New Europe College
Institute for Advanced Study


Lapedatu Fellowships at the NEC

The New Europe College launches the Lapedatu Fellowships, starting with June 2018, in partnership with Lapedatu Foundation (http://lapedatu.com/).

According to its Statute, the Lapedatu Foundation supports research activities on ‘the life and work of Lapedatu family members and the socio-cultural and political context’ during which they lived. Thanks to a generous financial contribution from the Lapedatu Foundation, NEC invites to Bucharest a foreign researcher specialized in the field of Romanian Studies, who is currently conducting research in one of the world’s top universities. On this occasion, he will spend a month in Romania and work with a young Romanian researcher to organize an academic event hosted by the NEC. At this colloquy, the Lapedatu fellows and their guests will present scientific papers and initiate debates on a theme that covers important topics of the Romanian and Southeastern European history in both modern and contemporary epochs. The contribution of the Lapedatu family members to the development of Romania will particularly be taken into consideration.

The NEC Academic Board and the Lapedatu Foundation awarded the first Lapedatu Fellowship to Alex Drace-Francis, Professor of Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam. The social and cultural history of Romanians during the modern age represents one of his main topics of research. Dr. Alex Drace-Francis authored, among other studies, the following books: The Making of Modern Romanian Culture. Literacy and the Development of National Identity (London - New York: IB Tauris, 2006) [in Romanian The Genesis of Modern Romanian Culture, Translated by Marius-Adrian Hazaparu (Iasi: Polirom, 2016)] and The Traditions of Invention. Romanian Ethnic and Social Stereotypes in Historical Context (Leiden – Boston: Brill Publishers, 2013).