Our team

PhD Caterina Preda, Facultatea de Științe Politice, Universitatea din București (Project Director).
Caterina Preda holds a PhD in Political Science of the University of Bucharest (2008) and just finished her postdoctoral scholarship as an Odobleja Fellow at the advanced studies center New Europe College in Bucharest (2014-2015). Caterina Preda has had several undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships in Europe and South America. Senior Lecturer (tenured) at the University of Bucharest, Department of Political Sciences, she teaches ‘Contemporary Latin America’, ‘Art and Politics’, and ‘Cultural memory in Eastern Europe and South America’ courses. She works on topics related to art and politics in modern dictatorships in Latin America and Eastern Europe as well as on issues related to art of memorialization in the two areas. She has published several scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in volumes published at important publishing houses such as Routledge or Palgrave. Caterina Preda is currently working on a book project comparing several other cases in the Southern Cone and Eastern Europe from the perspective of the relation between art and politics.

PhD candidate Alina Popescu
(http://u-paris10.academia.edu/alinapopescu) studied Sociology at the University Babeș-Bolyai (Cluj, Romania) and is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. Her thesis deals with the phenomenon of censorship in Romanian Cinema during Ceausescu’s regime (1965-1989). She is fellow of the Marc Bloch Center in Berlin and associated researcher at CEREFREAVilla Noël in Bucarest. Among her publications are “Pintilie-films and censorship or How an author is born and a national film school dies” in a collective volume edited by IICCMER, (Polirom, Iași, 2014) and “Les archives de la Securitate, de nouvelles sources pour comprendre le fonctionnement de la cinématographie roumaine à l’époque communiste”, in L’Archive-Forme. Création, Mémoire, Histoire, edited by Giusy Pisano (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2014). Her research interests focus on East European Cinema, Censorship, Social and Cultural History of Communism, Art during the Cold War.

Ph.D. Dan Draghia
Dan Drăghia holds a PhD  from the Faculty of Political Science – University of Bucharest with a thesis that deals with the workers’ unrest in Romania as a result of the First World War. He worked as a researcher within The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, where his main areas of expertise were minorities and exile, as well as the history of the communist movement in Romania. He is also an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science – University of Bucharest. His research within the project deals with the way in which artists portrayed the past of the workers’ movement and of the Communist Party.

PhD candidate Dumitru Lăcătușu
Dumitru Lăcătuşu is a PhD student of History Faculty, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza University”, Iaşi. His main studies and articles are about communist repression, biographies of the Securitate officers, anticommunist dissidence. His research concerns the relationship between artists and the Securitate.

MA Cristina Stoenescu
Cristina Stoenescu has graduated the master programme of the Centre for Excellency in Image Studies in Bucharest and the Arts & Heritage track for graduate studies at the University of Maastricht. She has specialised in the history of contemporary art, with a focus on curatorship. She has cultivated an interest in the archive study of the Union of Visual Artists in Romania (UAP) ever since 2011 when the results of her archive research were published in a special edition of the Studia Politica (No.4/ 2011), entitled ”Continuities and Contrasts in the Post-communist Romanian Artistic Space”. During her Romanian graduate studies she helped document the project: X20: A radiography of Romanian Art after 1989”. Presently, Cristina Stoenescu focuses her research on UAP’s recent history, in terms of attempted institutional reforms and exhibition programmes.

Other members of the team: PhD Ioana Ciocan, Diana Matei.

Volunteers: Alina Chiciudean, Oana Barbu, Carmen Ciobanu, Alexandra Iordache, Mihaela Pataca, Mihai Balko, Ștefan Teodor.