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Reaching out to the world: Eastern European regimes beyond the communist bloc, 28 January 2019

This workshop will bring together researchers working on themes surpassing traditional Cold War narratives about Eastern Europe. By focusing on issues such as multilateralism, East-West relations and the engagement of the socialist regimes with the rest of the world the invited speakers will delve into portraying the initiatives and the strategies engaged by the communist regimes such as Romania in their efforts to establish a voice of their own in the global stage beyond the confines of the communist bloc.

Organiser: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis (IRH-ICUB)

Invited speakers: Dr. Angela Romano (European University Institute, Florence), Dr. Laurien Crump (Utrecht University), Adelina Stefan (European University Institute, Florence), Corina Mavrodin (European University Institute, Florence).


14:00 – 16:00 Chair: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis

Dr. Angela Romano (PanEur1970s, EUI) – European Socialist Countries Vis-à-Vis the 1970s Globalising Trends: The Pan-European cooperation option.

Dr. Laurien Crump (Utrecht University) – ‘Enemies of Détente’? Eastern European Strategies for Securing Europe through the CSCE.

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 Chair: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis

Dr. Adelina Stefan (PanEur1970s, EUI) – Bridging Europe during the Cold War: International tourism as ‘soft diplomacy’ in socialist Romania of the 1960s and the 1980s.

Dr. Corina Mavrodin (Max Weber Fellow, EUI) – Stepping out onto the Global Stage: Romania and the UN General Assembly, 1960.


The Overlooked History of Vegetal Life. From the Vegetative Soul to Metabolism in Early Modern Philosophy and Biomedicine

Project code: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-1496

Principale investigator: Fabrizio Baldassarri

Abstract. This research project aims to delve into a mostly overlooked topic of the history of philosophy and the history of sciences, the philosophical role attributed to vegetation for the understanding of life in early modern Europe. During the Renaissance and early modernity the questions concerning living beings became particularly controversial, as life phenomena difficultly matched the Scholastic interpretative programme attributing life to souls and spirits, and substantiating the academic knowledge of the epoch. From mechanical philosophy to alchemical traditions, alternative systems developed different interpretations of life, resulting in fiercest clashes without a clear and definite solution. Life apparently remained an undefinable, though crucial feature of philosophy and biomedicine. An innovative role within this controversial situation was provided by vegetal studies, as plants silently witnessed life in beings. This was not an untraditional claim, as the Scholastic tradition conceived life starting with the vegetative faculties of the soul. However, it is only during the 16th and 17th centuries that vegetal studies acquired a more crucial condition in this respect, as a change from the vegetative soul to metabolism characterized the biomedical revolution concerning life. While plants emerged as compelling items of knowledge – the Botanical Renaissance composed a relevant section of the naturalistic studies of the period through collecting and classifications of natural, vegetal diversities – a philosophical interpretation of plants as representing the minimal level of vitality led studies to important and fascinating attempts to redefine life. This project seeks to reconstruct this section of the history of vegetal life especially focusing on René Descartes’ and the Cartesian’s attempts. Related to the botanical and medical work in the United Provinces, an early modern vegetal philosophy emerges, resulting in a crucial philosophical interpretation of life.

Project development

Published or forthcoming papers:

  1. “Descartes’ Bio-Medical Study of Plants: Vegetative Activities, Soul, and Power”, in Early Science and Medicine, vol. 23/5-6, 2018, forthcoming.
  2. “The Mechanical Life of Plants: Descartes on Botany”, in British Journal for the History of Science, forthcoming.

Fascicle of journal:

  1. 1. Manipulating Flora: Seventeenth-Century Botanical Practices and Natural Philosophy, ed. by F. Baldassarri, O. Matei, in Early Science and Medicine (Brill), vol. 23/5-6, Winter 2018. (Forthcoming.)

Book review:

  1.  G. Manning, C. Klestinec (eds.), Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine: Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi, Cham., Springer, 2017, on Gesnerus: Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Science, forthcoming, vol. 75/2 (2018).

Event organization:

  1. Session Organization for the History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting, Seattle (US). 1-4 November 2018

Panel title: “Plants as Case Study in the History of Philosophy, Science, and Medicine”.

Speakers: Marilena Panarelli (Università del Salento), Marimer Carrion (Emory University), Fabrizio Baldassarri (Bucharest University), Gabriel Finkelstein (University of Colorado), Norbert Peeters (Leyden University).


