15 November 2022
Seminar: Restoration and the Romanian Monarchy
Barbara Bieniek (University of Silesia)
(Last king of Romania)
It is commonly said that European monarchies are now in severe crises due to the image problems of royal families, costs of maintaining monarchs, and financing royal family's activity. Increasingly there are voices of abolishing the monarchy and replacing it with a republic regime. However, in Romania, arises reverse tendencies that are justified by the royal social activism and historic memory perpetuated in Romanians' minds. In spite of the growing popularity of monarchies, this subject mainly considers such states, like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, or Scandinavian monarchies. It is worth including Romania, which is at a crossroads between returning to monarchy and keeping the republic. The seminar will examine the historical and modern views of the Romanian monarchy.
17:00 – 17:10: Introduction (Chair)
17:10 – 17:55: Presentations
17:55 – 18:25: Q&A
Barbara Bieniek is a Ph.D. student at the University of Silesia in Katowice in the field of political sciences and administration. The topic of her doctoral thesis is: "The influence of monarchy in the Kingdom of Sweden on the functioning of the selected parts of Swedish political system between 1810 and 2019. Politological analysis". The thesisaims to research the scope of power of the Swedish monarchy and its abilities to shape politics. Additionally, her research also seeks to ascertain which political parties stand for monarchy and support the idea of establishing a republic as a form of government.