- “Arbiters of Value: The Nationalization of Art and the Politics of Expertise in Early Socialist Romania,” East European Politics & Societies
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- “Impenetrable Plans and Porous Expertise: Building a Socialist Bucharest, Reconstructing Its Past (1958-1968)” EUI Working Papers, Max Weber Programme 2012
The paper analyzes the urban modernization of socialist Romania during the 1950s and 1960s with an eye to understanding the reconfiguration of professional and political alliances in the post-war socialist bloc. I argue that immediately after Stalin’s death in 1953, the government started to pursue a regime of reduced dependence on the USSR in those domains that the Party held to be the most important, such as urban planning.
- “Letters, Plans, and Walls: Architects, Archeologists, and Institutional Politics in Bucharest of the 1960s.” Anthropology of East Europe Review 57, 2: 56-67, 2009.
- “Work, State, and the Linguistic Construction of ‘Self’ in Romania of the 1950s and 1960s. (A Case Study).” Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 5, 2: 38-64, 2006.
The paper proposes an analysis of a linguistic construction of “self” as it was constructed in a series of petitions written by one of communist Romania’s “disenfranchised”, a former factory owner whose belongings were nationalized by the communist state. Employing a microhistorical perspective and insights from linguistic anthropology, I show how this writer attempted not only to ask for his rights to his lost possessions but also to “re-make” himself as a socially and morally legitimate individual, as a coherent “self”, through the very act of remembrance and narration.
- “Networking Texts and Persons: Politics of Plagiarism in Postsocialist Romania.” Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 4, 2: 148-173, 2004.
The paper takes a famous case of plagiarism (the Beuran scandal), which provoked lots of noise and smoke on the Romanian public scene of 2003, as a window onto larger processes of reconfiguration of political, economic and symbolic capital among the postsocialist elites of Romania. I argue that a close examination of the ways in which “intellectual property” is understood, evaluated, embraced or rejected by various social actors could point to the significant transformations of political identities and concepts of personhood and accountability, which occur in contemporary Romania and, to a certain extent, across the whole former socialist bloc.