  1. Report Title: “Plants as Models in Early Modern Medicine: The Case of Jean Riolan the Younger, William Harvey, and Marcello Malpighi”, panel session: “Plants as Case Study in the History of Philosophy, Science, and Medicine” – Speaker at: HSS Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington. November 1-4, 2018.
  2. Report Title: “A Green Thread from Galen to the Early Modern Medicine: The Analogy between Animals and Plants” – Speaker at Galen and the Early Moderns, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (Italy). Organized by Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero and Emanuela Scribano. October 25-26, 2018.


Project Code: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-0142

Project Acronym: POLIQUID

Contract no.: 21 ⁄ 2018

Principal Investigator: Ph.D. Ștefan Firică


Within the rich landscape of the interwar period, political fiction has always been pushed to the margins by the major literary critics and historians. The interest in the genre was rekindled with the rise of cultural studies, eager to find in its hybridity – as a mix of ideology and art – a form suitable to address the complexity of the modern social texture. This project aims to delve into the phenomenon of Romanian political fiction of the 1920s-1930s, with the tools of literary and cultural studies, advocating for an integrative approach, in line with the latest developments in the field of research. On the one hand, given the cosmopolitan nature of the genre, tending to melt together ideological and literary patterns with a wave-like diffusion in various cultures, political fiction calls for being strongly linked to the system of world literature. Novels by Mircea Eliade, Mihail Sebastian, Gherasim Luca a.s.o. can be fruitfully interpreted only if (re-)connected to a pan-European network of doctrinal intertextual references. A comparative perspective, opening the borders of national literary history to the context of European literary histories, is thus needed. On the other, the present approach tries to shed light on the intimate relationship between political fiction and identity. Ultimately, modern political narratives result in the unsettling question about the QUID (i.e. ”the essence”) of the individual or the community. The issues of ”Who am I?” or ”Who are we?” lay at the core of the heroes’ quests. Interwar political literature, still strongly echoing in today’s public and private discourses, can help us look into the long-lived mechanisms of (un)making our identity / identities (national, ethnic, religious, social etc.). Ultimately, in times when diversity has to face new challenges, this project is intended as a contribution to the critical reassessment of our cultural heritage.

Principal Investigator:

Ștefan Firică has a Ph.D. from the University of Bucharest, with the thesis ”Authenticity”. Theories and Applications in the Interwar Romanian Literature (2014). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, Department of Literary Studies. He was a postdoctoral researcher (2014-2015), with the project Strategies of (De-)Constructing Identities in the Interwar Romanian Prose, as a beneficiary of the European Project SOP HRD /159/1.5/S/136077 ”Romanian Culture and European Cultural Models: Research, Synchronization, Sustainability”Romanian Academy, Philology – Literature. He also worked as a Research Assistant (2011-2014) in the PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0913 Project MARIS – Migration and Reshaping Identities in Romanian Travel Writings (1960-2010), University of Bucharest, “Tudor Vianu” Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in European and Romanian Cultural Studies (CISCER), project manager: Liviu Papadima. He authored a book, Strategii ale (de)construcției identitare în proza românească interbelică, and dozens of articles in scientific reviews, collective volumes, and cultural magazines.

Project Development

1 May – 31 December 2018:



  • Ștefan Firică, Between Friends. An Interwar Ideological Dialogue, in Journal of Romanian Literary Studies, no. 14, 2018, p. 298-303 (here).


  • Identity, Hierarchy, Equality. An Application on the Romanian Interwar Modernism, in the 2nd International CEMS Conference “Temporalities of Modernism”, 2-4 May 2018, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj (


Early Modern Cosmology Between “Mosaic Physics” and Mechanical Philosophy (1650-1713)

