Roundtable on a recently published book: “Sub semnul crucii. Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului şi construcţia de biserici în România postsocialistă” (Polirom, 2024) by Giuseppe TATEO

Event: Roundtable

Location: NEC conference hall & Zoom

4 June 2024, 17.00-19.00 (Bucharest time)

We are pleased to invite you to a roundtable based on a recently released book: Sub semnul crucii. Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului şi construcţia de biserici în România postsocialistă (Polirom, 2024) by Giuseppe Tateo (NEC Alumnus).

Translation from English by Maria-Magdalena Anghelescu; preface by Simion Pop

Moderator: Cătălina TESĂR

Participants: Giuseppe TATEO, Emanuela GRAMA (online), Simion POP, Anca ȘINCAN (online)

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Meeting ID: 837 7908 2518
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Short abstract:

Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book delves into the thriving industry of religious infrastructure in Romania, where 4,000 Orthodox churches and cathedrals have been built in three decades. Following the construction of the world’s highest Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, the book brings together sociological and anthropological scholarship on eastern Christianity, secularization, urban change and nationalism. Reading postsocialism through the prism of religious change, the author argues that the emergence of political, entrepreneurial and intellectual figures after 1990 has happened ‘under the sign of the cross’.

More details at: Sub semnul crucii (

Short bio:

Giuseppe Tateo is postdoctoral fellow at the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest and researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento, Italy). After earning his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, he taught at Charles University (Prague) and at Riga Stradins University and was a postdoctoral researcher in Bucharest, Prague and Leipzig. His current research interests focus on the link between political authority and religious architecture in post-socialist Europe with a specific focus on Romania.

Giuseppe Tateo was a fellow at the New Europe College in 2019/ 2020 with the research project titled Archaeology of an Unfulfilled Project: Rediscovering Romania’s Secular Past Through the Early History of the National Cathedral, 1881–1932.