Dr Gabriela Nicolescu

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PositionAssociate Lecturer
Department Anthropology
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Dr Gabriela Nicolescu

Over the years, Dr Gabriela Nicolescu has curated or participated in the curation of multiple exhibitions in Austria, Romania and the UK: Domestic Red (2004, Hag Gallery, Bucharest), Realismus versus Realitaat (2006, Museum of Young Art, Vienna), Connections: Objects in Relation and Context (2012, The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest), Revisiting Romania (2014-2016, Horniman Museum, London), Forging Folklore, Disrupting Archives (2014, Constance Howard Gallery, London). 


In the Autumn  2015-2016, Dr Nicolescu convened the Research Seminar series entitled ‘Economies of Care and Social Reproduction,’ for the Department of Anthropology in Goldsmiths, supported by Goldsmiths and the Wellcome Trust.

In the Spring Term 2015-2016, Dr Nicolescu convened the Film Screenings entitled Migrant Labour, Visualising Care at the Royal Anthropological Institute

As part of her Advancing your Anthropology sessions, she has contributed to the supervision of undergraduate dissertations.

She is a course convenor for Anthropological Perspectives on Tourism, Anthropology and the Visual and Advancing your Anthropology, tailored for small group sessions. 

As a seminar tutor, she has taught Anthropology of Art; Visual Anthropology; Economics, Politics and Social Change as well as Methods of Research in Social Anthropology. 

She gave invited lectures for the Research Seminars in the Departments of Anthropology in Goldsmiths (October 2012), UCL (February 2015) and Manchester University (October 2015). 


Research Interests

Dr Gabriela Nicolescu's primary research interests are with the objectification of people in moments of abrupt spatial and political change and the shifting regimes of value; visual anthropology, material culture and domestic interiors; present museums and exhibitions engaging with debates and topics to be put on display; political, economic and medical anthropology. Her doctoral thesis entitled Art, Politics and the Museum: Tales of Continuity and Rupture in Modern Romania (2015) discusses markers of continuity and change at the beginning and end of communism.  


Exhibition Catalogue

Austerity Bites: Food Stories from Lewisham
Donner, Henrike; Nicolescu, Gabriela and Santos, Dominique. 2016. Austerity Bites: Food Stories from Lewisham.


Art, Politics and the Museum: Tales of continuity and rupture in modern Romania
Nicolescu, Gabriela. 2015. Art, Politics and the Museum: Tales of continuity and rupture in modern Romania. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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