Project Code: PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-0710

Principal Investigator: Mihnea Dobre

Abstract. This project explores the intermixture of several disciplines in the formation of “the new science” in the early modern period, spanning from Descartes’s death in 1650 up to the second edition of Newton’s Principia in 1713. It aims to show how philosophy, physics, and theology grounded new cosmologies and mingled in one coherent enterprise. Our proposal challenges the current focus on the Newtonian critique of Descartes’s vortex-model of the world. It argues that a new perspective upon the relations between Cartesianism and Newtonianism emerges by looking at early modern reconstructions of the Biblical account of Creation in mechanical terms. We analyse Descartes’s justificatory accounts in his correspondence, where he states that his physics is compatible with the Creation story from Genesis. Furthermore, we explore how these statements were developed by his early followers who were seeking to formulate a “Mosaic physics.” Our project examines this neglected episode of the publication and reception of several treatises comparing the Mosaic history of Creation with the new Cartesian philosophy. Beyond filling this gap in the study of early modern cosmology, our approach has a twofold advantage. First, it offers a source-oriented analysis of the “Mosaization” of Cartesian philosophy, bringing into the spotlight a series of currently lesser-known cosmological treatises which were very successful at their time and, thus, contributed to the spread of Cartesian philosophy. Second, it shows how Cartesianism – broadly understood – was a source of inspiration for cosmogonical and cosmological speculations even for figures who otherwise abandoned the Cartesian system, such as the early Newtonians. Thus, the project has a broader scope and our study of early modern cosmologies opens novel prospects for understanding the intricate early modern debates about religion, natural philosophy, and metaphysics.


Research Team:

Mihnea Dobre (Principal Investigator)mihnea-dobre is teaching and doing research at the University of Bucharest. He has a PhD in philosophy (Radboud University Nijmegen and University of Bucharest), and his research interest is in the history of philosophy and science. He works on the various aspects of the early modern period, with a focus on the relations between philosophy, science, and religion. He is the author of a monograph on Descartes and Early French Cartesianism: between metaphysics and physics (Zeta Books, 2017) and co-editor of the Cartesian Empiricisms volume (Springer, 2013). For a list of Dobre’s publications and conference papers, see his page. He is the book review editor at the Centaurus, An International Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Aspects. Dobre is the PI of this project.

Grigore Vida grigoreis a historian of the philosophy and science of the early modern period, member of the Research Center “Foundations of Modern Thought” and of the Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science (both at the University of Bucharest).He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Bucharest with the thesis Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy in Isaac Newton(2011). He has worked within a team on a Romanian edition of Descartes’ complete correspondence, and has also contributed to translations from the works of Francis Bacon. His main interest is the relation between metaphysics, natural philosophy and mathematics in the works of scientifically minded philosophers of the 17th century. In this project, he will investigate the interaction between Cartesianism and Newtonianism, the debate between Descartes and Henry More, and the cosmological project of Thomas Burnet.

img018Ovidiu Babeș is PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, writing a dissertation on the relation between mathematics and natural philosophy in Descartes’s works. His main area of research interest is in the history of early modern science (including here natural philosophy, history of mathematics, the rise of experimental philosophy). He has worked on topics such as early modern doctrines of demonstration, the status of mixed-mathematical disciplines within the Aristotelian division of sciences, Descartes’s optics and mechanics, the establishment of the Royal Society, and John Wilkins’s cosmology.

Bogdan-Antoniu Deznan (Doctoral Student)Bogdan Deznan is a PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest. He is also a research associate of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism (University of Cambridge). The topic of his doctoral dissertation is the concept of deification in the thought of the Cambridge Platonists (primarily Benjamin Whichcote, John Smith, Henry More, and Ralph Cudworth) and how this issue relates to the larger early modern theological and philosophical contexts. His primary research interests concern the history of theological and philosophical ideas in the early modern period, the appropriation of Patristic and Platonic/Neoplatonic sources in the seventeenth century, the theological underpinnings of natural philosophy, and the interplay between metaphysical and theological discourses.

The Grant Writing Seminar, 2018-2019

Organized by: Lorena Anton, Mihnea Dobre.

The Grant Writing Seminar is an established series at the ICUB. It aims to provide a venue for humanities and social sciences researchers to meet, share their experiences, receive hands-on advice on grant writing, and collaborate on their grant applications for national and European calls. The series is addressed primarily to researchers in the early stages of their career, but we welcome participation of more experienced researchers. It is hoped that out of this workshop series a small community of researchers will emerge who will continue to offer mutual support for grant applications through constructive criticism and peer-review.

We encourage discussions about future international grant applications that will be hosted by the ICUB.

The meetings of the Grant Proposal series take place every month.

For attending the meetings of the Grant Proposal series, please fill in the registration form.

