Adrian Grama

Academic Rank: 
Visiting Lecturer
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I am a historian of modern and contemporary Europe with a focus on the social history of the laboring multitudes East and West. I am equally interested in the history of historiography, intellectual history and the methodologies of historical writing. I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bucharest (2007) and an M.A. in Nationalism Studies from Central European University (2009). Between 2010 and 2016 I was a doctoral student of the History Department at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. In March 2017 I defended my dissertation entitled “Laboring Along. Industrial Workers and the Making of Postwar Romania, 1944-1958” (Defense Committee: Marsha Siefert, Susan Zimmermann, Maria Bucur, Lewis Siegelbaum). During my doctoral studies I was employed as a research assistant for the Open Society Archives in Budapest (2011) and I served as junior editor for the European Review of History (2011-2016). In 2015 (January-April) I was a fellow of the Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg where I contributed to the project “The History of Labor in South-Eastern Europe”. Finally, in August 2015 I took part in the Summer Academy “Work and Non-Work in Global Perspective” organized by re:work (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. Beginning November 2017, I will be a postdoc fellow of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg. 

My current project entitled The Anxiety of the Global. Rethinking the Second Globalization from the European Periphery (1960s-1990s) aims to tell two intertwined stories.  On the one hand, I am interested to explore how socialist foreign trade employees (workers and experts alike) understood the opportunity to participate in and the necessity to compete on global markets and how this combined experience in turn shaped Romania’s domestic and international realignments in the Cold War and after. On the other hand, I aim to show how the global turn of the socialist economies of Eastern Europe was not only influenced by transformations of the global economy, but might also illuminate key processes of financialization, rising public debt, overproduction or offshoring that are customarily said to originate with the great transformation of the 1970s.