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Ecologies of Emancipation Summer School, 4th edition

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION now open until 1st of June

(Un)Law of Peoples

Câmpu Cetății, Hypha.etc camp,
8-13 august 2024

now open until the 1st of June 2024

In the early postcommunist 90s, John Rawls’ Law of Peoples was laying the theoretical foundations of the ‘realistic utopia’ of a liberal international order based on the ideas of law, justice, fairness, human rights, and of course decency. Today, three posthistorical decades into that utopia, nothing much remains of it, not only for what concerns its rhapsodic, yet concrete, historical manifestations, but even for what concerns its once relentless ideological justifications. Today, the liberal international order appears to not only tolerate, but even justify genocide, while systematically fomenting war, and directly contributing to environmental catastrophe and social collapse. Instead of being the vehicle of progress and emancipation, law has become a mere instrument of repression and class rule – as the various anti-corruption campaigns and the phenomenon of ‘rule by law’ testify – or, at best, something to be cast aside and kept safe for better days, while the interregnum of police violence reigns supreme. How did we get to this?

The 4th edition of Ecologies of Emancipation summer school aims to address this unfortunate conjecture by tackling various problematics from the framework of a more general critical history, sociology, and philosophy of law, from the most global political and ecological treaties and conventions to the most local and mundane provisions of labor law and reproductive law, including investigations into their historical evolutions as well as their cultural and ideological ramifications.

As usual, the summer school will consist in a series of two daily lectures, panels or workshops featuring scholars from various disciplinary fields (critical legal studies, political economy, sociology, philosophy, history of ideas and literary studies), as well as dedicated students’ panels, in which the participants can present and discuss their own research projects and ideas.

The school is especially (but not exclusively) dedicated to students (including postgraduates) from the social and humanities faculties. There is no registration fee. The school offers free accommodation in 4-6 bedded rooms, up to a maximum of 24 places, plus free camping space.

Those wishing to participate should send a letter of intent to by 1 June. Proposals for student panel presentations will then be received by 1 July.


August 8
12 pm
Reception of participants, opening of the summer school

4 - 6 pm
Raluca Grosescu – The limits of the UN convention on the condemnation of genocide: South Africa vs. Israel at the International Court of Justice

August 9
10 am -12 pm
Cornel Ban – Planning in the mixed economy and the specter of climate catastrophe

4 - 6 pm
Silvia Șuteu - Participatory democracy as an engine for the renewal of Romanian constitutionalism?

August 10
10 am -12 pm
Adrian Grama – A century of labor law in the peripheries of Europe

3 - 5 pm
Elena Brodeală - Gender equality and reproductive justice

6 - 8 pm
Student panel (I)

August 11
10 am -12 pm
Leyla Safta-Zecheria – The (In)visibility of Violence in Residential Institutions for Persons with Disabilities and Transnational Advocacy Practices

3 - 5 pm
Mihai Rusu - A culture of memorial cancellation? The politics of public monuments in contemporary Romania

6 - 8 pm
Student panel (II)

August 12
10 am - 12 pm
Irina Velicu - Oil and cyanide: The gray zone of transitions and the perspective of environmental injustice

3 - 5 pm
Cosmin Cercel – Impossible objects of the theory of law: the limits of the legal form

August 13
10 am-12 pm
Mihai Iovănel & Ștefan Baghiu – How much does the world cost? Movements of goods and properties in Romanian realism

2 pm
School closing, participants leaving

The Summer School "Ecologies of Emancipation" is organized by hypha.etc and the Faculty of Theatre and Film of Babeș-Bolyai University within the project "Philosophy in Late Socialist Europe: Theoretical Practices in the Face of Polycrisis".

Main partner of is ERSTE Foundation.