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Thursday, 11th of April, 2024, 7 p.m

"Lucian Blaga" University Library from Sibiu/ Str. Lucian Blaga, no. 2A

tranzit. ro/Cluj in partnership with Babes Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca and "Lucian Blaga" University Library from Sibiu invites you to a lecture and discussion within the project "Philosophy in Late Socialist Europe: Theoretical Practices in the Face of Polycrisis" on the topic of the polycrisis of the 1970s -1980 with the title

„Reframing Sovereign Power in Late Socialist Romania: Crisis, Militarism and the Nationalist Turn”.

The meeting is moderated by Ștefan Baghiu.

The entire series of the podcast Revisiting Socialism can be found here.

„The last politico-legal measure of the socialist regime was, as we know, the declaration of the state of emergency over the whole territory of the country, issued in the last day of its existence. By 22nd December 1989, the regime was committed to use military force against the citizens, and engage in a full assertion of unbridled sovereign power. Yet, this affirmation of the repressive apparatus of the state was not a mere reaction to the situation at hand: it build on a specific history that involved on one hand changes within the ideology of the Party during the decades following 1968, and on the other hand, of a longer history of state appartuses in Romania. By anchoring sovereign power in the history of both Romanian communism and Romanian constitutional law, I intend to offer a new way of understanding the regime’s demise and to reflect on the ways in which communism accommodated, reframed, and reshaped and was ultimately entangled within the history and operation of the law. Focusing on the modern history of emergency legislation and emergency powers, I aim to address how these institutions have affected the exercise of power during the last years of the regime”.

Cosmin Cercel

This work was supported by the project "Philosophy in Late Socialist Europe: Theoretical Practices in the Face of Polycrisis" financed by the European Union - NextgenerationEU and the Government of Romania, within the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Romania, contract no. 760044//23.05.2023, code PNRR-C9-I8-CF104/15.11.2022, through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, within Component 9, Investment I8.

The main partner of is ERSTE Stiftung.

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Stefan Baghiu
Alex Cistelecan