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Research & projects

The team working in the Identity and Image Lab focuses on:

  • the epistemological fundamentals of identity, alterity, and image
  • the phenomenology of identity, alterity, and image
  • representations during crisis communication
  • crisis communication and its impact on organizational identity   


(1)   2012-2014: Research project Identity and image elements of the Romanians in the national and European media (awarded by SNSPA for young researchers)


Daba-Buzoianu, Corina (2012). The Communicational Perspective of the Unhistorical Image. In Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 1,4, 101-110 (1313-888X).

Halic, Bogdan-Alexandru, Chiciudean, Ion, Daba-Buzoianu, Corina (2012). Strangers and Aliens in Romanian Medieval World. In Don Domonkos, Making strangers. Issues of the Other in the Sphere of Identity. Oxford: Inter Disciplinary Press (978-1848881419).

Daba-Buzoianu, Corina (2013). Morfologia imaginii. Iaşi: Institutul European, 312 p.

Daba-Buzoianu, Corina, Erdogan-Tosun, Gulgun, Toker, Huriye (2013). 'This is not about Europe!' The absence of EU-related themes on the agendas of recent Romanian and Turkish protests. In Loredana Radu, Alina Bârgăoanu, Nicoleta Corbu, The Crisis of the European Union. Identity, Citizenship and Solidarity Reassessed (pp. 154-173), Bucureşti: (978-973-711-479-2).

Daba-Buzoianu, Corina, Cirtita-Buzoianu, Cristina (2014). Europe on the margins of national agendas. The case of Romanian public agenda during recent protests. In Sfera politicii, 177, XXII.

Daba-Buzoianu, Corina, Negrea-Busuioc Elena, Cirtita-Buzoianu, Cristina (2014). 'Hijab as a symbol of identity. The case of the Romanian Muslim women'. In Loredana Ivan, Corina Daba-Buzoianu, Brenden Gray, Mapping heterogeneity: Qualitative research in communication. (pp. 41-53). Bucureşti: Tritonic (978-606-8571-51-5).

(2)   2014-2016: Research project Europe from East side: national vs. European in the 2014 electoral campaigns (awarded by SNSPA for young researchers)


Daba-Buzoianu, Corina (2015), Online media coverage of environmental protests in Romania. Rosia Montana Case, Studies and Scientific Researches. Economics Edition, 21.

Ivan, Loredana, Daba-Buzoianu, Corina, Duduciuc, Alina (2015), Media Coverage of Mobile Phone Base Stations Technology in Romania, Interstudia, 18, 1.

Oprea, Denisa-Adriana, Daba-Buzoianu, Corina(2015), Themes Europeens et Representations de l'Union Europeenne, Journal of Media Research, 8, 3 (23).

Daba-Buzoianu, Corina (2015). Identity vs. Alterity. Constructing Europe as Alterity during the Elections for the European Parliament in 20141, European Journal of Research on Education, 3,1.

Chiciudean I., Bira M., Daba-Buzoianu C., Frunzaru V.,  (2015) Seeing EU through Romanian students’ eye: analysing students perceptions towards the 2014 elections for the European Parliament in The Europe we voted for:  National and European topics of the 2014 elections for the European Parliament, Bucharest,, p. 73-82;

Chiciudean I., Bira M., (2015)  Europe as seen from East, in The Europe we voted for:  National and European topics of the 2014 elections for the European Parliament, Bucharest,, p. 7-14;

(3) Traveling Methods: Nations, Disciplines, and the Globalization of Qualitative Research Methodology

The project aims to achieve a more nuanced historical depiction of the assimilation and development of qualitative research methods among the researchers in communication in Romania. In doing this, the project interviews four generations of Romanian scholars in social sciences concerning their evolving relationship with qualitative research methods. The study seeks to achieve more nuanced, historical depiction of the actual assimilation of qualitative research methods among the members of this particular national-disciplinary community. Based on an international collaboration between researchers at University of Colorado Boulder, USA and researchers at SNSPA, the project’s results will explore how the developing identities of social-science disciplines, national cultures, and higher-educational institutions interact to influence the globalization of research methodology. The project is funded by University of Colorado Boulder, through CARTSS.