The (im)possible alliance: Romania as Initiator and Beneficiary of the Humanitarian Aid (1970-1989)


The (im)possible alliance: Romania as Initiator and Beneficiary of the Humanitarian Aid (1970-1989)

(Im)posibila Alianță: România ca Inițiator și Beneficiar al Ajutorului Umanitar (1970-1989)

Young Research Teams (TE-PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2021-0778)

Timeframe:
June 2022 – May 2024

Team:

Project Leader:
Luciana JINGA, Researcher, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile; Associate Lecturer, University of Bucharest, Faculty of History

Experienced Researchers:

Dalia BATHORY, Researcher, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile

Ștefan BOSOMITU, Researcher, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile

(!) An Early-Career Researcher (doctoral/postdoctoral) position (foreseen to be filled in October 2022 and to run until May 2024) will soon be opened for competition.

The 1970 floods in Romania | Photo source: The National Archives of Romania

RoHumAid analyses the participation of Central and East European countries in the humanitarian aid effort, both as initiator and beneficiary, using as case study Romania, between 1970 and 2004.

The project focuses on three major axes/objectives. A first objective is to identify the principal characteristics of Romania – considered a Second world country – as provider and beneficiary of the human aid, and how the fall of the communist regimes, by modifying the geographic imaginary of Global North and Global South, dramatically changed the general discourse towards the region and subsequently the role as humanitarian aid actor. A second objective is to identify and to compare the Romania’s humanitarian grassroots actions, both as initiator and beneficiary, before and after 1989. A third objective is to identify and catalogue the most important transnational humanitarian networks that worked in Romania/for Romania.