Dr Raul Cârstocea is new head of ECMI’s Conflict & Security Cluster

Raul Carstocea

The European Centre for Minority Issues has employed Dr Raul Cârstocea as head of its Conflict & Security Cluster. Cârstocea took office in Flensburg in October.

The historical roots of ethnic conflicts in Europe will be paid more attention by ECMI in the years to come, foresees the new head of the Conflict & Security Cluster, Dr Raul Cârstocea.

The topic represents only one in Cârstocea’s range of highly topical research interests. The interests also count

  • the political uses of history and their role in fomenting conflict, racism, xenophobia, and discrimination
  • the rise of populist right wing parties in Europe promoting a nationalist discourse and the radicalization of the mainstream political agenda
  • hate speech and its proliferation in the new media
  • Roma as the contemporary quintessential minority and comparisons of anti-Roma discourse with historical anti-Semitism

So far, his research interests have focused on anti-Semitism, Jewish History, nationalism and nation building processes in the nineteenth and twentieth century Central and Eastern Europe.

Raul Cârstocea has published several articles on the development of anti-Semitism in Europe, on the ideology of Romania’s interwar fascist movement, and on extreme right groups in contemporary Romania.

Raul Cârstocea is from Brasov, Romania. He obtained his PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University College London. His PhD thesis was an examination of the role of anti-Semitism in the ideology of the Legion of the Archangel Michael – Romania’s interwar fascist movement.

Prior to this, he obtained an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, and an MA degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Bologna, Italy.

He has worked as Teaching Fellow at University College London, teaching courses in History and Politics, and held a Research Fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

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