MIHAI-DAN CIRJAN

 CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Correspondence Address: History Department, Central European University, Nador u. 9; H-1051 Budapest, Hungary
  • Email Address: Cirjan_Mihai-Dan@phd.ceu.edu
  • Phone No. : +19293261362

CURRENT POSITIONS:

  • PhD Candidate in Comparative History, Central European University, History Department. Expected Submission: September 2018
  • Visiting researcher, University of Zagreb, Department of History (starting  October 2016)
  • Editor of the Lefteast platform

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Comparative historical sociology, international history, economic sociology, financial anthropology, international relations and international political economy, economic history of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

EDUCATION

  • 2015-2016: Visiting Researcher at New York University, Department of History (advisor: Yanni Kotsonis)
  • 2011 – Central European University, Department of History: D. in Comparative History . Title of the proposed Ph.D. dissertation: Money and Debt Relations in the Aftermath of the Great Depression: Reinventing the State by Governing Economic Life in Post-Liberal Romania (1929-1944)
  • 2009 – 2011 Central European University, Department of History: A. in Comparative History
  • 2006-2009 University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters: A. in Romanian Studies and English Literature

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARD

  • 2016-2017: Erasmus Plus Grant: University of Zagreb, Department of History
  • 2015-2016: Fulbright Grant: Visiting Researcher at New York University, Department of History
  • 2014-2015: CEU Research Grant for organizing the workshop “Assembling the Post-Liberal Order: Central and Eastern European Societies in the aftermath of the Great Depression (1929-1956)”
  • 2012: CEU Academic Achievement Award for First-Year Doctoral Students
  • 2012: Roma Professional Development Grant offered by the Roma Education Fund
  • 2011-2014: Full CEU Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2010: The CEU Academic Pro-Rector’s Excellence Award
  • 2009-2011: Roma Interregional Scholarship offered by the Roma Education Fund
  • 2009-2011: CEU Master’s Fellowship
  • 2008-2009 Dinu Patriciu Scholarship offered by the Dinu Patriciu Foundation
  • 2007- 2009: Scholarship for Academic Excellence offered by the University of Bucharest
  • 2006-2007: Social Scholarship offered by the University of Bucharest (need and merit based award)

PUBLICATIONS

Articles:

Review essays:

  • Review: Cornel Micu, “From Peasants to Farmers? Agrarian Reforms and Modernisation in Twentieth Century Romania”, Martor Anthropology Review (2014), 192-198.

 Book reviews:

  • Review of Ekaterina Pravilova, A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia, Princeton University Press, 2014, in English Historical Review (forthcoming)
  • Review of Stefan Ionescu, “Jewish Resistance to ‘Romanianization’, 1940-44, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 in European Review of History 1-3 2016
  • Review of Charles R. Geisst, Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 Charles R. Geisst,  in European Review of History 6 (2016)
  • Review of Kristen Ghodsee, The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe, Duke University Press, 2015, in European Review of History 20.1 (2015)

Opinion pieces

Articles in Progress:

  • “Reinventing the Labour Market: Psychotechnics and the Evaluation of Work in Interwar Romania”
  • “Recreating the Periphery: Exchange Controls as a Model of Economic Governance in Interwar Romania”
  • “The Central Bank Origins of Totalitarian Theory: The Total State and Capitalist Development in Interwar Romania”

INVITED TALKS, CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Between Austerity and Debt: The Global Co-Creation of a Post-Liberal Romania (1928-1935), Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual convention, Washington DC, November 2016
  • “The Central Bank Origins of The Total State: Totalitarianism and Capitalist Development in Interwar Romania” Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena/Dornburg, October 2016
  • “The Temporal Politics of Economic Reform in Interwar Democracies: Agricultural Credit and the Infrastructure of Backwardness in Pre-Socialist Romania” Princeton University, Center for Human Values: Princeton, April 2016
  • “Talking about Work: Romanian Psychotechnics and the Evaluation of Labour after the Interwar Capitalist Crisis” Columbia University, Science, Knowledge and Technology Workshop: New York, April 2016
  • “Managing the State by Managing Sovereign Debt: Exchange Controls as a Model of Economic Governance”, Cornell University, History Department: March 2016
  • “Producing Economic Subjects through Debt and Credit: The Romanian Credit Cooperatives and the Politics of Development”, Annual Congress of the Romanian Studies Association: Bucharest, June 2015
  • “Reimagining the State after the Crisis: Psychotechnics and the Evaluation of Labour in Post- Depression Romania” SciencesPo, Europe and the World Workshop: Reims, June 2014.
  • “Evaluating Labor, Evaluating Workers: Statistics, Psychotechnics and the Ethics of Labor in 1930s Romania”, Annual Congress of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies,  Cambridge UK, April 2014
  • “The External Limits of the Peasantist State: The Romanian Agrarian Movement and the Financial Crisis of an Eastern European State” Masaryk Institute, paper presented at the conference Agrarianism in Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Prague, October 2013
  • “Managing Dependency, Managing the Crisis: Europe and Interwar Romania through the Eyes of Financial Institutions (1929-1934)”, paper presented at the Europe and the World workshop organized by Princeton University, CEU, EUI and SciencesPo: Budapest, June 2013
  • “Models of Economic Modernity among Romanian Intellectuals: The Debate on Economic Planning”, Imre Kertezs Jena Kolleg, paper presented at the conference Catastrophe and Utopia Central and Eastern European Intellectual Horizons, 1933 – 1958:  Budapest, June 2013
  • “Organizing the ‘Wide Participation of the Working Class’ in Socialist Romania” paper presented at the workshop Labor and State Socialism in Eastern Europe (Budapest, November 2012)
  • “Thee Politics of Debt at the European Periphery: The Peasants and the State as Debtors” paper presented at the GRACEH 2010: Vienna, April 2012
  • “Bourdieu’s Illusion: Local Autobiographical Practices and Scientific Rationality”, paper presented at the GRACEH 2010: Budapest, May 2010

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING

  • Tutor, “Historical Research Methods – The Eastern European Historian’s Craft: An Introduction” Course (April-June 2014) for the Roma Graduate Preparation Program – CEU; syllabus here
  • Tutor, “Social History of Eastern European State Socialism” (January-April 2014) for the Roma Graduate Preparation Program – CEU; syllabus here
  • Teaching Assistant, “The Political Languages of Antimodernism” (January-April 2014) taught by Prof. Balázs Trencsényi, Central European University
  • Three year of pedagogical training at the University of Bucharest, including coursework (pedagogy, curriculum development, assessment training, class management, etc.) and teaching practice (2006-2009)

ARCHIVAL WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Open Society Archives-Budapest (October 2011-September 2012): digital management of archival records related to the Cold War

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

AFFILIATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Member
  • Association for Romanian Studies, Member
  • Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies, Member

LANGUAGES

·       Romanian: Native Speaker ·      Spanish: Reading Skills
·       English: Academic Level ·      Italian: Reading Skills
·       French: Fluent ·      Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian: Beginner