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Dinu, R. H. (2024). Deaf in socialist Romania. Disability History Association
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deaf in socialist Romania
2024 (English)Other (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within the confines of this text, I will explore the history of the deaf community in Romania during state socialism (1947-1989). The primary reason for focusing on Romania is the scarcity of historical research that delves into the experiences of non-Western deaf communities and the prevalent perceptions of deaf people among the hearing majority in Eastern Europe. The objective of this blog post is thus to discuss previously unexplored sources that provide insights into an understudied minority group. Still, one might ask why a case study on yet another Eastern European country is necessary? An incorporation of lesser-studied cases such as Romania has the potential to challenge the longstanding Cold War narrative of Eastern Europe as a monolithic block and underscores the need for differentiated perspectives. Certainly, in the post-war era, several domains, including disability research, special education, or the state-controlled associations of the deaf and the blind in socialist countries, were initially shaped by Soviet blueprints, fostering commonalities across the socialist world. However, upon closer examination, distinctions emerge that were influenced by local traditions. Romanian psychologists and special educators acknowledged their indebtedness to domestic traditions from the interwar era and combined them with Soviet models (Dinu 2022b). In other socialist countries, such as Czechoslovakia, approaches to disability also merged autochthonous traditions with Soviet influences (Henschel and Shmidt 2019). 

Place, publisher, year, pages
Disability History Association, 2024
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-63409 (URN)
Note

Article published January 22, 2024, on the blog website All of Us, published by the Disability History Association.

Available from: 2024-01-24 Created: 2024-01-24 Last updated: 2024-01-24Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2024). Från Auschwitz till Gaza. Jönköpings-Posten, 27 januari, pp. 2-3
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från Auschwitz till Gaza
2024 (Swedish)In: Jönköpings-Posten, ISSN 1103-9469, Vol. 27 januari, p. 2-3Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Ingress: Förintelsens minnesdag 27 januari överskuggas av ett nytt kulturkrig. Radu Harald Dinu, universitetslektor i historia vid JU, skriver om den infekterade minnespolitiska debatt som blåst upp under kriget mellan Israel och Hamas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Hall Media, 2024
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-63456 (URN)
Note

Temarubrik: Förintelsens minnesdag.

Available from: 2024-01-31 Created: 2024-01-31 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2024). Microhistories of the Holocaust: between factual and fictional narrative. Prose Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microhistories of the Holocaust: between factual and fictional narrative
2024 (English)In: Prose Studies, ISSN 0144-0357, E-ISSN 1743-9426Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article explores the complex relationship between fact and fiction in Holocaust narratives, focusing on the often-overlooked realm of microhistory. By applying Gérard Genette's approach to narrative discourse, it scrutinizes Christopher R. Browning's Remembering Survival and Omer Bartov's Anatomy of a Genocide, thereby underscoring the distinction between microhistorical accounts and grand narratives. The core argument posits that microhistories, which emphasize first-person testimonies and bottom-up perspectives, introduce an additional layer of complexity to the line between fiction and nonfiction. Unlike macrohistories that center on broad social, economic, or political processes, microhistorical approaches delve into the lives of ordinary people and incorporate fictional elements to a greater extent. Consequently, the article emphasizes the significance of narrative theory in Holocaust historiography and explores the challenges of narrating the Holocaust through a microhistorical lens, which intensifies the use of fictional elements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2024
Keywords
Holocaust studies, microhistory, narrative theory, Gérard Genette
National Category
History Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-63457 (URN)10.1080/01440357.2023.2282203 (DOI)001152137700001 ()2-s2.0-85183890129 (Scopus ID)HOA;;933724 (Local ID)HOA;;933724 (Archive number)HOA;;933724 (OAI)
Available from: 2024-01-31 Created: 2024-01-31 Last updated: 2024-02-20
Dinu, R. H. (2023). Becoming a productive citizen: Labour and the blind community in socialist Romania. In: R. H. Dinu & S. Bengtsson (Ed.), Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives (pp. 175-194). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Becoming a productive citizen: Labour and the blind community in socialist Romania
2023 (English)In: Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives / [ed] R. H. Dinu & S. Bengtsson, London: Routledge, 2023, p. 175-194Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores the ways in which blind people in Romania were to be integrated into state socialism through their participation in labour. Being subject to rigorous state control, the blind community accommodated itself to socialist labour regimes and official expectations to become productive citizens. Within this framework, cooperatives became the main catalyst to incorporate disabled people into socialist production. Yet, many of the regime's high aims to maximise productivity went astray. Not only were cooperatives and other types of sheltered workshops constantly plagued by supply shortages, but a majority of blind people, especially those living in rural areas, remained outside the state-sanctioned wage-labour system. While the integration of blind people into working life may have steadily improved their living conditions during the post-war period, socialist production regimes in Romania ultimately fell short of their own expectations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2023
Series
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
National Category
Social Work History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59002 (URN)10.4324/9781003316596-10 (DOI)978-1-032-32753-2 (ISBN)978-1-032-32767-9 (ISBN)978-1-003-31659-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-11-30Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2023). Deaf in postwar Romania: Between socialist utopia and marginality (1948-1989). In: : . Paper presented at NNDR 16th Research Conference, Nordic Network on Disability Research, 10 - 12 May 2023, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deaf in postwar Romania: Between socialist utopia and marginality (1948-1989)
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Work History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-60355 (URN)
Conference
NNDR 16th Research Conference, Nordic Network on Disability Research, 10 - 12 May 2023, Reykjavik, Iceland
Available from: 2023-05-16 Created: 2023-05-16 Last updated: 2023-05-16Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2023). Deafness, labour, and the socialist imaginary in postwar Romania. In: : . Paper presented at Towards a History of Disabilities in Eastern Europe, 2023, Berlin, Germany, June 30 – July 2, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deafness, labour, and the socialist imaginary in postwar Romania
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-62214 (URN)
Conference
Towards a History of Disabilities in Eastern Europe, 2023, Berlin, Germany, June 30 – July 2, 2023
Available from: 2023-08-18 Created: 2023-08-18 Last updated: 2023-08-18Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. & Bengtsson, S. (Eds.). (2023). Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives (1ed.). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives
2023 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This volume puts disability and labour at the centre of historical enquiry. It offers fresh perspectives on the history of disability and labour in the twentieth century and highlights the need to address the topic beyond regional boundaries. Bringing together historians and disability scholars from a variety of disciplines and regions, the chapters investigate various historical settings, ranging from work cooperatives to disability associations and informal workplaces, and analyse multiple meanings of labour in different political and economic systems through the lens of disability.

