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“Ecology of Emancipation” Summer School



Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Câmpul Cetății, Mureș County, the first edition of the “Ecology of Emancipation” Summer School, organized by tranzit. ro/Cluj and intended mainly for high school students in the final years and students from socio-human faculties, ended.

With a duration of 5 days (September 1-5), the school aims to provide and maintain a suitable space for theoretical educational and friendly discussions on some of the most relevant and recent re-search perspectives in the social sciences, positioned as resources for political criticism of the present world.

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Call for participation - Ecologies of Emancipation

-organized by tranzit.ro/Cluj /


1- 5 September 2021

Location: Câmpu Cetății, Mureș County


Between 1-5 September, in Câmpu Cetății, Mureș County, tranzit.org/Cluj will organize the first edition of a yearly summer school dedicated to exploring new critical perspectives in the field of humanities and social sciences. The school aims to provide a meeting space and a catalyst for friendly but also qualified discussions between some of the most promising and relevant current research directions in the field of social sciences, as potential resources for critique and political positioning in today's world.

This year's edition has as its generic theme "Ecologies of Emancipation", in the broadest sense of the terms and in the most diverse configurations of their relationship: what is the relationship between the different systems and subsystems of modernity and their components or inhabitants, and to what extent we can conceive and articulate this relationship in a way that is both politically emancipatory and ecologically realistic. Besides the immediate issue of the global climate crisis and its increasingly frequent and obvious effects, this year's meeting will also try to take a lateral look at this framework of issues, articulating a broader and more multidisciplinary perspective on the solidarity and tensions between the different systems of modernity, as well as on their specific impact and significance in the context of today's political, social and climate crisis.

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Natural science camp in Câmpu Cetății #1

-organized by NECC and tranzit.ro/Cluj /


1-4 July, 2021

Location:
Câmpu Cetății, Mureș County

Program coordinators:
Kunigunda Macalik, Janka Penzs, Csilla Szabo

The primary goal of the Natural science camp in Câmpu Cetății #1 is to introduce children to the basics of ecological thinking and to make them familiar with the values of biodiversity.

Besides discussions, presentations, field trips and workshops, the participants were engaged in the creation of a giant “insect hotel” which was set up on the camp site in order to monitor the inhabitant insects in the coming years.

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Non-linear narratives of the Enlightenment

Lecture by VERONICA LAZĂR /


Friday, 25 June 2021, at 7 PM.

Link for the online event:
https://zoom.us/j/94078367667

Moderator: Dana Domșodi

After decades of sophisticated historical research and professional myth busting, academic and popular images of the Enlightenment seem today to be further apart than ever. However, the political question of the legacies of the Enlightenment, whether salutary or deleterious, is once again in season. This talk will argue, firstly, that these legacies are contextual, contradictory, open-ended and ready to be appropriated in creative ways; and secondly, that more than theories, values or attitudes, critical or political – the quest for peace, rationalism, secularism, tolerance, rights of man etc. -, it was above all a few epistemic dislocations brought about by the Enlightenment that proved to be revolutionary for the modern understanding of history, culture and society.

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Climates of History. Or How Climate Crises are Class Struggles in the Web of Life

Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University /


Friday, 28 May 2021, 7 pm

Link for the online event:
https://zoom.us/j/98199345913

Moderator: Attila Szigeti

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ATMOSPHERES

@tranzit.ro/Cluj /


5 - 30th of April 2021

Exhibition and research program around the last terra nullius of late capitalism, the continuum of atmosphere, from the sea level of the Earth to the interplanetary medium.

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Cul-de-Sac Economics: Europe on the Brink of Climate Meltdown



Online lecture by Cornel Ban
(Copenhagen Business School)


Monday, 29th of March , 7:30 pm.

Link for the online event:
https://zoom.us/j/99920238790

Moderated by Attila Szigeti

Science tells us that we are playing a pyramid scheme with the habitability of our Earth. It also tells is that we are getting close to the panic and unravelling stages of that pyramid scheme, with a stabilization of warming at below 2 degrees Celsius being our optimistic scenario. This reckless game is embedded in institutional complementarities that make it politically and economically costly to arrest the causal generators of environmental collapse. It seems that as a species we can’t help but have the greatest death wish of all.

