May was a busy busy month for me. I traveled to Romania and conducted 14 interviews with Roma health mediators, Direction of Public Health employees, public officials working for Roma issues, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) advocates working on Roma issues. They were all very informative and humbling experiences at the same time. I am so grateful for all I learned, for the bridges and connections I have built, and for all the work that lies ahead in processing and putting all these thoughts down on paper.

I also attended the International Communication Association annual meeting in Boston, MA, where I presented two papers. I got great comments and a lot of interest in my work. It is always very exciting to connect with others that show see my work as significant and important. I thank them for that.

Finally, I am delighted because of three other wonderful news:

  • First, an article that I am working on for a Sage edited volume ( Constructing the victim: NGO advocacy discourses for Roma rights) received great reviews and I am now working on the second draft. Second – this same article was accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association in November, in New Orleans, LA.
  • And finally, an editor requested some of my work to be published in a Routledge edited volume on entertainment in post-Communist Europe. This work comes from research I conducted in Romania for my undergraduate thesis. I can’t wait to dig into that rich – and filled with memories – material ( Globalization, democratization, and patriotism: The formative role of entertainment television in post-Communist Romania).

I am very grateful for this month, when I also got to spend wonderful time with my family, while traveling in Romania. Summer writing, here I come!

3 thoughts on “Productive May

  1. Congratulations, Adina! You are doing such wonderful and important work. So glad you got to spend time with your family, too!

  2. Thanks so much, Laura. Your balance of work, creativity, and mothering is inspiring to me šŸ™‚

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