Just back fom Romania and presenting the EuroBlog 2006 findings at the University of Bucharest Faculty of Letters conference, Identity, crosscultural communication, globalism: Contemporary trends in public relations, advertising and the media.
Organised by Adela Rogojinaru it brought together some fascinating papers, from the distinguished semiotics expert Solomon Marcus (pictured here with Adela), insights into the developing practice of PR in a country very much in transition, to strong contributions from fellow UK speakers Sue Wolstenholme and Jon White, and Arlette Bouzon, from the University of Toulouse.
For me, one of the highlights was a presentation by Dr. Sabina Ispas, of Institutul de Etnologie şi Folclor “C. Brăiloiu” whose paper Dracula - Instrument de manipulare a identitatii nationale looked at the conflicts and tensions for Romanian national identity surrounding the Dracula myth (more on this shortly).
My contribution included a presentation of EuroBlog findings, on behalf of Ansgar Zerfass and Swaran Sandhu. In a later session I gave some interpretations of our work, and was joined by a PhD student who has made a study of the Romanian blogosphere which deserves wide circulation.
As ever I asked delegates whether they had heard of blogs, whether they wrote blogs, listened to podcasts or shared pictures through social software. In each case the proportion who had was lower than in the UK, with podcasting in particular still to make much impression, but I suspect the picture will change pretty quickly.
Thanks to Adela and her team for a wonderful few days. I was particularly impressed by the students we met, as assistants, as discussion participants and as translators.
And on a personal note it was great to meet a Romanian blogger who certainly is well up there with the big names of PR blogging; thank you for a great evening, Constantin Basturea!