Recent Announcements

Phoenix Populism

posted Aug 19, 2018, 2:46 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Aug 19, 2018, 2:46 AM ]

Sorina Soare & Claudiu D. Tufiș (2018): Phoenix Populism, Problems of Post-
Communism, DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2018.1460158

When it comes to populism, one may have a lot of explanations, and most of them are rooted in the Western experience. What about how the populist landscape looks like in an Eastern European society, where populism seems embedded in the core of mainstream parties? Sorina Soare and our colleague Claudiu Tufiș bring to the readers an history of populism as displayed by political parties in the post-communist Romania. Their paper (party supported by our RemOSM grant) sheds light in a field almost unexplored, goes beyond the main parties, looks at newly established political competitors, and grasps in this way the dynamics of populist legitimacy in Romania. We strongly advise those interested to read the full paper, from which we have extracted the below table...

Beliefs in Hell /// Credința în existența Iadului

posted Jul 5, 2018, 2:06 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Are Romanians believing that Hell exists?
Data from WVS 2017-2018 allow us to answer the question.
We use the opportunity to launch our YouTube channel, with a rather experimental clip in which Bogdan Voicu explains how did belief in Hell changed over time, in Romania, and sketches a couple of explanations.

The very short clip is in Romanian, but English subtitles are provided as well.

Videoclip YouTube

New Members in our team: Mălina Voicu

posted Jun 29, 2018, 12:19 PM by Bogdan Voicu

several years in which she choose a different path, Mălina Voicu comes back to our team. Since she needs no further presentation, we simply announce here Mălina's presence as our colleague.

New members in our team: Romulus Oprica

posted Jun 26, 2018, 6:18 AM by Bogdan Voicu

While we still work on data cleaning the 2017-2018 versions of Romanian EVS and WVS datasets, it is time to introduce our new team members.

Romulus (PhD in Sociology, SNSPA, 2014) joined our group in spring 2018. He and his company (BrandBerry) provide studies in social and market research, as well as consultancy to various orga
nizations. Active in the local community of Brașov, Romulus was included by Bussiness Magazine in its 2018 ranking of 100 Young Top Managers.

In spring 2018, Romulus carried out an online survey with respondents from the ten larger cities in Romania. The survey includes gender beliefs items identical to the ones in the current waves of EVS and WVS. Methodological experiments are likely to be carried out using data from the three sources.

One may see Romulus in action in its short interview for Business Magazine.

What Values Should We Teach Our Children? The Romanian Way

posted Jun 20, 2018, 6:36 AM by Bogdan Voicu

These days, our colleague Claudiu Tufiș is attending the "International Academic Conference of Values and Value Education under a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind" (June 19-21, 2018 – Changchun, China).

His presentation discusses the child-rearing values and makes use of the preliminary data from the 2017-2018 Romanian data from World Values Survey.

The basic message is the relative stability recorded in the past 5 years, with traditional values still being slightly more important as compared to imagination and independence.

Photos from the event in Changchun could be retrieved at this link.

Our section on social values in SSR conference/14-15 Sept/Timișoara/RO

posted Apr 29, 2018, 12:50 AM by Bogdan Voicu

The Romanian Group for Studying Social Values organizes a section within the SSR conference in Timișoara, scheduled for 14-15 September.

We are collecting contributions based on the current waves of the European Values Study and World Values Survey.

We plan to have at least a session based on Romanian data and one on contributions from various other countries. With respect to data we have gathered, they include samples larger than 1400, one for EVS, another for WVS. The WVS dataset also include a panel subsample of 650 respondents which were interviewed in 2012 as well as part of the Romanian version of the WVS 2010-2014 data collection. For those intending to use the data within the conference, the preliminary WVS data will be available starting next week. The preliminary EVS dataset and the combined datasets will be available by the end of May.

Those intending to use the data should register for the conference (deadline: 15th of May), and we will provide them with the dataset(s). Otherwise, data will be available for dissemination by the end of the year.

About the conference: this is a generalist conference, but focused somehow on social change. Keynote speakers include prof. David Voas (UCL), prof. Hermann Dülmer (Köln), and prof. Cosima Rughiniș (Bucharest). Organizers expect a presence of roughly 100 participants. Official language is English. A list of sections can be retrieved at the above link. Timișoara airport is connected by direct flights to major European hubs, such as München, Frankfurt, Paris, London, as well as to Bucharest, several Italian airports, Madrid, and Iași (Romania). The multiethnic city is known for being the spark of the Romanian 1989 Revolution, and it is located at driving distance to several European capitals, including Belgrade (160 km), Budapest (282 km), Zagreb (477), Sofia (502), Bratislava (507), Wien (550), Podgorica (598).

2018: Ready for anniversary?

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:28 AM by Bogdan Voicu

In 2018 our team celebrates 25 years of activity. That is 25 years since the first value survey took place in Romania, in 1993. The year also coincides with the Romanian celebration of 100 years since Transylvania, Bucovina, and Bessarabia (Eastern Moldova) joined the Romanian Old Kingdom .

It is the time to relaunch our activity:
- the fieldwork for WVS ended and we are in full process of cleaning the dataset;
- the fieldwork for EVS is close to the end;
- we are almost ready to start a supplementary survey of Romanian migrants;
- two associated researchers joined our team: Mălina Voicu and Romulus Oprica. You will find soon about their contributions;
- An Youtube channel will be launched in the next few days. It will feature our main results;
- we will have a section in the SSR conference in Timișoara, in September;
- many graphs and short interpretation will be presented in these page and on our Youtube channel.

So, wait for more content, in which we describe all of above, starting ... quite soon. Stay tuned!

(and, if we find the money, perhaps this site will also receive a facelift ;)

Conferences in Romania (III)

posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:35 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Politics & Society 2017.
Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century

Sibiu, June 2nd-3rd, 2017

The 2017 edition of the conference continues the tradition initiated by the Department of Political Science, within the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. Debating Democracy and Governance, the conference invites abstract submissions until 19th of April.

First Annual Conference of the Romanian Network for Migration Studies (RoMig).
''Migration from and towards Romania.
Research, Policy and Practice

Cluj-Napoca, 5th-6th of September 2017

This is the first event of the emerging network devoted to Romanian migration. Registration is open until 30th of April. The call for papers proposes an interesting plethora of topics, to be addressed in the context of the various flows involving Romanian migrants.

Conferences in Romania. 2017 (II): SCOPE

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:48 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

The 2017 edition of the conference organized by Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest focuses on Democracy. Within the various panels, several other topics related to values may be found either explicitly or implicitly.
More information is available on their website.
Announced deadline for abstract submission: 15th of February 2017.

Conferences in Romania. 2017 (I)

posted Jan 28, 2017, 5:02 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Two groups announced their 2017 conferences in Romania:

15th edition of the International Symposium
Ideologies, values and political behaviors in Central and Eastern Europe
Organized by the Politics Department, West University of Timișoara.
24-25 March 2017.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1st of March, 2017.

International Conference
Transnational Families: Generations, differences, solidarity
Centre for Population Studies
Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
7th-8th of July, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission (250 words): 31st of January, 2017.

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