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

Orbiting Modernity: from the steam engine to the galactic debris. Cluj
Napoca str. 16, I floor, Cluj

Using the format of workshops, presentations and lectures, is preparing a series of events dealing with the contradictions of modernity, in order to reveal the social history of the transformations which have lead to the eruption of climate crisis, a process (necessary, fatally, or maybe not?) entwined with the origin, development and the expansion of capitalism. One of the central theme regards the mediation of the emergence of the capitalist system of production by economic and social transformations, under the aegis of the profit maximization and increase of productivity. This starting point represents the basis of a research project that aims at exposing the way in which global ecology and the impact of human activity on the environment are over-determined by the structural transformations of modern society.

The topics discussed and developed through the seminars, presentations workshops, and lectures are organized according to a multidisciplinary approach and are integrating different perspectives in the field of sociology, philosophy, natural sciences and art. We start from the presupposition that the current ecological crisis and the social-political problems it raises are the result of a long historical evolution, originating in the founding events of modernity (the English industrial revolution and the French social revolution), and whose causal chain is declined on the multi-layered structure of the totality in motion and contradiction that is our modern history.

Curatorial team: Alex Cistelecan, Dana Domsodi, Attila Szigeti, Attila Tordai-S.

Partners: Sociology Department of Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Biology and Ecology Department of Babes Bolyai University, ClujČ™ Philosophy Department of Babes Bolyai University, Cluj

First event:
28.10.2019, 18:00h

Reconsidering the fundaments of capitalist production. From the birth of capitalism to Industrial Revolution

Moderated by Alex Cistelecan and Dana Domsodi