•  Conferences and Seminars 2014
Event presented by Octavian Saiu
Throughout history, the Romanian space presents the paradox of being, on the one hand, relatively isolated and conservative, on the other hand, on the contrary, open the various contacts and influences. Foreign models come, as a contradiction, both from the East and from the West. The foreigners, based especially in cities, are a ferment of modernity; Romanian bourgeoisie is originally largely non-Romanian. In the interwar period, the Grater Romania, proclaimed as a national state, has no less a multi-ethnic dimension; from one region to another, it is probably the European country with the largest ethnic and cultural diversity. This diversity has been lost largely as a result of several cumulative causes: the logic of assimilation of the national state, the aftermaths of the Second World War (partial extermination of the Jews), the uniformity policy of the communist regime, the dissolution due to emigration of various ethnic communities. The differences, as many as there are left, it is desirable to be now preserved and cultivated; also an adequate interpretation of the national history can not ignore the ensemble of diversities. Lucian Boia is professor emeritus of the University of Bucharest. His work, extensive and varied, with numerous titles published in Romania and France, as well as translations in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Korean, etc. Concerned mainly with the history of ideas and the imaginary, he has distinguished himself through theoretical works that deal with the history (”A game with the past. History between truth and fiction“) and the imaginary (”For a history of the imaginary“) and by a consistent investigation of a wide range of mythologies (from extraterrestrial life and the end of the world to communism, nationalism and democracy). He also brought new interpretations on the history of Romania and the West. In 1997, his work ”History and myth in the Romanian consciousness“ created enormous interest and from then remained a benchmark in redefining national history and historiography.