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Ionut Valentin Chiruta

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

Ionut’s research project investigates how populism is shaping Romanian politics and reconstructing the memory and political identity of the Hungarian community. Specifically, Ionut will study the political activities of the Romanian and Hungarian governments, as well as the causes and effect of the aforementioned administrations have upon the ethnic Hungarian minority from Romania.

Prior to his Ph.D., Ionut received a MAc in Media Studies from the University of Oslo and a BAc in Communication from the Cuza University. Foregoing places of study and research include Maastricht, Tartu, Budapest and Helsinki.

Ionut is supervised by dr. Vello Andres Pettai at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies from the University of Tartu, Estonia.


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @IonutChiruta

Personal Website: Ionut Valentin Chiruta

Work in Progress:

Converging minority trans-border mobilization through nationalistic and populist frameworks

Academic Publications:

  • Chiruta, I.V. (2021). The Representation of Roma in the Romanian Media During COVID-19: Performing Control Through Discursive-Performative Repertoires. Frontiers in Political Science, DOI:
  • Chiruta, I.V. (2020). Using the Past in Populist Communicational Strategies: How the Memory of Securitate is Instrumentalised in Romanian Politics?. Populism, DOI:
  • Challenging the rule of law in Romania: the metamorphosis of political discourse towards populism as a last resort (in progress).
  • Converging minority trans-border mobilization through nationalist and populist frameworks (in progress)
  • Gluing the problems of the past in the present: instrumentalizing in the age of populism the memory of the Securitate in modern Romanian politics (in progress).
  • Old wines taste better in time: The evolving populist narrative in four Romanian elections (in progress).
  • Instrumental use of direct democracy in Romania: Comparing the populist narratives of the Referendums on Family and Justice (in progress).

Blog posts:

6/2021: The Prince and the Bear – a fairy tale about nationalism in Romania

4/2020: Reinventing ways to preserve Easter traditions in Czechia and Romania

4/2020: Years of political clientelism and cronyism affect Romania’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic

3/2020: Greece: Unequal Treatment of Migrants Before the Law

3/2020: Dietary Requirements – How Migrants Dignity is Challanged?

2/2020: Bulgaria and Pre-Trial Detention Centres of Migrant Children

Conferences (selection):

  • 12/2019: Contemporary populism and its political consequences: Discourses and practices in Central and South-Eastern Europe | University of Belgrade | as paper presenter
  • 11/2019: International Conference – The rule of law at risk? From ideational consensus to increased dissensus | By Invitation | Organisers – Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles | as paper presenter
  • 11/2019: CBEES Annual Conference 2019: Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2019: Orders and Freedoms | Organisers – Södertörn University and Uppsala University | as paper presenter
  • 9/2019: 1989’s Contested Legacies | Panel 2 – Transformation of the State and its institutions: challenging the rule of law | Organisers – the University of Warsaw, Centre de civilisation française et d’études francophones (CCFEF) – Université de Varsovie  | as paper presenter
  • 9/2019: European Consortium for Political Research – General Conference’ | Organisers – the University of Wroclaw | as participant
  • 8/2019: Emotions, Populism and Polarisation in Politics, Media, and Culture | Panel 3-1 The importance of media for populist parties and leaders: cases of Romania and Poland | Organisers – the University of Helsinki | as paper presenter
  • 6/2019: The post-1989 Springtime of National Minorities? | Panel 3A – Kin-state Activism and Minority Mobilisation | Organisers – Central European University (CEU) and the Tom Lantos Institute from Budapest | as paper presenter
  • 5/2019: 5th Eastern Platform | Organisers – Tartu University | Panel 2a – Regionalism and Neighbourhoods | as moderator