Maria Alina Asavei, Ph.D.
Maria Alina Asavei, Ph.D.
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Maria Alina Asavei, Ph. D.



Affiliation: Department of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague


Position: Lecturer


Specialization: Maria-Alina Asavei’s teaching, curatorial practice and research fields center on cultural politics of memory, collective memory, grassroots memorials, political art and aesthetics, historiography, histories and theories of art from Central and South Eastern Europe; receptions of gender theories in Eastern European art history; modern Balkans, culture and ethnicity; Romani communities, culture and critical art production, heritage studies, historical anthropology; aesthetics of communism (everyday life, strategies of “dropping out”, counter-cultures, sub-cultures, popular culture) and Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans


Regional focus: the Balkans, Central-Eastern Europe



Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, December 2013. PhD dissertation: ‘Political-Critical Art and the Aesthetic’, supervised by Prof. David Weberman.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural History, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 14 June 2007. MA dissertation: ‘Rewriting the Cannon of Visual Arts in Communist Romania: a Case Study’, Cum Laude.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Literature and Cultural Anthropology , Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, 30 June 2003. MA dissertation: ‘Art and the Monstrous Imaginary in the Middle Ages’, Cum Laude.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, September 1997 – June 2001.


Research Projects & Grants:

  • Senior Researcher, co-investigator of Primus Research Project ‘Beyond Hegemonic Narratives and Myths: Troubled Pasts in the History and Memory of East-Central & South-East Europe’ (Primus/HUM/12, Charles University, 2017-2019).

  • UNCE- research fellow Centre for Collective Memory (2014- today)

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, research project: Communism, Holocaust: Towards a Critical Culture of Remembrance in Eastern Europe, Charles University Prague, the Czech Republic (1 January 2015 – 1 January 2017).

  • Research Fellow, American Research Centre Sofia – ARCS, Bulgaria (30 January – 10 May 2014).

  • Write-Up Grant, Central European University Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, February – August 2013.

  • Research Fellow and Curator, European Roma Cultural Foundation, Gallery8, Budapest, Hungary (2013).

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Queens College, City University of New York, New York City, United States of America (2011).

  • PhD Fellowship, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1 September 2007 – 31 August 2010.

  • MA Fellowship, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1 September 2006 – 30 June 2007.


Courses Taught:

Charles University, Institute of International Studies, Prague, the Czech Republic

  • ‘Introduction in Cultural Studies’, MA course, Spring 2017.

  • ‘Theorizing Memory: Cultural and Social Remembering’ (double degree program with University College London), MA course, coordinator, Spring 2015, 2016, 2017.

  • ‘Cultural Memory and Identity in the Balkans’ (double degree program with University College London), MA course, coordinator, Fall 2014, 2015, 2016.

  • ‘Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans: Modern and Traditional Entanglements’, BA course, coordinator, Fall 2014, 2015, 2016.

  • ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, guest lecturer for the International Summer Seminar Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe, Prague, Charles University, June 2016.


Maastricht University, the Netherlands (Recurrent Guest Lecturer: Spring 2014, 2015, 2016)

  • Aesthetics, Art and Politics Behind the Iron Curtain’, BA course, Department of Politics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (Course: Lifting the Iron Curtain – Central and Eastern Europe in the New Europe, coordinator: Dr. Costica Dumbrava).


Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

  • ‘Literary Aesthetics’, BA course, tutor, Spring 2003.

  • ‘Theories of Language and Style in Comparative Literature’, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, BA course, tutor, Spring 2004.


Distictions and Awards:

  • Nomination for the Wildenmann Prize (2016) for the paper ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’ – prize awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) to great papers written by early career scholars.

  • Hanak Prize (2007) for the best MA dissertation (‘Rewriting the Canon of Visual Arts in Communist Romania’) awarded by the History Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary: https://history.ceu.edu/hanakprizewinners

  • MA Degree with distinction (2007), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.