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FORCES AND RELATIONS OF PRODUCTION, NOW AND THEN

Online discussion with ADRIAN GRAMA și ȘTEFAN GUGA /


Wednesday, 10 of February, at 7 pm.

Moderator: Alex Cistelecan

At first glance, it would appear that debates about forces and relations of production, and their mutual relationship, which were once fundamental concepts of historical materialism, have by now all but disappeared from contemporary socio-economic discourse and, implicitly, from the socio-economic reality itself. And yet, their active presence is felt as soon as we scratch a bit the surface of today’s reality.

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CAMP PROJECT



Promoting social, cultural, and pedagogical change that overcomes the conditions of the current social, political and cultural predicament.

tranzit.ro/Cluj is engaging in a new type of collaboration and experiment which seeks to provide an inspirational space and context for artistic research and discussions. The camp is a self-sustainable, environmentally conscious, future-oriented mutual-education project located in the village Câmpu Cetății (Mureș district) in the Transylvanian Mountains of Romania. Initiated by tranzit.ro/Cluj curator Attila Tordai-S, educator Kata Tordai-Soos, photographer Nelson Fitch, and short story writer Veronica Roth, partnerships will include universities, educational/cultural institutes, artist collectives, and independent researchers.

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Classless train: technology, infrastructure and capitalist ecomodernization

Online lecture by NATALIA BUIER /


December 10th, at 7pm.

Moderator: Dana Domșodi

Technology and its triumphalist reprezentation together with technologic progress represent not only defining elements of the modern imaginary, but also central pieces in the political anticapitalist repertoire. When talking about ecological crisis, labor emancipation or social-democrat measures designed to contain and mitigate the structural crises of global capitalism, technology always appears as a restraining tool of present contradictions. This presentation explores the role of technology in the context of capitalist ecomodernization and its possible functions within anticapitalist ecologist struggles while looking at the high-speed railway project from Spain. Spain, world leader in high-speed railway constructed kilometers, but also in the number of airports and built highway kilometers, has experienced in the last two decades a series of transformations that can serve as a benchmark in evaluating the progressive contemporary proposals such as Green New Deal and the technological modernizations as a solution to the problems of the capitalist society.

Natalia Buier has studied sociology and anthropology. Presently she researches the connection between economic crises, ecological transformations and infrastructure. She is a graduate of the Departament of Sociology and Anthropology from CEU, currently being affiliated to the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology. She obtained her Phd. at CEU with a thesis on historical memory and labor movements in the Spanish railway system.

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AI Commons

Online lecture by Oana Mateescu /


November 27th, 2020, at 7 pm.

In 2019, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiels made waves by stating that “AI is literally communist” while a few years earlier the accelerationist philosopher Nick Land set out to demonstrate “the teleological identity of capitalism and artificial intelligence”. Few other recent technologies have exercised so much ideological fascination, not to mention inspiring an ever-growing output of policy papers on governance and ethics. This talk maps out some of the key issues in contemporary debates that project the political economic future of AI beyond the current moment of platform capitalism. It reviews the positions of left accelerationism, postcapitalism and fully automated luxury communism, focusing on the major blind spot: ownership and control of the means of production. It concludes by emphasizing the increasing push towards imagining AI as commons, while acknowledging the ease with which tech platforms can stimulate open-source AI tools and re-appropriate their products.

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“Save As” Pedagogy Conference



29th February, 1st of March
Apáczai Csere János Theoretical High School, Cluj-Napoca


The strategy of the 3rd “Save As” Pedagogy Conference, as in previous years, is based on the fact that pedagogy, being inter- and multidisciplinary requires an education system connected to all institutions of society. The aim of the conference is to involve professionals and students working together with public schools, as well as individuals and institutions part of the academic and civil sectors. As a platform for professionals, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss issues that are often overlooked in the public education system, in teacher training, and during policy-making. Bringing marginal issues into mainstream discussions, and building collaborations is another goal of the organizers that can bring about change at a local level and serve as inspiration for others.

The conference will take place at the Apáczai Csere János Theoretical High School, Cluj-Napoca, between the 29th of February and the 1st of March. The organizers are looking forward to hosting 200 participants. The program includes 8 lectures and 14 workshops/seminars.

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