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Conference: Culture and Politics of Crisis II.

Marxism and post colonialism: Which counterhegemonic narrative for the post-communist East?

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29 May 2014, 7 pm. Cluj
str. Brassai Sámuel no. 5

Anselm Jappe: Professor of philosophy, aesthetics and critical theory, teaching in Italy, member of the Krisis group from Nuremberg; author of numerous essays and several books, including Guy Debord (1992), Les aventures de la marchandise. Pour une nouvelle critique de la valeur (2002), and Credit a mort. La decomposition du capitalisme et ses critiques (2011).

Aakash Singh Rathore: Research Professor at the Center for Ethics and Global Politics, LUISS University, Rome. He is author/editor of several books, including Indian Political Thought (2010), From Political Theory to Political Theology (2010), The Future of Political Theology (2012).

Alex Cistelecan
Veronica Lazăr

If the dominant ideology of the post-communist transition in Eastern Europe has been a steady and monotonous neoliberal articulation (at best pigmented by an internal tension between a conservative and a technocratic reading of the same paradigm), how do things stand in the opposite camp? Which is – and which should be – the framing paradigm of the counter-hegemonic opposition in post socialist Europe? The public debate will bring together two of the main contestants for the leading role in the theory (and, eventually, practice) of the progressive camp in Eastern Europe: Marxism and post colonialism.
While certainly the aim is not to pick the right side and drop the wrong one in a sort of zero sum confrontation, the idea is to put together (where possible) and compare the ‘applicability’ of these paradigms in the contemporary context of Eastern Europe.

The conference Culture and Politics of Crisis II. is part of the projects developed in Cluj within the programme Fiction, Rhetoric, Facts.


30 May 2014, 2 pm.

tranzit. ro/ Cluj
str. Brassai Sámuel no. 5

With the participation of the authors:
Anselm Jappe: The adventures of the merchandise: For a new critic of the value
Tact Publishing House, Cluj,
presented by Alex Cistelecan

G.M. Tamás: Postfascism and anticommunism. Philosophical-Political Interventions
Tact Publishing House, Cluj.
presented by Attila Szigeti

G.M. Tamás was born in Cluj in 1948. He studied classical philology and philosophy in Bucharest and Cluj; since 1972 he was the editor of a weekly literary magazine in Cluj. He was demoted from the editor position to the reviser, after which, since 1974, he was banned - with rare few exceptions - from publishing and began to be harassed by Securitate (Romanian Intelligence Service), so he decided to leave Romania. Since 1979 he has been teaching philosophy at the Faculty of Letters in Budapest. He hold lectures and did research at Columbia University, Oxford, Woodrow Wilson Center, Chicago, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Georgetown, Yale, New School for Social Research, Collegium Budapest, etc.

The book launch takes place in collaboration with Tact Publishing House and Hungarian Department of Philosophy, Babeş-Bolyai University from Cluj.

The main partner of is ERSTE Foundation.
Media partners: CriticAtac, Transindex, Szabadság, Vatra

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