Membership and Affiliation:


Membership in Committees and Juries:

  • Jury Member, Civil Society Leadership Award in Arts, Education and Communication, Open Society Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya, December 2016)


Curatorial Practice:

  • Curator, Living Heritage – European Heritage, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014.

  • Curator, Romani in Watercolours, Central European University, Budapest, 2013, http://archive.ceu.hu/node/35266.

  • Curator, Calling Cards exhibition, Gallery8 / Roma Contemporary Art Gallery, European Roma Cultural Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, 2013, http://gallery8.org/en/news/2/30/calling-cards.

  • Curator, I Do Not Like your Politics, Gallery Europe, Lille, France, 2011.


Media Coverage:


Publications

Book Chapters:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (accepted for publication, forthcoming, 2017). ‘Cultural Memory and Political Resistance through Religious/Spiritual Art in (Post) Communist Romania’, in Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru and Dragos Manea (eds.), Remediation, Appropriations and Alternative Retellings of Religious Narratives in Contemporary World, Leiden: Brill.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2016). ‘Art and “Madness”: Weapons of the Marginal during Socialism in Eastern Europe’, in Josie McLellan and Juliane Fürst (eds.), Dropping out of Socialism: the Creation of Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc, Lanham: Lexington Books, 63-83.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Calling Cards’, in Timea Junghaus (ed.), Gallery 8 Catalogue 2013-2015, Budapest: European Roma Cultural Foundation, 89-100.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Aesthetics of Resistance and Persistence’, in Alina Serban (ed.), Ion Grigorescu: The Man with a Single Camera, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 188-213.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2012). ‘Politics of Memory: the Hero, the Monster and the “Rule of Law”’, in Catalin Gheorghe (ed.), Critical Research in Context: Trial/Process, Iasi: University of Art ‘G. Enescu’ Press, 107-115.


Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (accepted for publication, forthcoming December 2017). “Call the Witness”: Romani Holocaust Related Art in Austria and Marika Schmiedt’s Will to Memory, Memory Studies (Sage)

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (forthcoming 2017). ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy [special issue ‘Violence and the Imagination: The Politics of Narrative and Representation’, editors: Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler].

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina and Jiri Kocian (accepted for publication, forthcoming 2017) ‘Gendered Histories/Memories of Labour in (Post-) Communist Romania and Former Czechoslovakia Illuminated through Artistic Production’, Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, 2017.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2016). ‘Nicolae Ceausescu: between Vernacular Memory and Nostalgia’, Twentieth Century Communism: A Journal of International History, 11 (11): 27-42 [special issue ‘Memory and Nostalgia’, ed. Gavin Bowd].

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Participatory Cultures of Remembrance: The Artistic Memory of the Communist Past in Romania and Bulgaria’, History of Communism in Europe, vol. 6, 209-230.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Visual Chronicles from the Balkans and Central Europe: Samplers Remembered’, Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, 9(2), 1-19.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Beauty and Critical Art: Is Beauty at Odds with Critical-Political Engagement?’, Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, vol. 7 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/jac.v7.27720.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Collectivism’, in Michael Kelly (ed.), Oxford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition, vol. 2, New York: Oxford University Press, 89-95.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Sacred Cruelty in Contemporary Art and Popular Culture’, Journal of Anthropology, 1/2014, 4-20.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Unsettling Beauty in Japanese Critical Art: Yasumasa Morimura, Yanagi Miwa and Aida Makoto’, Modern Art Asia: Journal of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, 17, 37-49.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Performative Approaches to Identity in Contemporary Roma Art’, ARTmargins: Central and Eastern European Visual Studies, MIT Press.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013), ‘Walter Benjamin’s Legacy: the Commonplace as Art and the Question of Authenticity’, Holt Norfolk: Heathwood Press.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2012). ‘Functional Beauty and Handmade Political Art’, Art and Education, New York, October 2012.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2011). ‘A Theoretical Excursus on the Concept of Political Art in Communism and its Aftermath’, Studia Politica, 11(4), 647-661.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2004). ‘Identity and Cultural Pluralism: an Anthropological Perspective’, Acta Iassyensia Comparatione 2/2004, 19-23.


