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Telciu Summer School 2nd edition, August 2017.
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by Pati Murg

10 days in 10 minutes of Telciu Summer School focused on decoloniality
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Manuela Boatcă, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, (Freiburg, Germany) – Forgotten Europes: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Official EU discourse foregrounds continental Europe to the detriment of all other territories – most of which are former colonies – that are part of European countries, but are geographically located in other continents. In the process, it links Europeanness to a narrowly defined physical location which excludes both the memory and the present of Europe’s colonial ...ties to other regions. At the same time, Europe‘s remaining colonies in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and South America are graphically represented as part of the European Union in official maps, yet play no part in the definition of either the normative European ideal or the corresponding common identity. In a first step, the course offers a framework for conceiving of these multiple layers of Europeanness as a hierarchy of multiple and unequal Europes that ranges from heroic to decadent to epigonal in terms of the role attributed to each in the achievement of modernity. In a second step, the course focuses on the EU’s overseas territories as “forgotten Europe” – territories that are literally “off the chart” in terms of Europe’s self-representation and modernity’s checklist, yet “on the map” in terms of the claims laid to them by continental European states. Finally, the course focuses on how the Caribbean colonies within forgotten Europe offer a prime vantage point for upending the dominant representation of Europe and understanding the coloniality of memory in today’s public discourse of Europeanness.

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Telciu Summer School/Școala de vară de la Telciu is in Telciu.
August 28

Manuela Boatcă, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, (Freiburg, Germany) – Forgotten Europes: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Official EU discourse foregrounds continental Eu...rope to the detriment of all other territories – most of which are former colonies – that are part of European countries, but are geographically located in other continents. In the process, it links Europeanness to a narrowly defined physical location which excludes both the memory and the present of Europe’s colonial ties to other regions. At the same time, Europe‘s remaining colonies in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and South America are graphically represented as part of the European Union in official maps, yet play no part in the definition of either the normative European ideal or the corresponding common identity. In a first step, the course offers a framework for conceiving of these multiple layers of Europeanness as a hierarchy of multiple and unequal Europes that ranges from heroic to decadent to epigonal in terms of the role attributed to each in the achievement of modernity. In a second step, the course focuses on the EU’s overseas territories as “forgotten Europe” – territories that are literally “off the chart” in terms of Europe’s self-representation and modernity’s checklist, yet “on the map” in terms of the claims laid to them by continental European states. Finally, the course focuses on how the Caribbean colonies within forgotten Europe offer a prime vantage point for upending the dominant representation of Europe and understanding the coloniality of memory in today’s public discourse of Europeanness.

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Telciu Summer School/Școala de vară de la Telciu added 50 new photos — in Telciu.
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„On an individual level, "degrowthers" might choose not to fly or drive a car but they say environmental problems are not individual problems. Solutions must be political and community-based.”

We must wean ourselves off unsustainable economic growth if we are to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, say some economists. But what are the alternatives to growth?
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„Since a new law came into force in 2014, Romania is struggling to cope with an influx of foreign investors who buy Romanian farm land and leave it to lie fallow whilst pocketing EU argicultural subsidies. Meanwhile, local farmers are priced out of the market.”

Since a new law came into force in 2014, Romania is struggling to cope with an influx of foreign investors who buy Romanian farm land and leave it to lie fallow whilst pocketing EU argicultural subsidies. Meanwhile, local farmers are priced out of the market.
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„Fenomenul Caritas – analizat în Miracolul de la Cluj – a fost un simptom al anilor ’90 şi poate funcţiona ca metaforă pentru convulsia socială a acelor vremuri: promisiunea unui cîştig mare şi ime-diat care ascundea o serie de interese pecuniar-politice. Cînd Caritas a devenit, la scară naţională, un aspirator de bani de la oamenii simpli, bani care erau apoi împărţiţi elitei locale şi naţionale, el avea o structură complexă la care s-au raliat din umbră lideri politici şi r...

