Central and Eastern Europe. She is a researcher and an Associate Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, N.U.S.P.A, Bucharest.
Andrada’s postdoctoral research is focused on the LGBTQI mobilization in Central and Eastern Europe. In this manner, Andrada aims to analyze how contextual elements specific to CEE countries shape and are shaped by LGBTQ NGOs and communities; at the same time analyzing how sexual nationalisms and Western discourses entangle and influence LGBTQI movements. She has written a series of articles in national and international journals (AnAlize – Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, Europolity, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Springer), chapters in books (Pro Universitaria; Terra Nostra, Wolters Kluwer, Polirom and Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, to name a few) and co-edited a book on civil society in Romania (Polirom, Iași, 2016). She has participated in numerous workshops and conferences, such as at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Stockholm (2016); Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien, Cluj-Napoca (2015); Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw (2015); International Conference on Public Policy, Milan (2015). Her research interests include civil society and social movements in the CEE countries, post-socialist changes in the region and organizational studies.
Ștefania Matei – ”Not Deceased, Dimensionally Challenged” – Digital Technologies of Commemoration as Technologies of the Self
Ștefania Matei is consultant at the Department of Quality Management, University of Bucharest. She holds a PhD in sociology at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. Her dissertation explores the redefinition of commemorative processes through interactive media. Her research interests are now focused on technological mediation and digital cultures of collective remembrance and knowledge making, from a postphenomenological perspective.
Ștefania has a wide teaching and research experience. She worked as an an Associate Teaching Assistant at the University of Bucharest (Faculty of Sociology and Social Work) and at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Faculty of Administration and Public Management). She participated in various research projects such as “Sociological Imagination and Disciplinary Orientation in Applied Social Research. An Inquiry into Present-Day Market Research in Romania” and “Human-Computer Interaction in Collaborative Learning”. Also, she is committed to women’s empowerment and gender equality issues, contributing to the elaboration of social policies in the field of family-work reconciliation for women in public healthcare sector. By collaborating with prestigious non-governmental organizations in Romania, she conducted research in disadvantaged communities and impact assessments of community development programs.
Andrei Vlăducu (1st of July 2016 – 30th of April 2017)
Dr. Andrei Vlăducu is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science (Bucharest, Romania) and Researcher at Center for Behavioral Studies. He holds a Ph. D. in political science at National School of Political Science and Public Administration with a research topic on voting procedures from a behavioral economics and social choice perspective.
His postdoctoral research interests focus on how street-level bureaucrats from DGASPC use discretion to manage the policy-practice dilemma in relation with homeless people from Sector 3 Bucharest. His last publications: Status quo bias and social choice rules, evidence from a Laboratory Experiment, Governing for the Future: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for a Sustainable World Proceedings, Medimond Publishing House, 2016; Status quo și donarea de organe în România. Un studiu descriptiv-cantitativ, Revista de Psihologie, Vol. 62, No. 1, 2016; Think Like a freak. The authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain (Book Review), International Journal of Applied Behavioral Economics, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2016.
Carl Rommel (1st of March – 31th of August 2017)
Carl Rommel is a social anthropologist, specialised on the emotional politics of youth, sports and popular culture in contemporary Egypt. In September 2015, he graduated with a PhD from SOAS, University of London, entitled “Revolution, play and feeling: Assembling emotionality, national subjectivity and football in Cairo, 1990-2013”. Currently an Associated Researcher at Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Dr Rommel will hold a postdoctoral fellowship at Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern, between August 2016 and January 2017. During the same period, he will also teach a course about emotions, affect and politics at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Free University, Berlin.
Dr Rommel’s research is guided by an interest in how large-scale socio-political transformations take hold in the intimate domains of human beings: affect, embodiment and subjectivity. With a thematic focus on football, his research examines links between, on the one hand, politics, state and nation, and on the other, subjectivity, affect and temporality. He is currently working on book manuscript, based on his PhD about the emotional politics of Egyptian football. During a six month fellowship in Bucharest, he will primarily work on two follow-up articles drawing on data that did not make it into his dissertation: one theoretically driven on broken temporalities in the revolutionary aftermath; and one more ethnographic on football as a means to foster neoliberal ethics of professionalism and nationalism among the youth at state-run ‘youth centres’ (marakiz al-shabab) in Cairo.
His research has been published in Soccer & Society, Critical African Studies, and Middle East – Topics & Arguments.
Young Researchers Grants 2016
Hâncean Gabriel – Accounting for the Quantified Quality of Academic Researchers in the field of Sociology. A Multi-level Network Analysis Perspective
Marian-Gabriel Hancean is associate professor at the Department of Sociology, the University of Bucharest, Romania, where he teaches the following courses: social network analysis (MA level), sociology of organizations and organizational behavior (BA level). His research is generally focused on social network analysis. His current research stream addresses the antecedents and the consequences of collaboration networks in national academic communities. He employs both socio-centric and personal network analysis research designs in understanding the formation and the impact of co-authorship networks. And, also, at the same time, he is interested in multilevel social network methodology.
