An Epoch Threshold? The Year 1821 in the History of South-East Europe, at Bicentennial

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September 23, 2021 to September 25, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Modern European History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations


 An episode with special relevance in the emergence of the national states in the Balkans and in the transition to modernity in this space, subjected to intense and fertile historiographical controversies starting from the immediately following years, 1821 has not exhausted its explanatory historical potential. Associated with the concept of revolution even from that time or, more recently, with a “secessionist movement” of Christians in the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire, the events triggered by the revolt led by Tudor Vladimirescu in Wallachia and the Hetairist movement in Moldavia were defined as an “epoch threshold”, according to the inspired words of the Romanian historian Paul Cornea. Conceptualized by the German philosopher Hans Blumberg as a significant landmark of an “almost imperceptible transition” between two historical epochs, the notion of “epoch threshold” can provide the necessary openness to a substantial debate, detached from historiographical canons and stereotypes.

Each participant in the international conference An Epoch Threshold? The Year 1821 in the History of South-East Europe, at Bicentennial/Un prag de epocă? Anul 1821 în istoria Europei de Sud-Est, la bicentenar will have 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussions. The presented papers will be published in a conference volume at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Press, the deadline for submitting your text being November 1, 2021.

Please send the title of your paper, a summary of maximum 300 words and the information regarding your institutional affiliation by July 15, 2021, at the email address After the peer-review process has been completed, your participation will be confirmed through an email sent by the organizers.

The presentations can be delivered in English or Romanian. The conference will take place either on location (Iaşi, Romania), or in a mixed or online version on Zoom platform, depending on the evolution of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic.

The organizers will provide, at your request, half board accommodation for two nights. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel expenses.

 Organizing Committee:

Academician, Professor emeritus Victor Spinei – Vice President of the Romanian Academy

Corresponding member of the Romanian Academy, Professor Ioan Bolovan – Director of the “George Barițiu” Institute of History, Cluj-Napoca

Professor. Laurențiu Vlad – Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest

Associate Professor Cristian Ploscaru – Faculty of History, „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Iași

Lecturer Gabriel Leanca – Faculty of History, „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Iași

Assistant Professor Cosmin Mihuț – Faculty of History, „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Iași

Dr. Nicolae Mihai – Romanian Academy, “C. S. Nicolăescu-Plopșor” Institute for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Craiova

Dr. Sorin Iftimi – National Museum Complex "Moldova" Iasi

Lecturer Vlad Popovici – Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca

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