Listen to podcast: Kitchen Conversations with Stefan Ionescu-Ambrosie Romanian writer and researcher

Stefan Ionescu-Ambrosie is a Romanian writer and researcher currently based in the sunny city of Barcelona, Spain. He studied at the University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania and specialised in American and North American Studies both in Bucharest and in Groningen, The Netherlands. 

Stefan has had his work published in various magazines, including Kajet journal, Hinterlands Magazine, [Inter]Sections Journal of American Studies and Norient. He also runs a blog – Praznumen, where he writes about cinema, books, video games, music and dance.

When approaching me, he expressed an interest in talking about two contemporary trends in Romania: The Romanian New Wave in cinema and the manele subculture. Our fascinating interview uncovers the two movements and their reception both within Romania and beyond its borders. Stefan shares with me his theory on how manele and the New Wave could possibly become a starting point of discussing the intergenerational trauma and stigma connected to mental health still haunting the Romanian people.

He is currently researching aspects of Romanian culture that are relatable to other Romanians – for example the lesser known liberal side of the Orthodox Church – which can be used to minimalize the misunderstandings between people of different generations that are so common across Eastern Europe.


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About The Author


Artist and writer. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Critical Studies Department at the Sandberg Institute. Her ongoing research relates the post-Soviet countries. In 2020, she launched a podcast series called ‘Kitchen Conversations.’

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