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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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Promoting social, cultural, and pedagogical change that overcomes the conditions of the current social, political and cultural predicament. 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 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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Can we cool a burning planet? Degrowth, technology, and the Green New Deal

Lecture & public discussion
held by Gareth Dale (Brunel University, Londra)

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 7 pm.

tranzit. ro/Cluj,
Napoca St, no 16, I floor, Cluj

In these past years, has developed an investigation deployed on multiple levels (philosophy, sociology, economy) and various formats (conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions) on the topic of capitalist modernity and its double legacy – as intellectual and material resources for critique and social progress, but also the challenges and contradictions that the project of modernity carries within itself and are exploding nowadays in acute ways.

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From here to there

event by Larisa David /

In frame of the Classroom projects initiated by, Larisa David hosts an evening where she will present a performance and a selection of videos made by Vangjush Vellahu, Taietzel Ticalos, Lili Huston-Herterich şi Helen Anna Flanagan.

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Book launch and debate

Friday, 13th December, 6 pm, at, we gladly invite you to a round table discussion around these topics, occasioned by the publication of two recent books: Costi Rogozanu, Epoca de mijloc, and Alex Cistelecan, De la stânga la stânga. Lecturi critice în câmpul progresist (Tact, Cluj, 2019) .

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Analysis of the Orbán regime from a political economy perspective

What's the situation in Hungary? How does the Orban regime work and why? The latest issue of the Journal of Social Theory "Fordulat" analyzes current Hungarian political, economic and social processes. Many narratives about the "NER" have been born. The unique contribution of this issue is that its authors (members of the Working Group for Public Sociology "Helyzet") do not examine the Orbán regime as a unique political construct, but within a broader historical, political economy framework on the basis of world system theory.

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Orbiting Modernity: from the steam engine to the galactic debris.

Workshops, presentations and lectures Cluj
Napoca str. 16, I floor, Cluj

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String of workshops + panel on critical pedagogy /

30th May & 20th June 2019

Our series of events will try to explore the topics of pedagogy and representation within two workshops and a panel discussion: on the 30th May during the reading seminar conducted by the Save As group (Mentés Másként) we can learn the basics of critical pedagogy, which will be used for the activities (on the 20th June) of the Deviszont Community Space (Deviszont Közösségi Tér) for high school students. The series of workshops will be followed by an open panel discussion with the members of the Deviszont Community Space and the Save As group.

Save As: Jakab Villő Hanga, Gegő Virág (Cluj Napoca)
Deviszont Community Space: Szarka Alexandra, Fernengel Ágnes (Budapest)

Moderator: Gegő Virág

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Between Post-Fascism and Pure Capitalism

G.M.Tamás at 70 /

10 December 2018, 7 pm Cluj
Napoca St, no 16, 1st floor, Cluj

Guests: G.M. Tamás, István Adorján, Alex Cistelecan, Joe Grim Feinberg, Andrei State, Attila Szigeti

Moderator: Dana Domsodi

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ERSTE Stiftung