Draft program (Tuesday, 18:00-20:00):

13 November 2018
Roundtable discussion and the outline of the series.

11 December 2018
Postdoctoral fellowships: how to apply? (the case of the ICUB fellowships and grants)

January 2019
From individual fellowships to grants

February 2019
Aims, templates, and submission forms: understanding specific calls

March 2019
How to apply? Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

April 2019
How to apply? ERC (Starting & Consolidator)

May 2019
How to plan your project? WPs, actions, deliverables, and outreach

June 2019
Find the balance: the scientific excellence and the feasibility of the project

Past events

Digital Humanities, 2018-2019

The series on Digital Humanities (DH) hosted by the IRH-ICUB is a place to gather scholars interested to discuss projects combining traditional scholarship in the humanities with the use of digital tools. The series focuses on examples of good practice in DH, discussing case studies, digital tools, or large digital projects. Topics for the next academic year include, but they are not limited to:

  • How to deal with the data?
  • From computational linguistics to digital humanities.
  • Digital forms of publication.
  • How to build a DH project?
  • Visualization technology

The meetings of the DH series will take place every month. The series is organized by Mihnea Dobre. For questions about the program, please send a message at

Please register for attending the meetings. For registration, please send a message to


November 2018
1 November (11:00-13:00), Gabriel Hancean (Social Sciences Division, ICUB), Research notes on whole, ego and personal networks. Lessons learnt from the iCoNiC research project

December 2018
3 December (11:30-13:00), Verginica Barbu Mititelu (Romanian Academy Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence), On the Reference Corpus of the Contemporary Romanian Language (CoRoLa).

Past events
Digital Humanities, 2017-2018
Roundtable discussions on Digital Humanities, 2016-2017

Moving towards aspect, copula and passive. The diachronic reanalysis of motion verbs in Romanian (MOV)

Project Code: PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-0341

Contract no.: 6/2018

Project leader: Dr. Adina Dragomirescu

Abstract. In this research, we aim to offer a unitary account for the reanalysis of Romanian motion verbs as aspectual and inceptive verbs (a (se) apuca de ‘catch > begin, be about to’, a se opri din ‘stop (somewhere) > cease’, a se porni pe ‘depart > start’, a prinde a/să ‘catch > start’, a se pune pe ‘sit > start’, a urma ‘follow > be about to’, a sta să ‘sit, lie > be about to’, a-i veni să ‘come > feel like’), as copula verbs (a ajunge ‘arrive > become’, a ieși ‘exit > become’, a se prinde ‘catch > become’, a rămâne ‘stay > remain (in a state)’, a trece de ‘pass > be considered’, a se ține ‘hold, follow > be’, a veni ‘come > be’), and as passive auxiliaries (a se afla ‘be found > be’, a veni ‘come > be’). Except for some preliminary research conducted by two of the members of the team, Adina Dragomirescu and Alexandru Nicolae, this topic has not been previously discussed with respect to Romanian. Therefore, our aim is to investigate the reanalysis process (provisionally defined as the first step of grammaticalization) using the following methodology: by analysing the corpus of old Romanian established for the Syntax of Old Romanian (Oxford, 2016) and the information in the academic dictionary of Romanian (DA/DLR), our goal is to establish: (1) the full inventory of motion verbs which have undergone this type of reanalysis, (2) the earliest attestations of the novel values acquired by the motion verbs, and (3) the identification of the switch contexts favouring the reanalysis from motion to aspect/inceptive, copula or passive. Moreover, by studying a corpus of dialectal Romanian and conducting fieldwork in Romania and in the Republic of Moldavia, we endeavour to discover which values of these verbs are preserved or attested in dialectal Romanian and whether there are other cases of this type of reanalysis in dialectal Romanian.


Research team

Project leader

Adina Dragomirescu

Dr. Adina Dragomirescu is a researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan – Alexandru Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics (and currently the director of this Institute) and an assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. She is a specialist in the syntax of Romanian and Romance, as shown by her work as a co-author of: Gramatica de bază a limbii române [The essential grammar of Romanian], Bucureşti, Editura Univers Enciclopedic Gold, 2010 [second edn, 2016]; The Grammar of Romanian, ed. by G. Pană Dindelegan, Oxford University Press, 2013; The Syntax of old Romanian, ed. by Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Oxford University Press, 2016; The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages, ed. by Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden, Oxford University Press, 2016 etc. She is also the author of two monographs: Ergativitatea. Tipologie, sintaxă, semantică [Ergativity. Typology, syntax, semantics], Editura Universității din București, 2010 and Particularități sintactice ale limbii române în context romanic. Supinul [Specific syntactic features of Romanian within Romance. The supine], Editura Muzeului Național al Literaturii Române, 2013. In the present, her main research interests are: the grammaticalization of motion verbs, the syntax of Istro-Romanian, the syntax of old Romanian and the Slavic influence on the syntax of old Romanian.