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Construit brechtian, cu o dramaturgie fragmentară care implică naraţiuni teatralizate, documentare prezentată ca atare, pseudo-joc, muzică l
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Atelier Ghidul Imaginar al Telciului cu Claudiu Lorand Maxim & Silvana Râpeanu

An Imaginary Guide of Telciu workshop with Claudiu Lorand Maxim & Silvana Rapeanu

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Ana-Maria Murg is with Raul Coldea and Miki Braniste.
September 23

[2017.08.17] Telciu

Atelier Ghidul Imaginar al Telciului cu Claudiu Lorand Maxim & Silvana Râpeanu

An Imaginary Guide of Telciu workshop with Claudiu Lorand Maxim & Silvana Râpeanu

Cornel Ban, Boston University (Boston, USA) – Room for Change: Funding dignified livelihoods in Eastern Europe.

How can one found solutions for a dignified socio-economic life in the rural communities of the Global South? The past decade has brought to the fore the structural limits of conventional liberal solutions such as rural branches of commercial banks, microcredit and remittances. On the other side of the spectrum, state-led development models such as China have delive...red impressive financial support for breakneck urban growth but scant financing for rural communities. Indeed, the emerging conventional wisdom is that the village is an obsolete socio-economic formation that has no chances to survive the urbanization steamroller. I will argue that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, not an argument. Village communities stand a chance as long as they are integrated in national and international development strategies that can prevent demographic, social, health and employment challenges faced by rural communities by delivering the right kind of financing for rural development. Just like governments once rushed to provide public support to pro-cyclical and deregulated financial sectors whose maintenance is propped in effect by public subsidies that cost societies dear, it is now time that they provide regulatory and financial support for the establishment of bank cooperatives, community savings trusts, public social and economic development banks and other forms of banking that do not fit the conventional private banking and the shareholder value logic that comes with it.

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„The Romani (once referred to as “Gypsies”) were declared by Heinrich Himmler on this date in 1943 to be “on the same level as Jews and [to be] placed in concentration camps.” This intensified the incarceration and obliteration of Romani people that Himmler had ordered the previous December. Romani losses in the Porajmos (“Devouring” or “Destruction” in the Romani language) are estimated by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to number between 220,000 and half a million. (Othe...r estimates go as high as 1.5 million.) Thousands were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nazi racial “science” considered the Romani people to be “Aryan” in origin since they were descended from migrating peoples from northern India. This slowed their persecution to a degree. But various Nazi studies determined that only 10 percent were of “pure Gypsy blood.” Himmler at first proposed resettling the “pure” Romani on a remote reservation, but in the end all Roma became subject to genocide.”

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The Romani (once referred to as "Gypsies") were declared by Heinrich Himmler on this date in 1943 to be “on the same level as Jews and [to be] placed in concentration camps.” This intensified the incarceration and obliteration of Romani people that Himmler had ordered the previous December. Romani l...
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„Stretching from 1791 to 1804, the Haitian Revolution was both a local and a global event, a true world-historical moment in ways that are increasingly acknowledged today. One useful way for us to think about the Haitian Revolution is as the most radical (and therefore one of the most important) assertions of the right to have rights in human history. Even more so than the American and French revolutions, with which it was intertwined, the Haitian Revolution posed a set of ab...solutely central political questions. It did so in a way that was illegible to many and forcibly repressed by others. But any true analysis of modern political history, not only of Haiti but of the world, has to grapple with the implications of this revolution for core concepts surrounding modern politics.

The French colony of Saint-Domingue, the pinnacle of the Atlantic slave system and the richest of the plantation colonies of the Americas, was based on a radical refusal of sovereignty to the majority. Ninety per cent of the population of the colony was enslaved – more than half of them African-born, many of them recent arrivals in the colony at the time of the beginning of the revolution in 1791 – and were not considered legal or political subjects in any sense. They were chattel property who, through a carefully institutionalised system of law combined with forms of violent repression, were refused any possibility for self-autonomy. Nevertheless, they carved out spaces of autonomy within the plantation, by cultivating small plots of land and bringing products to market. They also created spaces of cultural and intellectual freedom, crafting political visions that would ultimately find voice in the revolution.

