In order to accomplish the objectives that have been established in the project, in 2015 Cosmin Budeanca and Dalia Bathory applied for the workshop The Many Faces of Late Socialism: The Individual in the “Eastern Bloc” 1953-1988, which was supposed to take place between the 26th and 28th of May 2016 at University of Cologne, Germany. Unfortunately the two applications were rejected due to the large number of applications.
Cosmin Budeanca established the title of a presentation and a study with which he intended to participate at the International Symposium „Epaminonda Lucaciu”, ediția I. Etape și momente de istorie românească în S.U.A.: Biserica Greco-Catolică [Epaminonda Lucaciu, First Edition. Steps and Moments of Romanian History in USA: the Greek-Catholic Church], which was supposed to take place between the 12th and 15th of May 2016 in Cleveland& Canton, Ohio, USA and he started the documentation for the presentation and the study (the files of several priests that were former political prisoners were identified and requested from NCSSA).
Cosmin Budeanca and Dalia Bathory also sent applications for 2016 ASEES MAG Summer Convention, which took place between the 26th and 28th of June 2016 at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Liov, Ukraine. ASEES stands for Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and it is the largest professional association of researchers that deal with the East-European and Asiatic space, and MAG stands for International Association for the Humanities, it was founded in 2007 with the help of Carnegie Corporation in New York and the American Council of Learned Societies as an independent association for humanities for Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
In 2016 there were other applications for conferences and symposia, and as a result the members of the team participated in 2016 at 17 international conferences and symposia and 3 national conferences, organized by well -known research or academic institutions in Romania and abroad. These are the following:
The 4th of March 2016, the national symposium „Românii înstrăinați din perioada postbelică” [Estranged Romanians from the Interwar Period]. The symposium took place in Iasi, and it was organized with the occasion of 150 years anniversary of the foundation of the Romanian Academy, by the Centre of European History and Civilization of the Romanian Academy (the Iasi branch). The title of Andreea Tuzu’s presentation was Români în exil. Leonid Mămăligă și Cenaclul literar român de la Paris [Romanians in Exile. Leonid Mamaliga and the Romanian Literary Circle from Paris].
Between the 8th and 9th of April 2016, National Session of Scientific Communications (4th edition), „Historia magistra vitae. Noi teme pe agenda de cercetare” [Historia Magistra Vitae. New Themes on the Research Agenda]. The event took place in Cluj-Napoca and was organized by the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Babes-Bolyai University. Andreea Tuzu presented a paper with the title Foști deținuți politici români în exil. Studiu de caz: Nicoleta Valeria Grossu [Former Political Prisoners in Exile. Case study: Nicoleta Valeria Grossu].
Between the 10th and 19th of May, the International Symposium on History „Epaminonda Lucaciu”, Ediția I. Etape și momente de istorie românească în SUA: Biserica Greco-Catolică [Epaminonda Lucaciu. First Edition. Steps and Moments of Romanian History in USA: the Greek-Catholic Church]. The symposium took place in Cleveland&Canton, Ohio, USA, and it was organized by the Romanian Catholic Diocese Eparchy of St. George in Canton and the Greek-Catholic Romanian Parish Saint Elena from Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Cosmin Budeanca presented the paper Aspecte privind represiunea împotriva preoților și a familiilor acestora în primele două decenii ale regimului comunist din România [Some Aspects of the Repression against the Priests and their Families in the First Two Decades of the Communist Regime in Romania].
Between the 22nd and 25ht of June 2016, the international conference Histories (Un)Spoken. Survival and Social-Professional Integration Strategies in Communist Political Prisoners’ Families in Central and Eastern Europe in the ’50s and ’60s. The conference took place at Ramnicu Sarat and it was organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile and The Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) with the support of the City Hall in Ramnicu Sarat. Each team member presented a paper:
Cosmin Budeancă, Social-Professional Integration Strategies of Political Prisoners’ Wives in Communist Romania in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Dalia Bathory, A Hungarian’s Strategy to cope with the ’56 Crisis. Narratives and (imagined) Connections in the Securitate Files
Andreea Tuzu, The Life after Detention of a Romanian Former Political Prisoner and his Family. Case Study: Doru Novacovici family
Dragoș Ursu, Life after Re-education. Former Political Prisoners from Aiud Penitentiary Destinies between their Release and Professional (non)Integration in the Communist Society.
Between the 26th and 29th of June 2016, ASEES Summer Convention, Lvov, Ukraine. The conference took place at the Catholic University in Lvov and it was organized by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and International Association for the Humanities. Two of the team members presented papers:
Dalia Bathory, Stories of “An-Other”. Blurred Identities, Exclusion from the Public Space and Strategies of Re-Immersion of Ethnic Minorities in Communist Romania in 1950s and 1960s
Andreea Tuzu, The Exile of Former Political Prisoners in the View of Romanian Communist Authorities.
