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Adelina Stefan is a historian of 20th century Europe with a particular interest in the cultural history of the Cold War, tourism and consumption.
She was a Humanities Initiative Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest during 2016-2017. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Her book project tentatively titled Vacationing in the Cold War: Foreign Tourists to Socialist Romania and Francoist Spain, 1960s-1970s examines how international tourism brought about a bottom-up liberalization in the two dictatorships, as it altered ordinary people’s lifestyles and material culture. Her most recent publication are: “Automobility and the Building of Tourism in Communist Romania, c. 1960-1989” in Colin Divall, Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces, and Mobilities (London and New York: Routledge, 2015) and “Postcards Transfer across the Iron Curtain: Foreign Tourists and Transcultural Exchanges in Socialist Romania during the 1960s and 1980s“ in the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM), special issue on “Photo Transfer in Cold War Europe” (forthcoming 2017).
As part of the PanEur1970s project she is the main investigator on Romania.