The book’s contributors demonstrate that the nexus between labour and disability in modern, industrialised societies resists easy generalisations, as marginalisation and integration were often two sides of the same coin: While the experience of many disabled people has been marked by exclusion from mainstream production, labour also became a vehicle for integration and emancipation. Addressing one of the research gaps of the disability history field, which has long been dominated by British and North American perspectives, the book sheds light on less-studied examples from Scandinavian countries and Eastern Europe including Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Romania.

Cutting across national, cultural and class divides the volume provides a springboard for reflections on common experiences of disability and labour during the twentieth century. It will be of interest to all scholars and students working in the field of disability studies, sociology and labour history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2023. p. 250 Edition: 1
Series
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
National Category
Social Work History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59000 (URN)10.4324/9781003316596 (DOI)978-1-032-32753-2 (ISBN)978-1-032-32767-9 (ISBN)978-1-003-31659-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-11-30Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2023). Disability history: From marginalisation to recognition. In: : . Paper presented at NFH XXV Nordic Meeting (Nordic Association for Disability and Oral Health), Oslo, Norway, August 31st – September 1st, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disability history: From marginalisation to recognition
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Work History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-62381 (URN)
Conference
NFH XXV Nordic Meeting (Nordic Association for Disability and Oral Health), Oslo, Norway, August 31st – September 1st, 2023
Available from: 2023-09-04 Created: 2023-09-04 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. (2023). Funktionshinder som bild och idé genom tiderna. In: J. Öberg, Y. Lindberg & L. Baccstig (Ed.), Undervisningens konst: (pp. 225-252). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Funktionshinder som bild och idé genom tiderna
2023 (Swedish)In: Undervisningens konst / [ed] J. Öberg, Y. Lindberg & L. Baccstig, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2023, p. 225-252Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2023
National Category
Educational Sciences Visual Arts History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59935 (URN)9789144156095 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-03-01 Created: 2023-03-01 Last updated: 2023-03-01Bibliographically approved
Dinu, R. H. & Bengtsson, S. (2023). Introduction: Disability and labour in modern societies. In: R. H. Dinu & S. Bengtsson (Ed.), Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives (pp. 1-14). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Disability and labour in modern societies
2023 (English)In: Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives / [ed] R. H. Dinu & S. Bengtsson, London: Routledge, 2023, p. 1-14Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This volume is the first of its kind to take a comprehensive and comparative historical perspective on labour and disability during the twentieth century. The project started in 2020 when the editors received a Research Initiation Grant from the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond foundation to organise an international symposium. Recognising that historical research on disability varied across regions, with the symposium, we aimed to gather scholars from Eastern and Western Europe as well as North America and to facilitate an academic exchange on this topic. The symposium, which was hosted by Jönköping University and the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, brought together emerging and established scholars from ten countries and explored the nexus between disability and labour from a historical and comparative perspective. We decided early on to publish the conference papers, which eventually gave rise to the present volume.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2023
Series
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
National Category
Social Work History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59001 (URN)10.4324/9781003316596-1 (DOI)978-1-032-32753-2 (ISBN)978-1-032-32767-9 (ISBN)978-1-003-31659-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-12-06Bibliographically approved
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