Call for Papers

Studii şi Materiale de Istorie Contemporană (SMIC), vol. XIX/2020

The editors of SMIC invite scholars to submit articles for issue number XIX (2020). The journal aims to publish original contributions reflecting new research in archives from Romania or abroad.

The target themes are pertinent to the history of the XXth and XXIst centuries: studies of communist regimes in East Central Europe (cultural politics, diplomacy and international relations, social history, reform dynamics etc.), the role of the Soviet Union/Russia in geopolitical dynamics during the interwar and postwar periods; society and dictatorship during Nicolae Ceaușescu’s rule.

The deadline for submitting articles is 30 October 2020.
The contributions will be sent by email to smic2002@ yahoo.com and cristivasile2002@ yahoo.com. The prospective authors will include their institutional affiliation, academic position, contact info (email), an abstract in English, and at least five key-words.

SMIC is a peer-review journal published by the research program “Romania and Europe in the XXth Century” at the Institute of History “Nicoale Iorga”. The periodical is indexed in international databases such as EbscoHost; CEEOL; Index Copernicus.

The style sheet of the journal can be found on the Institute’s webpage (www.iini.ro; section Publicaţii) and on the periodical webpage (https://studiisimaterialedeistoriecontemporana.wordpress.com/)

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New Issue „Studies and Materials of Contemporary History”, vol. 18, 2019

The new issue of Studies and Materials of Contemporary History is out. See below its table of contents:

ROMANIAN SOCIETY IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE
Florin ANGHEL, Everyday life in South Dobruja. What Iordan Iavkov (1880-1937) saw at the border with Romania?

Radu TUDORANCEA Romanian Intellectuals in Times of War: the case of those who remained on the occupied territory during the Great War

Octavian DASCĂL, Christian Rakovsky and the Romanian Treasure in Moscow in 1918

Camelia ZAVARACHE, „For them to enjoy all the rights that derive from parentchild relationship”. The legitimation of children born out-of-wedlock during Interwar Romania

HISTORY OF COMMUNISM: POLITICS, SOCIETY, MINORITIES
Viorel ACHIM, The Communist Authorities’ Refusal to Recognize the Roma as a National Minority. A Moment in the History of the Roma in Romania, 1948-1949

Lucian VASILE The invisible line. Gheorghe Saramet Spy’s biography

Cristian VASILE, Some Reflections regarding the History of the Institute for Legal Research of the Academy of the People’s Republic of Romania in its First Decade of Existence, 1954-1965

Raluca-Nicoleta SPIRIDON, Arresting the Recollections regarding Bessarabia. Virginia Munteanu, Dumitru Iov and Virgil Carianopol – condemned for public agitation in 1957

Bogdan C. IACOB, From Africa to the World: Romania’s Global Turn in the 1970s

Cosmin POPA, The beginnings of the Romanian bicephal dictatorship: Preparing the ground (1971-1974)

Mioara ANTON, The education of the good taste in Socialist Romania: ideological norms and social practices

Flori BĂLĂNESCU, Goma Movement in the Securitate archives and in the
American Intelligence Documents. (Prospects for a comparative study)

Simion GHEORGHIU, The 1986 Cernobyl catastrophe reflected in the Romanian Communist Party documents

NOTES AND REVIEWS
Alan Wakefield, The First World War in Focus. Rare and Unseen Photographs, London, Imperial War Museum, 2018 (Gabriela Dristaru)

Claudia Florentina Dobre, Ni victimes ni héroïne. Les anciennes détenues politiques et les mémoires du communisme en Roumanie, Bucureşti, Editura Electra, 2019, 246 p. (Cristian Vasile)

Francisca Băltăceanu, Monica Broşteanu, Martori ai fericirii. Şapte vieţi de sfinţi români, cu un cuvânt însoţitor al Preasfinţitului Mihai Frăţilă, episcop grecocatolic de Bucureşti, Bucureşti, Editura Humanitas, 2019, 244 p. (Cristian Vasile)

Diana Mishkova, Beyond Balkanism: The Scholarly Making of a Region, London and New York, Routledge, 2019, 282 p. (Cristian Vasile);

Jill Massino, Ambiguous Transitions. Gender, the State, and Everyday Life in Socialist and Postsocialist Romania, New York-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2019, 453 p. (Claudia-Florentina Dobre);

Alberto Basciani, L’illusione della modernità. Il sud-est dell’Europa tra le due guerre mondiali, Rubbettino, Roma Tre, 2016, 489 p. (George Ungureanu)

SCIENTIFIC LIFE
Nicolae Iorga History Institute Annual Conference „Between Empires: Circulation, Communication and Interaction (15th-21st centuries)” (Camelia Zavarache)

SMIC 2019. vol. 18-3

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About Studies and Materials of Contemporary History

Studies and Materials of Contemporary History (SMIC) is the yearly journal of the research program “Romania and Europe during the XXth Century” (track IV) at the „Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History of the Romanian Academy. SMIC has been issued since 2002 without any interruption with the financial support of AFCN or the Ministry of Culture or with funding provided by the Institute of History. 

