Dr Flavius Solomon

Curriculum Vitae

Flavius Solomon is a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg from April until September 2014. He is a full-time researcher at the A. D. Xenopol - Institute of History in Iaşi, where he heads the Departament of the History of International Relations. He defended his PhD on the ecclesiastical history of the medieval Moldavian Principality in 1995. Since then, his research interests have focused on the emergence of national identities in Eastern Europe and on the situation of ethnic minorities in the region. Dr Solomon was a fellow of the DAAD and the Humboldt Foundation. He is an external fellow of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. From 2011 to 2013, Dr Solomon was a member of the Romanian National Research Council (CNCS).

Research project at the Kolleg

Nation State and Social Democracy. The Romanian Left During the Balkan Wars and World War I 
The history of the social democratic movement in Romania is the main focus of this project. This history is seen in the context of the clash between the two major paradigms that marked the history of European social democracy in the first two decades of the twentieth century: the nation state and internationalism. The project aims to discuss the way in which Romanian Social Democratic ideologists responded to the great debate on the nation state during the Balkan Wars and World War I in the broader context of the evolution of the Second International and, later, as a part of the confrontation between the Social Democrats who remained faithful to the Second International and the supporters of the emerging Comintern. Given that - in the Romanian political and economic context - the impact of social democratic movements was more important on the level of ideas than in the practical political sphere, the analysis concentrates on the dynamics of political discourse, in particular on three distinct issues: 1) the social democratic movement in Romania in the context of European debates concerning the nation state and internationalism; 2) the interaction of Romanian Social Democratic ideologists with the prevailing political trends in Romania; and 3) the controversies within the social democratic milieu concerning their position vis-à-vis the national phenomenon.

Main areas of research

  • Nation-building and minorities in Eastern Europe
  • Urbanization in Eastern Europe
  • Church History in the late Middle Ages 

Positions and Memberships

  • General secretary of the Romanian-Czech history committee (1998-2007) 
  • General secretary of the A.D. Xenopol Academic Foundation, Iaşi (1996-2007) 
  • Member of the academic board of the A.D. Xenopol Institute of History, Iaşi (1999-2002 and since 2007) 
  • Member of the Paul Gore Society of Genealogy, Heraldry, and Archive Studies, Chişinău 
  • Member of the research project "ETHNODOC. Datenbank - Ethnische Minderheiten in Südosteuropa", Südost-Institut, Munich (2003-2007)
  • Member of the international editorial team of the digital encyclopedia "Enzyklopädie des Europäischen Ostens", Universität Klagenfurt, Austria (2003-2005) 
  • Member of the international research and editing board "Das Südosteuropa der Regionen", Universität Wien, Austria (2007-2011)