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Georgescu, Diana

Lecturer in Transnational/Comparative Southeast European Studies

University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, United Kingdom


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

University of Illinois, United States


I am a historian of modern Europe, pursuing a diversity of research interests in the transnational history of childhood, memory studies, gender history, and comparative nationalism. Titled ‘Ceauçescu’s Children: The Making and Unmaking of Romania’s Last Socialist Generation (1965-2010)’, my work examines the ideological construction, institutional organization, and remembered experiences of post-Stalinist childhood through the lens of Romania’s last socialist generation. The larger theoretical thrust of the dissertation is to revisit the dominant representation of socialist citizens as inhibited liberal subjects in the scholarship on state socialism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In particular, my work seeks to account for the multiple ways in which socialist subjectivity and agency were actualized and enabled in the very process of realigning the self with the socialist and national collective.
As a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, I have taught a variety of classes in contemporary world and European history. My research and publication activity has focused on questions of post-communist memory practices, socialist childhood and subjectivity, gendered representations of national and European identity, postcommunist film, national identity and travel writing in the interwar period, and the teaching of national and regional history in contemporary Europe.
I defended my PhD dissertation in May 2014 in the History Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. I hold an MPhil in Gender Studies from the Central European University (Budapest) and a BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Bucharest.
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