Sergiu Delcea

PhD candidate in Political Economy, CEU Budapest

Junior Visiting Fellow
(October 2019 – February 2020)


Organizing Modernity across Europe: Romanian Modernization Reconsidered in a Transcontinental Framework

The project challenges Western-centric teleologies of modernization through a case study of socioeconomic change in “late-developing” Romania from the 1860s through the 1910s. Defining modernization as open contestation rather than functional sequencing, I show that “core” and “peripheral” Europe shared fundamental pillars of modernity. I thus argue that nationalized sequencing of modernization tools is not a “deviation”, but, similarly to the “West”, a contingent expression of emancipatory debates.