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!