Iolanda Vasile is a PhD candidate and a Junior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She is also a Portuguese Language Lecturer for Camões Institute at West University in Timisoara, Romania. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages (Japanese and Portuguese) from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Her PhD research looks into the role played by the Angolan women during the outburst of the liberation movements in Angola (1945 - 1961).

Project Summary

This research project aims to identify and understand the political and diplomatic rationale behind the collaborations existed between the Socialist Republic of Romania (SRR) and Angola and Mozambique from 1966 until 1987. The timeframe is determined by the first visit of an African liberation movement leader to Romania, and by the last ‘Africa friendship tour’ of the Ceaușescu couple to several African destinations.

Major Publications

Vasile, Iolanda (2017), African Independence within the Socialist Republic of Romania's Photographic Archive, in Maria do Carmo Piçarra; Teresa Castro (eds.) (org.), (Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire. London: Peter Lang, 151-171
Vasile, Iolanda; Peixoto, Carolina (2017), "O amor e a guerra no Planalto e na Estepe: entre camaradas angolanos, a União Soviética e a Guerra Fria", Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai. Philologia, LXII, 4, 185-198
Caio, Simões Araújo; Vasile, Iolanda (2014), The World that the Portuguese Developed: Racial politics, Luso-tropicalism and development discourse in late Portuguese colonialism, in Hodge, J.M.; Hödl, G.; Kopf, M. (org.), Developing Africa. Concepts and Practices in Twentieth Century Colonialism.. Manchester: Manchester University Press., 295-321