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Why Nationalism Survives in Romanian Archaeology and What Could Limit its Impact

From the book Digging Politics

  • Gheorghe Alexandru Niculescu


Nationalist representations persist in Romanian archaeology, even after the end of the Communist regime. This can be explained by the trust of the archaeologists in the capacity of their research tradition to preserve the quality of scientific work despite political pressure, as well as by the unchanged deference to political and scientific authority. After 1989, Romanian archaeologists have continued to focus more on the desires of the authorities, and on what might be gained from compliance, and less on constructing a scientific environment which could contribute to the construction and promotion of views that do not replicate political and public discourses. Reflexivity could help, but it is difficult to achieve in the adverse conditions created by enduring attitudes towards knowledge and by a static higher education system which does not provide means and incentives to analyse current political circumstances.

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