The history of modern languages in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. A centennial perspectiveUniversity of Economic S

The history of modern languages in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. A centennial perspectiveUniversity of Economic S

Autors: Mariana Nicolae, Mara Magda Maftei (editori)

Year of appearance: 2013

ISBN: 978-606-505-634-3

Size: 20/21 cm

Pages: 168

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This book intends to be somewhat different from other similar books. Why? Because, at first sight, this publication is an anniversary book which naturally highlights the successful and pleasant moments in the time spans we intend to lay before the readers’ eyes. However, we are trying to put forth a monograph of the field of modern languages applied to economics and business within the Bucharest University of Economic Studies – from the beginnings in 1913 until now. By perusing the book, you will find out about accomplishments, as well as about unfulfillments, about joys, as well as difficult moments, and beyond the words and images that the authors have gathered in this book, you, readers, will be able to restore the academic life in times about which we cannot yet speak in a free and disengaged manner, as the wounds have a frail scab or at times are bleeding. Even so, institutional life has carried on, the field has survived due to the fact that there have always been people who have thought not of their own comfort and safety, but of the good of the students and of the profession when the latter was not considered as such. Why is this book different?
Methodologically speaking, it is a blend of approaches, from introspection to resorting to personal documents, to critical narration, from quantitative studies to qualitative ones, from documentation and research in the archives, to interviews and, often,to probing collective memory by means of brainstorming or focus group exercises. Why is this book different? Because, unlike the majority of academic works, the last chapter of this book renounces the primacy of the text in favour of commented pictures from the recent history of the field, in its attempt to free the Romanian academic writing from the formal stand-offishness which it has exiled itself to, and to restore it to the educated and informed reader, primarily interested in information and not in more or less “neutral” interpretations.

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