The two papers were presented in the panel “Constructing the Image of «The Other» as a Threat to the Communist Regime in Romania”, with Dragos Ursu and Cosmin Budeanca discussants and Dalia Bathory chair.
Between the 1st and the 4th of September 2016, the International Symposium “Opposition and Solidarity in Communism” which took place in Fagaras- Sambata de Sus, and it was organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, “Negru Voda” Cultural Foundation in Fagaras, the “Brancoveanu” Academy in Sambata de Sus, Transylvania University in Brasov – CRIFST, The Memorial for Anticommunist Resistance “Tara Fagarasului”. Two of the team members presented the following papers:
Cosmin Budeancă, Familie și represiune în România comunistă. Studiu de caz: familia Pr. Grigore Rițiu [Family and Repression in Communist Romania. Case Study: Priest Grigore Ritiu’s Family]
Dragoș Ursu, Din zarcă în „închisoarea cea mare”. Supraviețuitorii reeducării de la Aiud sub urmărirea Securității [From Isolation Cell to the “Large Prison”. Survivors of Aiud Reeducation Program under the surveillance of Securitate].
Between the 12th and 15th of October 2016, the International Conference Everyday Life into the Polish People’s Republic Relating to Countries of the Eastern Block. The conference took place in Lublin, Poland and it was organized by the Institute of National Memory in Poland. Cosmin Budeanca presented the paper: The Prison after the Prison.” The Everyday Life of Former Political Prisoners in Communist Romania in 70’ and 80.
Between the 14th and the 16th of October 2016, Scientific Session of the Romanian Institute – Romanian Library in Freiburg. The conference took place in Freiburg, Germany, and it was organized by the Romanian Institute – Romanian Library Freiburg. Andreea Tuzu presented the paper „Azi spre Mâine” revistă a Consiliului Național Român [“From Today to Tomorrow” – Magazine of the Romanian National Council].
The 13th of October 2016, the international conference The Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Echoes and Impact on RSS Moldavia. The conference took place in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, and it was organized by the State University in Chisinau and the Hungarian Embassy in Chisinau. Dalia Bathory presented the paper: A Look from Germany on the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Press and Historiography.
Between the 3rd and the 4th of November 2016, the national conference „Crizele anului 1956” [The Crises of the year 1956]. The conference was organized in Bucharest by the Faculty of History of the University in Bucharest and by the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives. Dragos Ursu presented the paper Revolution and Repression. Institutional Recalibration of Securitate’s Work in Penitentiaries and Work Camps after 1956. Case Study: Aiud.
Between the 11th and the 12th of November 2016, the International Symposium „România și Războiul Rece” [Romania and the Cold War]. The symposium took place at Iasi, and it was organized by the Centre of European History and Civilization (the Romanian Academy, the branch in Iasi). Two of the team members presented papers:
Andreea Tuzu, Organizații politice ale exilului românesc postbelic. Studiu de caz: Consiliul Național Român (1978-1989) [Political Organizations of the Postwar Romanian Exile. Case Study: the Romanian National Council (1978-1989)]
Dragos Ursu, Despre Războiul Rece în penitenciarul Aiud. Știri, speranțe și dezinformări în rândul deținuților politici, în anii ’50-’60 [About the Cold War in the Aiud Penitentiary. News, Hope and Disinformation among Political Prisoners in the ‘50s and ‘60s].
Between the 24th and 25th November 2016, the International Workshop „Motivații interioare ale colaborării cu Securitatea” [Inner Motivations for Collaboration with the Securitate]. The Workshop took place at Cluj-Napoca and it was organized by the Institute for the Study of Minority Problems and the Department for Interethnic Relation – the Romanian Government. Two of the team members presented papers:
Andreea Tuzu, Reconsiderări biografice. Nicole Valéry-Grossu și colaborarea cu Securitatea [Biographic Reconsiderations. Nicole-Valery-Grossu and the Collaboration with Securitate].
Dragos Ursu, Delațiunea în închisorile comuniste. Colaboraționismul între aportul uman și dinamica muncii informative. Studiu de caz: Penitenciarul Aiud [Snitching in Communist Prisons. Collaboration between Human Act and Dynamics of Informative Work. Case Study: Aiud Penitentiary].
Between the 28th of November and the 1st of December 2016, International Conference The Student Milieu in the Soviet Bloc Countries 1945-1989. The Conference took place in Wroclaw, Poland and it was organized by the Institute of National Memory in Poland. Cosmin Budeanca presened the paper: The Impact of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 on the Universities in Romania.