8th Edition, 2019: Race, Sovereignties, and South-Eastern Thought. Program (EN)

Please note that all events will have translators who will be translating from English to Romanian or from Romanian to English, in case there will be participants who need it, thanks to the awesome GRAI collective.

GRAI (Autonomous Translation Group) is a collective that provides translation and DIY simultaneous translation equipment to groups and movements which fight for social justice and the environment.

Location of the conference: the library of the Technological High-School (Biblioteca Liceului Tehnologic), Telciu


(all day)             Arrivals

19:00                 Welcome Dinner


09:00-10:00     Morning Coffee

10:00-12:00    Panel 1: Complicating Sovereignties

  • Juho Korhonen (Brown University, USA): Non-sovereign Democratic Politics in the Russian Empire and Inter-Imperial Racialization
  • Petru Szedlacsek (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany): “We stood guarding the country’s eastern border for fifteen thousand years”: Capitalizing on the Discourse of Authenticity in Habsburg Hungary’s Szekely Periphery
  • Yasemin Bavbek (Brown University, USA): Colonial Politics and the Plurality of Sovereignty: The Ottoman Perspective(s) on the American-Philippine War

CHAIR: Cornel Ban ( Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

13:00-14:00    Lunch

15:00-17:30    Panel 2: Racializing Citizens at Critical Junctures

  • Cosmin Koszor-Codlea (Oxford Brookes University, UK): Scientific Racism and Romanian Nineteenth-Century Science Popularization
  • Giovanni B. Corvino (University of Turin, Italy): Race and Sovereignty: the Lynching of African-Americans in the United States South (19th century)
  • Raluca Grosescu (University of Bucharest, Romania): Expanding the Notion of Genocide to Crimes against National Liberation Movements and Cultural Genocide: How Lithuanian, Argentinean, and Guatemalan Courts Have Altered International Law
  • Corina Dobos (University of Bucharest, Romania): Mid 20th century epistemologies of “overpopulation”: The Office of Population Research (Princeton University) and the creation of the Global South

CHAIR: Manuela Boatcă (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany)

19:00-20:00    Dinner


09:00-10:00     Morning Coffee

10:00-12:00     Panel 3: From Racialization to Eugenics

  • Flavia Elena Craioveanu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania): Jews and Romani in the Romanian eugenic discourse. 1927-1939.
  • Cristian Cercel (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany): `The Saxons and Swabians left, we were left with the Gypsies`
  • Anca Pârvulescu (Washington University in St. Louis, USA) Does Critical Race Theory Travel? Notes on Comparative Racial Fields.

CHAIR: Anca Pârvulescu (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

13:00-14:00     Lunch Break

15:00-16:30     Panel 4:  Interrogating Whiteness in Europe

  • Ileana Nachescu (Rutgers): Lateral Whiteness and the Reinvention of Eastern Europe: from No Man’s Land to Diasporic Solidarity
  • Raluca Bejan (St. Thomas Unversity, Canada): Whiteness in question

CHAIR: Ovidiu Țichindeleanu (IDEA arts + society)

17:00-19:00    Keynote: Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University, UK): On the Paradoxes of ‘Race’ as a Concept

20:00-21:00    Dinner

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 (end of the Summer Conference, the beginning of the Summer School)

10:30                 Round table and presentation of the book  Istorie și rasism. Ideea de rasă de la Iluminism la Donald Trump (Marius Turda and Maria Sophia Quine) [Romanian translation of Historicizing Race], published at Polirom (2019), in the presence of the author Marius Turda.

14:00                The official opening of the 4th Telciu Summer School – Race, Sovereignties and South-Eastern Thought and presentation of the activities and team

14:30                 Visit and presentation of the exhibition Science and Ethnicity (1 and 2), curated by Marius Turda, followed by a round table discussion

16:00                 Presentation of the artistic and research residency project, Handpicked in Telciu, of the Center for Modernity and the Rural World

17:00                 Performance of the theatre play created during the educational theatre workshop Still on the road, on the road, on the road! by the artists Katia Pascariu & Mihaela Michailov together with the children from Telciu (workshop within the Telciu Bulletin Project)

20:00                 Outdoor Dinner


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