The plantation order was based on racial ideologies that emerged out of and were buttressed by the Atlantic slave system. At the core of these ideologies was a kind of dialectic that enabled the simultaneous celebration of a capacity for free action and sovereignty on the part of certain groups while simultaneously denying that same capacity to others. The colony’s system of racial thinking was based on a set of arguments about the fundamental incapacity of a group that was defined by its skin colour to successfully exercise sovereignty over itself. As such, the slave plantation system in Saint-Domingue and elsewhere was one of the most successful mechanisms for the mass denial of human rights in the history of the modern world.”

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Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution
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The ESEH Research Grant is aimed at offering doctoral students and recent post-docs funding useful to complete their research in environmental history.
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Call for applications to the Global Studies Programme at the University of Freiburg in partnership with FLACSO Argentina, University of Cape Town, Chulalongkorn... University Bangkok and Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi open until November 30! Students from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply! Please spread the word!

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The Global Studies Programme, initiated in 2001, is a two-year master’s degree programme. The main objective of the programme is to study various cultures and regions within the social sciences, focusing on the Global South. The Global Studies Programme is conducted jointly by the University of Frei...
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”When dealing with Marx in the context of postcolonial theory, the common expectation is to address the Eurocentrism in Marx's work and show how it should be indicted. This, however, has been done a number of times, and is as such an " old hat " of Marxist exegesis. My goal in this paper is to argue that neither finding fault with Marx's lack of engagement with the (post)colonial world nor exonerating Marx from charges of Eu-rocentrism are valid options. Rather, as I... will show in the following, the story is much more complicated. The global dimension of inequality under capitalism was present in the work of Marx and Engels from the very beginning, while its emergence was explicitly and repeatedly linked to the discovery of the New World. Thus, as early as the Communist Manifesto, the European colonial expansion, the development of the bourgeoisie, the Industrial Revolution , the rise of the world market, and the international division of labor on which capitalist accumulation is based are articulated as parts of a coherent chain of events in Marx's writings: " The discovery of America, the rounding of the Cape, opened up fresh ground for the rising bourgeoisie. The East Indian and Chinese markets, the coloniza-tion of America, trade with the colonies […] gave to commerce, to navigation, to industry, an impulse never before known " (Marx/Engels 1977a, 222). In fact, Europe's colonial expansion in the sixteenth century is given considerable explanatory power for the emergence of global capitalism: " Modern industry has established the world-market, to which the discovery of America paved the way […] The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world-market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country […] In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal interdependence This article is protected by German copyright law. You may copy and distribute this article for your personal use only. Other use is only allowed with written permission by the copyright holder.” (Manuela Boatcă)

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Vă invităm cordial să participați la un volum colectiv despre lumea rurală postsocialistă în România, prin trimiterea propunerilor pentru capitole până data de 15 decembrie. Volumul este alcătuit și editat de Valer Simion Cosma și Ágota Ábrán, și va apărea în limba română sub egida Centrului Pentru Studierea Modernității și a Lumii Rurale din Telciu. Tema generală a volumului este ruralitatea autohtonă ca resursă (naturală și de forță de muncă) economică exploatabilă și în același timp împietrită în viziuni nostalgice. Astfel, volumul interoghează rolul ruralității în societatea și geografia ...

In April 2018 at the University of Freiburg, we want to rethink Europe from the Caribbean in interdisciplinary perspective and discuss the entanglements and leg...acies between Europe(s) and the Caribbean in history and up to today. Please see the call for the Society of Caribbean Research 2018 conference below. Deadline November 15! Submit, come and spread the word! Contributions can be in English, French or Spanish, the multi-language version of the call is under way!

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Call for Papers „Rethinking Europe from the Caribbean: Entanglements and Legacies“ 12-15 April, 2018 Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany 23. Oktober 2017/in Allgemein (DE) /von Redaktion The multiple ties that bind the Caribbean and Europe are the main focus of the conference marking 30 y...
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