AFERIM! The film as a socio-cultural radiography of Romania, April 21st, 1pm, AMC River East 21, Chicago

 

This roundtable debate will bring forward some milestones of Romania’s history, by emphasizing its rich multi-cultural and multi-ethnical atmosphere at the beginning of 19th century.

Aferim! approaches an emblematic period for Romania, being positioned just before fine-educated and “Westernized” elites started to advance the creation of the modern and independent state of Romania by capitalizing on the emergent yet powerful national sentiments while striving to accommodate the numerous influencing forces, such as the Otomans, the Greeks, or the rich “boyars”. This debate is particularly important in the context of the Romanian Centery, as on the 25th December 2018 Romania is celebrating 100 years since the creation of its independent national state. However, the discussion at such will not be focused solely on the Romanian history; it will also be centered around topics of universal interest, such as:

  • What is to be understood through minority? What is its historical and symbolical meaning?
  • What is the role of minorities in shaping habits, cultures, and traditions? How to best highlight the enriching role of minorities?
  • How should a fair relationship between a vast majority and various minorities look like?
  • Is the total integration of minorities always possible? Are exclusive and inclusive identities co-existing?
  • What is the role of the cultural artifacts, such as movies, in harmonizing relationships among different cultures, ethnicities etc. and in mitigating the hate speech?

Special Guests:

–           Tudor Vlad Ph.D., Professor at College of Communication and Public Relations – National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) & director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research and professor in the Department of Journalism, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia

–           Mihaela Sîrbu (actress, cast as Sultana in AFERIM!),

–           Ciprian Tudor Ph.D., College of Political Science – SNSPA, expert in anthropology, image philosophy, the history of ideas and the sociology of representations

–           Loredana Radu Ph.D., Head of the Communication Department at College of Communication and Public Relations (SNSPA)

Loredana Radu Ph.D., Head of the Communication Department at College of Communication and Public Relations – National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)

Loredana Radu is Associate Professor, Head of the Communication Department and the Director of the Center for EU Communication Studies at the College of Communication and Public Relations in NUPSPA. Since 2016, she is the Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module “Patterns of Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe” (2016-2019). She holds a PhD in Sociology from the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration NUPSPA (Bucharest) and a MBA degree from the CEU Business School (Budapest).

Loredana has an wide experience in managing EU-funded projects, as well as other types of organizational development programs. Her research and professional interests focus on Europeanization (i.e. discursive/narrative construction of Europe), attitudes towards the EU (i.e. euroscepticism, anti- europeanism, extremism, europopulism), project management, evidence-based policy making, and development models.

Dr. Tudor Vlad, Director James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication
Training and Research, University of Georgia

Dr. Tudor Vlad is the Director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia. He also is a Ph.D.coordinator in the Doctoral Program of the College of Communication and Public Relations of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
While being in the Cox Center, Dr. Vlad has conducted workshops in Romania, Belarus, Kenya, Republic of Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, and the United States and has hosted over 70 groups of media experts and educators.

Since June 1998, Dr. Vlad has been a Director for Central Europe of the World Free Press Institute, San Francisco, California. In 2008-2010, Dr. Vlad was a consultant to The New York Times. In 2009, Dr. Vlad was a consultant to the Russian Journalists’ Union (RUJ).

Dr. Vlad has written on assessment of press freedom indicators, evaluation of international media assistance programs, movie history and role in the society, media systems in emerging democracies, media management in post-totalitarian regimes, and journalism and mass communication curricula.

Mihaela Sîrbu, actress (AFERIM!)

Mihaela Sîrbu graduated from Bucharest University with a BA in German Philology and from the National University of Theatre and Cinematography with a BA in the Theatrical Arts – the Art of Acting. She got a PhD in Theatre Studies in 2008.
She worked as an actress at the Jewish Theater and as an independent actress in Romania, Switzerland and Germany; she works as an Associate Professor at the Acting Department of the National University of Theatre and Cinematography and has taught in Germany, at the Athanor Akademie. In 1996, she founded the independent theatre group Teatrul fără Frontiere, where she is both manager and director.
In 2012 Mihaela Sîrbu received Best Actress Award from the Romanian Filmmakers Union for the role of Tanya in ”The Phantom Father”, while she was also awarded with Prix d’Interpretation Janine Bazin at Entrevues International Film Festival Belfort, France, Best Actress Award at Gopo Awards and Best Actress Award from the Romanian Filmmakers Union for Otilia in “Everybody in Our Family”. In 2014 she was again nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role at Gopo Awards for Magda in “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism”, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. For her role in „Aferim” by Radu Jude she received again the Best Actress Award at Gopo Awards 2016.

Ciprian Tudor, PhD.

Researcher at ICCV, Romanian Academy.

Associate Professor at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest.

He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology and visual studies.