Young researchers

Raluca Brăescu

Dr. Raluca Brăescu (PhD 2011) is a Researcher at the ‘Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti’ Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy and Lecturer in Romanian Language and Linguistics at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters. She had a postdoctoral research project (2014-2015), entitled Degree and Intensity in Romanian. A diachronic and typological perspective, within the Romanian Academy Post-doctoral Programme The Romanian Culture and the European Cultural Models: research, synchronization, durability – SOP HRD/159/1.5/S/136077). She contributed with studies to international and national specialty collective volumes, the focus of her analysis being laid on the grammar issues: the syntax and the semantics of the adjectives, or the syntactic relations within the noun phrase (modifiers, classifiers, appositions), in synchrony and in diachrony, as can be seen from the projects she has been involved in (The Grammar of Romanian 2013, The Syntax of Old Romanian2016, both coordinated by Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, and published at Oxford University Press). She also collaborated to the collective work Gramatica limbii române 2005/2008 [Romanian language Grammar], coordinated by Valeria Guţu Romalo, for which she was awarded the ‘Timotei Cipariu’ prize of the Romanian Academy.

Alexandru Nicolae

Dr. Alexandru Nicolae holds an MA degree (2010) in theoretical linguistics from the University of Bucharest and a PhD degree (2013) in theoretical comparative linguistics jointly awarded by the University of Bucharest ad the University of Cambridge (co-tutelle). He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Bucharest and a researcher in the „Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics at the Romanian Academy. He was also a postdoctoral fellow of the Romanian Academy in the project POSDRU/159/1.5/S/136077, with the individual research project A comparative and typological perspective on the syntax of Old Romanian: configurationality. In 2016, he spent 6 months in MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. He also frequently spends research stages at the University of Cambridge, in various capacities: Visiting PhD student (2013), Visiting Scholar (2015), Erasmus mobility (2014, 2017). Alexandru Nicolae is interested in the morphosyntactic structure and development of Romanian from a comparative and diachronic Romance perspective. He published a single-author monograph on word order and parameter change in Romanian, devoted to the verbal domain (Ordinea constituenților în limba română, Bucharest University Press, 2015) and is preparing an English extended variant of this book for Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics, co-authored a book on semantic variation and change (101 greșeli de lexic și de semantică. Cuvinte și sensuri în mișcare, Humanitas 2011), contributed as a co-author to major reference works such as The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages (OUP, 2016), The Syntax of Old Romanian (OUP, 2016), The Grammar of Romanian (OUP, 2013), and Gramatica de bază a limbii române (Univers Enciclopedic Gold, 2010, 2016) and co-edited several collective volumes with Romanian and international publishers (Comparative and Diachronic Perspectives on Romance Syntax, 2017; Sintaxa ca mod de a fi. Omagiu Gabrielei Pană Dindelegan, la aniversare, 2016; Perspective diacronice și comparative asupra limbii române, 2016; Diachronic Variation in Romanian, 2015, etc.). In 2012 Alexandru Nicolae was awarded the “Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu” Prize of the Romanian Academy for his contribution to Gramatica de bază a limbii române.

Irina Nicula Paraschiv

Dr. Irina Nicula Paraschiv is a Researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan—Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Linguistics of the University of Bucharest. She has a PhD from the University of Bucharest (2011) with a thesis on the Romanian verbs of perception. She was a postdoctoral student at the “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institut of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy (2014–2015).  She is one of the co-authors of The Grammar of Romanian (Oxford University Press, 2013) and of The Syntax of Old Romanian (Oxford University Press, 2016), and wrote two books: one devoted to the grammar of verbs of perception (Modalități de exprimare a percepțiilor fizice. Verbele de percepție în limba română, 2012) and one to diachronic variation in the argument structure of verbs (Variația sintactică a verbului românesc. Diacronie și tipologie, 2015).

