New Europe College
Institute for Advanced Study

The NEC Academic Board and the Lapedatu Foundation awarded the first Lapedatu Fellowship to Alex Drace-Francis, Professor of Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam. The social and cultural history of Romanians during the modern age represents one of his main topics of research. Dr. Alex Drace-Francis authored, among other studies, the following books: The Making of Modern Romanian Culture. Literacy and the Development of National Identity (London - New York: IB Tauris, 2006) [in Romanian The Genesis of Modern Romanian Culture, Translated by Marius-Adrian Hazaparu (Iasi: Polirom, 2016)] and The Traditions of Invention. Romanian Ethnic and Social Stereotypes in Historical Context (Leiden – Boston: Brill Publishers, 2013).


Alex DRACE-FRANCIS (the Netherlands)

Professor of Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam

Cities at the Crossroads. Urban Communities and Intercultural Links in the Romanian Principalities, 1800–1900


Bogdan POPA (Romania)

Researcher, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, The Romanian Academy

Cities at the Crossroads. Urban Communities and Intercultural Links in the Romanian Principalities, 1800–1900