            The academic debates and collaborations organized by the program “Romania and Europe during the XXth Century” constitute the foundation for the articles published (or which will be published) in SMIC. This scholarly dialogue has followed multiple research directions: the comparative study of communist regimes (political history, studies of ideology, economic relations within the Soviet-led camp, or various methodologies across multiple disciplines within the humanities and the social sciences); re-assessments of the pre-1945 period; and, the exploration of the primary sources relevant for the history of the XXth century. SMIC has had a prominent role in showcasing the diversity of the current domestic scholarship about the recent past. It has also excelled in circulating historiography and sources pertinent to Romanian studies that have been produced and identified by foreign academics specialized in the humanities from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, France, Germany, etc.

            Focusing on the history of XXth and XXIst centuries, SMIC has become a flagship journal in Romanian historical studies. Its articles reflect, over seventeen years, the main topics explored by specialists of Romanian and Eastern European history. The journal has included a broad range of authors working in diverse fields from diplomatic to social or cultural history, from studies of fascism to the comparative history of communism.

            In the context of the reform of doctoral schools at Romanian universities and at the Academy, SMIC has focused on attracting the representatives of the new wave of Romanian historiography. Since 2013, the journal published numerous articles based on doctoral research. By providing an outlet for Ph.D. students and early career scholars, SMIC integrated in contemporary historiography new archival findings and innovative methodological or theoretical approaches. This agenda was reinforced by the fact that SMIC abides to the highest standards of peer-review evaluation.

            Since 2009, the journal has be included in high-profile international academic databases: EBSCO, CEEOL (http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/publicationdetails.aspx?publicationId=32aecf30-7562-4b5d-9143-54521712b47f) and Index Copernicus International (http://journals.indexcopernicus.com/Studii+si+Materiale+de+Istorie+Contemporana,p1866,3.html). This online presence has greatly improved SMIC’s visibility abroad and at home. The journal has also been distributed through inter-academic exchanges organized by the Romanian Academy.

            Since 2002, SMIC has created a framework conducive to a broad range of scholarly debates and collaborations about the nature, objectives and methods of researching contemporary history. Its issues have been structured into sections such as the history of the interwar period, the comparative study of communism (historiography, institutions, biographies, culture, politics, or international relations), war and social history, archives, academic activity, and reviews.

            The journal’s distribution to libraries abroad confirms SMIC’s high academic standard. Some of the libraries that hold the periodical are: Institute of Historical Research and School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London; Ecole Normale Supérieure; Institute for Balkan Studies (Greece); International Institute of Social History, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Center for Research of Romanian Jewry, Diaspora Research Institute, Tel Aviv University (Israel), Institut Istorii and Institut Slavianovedania i Balkanistiki, Akademia Nauk (The Russian Federation); ABC CLIO Library, University of Arizona; Duke University Library; University of Colorado, Central European University, Harvard University, Imre Kertesz Kolleg in Jena etc.

            Starting with issue 9 from 2009, SMIC has an editorial board that comprises prominent scholars in the field of Romanian and Eastern European studies: Rebecca Haynes (University College London), Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University), Aleksandr Sergheevici Stykalin (Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Anneli Ute Gabanyi (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin), Paul Michelson (Huntington University), Petre Otu (Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History); Vladimir Tismăneanu (University of Maryland, College Park); Virgiliu Leon Ţârău (University “Babeş-Bolyai” in Cluj).

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Despre Studii si Materiale de Istorie Contemporana

Studii şi Materiale de Istorie Contemporană (SMIC) este revista anuală a Programului IV „România şi Europa în secolul XX” care apare din 2002, fără întrerupere până astăzi. Publicaţia a fost tipărită cu sprijinul financiar al AFCN/Ministerului Culturii şi Cultelor/Ministerului Culturii şi Patrimoniului Naţional sau din resursele proprii ale Institutului de Istorie „N. Iorga”.

Discuţiile şi dezbaterile organizate în cadrul Programului IV „România şi Europa în secolul XX” s-au aflat la originea studiilor ştiințifice care s-au regăsit (sau se vor regăsi) în paginile revistei. Aceste manifestări academice au fost consacrate multitudinii de abordări privind istoria comunismului – având ca principale teme: evoluţiile politice şi ideologice (dintr-o perspectivă comparatistă, cu accent asupra influenţei factorului sovietic), relațiile economice ale blocului sovietic – , și istoriei perioadei de dinainte de 1945, cât şi surselor istorice privind istoria secolului XX.  Prin studiile şi articolele pe care le-a publicat din 2002, SMIC a contribuit atât la valorificarea a numeroase cercetări istorice autohtone privind trecutul recent, cât şi la promovarea în circuitul istoriografic a unor materiale privitoare la spaţiul românesc şi est-european datorate unor cercetători din străinătate (SUA, Marea Britanie, Federaţia Rusă, Franţa etc.), specialişti în ştiinţe socio-umane.