Other publications:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Artistic Activism: Effective Art?’, The Activist (Human Rights Initiative, Central European University), Budapest, July 2013, 14-17.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2009). ‘The Eastern European “Macondo”, Plotki – Rumors from Around the Block, March 2009.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2008). ‘Backyard Resistance: Art as Savoir-Vivre’, Plotki – Rumors from Around the Block, special issue: ‘Changes from Below in Central- Eastern Europe’, November 2008.


Selected papers presented at international conferences:

  • “Spaced Memory: The Artistic Memory of the Jewish Sites that no Longer Exist in South-East Europe,” Les Conflicts de Mémoire: Arts, Histoire, Commémorations, Université du Maine, Le Mans (France), 6-7 April, 2017.

  • "Performing History and Living Memory in Recent International Art Exhibitions in Romania" for the international workshop Stepping Back in Time. Living History and Other Performative Approaches to History in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The workshop was organized by German Historical Institute Warsaw and Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena in Warsaw on 23-24 February 2017.

  • ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, session Imagining Violence: The Politics of Narrative and Representation (organized by Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Joint Sessions, Pisa, 24-28 April 2016.

  • ‘Call the Witness: Holocaust Related Art from Austria ’, UNCE Workshop, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 26-27 May 2016.

  • ‘Reading the Image of “the Balkans” through the Lens of the Cultural Borders and Beyond: Large Scale (Transnational) Exhibitions from/on “the Balkans”’, Transnationalism(s): Contexts, Patterns and Connections in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Former Soviet Union, University College London (UCL), 19-21 February 2016.

  • ‘Forbidden Images? Witnessing and Remembering Socialist “Reality” through Photographs in Romania’, Picturing Power: Photography in Socialist Societies International Conference, University of Bremen, Germany, 09-12 December 2015.

  • ‘Nicolae Ceausescu between Vernacular Memory and Nostalgia’, Communist Nostalgia Conference, University of Glasgow, the UK, 11-13 September 2015.

  • ‘Contemporary Roma Art? What is that supposed to mean?’, Bilgi University Workshops, Bilgi University, Istanbul, July 2015.

  • ‘Resisting the Hegemonic Regimes of Representation: Critical Art by Roma Artists from Eastern Europe’, Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany, 7-9 May 2015.

  • ‘European Roma Contemporary Art and Culture as Ways to Reflect on Cultural Identities and Cultural Citizenship’, Research Seminar, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 9 December 2014.

  • ‘The Artistic Memory of the Holocaust as a New Direction in Commemorative Practice in Eastern Europe’, Research Centre on Collective Memory, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 27-28 November 2014.

  • ‘Art and Mental Disability: Weapons of the Marginal during Socialism in Eastern Europe’, Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Life-Styles in the Soviet Bloc 1960-1990, Bristol University, Bristol, UK , 5-6 June 2014.

  • ‘Cultures of Resistance in the Balkans’, American Research Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria, 22 April 2014.

  • ‘Art, Politics and the Question of Effectiveness’, the panel Art and Revolution, European Consortium for Political Research – General Conference, Bordeaux, France, 4-7 September 2013.

  • ‘Re-thinking Disinterestedness: Aesthetic Disinterestedness and Political-Critical Art’, Philosophy Graduate Conference, Central European University, Budapest, 14-15 October 2011.

  • ‘How Could Political Art Satisfy the Claims of Aesthetic Beauty?’, Philosophy Graduate Conference , Central European University, Budapest, 12 October 2009.

  • ‘A Sustainable Aesthetics: Contextual and Ethical Beauty’, Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art: Hard Realities and the New Materiality, organized by Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Budapest, Hungary, 26 March 2009.

  • ‘The Praise of Every Day Art – Art and Popular Culture’, paper presented for the workshop Language -Cartography - Power, organized by the Department of Arts and the Philosophy Department, ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, 20 May 2000.





Maria Alina Asavei, Ph.D.

