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Non-linear narratives of the Enlightenment


Friday, 25 June 2021, at 7 PM.

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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.

Veronica Lazăr is a researcher in history of political ideas, contemporary philosophy, philosophy of history, cinema. She has taught for several years at the University of Bucharest and Babeș Bolyai University, Cluj.

The lecture will be held in English.

The event is part of “Orbiting Modernity: from the steam engine to galactic debris” project developed by tranzit. ro/ Cluj in 2020-2021.

The project’s goal is to investigate the relations between the defining elements of modernity (science and critical rationality, socio-political and economical dynamics, ideological structures) and their impact on the environment and our planet. The project intends to establish a long-term multidisciplinary collaboration between social and natural scientists, philosophers, artists and eco-activists.

Coordinated by Alex Cistelecan, Dana Domșodi, Attila Szigeti, Attila Tordai-S.

Past events:
Gareth Dale (Brunel University, Londra) - Can we cool a burning planet? Degrowth, technology, and the Green New Deal
Oana Mateescu (University of Bergen) – AI Commons
Natalia Buier (Max Planck Institute Social Anthropology)- Classless train: technology, infrastructure and capitalist ecomodernization
Adrian Grama (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies), Ștefan Guga (researcher at Syndex Romania)– Forces and relations of production, now and then
Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School) - Cul-de-Sac Economics: Europe on the Brink of Climate Meltdown
Jason Moore (Binghamton University) - Climates of History. Or How Climate Crises are Class Struggles in the Web of Life

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