KIN, PEOPLE OR NATION? A Book Launch and Panel Discussion featuring Professor Victor Neumann

26/05/2022 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, London 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

Join us for a though-provoking and scintillating academic debate featuring Victor Neumann,  Professor of History at the West University of Timișoara, author of Kin, People or Nation?, Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London,  Gabi Reigh, translator. The event is chaired by Neil Titman, Director of Business Development, Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers. The event is part of RCI London’s series of academic debates of renowned international scholars.

26 May, from 6 PM | RCI London | Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH | Free entrance. 

Victor Neumann is Professor of History and Theory of History at the West University of Timișoara, Senior Researcher at the Romanian Academy of Sciences and member of the Academy of Europe/Academia Europaea. He is co-founder, together with Armin Heinen (University of Aachen), of the Reinhart Koselleck International Doctoral School of Conceptual History and of the Center for Advanced Studies in History within the same university. He has organised several international conferences on conceptual history, including the first Romanian Conference on History of Concepts (2009) and the 15th International Conference of Conceptual History Group (2015). He is the author of The Temptation of Homo Europaeus. An Intellectual History of Central and Southeastern Europe, translated by Dana Miu, Columbia University Press, New York, 1993; second edition, translated by Dana Miu and Neil Titman, edited, revised and updated, Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, London, 2020; The End of a History. The Jews of Banat from the Beginning to Nowadays, Bucharest University Press, 1999;  Between Words and Reality: Studies on the Politics of Recognition and Changes of Regime in Contemporary Romania, CUA Press, Washington, DC, 2001; Essays on Romanian Intellectual History, West University of  Timișoara Press, 2008; Die Interkulturalität des Banats, Frank und Timme Publishers, Berlin, 2015; The Banat of Timișoara. A European Melting Pot (ed.), Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, London, 2019; Kin, People or Nation? On European Political Identities, translated by Gabi Reigh, Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, London, 2021. He is also editor and co-author together with Armin Heinen of the books Key Concepts of Romanian History, translated by Dana Mihăilescu, CEU Press, Budapest-New York, 2013, and Modernity in Central and Southeastern Europe. Ideas, Concepts, Discourses, RAO Publishers, Bucharest, 2018.  

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of over 80 scholarly articles and author or editor of 20 books, including: Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010), Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (OUP, 2014), The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale, 2015), Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2019), and two forthcoming books, The Holocaust: An Unfinished History (Penguin, 2023) and Fate Unknown: Searching for the Missing after the Holocaust and World War II (OUP, 2023). He is also co-editor, with Mark Roseman, of volume 1 of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Holocaust.

Gabi Reigh moved to the UK from Romania at the age of 12. In 2017, she won the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry translation and this inspired her to translate more Romanian literature. As part of her Interbellum Series project, she has translated interwar novels, poetry and drama by Lucian Blaga, Liviu Rebreanu and Mihail Sebastian, including The Town with Acacia Trees, which received a PEN Translates award. Her translations of The Illuminated Burrow by Max Blecher and A Bach Concert by Hortensia Papadat Bengescu will be published in 2022.In addition to her translations, Gabi writes articles, book reviews and occasionally dabbles in creative writing (she was shortlisted for the Society of Authors’ Tom Gallon short story award and ‘Highly Commended’ in the Bradt Guides New Travel Writer of the Year contest). She is the curator and judge of this year’s ‘Romanian Spotlight’ category of the Stephen Spender Prize.

Neil Titman is Director of Business Development at Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, the UK’s leading independent publisher of fine illustrated books for museums, galleries and heritage sites worldwide. Since joining Scala he has commissioned books for institutions across more than 20 countries, with an especial focus on Central and Eastern Europe. He co-translated Scala’s new edition of Victor Neumann’s The Temptation of Homo Europaeus and has also had translations published from French, Spanish and Italian.

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