Maria Alina Asavei, Ph. D.



Affiliation: Department of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague


Position: Lecturer


Specialization: Maria-Alina Asavei’s teaching, curatorial practice and research fields center on cultural politics of memory, collective memory, grassroots memorials, political art and aesthetics, historiography, histories and theories of art from Central and South Eastern Europe; receptions of gender theories in Eastern European art history; modern Balkans, culture and ethnicity; Romani communities, culture and critical art production, heritage studies, historical anthropology; aesthetics of communism (everyday life, strategies of “dropping out”, counter-cultures, sub-cultures, popular culture) and Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans


Regional focus: the Balkans, Central-Eastern Europe



Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, December 2013. PhD dissertation: ‘Political-Critical Art and the Aesthetic’, supervised by Prof. David Weberman.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural History, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 14 June 2007. MA dissertation: ‘Rewriting the Cannon of Visual Arts in Communist Romania: a Case Study’, Cum Laude.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Literature and Cultural Anthropology , Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, 30 June 2003. MA dissertation: ‘Art and the Monstrous Imaginary in the Middle Ages’, Cum Laude.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, September 1997 – June 2001.


Research Projects & Grants:

  • Senior Researcher, co-investigator of Primus Research Project ‘Beyond Hegemonic Narratives and Myths: Troubled Pasts in the History and Memory of East-Central & South-East Europe’ (Primus/HUM/12, Charles University, 2017-2019).

  • UNCE- research fellow Centre for Collective Memory (2014- today)

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, research project: Communism, Holocaust: Towards a Critical Culture of Remembrance in Eastern Europe, Charles University Prague, the Czech Republic (1 January 2015 – 1 January 2017).

  • Research Fellow, American Research Centre Sofia – ARCS, Bulgaria (30 January – 10 May 2014).

  • Write-Up Grant, Central European University Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, February – August 2013.

  • Research Fellow and Curator, European Roma Cultural Foundation, Gallery8, Budapest, Hungary (2013).

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Queens College, City University of New York, New York City, United States of America (2011).

  • PhD Fellowship, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1 September 2007 – 31 August 2010.

  • MA Fellowship, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1 September 2006 – 30 June 2007.


Courses Taught:

Charles University, Institute of International Studies, Prague, the Czech Republic

  • ‘Introduction in Cultural Studies’, MA course, Spring 2017.

  • ‘Theorizing Memory: Cultural and Social Remembering’ (double degree program with University College London), MA course, coordinator, Spring 2015, 2016, 2017.

  • ‘Cultural Memory and Identity in the Balkans’ (double degree program with University College London), MA course, coordinator, Fall 2014, 2015, 2016.

  • ‘Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans: Modern and Traditional Entanglements’, BA course, coordinator, Fall 2014, 2015, 2016.

  • ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, guest lecturer for the International Summer Seminar Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe, Prague, Charles University, June 2016.


Maastricht University, the Netherlands (Recurrent Guest Lecturer: Spring 2014, 2015, 2016)

  • Aesthetics, Art and Politics Behind the Iron Curtain’, BA course, Department of Politics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (Course: Lifting the Iron Curtain – Central and Eastern Europe in the New Europe, coordinator: Dr. Costica Dumbrava).


Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

  • ‘Literary Aesthetics’, BA course, tutor, Spring 2003.

  • ‘Theories of Language and Style in Comparative Literature’, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, BA course, tutor, Spring 2004.


Distictions and Awards:

  • Nomination for the Wildenmann Prize (2016) for the paper ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’ – prize awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) to great papers written by early career scholars.

  • Hanak Prize (2007) for the best MA dissertation (‘Rewriting the Canon of Visual Arts in Communist Romania’) awarded by the History Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary: https://history.ceu.edu/hanakprizewinners

  • MA Degree with distinction (2007), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.


Membership and Affiliation:


Membership in Committees and Juries:

  • Jury Member, Civil Society Leadership Award in Arts, Education and Communication, Open Society Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya, December 2016)


Curatorial Practice:

  • Curator, Living Heritage – European Heritage, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014.