Gabriel is an affiliated member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA – the professional association for social network analysis) and of the Romanian Sociological Society (the professional body of Romanian sociologists). He is the editor in chief of the International Review of Social Research (a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by Walter DeGruyter Berlin, Publishing House; a DeGruyter Open product). Moreover, he is the Director of the SoNAR unit (the Social Network Analysis – Romanian Unit), a small informal research group institutionally embedded in the University of Bucharest. And, in 2013, he organized, in Bucharest, Romania, the first Romanian international conference on social networks (the Social Network Environments Conference – SoNetE).
In 2015, he was awarded, with the UEFISCDI prize for Romanian scientific publications, for the paper Fragmented Romanian Sociology: Growth and Structure of the Collaboration Network (Hancean, MG, Perc, M, Vlasceanu, L, 2014, PLoS ONE, 9(11): e113271). He also received, in 2015, two distinct prizes for the Modernitatea Romaneasca (the Romanian Modernity), a book written with Lazar Vlasceanu (publisher: Paralela 45, Pitesti). The prizes were awarded by the Romanian Society for Historical Sciences and by the Foreign Policy Romania magazine.
Băluță Oana – Is incumbency a predictor of political support for women? Does incumbency reduce gender bias in candidate selection?
Oana Băluță is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Science, University of Bucharest where she teaches Gender and Politics, Introduction into Contemporary Political Ideologies, New Social Movements and Citizens’ Participation. She also teaches two courses at the Faculty of Political Science, National School of Political Science and Public Administration: Gender, Minorities and Political Representation; Communication and Political Campaigns.
She has a PhD in Political Science with a thesis on gender and contemporary political interests (2009, National School of Political Science and Public Administration) and finished her postdoctoral programme in 2015 where she focused on theoretical and methodological approaches of political representation.
Her research topics are: gender political interests, gender political representation, gender policies and new social movements. She is currently working on political parties and Parliamentary recruiting practices, domestic violence- policies and civic activism and contentious feminist resistance to austerity measures.
Major publications on above topics include:
Creating and feeding discourses on political representation of women. Can MPs and NGOs join hands on quotas?, 2015, AnALize- Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, no. 5(19) 2015, http://www.analize-journal.ro/library/files/5_3.pdf; Women entering the presidential arena. Running a campaign on social media ? in Revista Sfera Politicii nr. 185, septembrie 2015. http://www.sferapoliticii.ro/sfera/185/pdf/185.08.Baluta.pdf; Representing and consuming women. Paradoxes in media covering violence against women în Journal of Media Research, vol.8, issue 2, (22), 2015. http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/issuedetails.aspx?issueid=4e7763e6-9468-4554-8cf2-6dd1ae5a0422&articleId=9e7983dd-5191-427a-a7f2-f3f294d18382; Gender, politics and mass media: stereotypical representations. How do we draw the line? (Gen, politică şi mass-media: reprezentări stereotipizate. Cum tragem linia?) in Sfera Politicii nr. 1 (183), March-April 2015, p. 105-119. http://www.sferapoliticii.ro/sfera/183/pdf/183.10.Baluta.pdf
Books, chapters (selection)
Reflexive Modern Feminism (author, 2013), Women’s Social Exclusion and Feminisms: Living in Parallel Worlds (co-author), 2012 in Gendering Transition. Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives from Easter Europe, Krassimira Daskalova, Caroline Hornstein-Tomic, Karl Kaser and Filip Radunovic (eds.), Publishing House LIT Verlag Vienna, Münster, Berlin, London (co-author); Gender and Political Interests (2008, co-author), Equal Partners. Equal Competitors (2007, coord.), Gender and Power. Lion’s share in Romanian Politics (editor, 2006), etc.
Rădulescu Camelia – Making LLL a Reality for Teacher Education
Camelia Rădulescu is a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, The Department of Teacher Education. She specialized in teaching methods in ESL at the University of Warwick and the evaluation of educational programes at the University of Nottingham. Her research interest lies with reflective processes in adult learning and teaching within ITE.
She teaches courses of English for psychology and educational sciences, Communication within the teaching profession, Sociology of education and Pedagogical practice.
She has been a trainer for several educational programes such as Early Change, Key competences through virtual games at preschool level, The interdisciplinary organisation of learning offers for key competences of primary school pupils, Supporting children for a good school start.
She was awarded postgraduate grants and scholarships for research by the National Office for Studies Abroad, The University of Bucharest and The Research Center of the University of Bucharest.
She is the author of Issues of Professional Development Based on Reflective Processes in Initial Teacher Education in Romania, for specialists in ITE and student teachers, as well as of numerous research articles published in specialized journals.