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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

Central European University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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Carmen-Veronica BORBÉLY

Pen-name: Carmen Bujdei
Residence Cluj
Nationality Romanian
Sex Female
Age 32
Educational background B.A. in English, Babes-Bolyai University (1993)

M.A. in British Cultural Studies, Babes-Bolyai University (1995)

Present position PhD student
Assistant professor
Employer Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj;
Research interests Postcolonial theory and literature. Regional studies. Ethnicity. Literary criticism.
Additional professional interests: Gothic literature, ESP
Current research Ph. D. (work in progress) on Monsters in English literature
Conferences, competitions...  —
Professional affiliation  —
  • translated Wilfred R. Bion into Romanian for an American Publishing House
  • currently translating one of T. S. Eliot’s essays on Christianity, for a domestic editor
  • author of several essays in Romanian and English, published by domestic academic journals
Excerpts from publications
Case study for the summer course

The project intends to summarize the various aspects of regional ideologies developed in post-communist Transylvania, Romania, focusing on three major trends of redefining Transylvania’s social and political identity after the December 1989 revolution: a. the so-called Mitteleuropa identity, shaped by the cultural program of the “Third Europe” (A Treia Europa) research group of Timisoara; b. the radical regional, anti-Bucharest identity, defined by Sabin Gherman’s “Pro Transylvania” Association in Cluj-Napoca (1998); and c. the mild federalist identity, shaped later (2000-2001) by a group of well-known Romanian and Hungarian intellectuals, channeling their ideals through the Provincia political journal (also located in Cluj-Napoca). The project will also show how these complementary identity issues meet the ethnic utopian ideal of total separation from Bucharest, voiced from time to time by various radical Transylvanian Hungarian intellectuals, as a strategy of distancing themselves from the official daily pragmatism and political battle of the Hungarians’ Democratic Union in Romania (UDMR). The project will also undertake an analysis of the counterpart of these self-defining tendencies, namely the reprimanding political echoes of these regional identities, voiced both by Parliament or the Government and the mass media....

Read the whole project here.

Statement of interest  —
Personal message  —
Plans for the future To teach a course on Monstruosity and the Construction of Otherness in Transylvania, and Alternative Images of Identity in Postcommunist Transylvania.
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