  • Curator, Romani in Watercolours, Central European University, Budapest, 2013, http://archive.ceu.hu/node/35266.

  • Curator, Calling Cards exhibition, Gallery8 / Roma Contemporary Art Gallery, European Roma Cultural Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, 2013, http://gallery8.org/en/news/2/30/calling-cards.

  • Curator, I Do Not Like your Politics, Gallery Europe, Lille, France, 2011.


Media Coverage:


Publications

Book Chapters:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (accepted for publication, forthcoming, 2017). ‘Cultural Memory and Political Resistance through Religious/Spiritual Art in (Post) Communist Romania’, in Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru and Dragos Manea (eds.), Remediation, Appropriations and Alternative Retellings of Religious Narratives in Contemporary World, Leiden: Brill.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2016). ‘Art and “Madness”: Weapons of the Marginal during Socialism in Eastern Europe’, in Josie McLellan and Juliane Fürst (eds.), Dropping out of Socialism: the Creation of Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc, Lanham: Lexington Books, 63-83.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Calling Cards’, in Timea Junghaus (ed.), Gallery 8 Catalogue 2013-2015, Budapest: European Roma Cultural Foundation, 89-100.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Aesthetics of Resistance and Persistence’, in Alina Serban (ed.), Ion Grigorescu: The Man with a Single Camera, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 188-213.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2012). ‘Politics of Memory: the Hero, the Monster and the “Rule of Law”’, in Catalin Gheorghe (ed.), Critical Research in Context: Trial/Process, Iasi: University of Art ‘G. Enescu’ Press, 107-115.


Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (accepted for publication, forthcoming December 2017). “Call the Witness”: Romani Holocaust Related Art in Austria and Marika Schmiedt’s Will to Memory, Memory Studies (Sage)

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (forthcoming 2017). ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy [special issue ‘Violence and the Imagination: The Politics of Narrative and Representation’, editors: Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler].

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina and Jiri Kocian (accepted for publication, forthcoming 2017) ‘Gendered Histories/Memories of Labour in (Post-) Communist Romania and Former Czechoslovakia Illuminated through Artistic Production’, Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, 2017.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2016). ‘Nicolae Ceausescu: between Vernacular Memory and Nostalgia’, Twentieth Century Communism: A Journal of International History, 11 (11): 27-42 [special issue ‘Memory and Nostalgia’, ed. Gavin Bowd].

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Participatory Cultures of Remembrance: The Artistic Memory of the Communist Past in Romania and Bulgaria’, History of Communism in Europe, vol. 6, 209-230.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Visual Chronicles from the Balkans and Central Europe: Samplers Remembered’, Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, 9(2), 1-19.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2015). ‘Beauty and Critical Art: Is Beauty at Odds with Critical-Political Engagement?’, Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, vol. 7 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/jac.v7.27720.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Collectivism’, in Michael Kelly (ed.), Oxford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition, vol. 2, New York: Oxford University Press, 89-95.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Sacred Cruelty in Contemporary Art and Popular Culture’, Journal of Anthropology, 1/2014, 4-20.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2014). ‘Unsettling Beauty in Japanese Critical Art: Yasumasa Morimura, Yanagi Miwa and Aida Makoto’, Modern Art Asia: Journal of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, 17, 37-49.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Performative Approaches to Identity in Contemporary Roma Art’, ARTmargins: Central and Eastern European Visual Studies, MIT Press.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013), ‘Walter Benjamin’s Legacy: the Commonplace as Art and the Question of Authenticity’, Holt Norfolk: Heathwood Press.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2012). ‘Functional Beauty and Handmade Political Art’, Art and Education, New York, October 2012.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2011). ‘A Theoretical Excursus on the Concept of Political Art in Communism and its Aftermath’, Studia Politica, 11(4), 647-661.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2004). ‘Identity and Cultural Pluralism: an Anthropological Perspective’, Acta Iassyensia Comparatione 2/2004, 19-23.


