Cosmin Tudor Minea
former postdoc
Curriculum vitae

Cosmin Minea has been awarded a Swiss Postdoctoral Excellence Scholarship to work on expanding his PhD thesis both temporally and geographically. His work will attempt to situate the processes of heritage building and the development of artistic historiography in Romania in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century in a broader regional context. He will investigate the overlapping and competing ideas about historical monuments and cultural identities in South-Eastern Europe through examples from several nation-states (Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria) and border regions (Transylvania, Bukovina). The main focus of the project will be on writings about, restorations and promotions of architectural monuments by both local and foreign specialists.

Cosmin holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, Department of Art History (awarded in 2020) with a thesis titled ‘Old Buildings for Modern Times: The Rise of Architectural Monuments as Symbols of The State in Late Nineteenth-Century Romania’. As visiting lecturer at the same university he taught a self-designed course titled ‘Political Art’ and was also a teaching assistant in the Department of Art History and the Department of History. He is Associate Fellow of the UK Advance HE (former Higher Education Academy).

Before coming in Zürich, Cosmin was a postdoctoral researcher for one year in the ERC project ‘Art Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe’, hosted at the New Europe College in Bucharest. He co-edited a volume titled ‘Periodization in the Art Historiographies of Central and Eastern Europe’, forthcoming with Routledge. During the past year he has also taught at the National University of Arts in Bucharest seminars about architectural heritage in Central and Eastern Europe, conceiving and working at a PhD research and writing funding applications.

Cosmin has also been a research fellow at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris, Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz, New Europe College in Bucharest. He helds an MA in history from Central European University in Budapest.

In his publications, he has analysed the beginning of heritage formation in the just-established state of Romania in the mid-nineteenth century; the display of historical monuments outside the country, at universal exhibition, as ways to project a national cultural identity; the development of new architectural styles at the turn of the century; and the ways in which the history of architecture shaped broader ideas about cultural identity and contemporary cultural politics.