MA and PhD Students

Adnana Boioc

Adnana-Elena Boioc is a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Bucharest and a junior researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics. Her research concentrates on the most visible effects of the influence of Lipovan Russian (the mother tongue of the inhabitants known as the Lipovans) on Romanian and focuses mainly on the morphological and syntactic consequences of the linguistic contact (between Romanian and Russian), a topic worthy of attention because the Romanian variety spoken there has long been under intense linguistic contact with Russian. During the past academic year (2017-2018), she has worked on topics centered around the language spoken by Lipovans, and presented her research at several national and international conferences, including, for example, a paper on the grammar of relative clauses Linguistic interference in a Romanian-Russian bilingual context. Issues in the grammar of relative clauses at 15th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (Barcelona, 2018), and “Blocking” vs “spreading” the case in constructions with relative secondary complement. An experimental approach at The 17th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics (Bucharest, 2017). Her research is based on empirical data collected from the Lipovans’ community from Dobruja. She established contacts with linguistic informants from Dobruja area, conducting fieldwork sessions to analyze the linguistic behaviour of bilingual speakers, and record an oral corpus.

Mădălina Botez

Mădălina Botez is a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Bucharest. Her research focuses on processes of grammaticalization, specialization and pragmaticalization, regarding the Romanian temporal nouns and adverbs. She presented a part of her research at The International Symposium on Linguistics in Bucharest (Seventh Edition, May 18-20, 2018). She also studied the perfective auxiliary o in the Moldavian variety (with Adina Dragomirescu) and Romanian verbs without nomination (with Adnana Boioc and Ștefania Costea). Her main interests are morphology, syntax, dialectology, phonetics and phonology.


Ștefania Costea

Ștefania Costea is an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge and a junior researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics. Her research focuses mainly on the syntactic consequences of the linguistic contact (between Romanian and Russian) that could be found in the variety of Romanian spoken in the Republic of Moldova. During the past academic year (2017-2018), she has presented a series of papers regarding her subject at international conferences, such as Verb Movement in Moldovan Daco-Romanian: Romance Heritage or Russian Influence? at The 17th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics (Bucharest, 24-25th of November, 2017), and Preverbal subjects in Moldovan Daco-Romanian direct and indirect wh-interrogatives at The 46th Cambridge Romance Linguistics Seminar (Cambridge, 5-6th of January, 2018). So far, she has carried out three fieldwork sessions in the Republic of Moldova, recording spontaneous conversations with native speakers of Moldovan Daco-Romanian, that could shed a light on some syntactic phenomena, as well as on the process of grammaticalisation involving a series of structures (e. g., verbs expressing movement).

Project development


June 8 2018 – Adina Dragomirescu, “The grammaticalization of motion verbs in Romanian. An overview”, a talk given at the Workshop on Syntax and Language Variation, University of Utrecht.

September 25 2018 – Adina Dragomirescu, “Romanian motion verbs in grammaticalization paths. A case study”, a talk given at the Romanian Syntax Workshop, University of Cambridge.

November 22-24 2018 – Adina Dragomirescu, “Gramaticalizarea verbului de mișcare a se ține”, a talk given at The 18th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics: Romanan and the Romance Languages, University of Bucharest.

November 22-24 2018 – Mădălina Botez, “Gramaticalizarea verbului de mișcare a se prinde. Studiu de caz”, a talk given at The 18th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics: Romanan and the Romance Languages, University of Bucharest.

November 22-24 2018 – Raluca Brăescu, Irina Nicula Paraschv, “A trece – de la verb de mișcare la verb copulativ. O analiză diacronică”,a talk given at The 18th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics: Romanan and the Romance Languages, University of Bucharest.

December 11-14 2018 – Alexandru Nicolae, “Syntax meets etymology: the origin and development of Romanian strong demonstratives”, a talk given at Going Romance 32, University of Utrecht.

January 2-3 2019 – Adnana Boioc, Ștefania Costea,  “When a veni ‘to
come’ becomes a fi ‘to be’. A veni ‘to come’ as a copulative verb in Romanian”, a talk given at Romance Linguistics Seminar, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

Research stages

June 27–July 3 2018 – Adnana Boioc, Raluca Brăescu, Ștefania Costea, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Irina Nicula Paraschiv – Research stage at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

September 13–September 23 2018 – Mădălina Botez, Irina Nicula Paraschiv – Research stage at the University of Cambridge.

September 13–September 30 2018 – Adnana Boioc, Raluca Brăescu, Ștefania Costea, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae – Research stage at the University of Cambridge.

November 25–December 2 2018 – Mădălina Botez – Research stage at the University of Cambridge.

November 28–December 8 2018 – Adnana Boioc – Research stage at the University of Cambridge.