Year of start: 2011
Subject: Social Anthropology
Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title
Ada Kaleh Tales: Topographies of Displacement, Memory and Translocal Imaginaries
focus of my PhD is the dynamics of the past on the former dwellers of
the now-sunk Ada Kaleh island in Romania. In searching for the
propositional, emotional, and embodied forms through which the past
reverberates, I aim to investigate the inner experiential
and inter-subjective consequences of forced displacement. I
analyse the Ada Kale-li cultural pattern of recounting memories by
outlook to the communicative pragmatics of the environment that
determine the textual content of memories, as opposed to a pre-existent
order of narratives that structure the self to creates notions of belief
further enquire on the emotional investment and actualization of a
loss (Feuchtwang) and its informing into a type of fluid identity that
combines some specific determinants of historical, behavioural,
linguistic, and moral order.
Lastly, I interpret the mundane experiences, with particular reference to day-dreaming and doing nothing to outline the perception of time, as both symbolic and agentive towards some assumed ideals of moral expiation and compensation, which could potentially become substantiated in the rebuilding of Ada Kaleh.
MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University College London, 2011
MA in Anthropology and Community Development, University of Bucharest, 2010
BA in Sociology, University of Bucharest, 2008
Honours and Awards
Best Master Paper in Anthropology. Awarded by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) and The Romanian Society for Cultural Anthropology (SACR), 2011.