Visiting Fellows

Cătălina Tesăr

Cătălina Tesăr is a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology, and a researcher at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant. She has been a fellow of New Europe College in Bucharest, between 2019-2020. She received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from University College London in 2013. She is a past Wenner Gren Foundation U.S. grantee of a Wadsworth International Fellowships (2007-2011) for doctoral studies, and of a Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film (2016-27) for turning her Ph.D. dissertation into a documentary. Her work focuses on the sexual, economic, and political dimensions of arranged marriages among an ostentaionally traditional Roma population from central Romania, Transylvania. She is currently working on finishing the postproduction of her documentary, and on turning her Ph.D. dissertation into a book.

The Time of the Chalice. Of Marriages, Ancestors, and Sons among Cortorari Gypsies in Transylvania

This project is based on Tesăr’s Ph.D. research – ethnographic research among a Gypsy population from Transylvania, the Cortorari, which provides insights for advancing the theorization of Gypsies’ attitudes towards temporality, and the understanding of their survival as a group.  Contrary to other Romany people who are uninterested in the material world around them, and whose attitudes towards time are informed by a presentist orientation, the Cortorari convey a strong commitment to the ownership of some objects of wealth and status, namely the chalices. Practices related to the possession of chalices reveal a stance on time that accommodates pulls towards the past, the present, and the future. Coming from the ancestors, chalices circulate as male heirlooms, and are central to practices of marriage. What is critical about chalices is that, on a temporal dimension, they secure permanence and immutability. Tesăr looks at how different kinds of time, memory, and historicity relate to each other and are weaved into the social reproduction of the group.

Alexandra Voivozeanu

Alexandra Voivozeanu is a sociologist interested in Romanian labor migration/Romanian workers in atypical forms of employment abroad. Her PhD at the University of Bucharest – Posted Migration of Romanians working in construction and meat processing sectors in Germany –  dealt with issues such as levels of precariat experienced by migrants in this form of employment, as well as recruitment mechanisms and union approaches towards these workers. She worked in several applied research projects and is currently a New Europe College Fellow in Bucharest.

Voivozeanu’s current project explores seasonal migration in agriculture. On one hand, it focuses on the recruitment mechanisms of Romanians working in agriculture in countries of the European Union. On the other hand, it aims to explain how workers navigate across borders in order to find arrangements that suit their commitments in the country of origin and that offer better wages and working conditions.

Andrei Răzvan Voinea

Andrei Răzvan Voinea graduated from the Faculty of History (2008) and earned his M.A. in British Cultural Studies (Faculty of Foreign Languages, 2010) and in Central and Eastern Europe History at Central European University (Budapest, 2012). In 2017 he defended his Ph.D. A suitable model for Romanian lifestyle: the social housing reform and the activity of the Municipal Company for Low-Cost Housing (1908-1948) at the University of Architecture and Town Planning, Bucharest and was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh (2016-2017). He worked as archivist at Open Society Archives (Budapest, 2012) and Managing Editor at Arhitext Magazine (2015). Currently, fellow at New Europe College Bucharest and director of Studio Zona NGO

Red Bucharest: A Social History of the First Communist Housing Projects in Bucharest (1945-1958)

The project investigates the housing policy of the socialist regime in Romania, implemented between 1945 and 1958, which resulted in the construction of 29 housing estates in Bucharest, housing more than 30.000 tenants. Currently, scholars investigate the topic from two perspectives: an architectural perspective, with a focus on the form that the socialist city took, and a political-administrative perspective, concentrating on the political decisions that shaped the administration to put in bricks and mortar the visions of the communist city. The research offers a complementary perspective, focusing on the social history of the agents that benefited from this reform, the tenants, and will answer a causal series of question: did the socialist state resolve the housing issue of the vulnerable classes or it used housing as a tool of controlling the working class by offering this right only to party members and members of unions? Consequently, the study investigates the intentions of the reformers, the means of construction and the distribution, together with the features of daily life in these new housing estates. As the first communist authorities adopted the reforms as early as 1945, they realized in 1958 that insufficient work was done to solve the housing issue and radicalized the reform by switching to a modernist urban dimension characterized by massive pre-fab apartment buildings in new districts at the periphery of the city.