"Our soul is just an urn where we close, once and for all, the ashes of our lost passions !"

miercuri, 23 martie 2011


1.At the end of the next week I hope I can start to send the copies of Dying and Death 2010 proceedings (ABDD03) to the contributors.
2. The call for paper of ABDD04 2011 was posted on conferencealerts:
http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1is3x6 and also on the website of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (UK): http://www.deathandsociety.org/pages/events-detail.php?news_id=71
3. In the town of Alba Iulia (my town) was open the first palliative care unit:
http://www.adevarul.ro/locale/alba_iulia/Alba-Iulia-Servicii-domiciliu-terminale_0_449355152.html This are bad but also good news!
4. This week I attend at a history conference at Iasi (Romania) presenting a paper on cremation issues in 19th century Romania.
5. If you are interested in the issues of cremation in Romania you could find an detalied list of the famous cremated romanians on
6. Next week I will submit an abstract for DDD10. I'm going to present a paper on the issues of cremation and the Romanian Orthodox Church in the last two centuries.

marți, 8 martie 2011

The call for papers for Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference, which will be held in Alba Iulia, between 29th September and 1st October 2011 was posted on Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-net): http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=183548&keyword=dying
I wait on publishing this call for papers on Center for Death and Society Newsletter (UK), yahoo.groups academicBalkans and also ConferenceAlerts.
I cannot foresee at this moment how many participants ABDD04 we will have.

joi, 3 martie 2011

Call for Papers ABDD04 - 29th September/1st October 2011, Alba Iulia, Romania

Call for Papers

The fourth edition of Dying and Death in 18th-21st century Europe, International Conference (ABDD04)

On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to attend the fourth edition of Dying and Death in 18th-21st century Europe, International Conference (ABBDD04) to be held between 29th September and 1st October 2011, at Alba Iulia, Romania.

The organizers of this conference are:

Alba County Council;
“1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania;
Ariodante Fabretti Foundation, Turin, Italy;
National Museum of Unification, Alba Iulia, Romania


Amurg. Romanian Cremation Association;
Romanian Association for Death Studies

The main aim of this conference is to bring together historians, sociologists, psychologists, and physicians from all over the Europe and to attract original papers on the following topics:

1. Cultural history of death;
2. New ritualisations of death in the 21st century;
3. Bereavement in modern and post-modern society;
4. Suicide, euthanasia and the law;
5. End of life and palliative care;
6. Definitions of death in terms of biomedicine and otherwise;
7. Commemorating the dead in space and time;
8. Bodily disposal: implications of the shift from burial to cremation;
9. Religion and the meaning of death

Scientific Committee:

Marina Sozzi (Italy)
Peter C. Jupp (UK)
Illona Kemppainen (Finland)
Zdenek Nespor (Czech Republic)
Adriana Teodorescu (Romania)
Marius Rotar (Romania)

Organizing Committee:

Marius Rotar
Corina Rotar
Adriana Teodorescu
Lucian Teodorescu

Authors should submit an abstract before June 10, 2011 at the following addresses: mrotar2000@yahoo.com ; adriana.teodorescu@gmail.com or marina.sozzi@fastwebnet.it

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
These proceedings are edited as supplement of Annales Universitatis Apulensis. Series Historica, the journal of History Department of “1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania. These proceedings are in indexed in CEEOL - (Central and Eastern European Online Library) (international Database). Please visit:
http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/issuedetails.aspx?issueid=7ec197d6-97e0-4afc-9fed-a35fd7a2afd0&articleId=59a8d81c-130e-4618-babe-5a00317a2570 to read the abstracts of the previous proceedings of ABDD03.

The costs of accommodation will be covered by the organizers (meals, hotel accommodation, official reception), except for the travel expenses that will have to be covered by the participants themselves.
If your paper will be accepted for publication in the conference proceedings, there is a publication fee: 25 EUR per each accepted paper.

Other information:

If your abstract proposal will be accepted for a presentation, please book your flights to Cluj-Napoca airport or Sibiu airport.

For the previous editions of this conference please visit: http://romaniandeathcremation.blogspot.com

marți, 1 martie 2011

ProMemoria Institute - Republic of Moldova

Our colleagues and friends from Republic of Moldova founded an Institute of Social History. Its name is "ProMemoria".

You can read here a short presentation of this Institute:

The ISH “ProMemoria” aims to study history through the following objectives:

•Promotion and implementation of new methods and fields of studying and teaching history;
•Elaboration, implementation / realisation, evaluation, and monitoring of local / national and international levels projects in order to develop the scientific-didactical potential in the field of historical sciences;
•Organizing of seminars, symposia, conferences, regular meetings with attracting qualified specialists in the key areas of our activity;
•Promoting the editorial activities and training of specialists in the field of historical sciences;
•Propagation of historical knowledge in the republican mass-media and abroad;
•Professional assistance in the field through offering the access to information, advising and training;
•Creating a specialized library, accessible to interested persons.

I hope they will be our partents for organising different scientific events and also for different grants research.

Cheers and Good luck, ProMemoria!