Axată pe istoria secolelor XX-XXI, revista „Studii şi Materiale de Istorie Contemporană“ s-a impus în spaţiul istoriografic ca una dintre publicaţiile reprezentative pentru cercetarea românească aplecată spre studierea istoriei recente. Articolele şi studiile găzduite de-a lungul timpului de revistă au reflectat preocupările actuale ale specialiştilor  privind evoluţiile din spaţiul românesc şi est-european în secolele menţionate. Printre colaboratori s-au regăsit şi cercetători din străinătate preocupaţi de istoria relaţiilor internaţionale, istorie socială, diplomaţie, totalitarismele secolului XX, istoria regimurilor comuniste etc.

Odată cu reorganizarea şcolilor doctorale din universităţi şi din Academia Română, revista „Studii şi Materiale de Istorie Contemporană“ şi-a manifestat interesul pentru noul val al istoriografiei româneşti, publicând, începând din 2013, contribuţiile valoroase ale doctoranzilor. Prin sprijinul acordat doctoranzilor şi tinerilor cercetători aflaţi la început de carieră, publicaţia noastră a încurajat intrarea în circuitul ştiinţific a unor noi informaţii şi interpretări. Ea respectă cele mai înalte standarde de evaluare peer-review.

Începând din 2009 revista a fost inclusă într-una dintre cele mai importante baze de date americane – EBSCO, asigurându-se astfel o amplă vizibilitate internaţională. Publicaţia a fost indexată şi în alte două baze de date internaţionale: CEEOL (o importantă arhivă virtuală care furnizează acces parţial sau integral la texte academice privitoare la istoria Europei Centrale şi de Est – http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/publicationdetails.aspx?publicationId=32aecf30-7562-4b5d-9143-54521712b47f) şi Index Copernicus International (http://journals.indexcopernicus.com/Studii+si+Materiale+de+Istorie+Contemporana,p1866,3.html). La acestea se adaugă şi difuzarea revistei în centrele importante din străinătate prin intermediul schimburilor interacademice organizate de Academia Română, ceea ce duce la cunoaşterea cercetărilor româneşti în mediile internaţionale.

Pe toată perioada existenţei sale, revista „Studii şi Materiale de Istorie Contemporană“ a generat un cadru favorabil pentru dezbateri ştiinţifice ample referitoare la natura, obiectivele şi metodele cercetării istoriei secolelor XX şi XXI.

Numerele apărute în cursul timpului au reunit, în rubrici distincte, studii şi articole referitoare la istoria primei jumătăți a secolului XX, în special perioada interbelică, a comunismului în România şi Europa răsăriteană (metode şi discurs istoriografic, politici culturale, diplomatie şi relaţii internationale, societate), război şi societate, surse, viaţă ştiinţifică, note şi recenzii.

Prezenţa publicaţiei în bibliotecile din strainătate a confirmat standardele de excelenţă academică recunoscute prin includerea în baze de date internaționale din domeniul ştiinţelor umaniste. Enumerăm câteva dintre bibliotecile în fondurile cărora se regăseşte şi revista SMIC: Institute of Historical Research şi School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London; Ecole Normale Supérieure; Institute for Balkan Studies (Grecia); International Institute of Social History, University of Utrecht (Olanda), Center for Research of Romanian Jewery, Diaspora Research Institute, Tel Aviv University (Israel), Institut Istorii şi Institut Slavianovedania i Balkanistiki, Akademia Nauk (Federaţia Rusă); ABC CLIO Library, University of Arizona; Duke University Library; East European Quarterly, University of Colorado, Institute of East Central Europe, Harvard University, Centrul de Studii Neoelene, Imre Kertesz Jena Kolleg etc.

Începând cu numarul 8/2009 revista beneficiază de un colegiu editorial alcătuit din personalităţi importante ale vieţii ştiinţifice. Dintre aceştia amintim pe dr. Rebecca Haynes, lector de studii româneşti la School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, Londra; Dennis Deletant, profesor invitat al Catedrei de studii românești „Ion Raţiu“ la Georgetown University şi profesor emerit de studii româneşti la School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, Londra; Dr. Aleksandr Sergheevici Stykalin, cercetător ştiinţific principal, Institutul de Slavistică al Academiei Ruse de Ştiinţe; Anneli Ute Gabanyi (Institutul German pentru Probleme Internaţionale şi de Securitate/ Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin), Paul Michelson (Huntington University, SUA), Petre Otu (Institutul pentru Studii Politice de Apărare şi Istorie Militară); Vladimir Tismăneanu, profesor de ştiinţe politice, University of Maryland, College Park, SUA; Virgiliu Leon Ţârău, profesor universitar, Facultatea de Istorie şi Filosofie, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca.

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