Luciana Aenasoaie

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Luciana and Aida

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Museum Studies Program, UROP
  • Fields of Study
    • Eastern Europe, history and memory, exclusion, patterns of sociability, policy making and ideas of and around corruption, local translations and adaptations of "democracy", materiality (space, artifacts, historical props)
  • About

    My research interests include the formation and circulation of memory and history, particularly in the aftermath of what are understood as "transformative" events; constructions of race and ethnicity, forms of exclusion, policies and practices that solidify such constructions and their relations with local history and memory; the role of museums and heritage institutions in adopting, translating, displaying collected memories and histories and the impact on the society they serve; patterns of sociability formation and navigation in and around hyper-industrialized towns and the aftermath of local industrial collapse. My current research looks at contemporary Piatra Neamt, Romania as one of the field-sites where these themes have come together, especially as projects of democratization and EU accession.


    Jun 2013    Mellon Humanities Dissertation Writing Seminar, Univ. of Michigan
    Jun 2011    Museum Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Museum Studies Program, Univ. of Michigan
    May 2009   Individual Research Fellowship, nthropology and History Doctoral Program, Univ. of Michigan
    May 2009   Museum Studies Research Fellowship, Museum Studies Program, Univ. of Michigan
    May 2008   International Institute Individual Fellowship, International Institute, Univ. of Michigan
    May 2008   CRIF Fellowship, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, Univ. of Michigan
    May 2008    Rackham Summer Research Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, Univ. of Michigan
    2007-2012   Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, Univ.of Michigan


    Nov 2013    “Ups and downs of Europe: analyzing the implications of curb ramp design and execution in contemporary Piatra Neamt, Romania”
    Nov 2012    “Voices of the Living: Memory in Romanian History and Archeology Museums”
    Museum Studies Brown Bag Series, Univ. of Michigan
    Nov 2012     “Constructing European Heritage through Romanian Heritage Restoration Projects,” Museums and Communities: The heritage of belonging, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
    Sep 2011     “One friend at a time: Understanding Romanian social networks and their relationship to time/space,” The Material Culture (Re)Turn in Anthropology: Promises and Dead Ends—Romanian society for cultural anthropology, Bucharest, Romania
    Jan 2010    “Old ‘friends’—New Debt: Analyzing banking practices in contemporary Romania,”
    Cultures of Indebtedness: Displacements of value in Eastern Europe—New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania
    Dec 2009    “Let the walls of History Speak: Constructing European Heritage through the Restoration of Neamt Fortress, Romania,” Museum Studies Brown Bag Series—Univ. of Michigan
    May 2009    “Discovering Europe,” Celebrating European Union Conference—Piatra Neamt, Romania
    Feb 2009     “Translating Democracy: Analyzing the process of constructing NGO activity spaces in post-socialist Romania,” GOSECA Conference—University of Pittsburgh
    Dec 2008     “The World of the Roma: A minority one and many in the new Europe,” CES-EUC End-of-Semester Luncheon—Univ.of Michigan


    Aenasoaie, L. (2012). Conversing artifacts: an exploration into the communicative power of inanimate things. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, (1), 13-30.