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POPULISM in CENTRAL and EASTERN EUROPE

Ionut Valentin Chiruta

ESR 6: The impact of conflicting memories on ethnic relations (University of Tartu)

Ionut Valentin Chiruta is a Romanian academic whose research focuses mainly on populism, minorities, history and political memory. Ionut is currently a PhD student at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science at the University of Tartu. His doctoral thesis examines how populism is reconstructing the history of memory and political identity of the Magyar community from Romania. Insofar, Ionut Chiruta’s academic trajectory includes an MA in Media Studies – Nordic Media from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a BA in Communication and Public Relations from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania. Additionally, he has taken courses in the Semiotics of Culture at the University of Tartu and in Media Representations at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Ionut has previously worked as a freelance journalist for several publications.

Ionut is supervised by Vello Pettai at Tartu University.