Manuela Boatcă is Professor of Sociology with a focus on macrosociology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany. She was Visiting Professor at IUPERJ, Rio de Janeiro in 2007/08 and Professor of Sociology of Global Inequalities at the Latin American Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin from 2012 to 2015. Her work on world-systems analysis, postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, gender in modernity/coloniality and the geopolitics of knowledge in Eastern Europe and Latin America has appeared in the Journal of World-Systems Research, Cultural Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, Political Power and Social Theory, Berliner Journal für Soziologie, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte and Theory, Culture and Society.She is author of Global Inequalities beyond Occidentalism, Ashgate 2015 and co-editor (with E. Gutiérrez Rodríguez and S. Costa) of Decolonizing European Sociology. Transdisciplinary Approaches, Ashgate 2010 and of Handbuch Entwicklungsforschung (with K. Fischer and G. Hauck), Springer 2015.
Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu (b.1976). Philosopher, translator and culture theorist living in Chişinău, writing on critical social theory, decolonial thought, new materialisms, Eastern Europe and the cultural history of postcommunism. Studied philosophy in Cluj-Napoca, Strasbourg and Binghamton. PhD in Philosophy, Binghamton University (2009). Editor of the biannual of critical theory and contemporary arts IDEA arts + society and collections coordinator of IDEA publishing house, Cluj, Romania. Co-founder and editor of the independent journal Philosophy & Stuff (1997-2000). Co-founder of the independent platforms Indymedia Romania (2004), CriticAtac.ro (2010) and LeftEast International (2012). Former member of the working group for the integration of Central and Eastern European Countries in the European Social Forum (2006); organizer of the Eastern Europe – Global South Initiative (WSF Tunis 2013). Member in the Board of Directors of El Taller International, an international NGO dedicated to conceiving and organizing non-retributive forms of social justice, such as the International Courts of Women. From 2012 teaches at the Decolonial School of the Roosevelt Institute, Middelburg, Netherlands and since 2016 he teaches at Telciu Summer School, Romania. Translator into Romanian of works by Silvia Federici, Sylvia Marcos, Walter Mignolo, Arturo Escobar, Immanuel Wallerstein, Ivan Illich, Giles Deleuze, Peter Sloterdijk. Author of Romanian Revolution Televised (with K. Petrovszky, IDEA, 2009); co-editor (with V. Ernu, C. Şiulea, C. Rogozanu) of The Anticommunist Illusion (Cartier 2008). In 2016 he published „Contracultură. Rudimente de filosofie critică”(Idea).
Cornel Ban is the author of ten peer-reviewed articles on economic policy strategies in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America, professionals and economic policy, the politics of IMF fiscal policy advice and European financial crisis management. His most recent book was published by Oxford University Press and deals with the local adaptation and crisis resilience of global economic paradigms in Spain and Romania. Dr. Ban also co-edited special issues on the IMF, the BRICS and shadow banking for leading journals such as Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Common Market and Governance. At Boston University he also serves as the co-director of the Global Economic Governance Initiative. Currently, he is Reader in International Economy at City University of London (UK) and Visiting Associate Professor at Copenhagen School of Business. Dr. Ban was born and raised a few kilometers away from Telciu.
Alina Branda is a university lecturer at the European Studies Faculty, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, where she lectures is cultural anthropology, European ethnology, ethnicity, interethnic relations, multiculturalism, and cultural pluralism. Between 2008 and 2012 she completed her academic activities with managerial duties at the Inter- and Multicultural Studies Institute of Babeş-Bolyai University. She is the beneficiary of numerous fundings and research stages conducted abroad, as well as having a rich academic activity in studies, conference and symposium participations, and research projects. She is the member of the following national and international societies: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, The International Association for Southeast European Anthropology, the Romanian Society for Cultural Anthropology, European Association of Social Anthropologists. Together with Valer Simion Cosma and Theodor Constantiniu, she is foundr of the Center for the Study of Modernity and the Rural World.
Norbert Petrovici is a university lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. His research focuses social theory, urban/rural sociology, urban planning, gender studies, social anthropology, spatial planning and sustainable development. In 2018 he published „Zona Urbană. O economie politică a socialismului românesc”, Tact, Cluj Napoca. He is founding member of the Center for the Study of Modernity and the Rural World. Member in several activist networks which plead for spacial justice and a right for a decent life for all inhabitants of cities