Other publications:

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2013). ‘Artistic Activism: Effective Art?’, The Activist (Human Rights Initiative, Central European University), Budapest, July 2013, 14-17.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2009). ‘The Eastern European “Macondo”, Plotki – Rumors from Around the Block, March 2009.

  • Asavei, Maria-Alina (2008). ‘Backyard Resistance: Art as Savoir-Vivre’, Plotki – Rumors from Around the Block, special issue: ‘Changes from Below in Central- Eastern Europe’, November 2008.


Selected papers presented at international conferences:

  • “Spaced Memory: The Artistic Memory of the Jewish Sites that no Longer Exist in South-East Europe,” Les Conflicts de Mémoire: Arts, Histoire, Commémorations, Université du Maine, Le Mans (France), 6-7 April, 2017.

  • "Performing History and Living Memory in Recent International Art Exhibitions in Romania" for the international workshop Stepping Back in Time. Living History and Other Performative Approaches to History in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The workshop was organized by German Historical Institute Warsaw and Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena in Warsaw on 23-24 February 2017.

  • ‘The Art and Politics of Imagination: Remembering Mass Violence against Women’, session Imagining Violence: The Politics of Narrative and Representation (organized by Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Joint Sessions, Pisa, 24-28 April 2016.

  • ‘Call the Witness: Holocaust Related Art from Austria ’, UNCE Workshop, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 26-27 May 2016.

  • ‘Reading the Image of “the Balkans” through the Lens of the Cultural Borders and Beyond: Large Scale (Transnational) Exhibitions from/on “the Balkans”’, Transnationalism(s): Contexts, Patterns and Connections in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Former Soviet Union, University College London (UCL), 19-21 February 2016.

  • ‘Forbidden Images? Witnessing and Remembering Socialist “Reality” through Photographs in Romania’, Picturing Power: Photography in Socialist Societies International Conference, University of Bremen, Germany, 09-12 December 2015.

  • ‘Nicolae Ceausescu between Vernacular Memory and Nostalgia’, Communist Nostalgia Conference, University of Glasgow, the UK, 11-13 September 2015.

  • ‘Contemporary Roma Art? What is that supposed to mean?’, Bilgi University Workshops, Bilgi University, Istanbul, July 2015.

  • ‘Resisting the Hegemonic Regimes of Representation: Critical Art by Roma Artists from Eastern Europe’, Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany, 7-9 May 2015.

  • ‘European Roma Contemporary Art and Culture as Ways to Reflect on Cultural Identities and Cultural Citizenship’, Research Seminar, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 9 December 2014.

  • ‘The Artistic Memory of the Holocaust as a New Direction in Commemorative Practice in Eastern Europe’, Research Centre on Collective Memory, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 27-28 November 2014.

  • ‘Art and Mental Disability: Weapons of the Marginal during Socialism in Eastern Europe’, Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Life-Styles in the Soviet Bloc 1960-1990, Bristol University, Bristol, UK , 5-6 June 2014.

  • ‘Cultures of Resistance in the Balkans’, American Research Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria, 22 April 2014.

  • ‘Art, Politics and the Question of Effectiveness’, the panel Art and Revolution, European Consortium for Political Research – General Conference, Bordeaux, France, 4-7 September 2013.

  • ‘Re-thinking Disinterestedness: Aesthetic Disinterestedness and Political-Critical Art’, Philosophy Graduate Conference, Central European University, Budapest, 14-15 October 2011.

  • ‘How Could Political Art Satisfy the Claims of Aesthetic Beauty?’, Philosophy Graduate Conference , Central European University, Budapest, 12 October 2009.

  • ‘A Sustainable Aesthetics: Contextual and Ethical Beauty’, Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art: Hard Realities and the New Materiality, organized by Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Budapest, Hungary, 26 March 2009.

  • ‘The Praise of Every Day Art – Art and Popular Culture’, paper presented for the workshop Language -Cartography - Power, organized by the Department of Arts and the Philosophy Department, ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania, 20 May 2000.