Faculty member publishes and presents work on Romania
Alina Haliliuc, assistant professor of communication, has put her expertise regarding public persuasion, rhetorical criticism, and mass mediated representations of gender, class, and ethnicity to work in her research concerning Romania. Her article “Who Is a Victim of Communism? Gender and Public Memory in the Sighet Museum, Romania” was published in Aspasi, the international, peer-reviewed annual of women’s gender history of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Her article argues that the museum represents victimization by and resistance to the communist regime as masculine, and that due to the Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance’s being the country’s main museum of communism, its marginalization of women is significant, especially considering the unique forms of “systematic political victimization” to which Romanian women were subject under the communist rule. One such form of political victimization is explored in Haliliuc’s paper “A Social Body Without Gender: The Memory of Communism in the Reception of ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days’” which she presented to the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in Boston as part of the Eastern European Studies session which she also chaired. The movie “4 Months” was released in 2007 and, through the story of a young woman helping her roommate to have an abortion in Ceausescu’s Romania, explores the nationalist-socialist politics of forced birth found under the communist regime. Haliliuc’s work on Romania continued with her paper “Performing Spirituality: Dan Puric’s Nationalist Christian Orthodoxy in Romania” which she presented at the National Communication Conference in Washington D.C. during a session of which she was chair titled “Connecting through Spirituality: Creating Sacred Communities in a Global Environment.” Haliliuc’s recent publications extend even beyond her work on Romania, however. She also had two entries on performers Kettly Noël and Césaria Évora published in the Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World.