Executive team



Valer Simion Cosma Valer Simion Cosma (b. 1986), has a phd in history at Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj, which emphasises the role of priests in a peasant’s world from Ardeal in 19th century. At the moment he works at “Research Innovation Foundation” as an advanced researcher in a program called “Political Clientelism: a comprehensive frame for measuring electoral irregularities”, which is financed by UEFISCDI, grant PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-094, and coordinated by the univ. Prof. dr. Isabela Mareș (Columbia University). For two years (2015-2017), he’s been a researcher in the project “East-West”.  Vernacular religion on the boundary of Eastern and Western Chritianity: continuity, changes and interactions ((Seventh Framework Programme – ”Ideas” Specific programme – European Research Council) hosted by Ethnographic Institute of Hungarian Academy of Sciences from Budapest, Hungary. Founder of Center for the Study of Modernity and the Rural World (2016), founder of projects such as Telciu Summer Conference (2012) and Telciu Summer School (2016). Coordinator of three volumes released at the firsts editions of Telciu Summer Conference Valer also published a serie of studies in the collective volumes and specialty magazines from Romania and abroad. His interests are the modernization of the rural world, history and the sociology of rural elites, the religiosity of the peasants, vernacular religion and the relation between modernity/ coloniality and religion in Eastern Europe, political economy, nationalism, populism and the political clientelism. Besides his academic work, he also contributed to the research and making of documentary films such as: Disco is Dead (2017) and artistic performances (ÜBUNG IN TRAUER/EXERCISE IN MOURNING by Maria Magdalena Ludewig & Guests, at Kampnagel – Internationales Zentrum für Schönere Künste, Hamburg, 2017), about the contemporary rural world. In 2017, together with Ágota Ábrán, coordinated the issue “Postsocialist rural world” from (the magazine) Gazeta de Arta Politica.


Ágota Ábrán, born (1989) in Târgu Mureș, finished her doctoral studies in 2018 at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, in the Department of Social Anthropology, where she studied for her master’s as well. Her research topic centres on the process of plants becoming medicinal in Romania, focusing on commodification, valuation studies, medical anthropology, and the overcoming of Cartesian dichotomies between the social and the natural.

Theodor Constantiniu (born 1986) is a PhD candidate at „Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. With an initial background as a violinist, he devotes his postgraduate studies to theoretical research (musicology and ethnomusicology). At the moment, he is trying to maintain a fragile equilibrium between science (computational musicology), humanities (the social and political context in which the Romanian ethnomusicology developed) and music performance (jazz/improvised music). As a music critic, he writes for Romanian cultural magazines such as Tribuna, Steaua or Cultura. He also covers the Romanian jazz scene in his blog (jazzdeadreptu.wordpress.com). He is a contributing author at Liga Oamenilor de Cultură Bonțideni from the first days of this site. Over the years, he participated within several national and international conferences and parts of his research has been published in various academic journals and collective volumes.

Claudiu-Lorand Maxim (b. 1991) is a theatre producer and cultural manager. In 2013 and 2014 he graduated from the Theatre and Television Faculty (Department of Theatre Production) alongside the History and Philosophy Faculty (Department of Philosophy) of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca. In 2016, he gained his Master’s degree in Performing Arts and Film from the same university. He is a founding member of the Reciproca Association (founded in 2014). From 2015, he is the initiator and director of the Focus Atelier workshop and debate platform, with two editions till date. From the same year, he has been manager of the Troc Educational Theatre Network, organised by the Reciproca Association in partnership with the Replika Educational Theatre Centre and the Reactor Creation and Experiment. He worked as a Theatre Producer for the Romedin Project, organised by the Desire Foundation and the Tranzit Foundation; as an Assistant Producer at the 8th edition of the Temps D’Images International Festival, Cluj-Napoca; and as a resident producer at the RAP – Residences, Workshops, Publics project in 2015, organised by the National Dance Centre Bucharest and the ColectivA Association. He is the producer of shows such as 9 din 10/9 out of 10 and Poker directed by Leta Popescu, shows co-produced by the Reciproca Association and the Reactor Creation and Experiment Space.


Anastasia Oprea completed her Bachelor studies in International Relations and European Studies at the Letters Faculty, University of Bucharest, in 2008. After seeing a bewildering documentary regarding sexual violence in the DRC, she decided her subsequent studies and research should help her understand both the facts presented, as well as the impact the documentary had had on her. Hence, she attended a Master in Conflict and Crisis Management at the Babeș-Bolyai and in 2013 obtained an MSc in African studies from the ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. Her dissertation “Gender, sexual violence and securitization in two (western) media discourses on DRC” discussed media representations of sexual violence within African conflict contexts. Since 2015 she is pursuing a PhD in International Relations and Conflict Resolution at the Economics School of the University of Coimbra. Her PhD fellowship is being financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research project is focused on (un)doing European citizenship through every day practices, from the perspective of its emancipatory potential. The empirical part of her thesis is centered on European eco-village communities. Her research interests include: feminism & gender studies, queer IR, European & citizenship studies, post/decolonialism, political ecology, performance studies, political art.