Team - ferestroika
15451
page-template,page-template-blog-large-image-simple,page-template-blog-large-image-simple-php,page,page-id-15451,cookies-not-set,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-14.2,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_top,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.4.7,vc_responsive
 

Team

Alexandru Cristian Groza

 

He is a Ph.D candidate at University of Bucharest, Faculty of History. For Alex history is not objective or official – it never was from the start –, but it is based on interpretations which are sincere and well documented.

As a researcher, he is documenting and writing about the Romanian-American relations during 1965-1989. The history of communism is important because it marked the Romanian identity for more than 50 years, it changed and shaped generations, leaving behind traces that are visible in the nowadays society, from architecture to mentality.

“I suggest an imaginative game. What if the nations would have been seen in history as an individual?  What is the actual age of Romania? My perspective is that Romania is passing through its adolescence, even though we are celebrating 100 years, because it is still trying to reach its full potential and maintains  a constant search of identifying who it is. This is why it is important to search for our roots, good or bad, in order to be able to learn who we really are. It is already a known fact that history does not really help in avoiding the mistakes of the past; instead, history helps you to discover yourself as an individual, teaches you how to listen to your grandparents stories and determines you to be more attentive to what is happening around you.”

David Borchin

 

David is an MA student of Contemporary History at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest. Having grown up watching Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck on television, David is an immediate product of the fall of the communist regime and Romania’s transition towards the West during which time American cartoons ran on Romanian TVs, David having learned English as a result of that. To him knowing the past helps us shape our present and our future by learning from the life experiences of those who came before us.

„I believe that in order to understand the social and political mechanisms that shape our current world, we must take a glimpse into the past in order to find the origins of things. In order to understand a country like Romania, one must take into account the country’s past communist regime that reshaped Romanian society in its entirety and paved the way to the creation of a dictatorial regime like that of Nicolae Ceauşescu which by the time that it had fallen, the society and economy was so thoroughly communized that the country is still transitioning to a fully Western economy and society.”

Andrei Calinoaia

 

Andrei Călinoaia is a student of the British Cultural Studies MA program of the University of Bucharest. As a small child, his family would keep telling him about how things were “before,” which is why he started viewing communism as an inescapable legacy of a mysterious and oppressive past, marked by an incomplete transition. He has always been passionate about understanding how people think and why they do think the way they do. Accordingly, his main research interests include cultural history, the history of ideas, cultural memory.

“Communism is part of the essential cultural imprint of most Romanians nowadays. Even for people born after its fall, it still represents a lingering ghost. Looking back into the past in order to discover how ordinary people lived would give us insight into how our postcommunist present is still shaped by those experiences and what kind of mentality, social structure, and habits it produced. Moreover, by being faced with how ordinary people lived under such a regime, we will be more suited to evaluate the importance of democracy in the modern world.”

Famish, persecution, unending misery. Most of us are lucky enough to have never experienced such a thing. But it wasn’t the case for many of our relatives who have had the misfortune to live a very contrasting destiny. A destiny marked by unfairness, agony, and...