Ion Matei Costinescu is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. His research interests include the modern history of Southeastern Europe, questions of modernity/modernization, and nationalism in a comparative perspective. Matei has considerable teaching experience and his published work includes articles in Sfera Politicii and Sociologie Romȃnească. He is currently working on a dissertation analyzing the alternative rural modernity elaborated and inserted into the interwar Romanian social structure by the Bucharest Sociological School.
Bogdan Vătavu (b. 1986) librarian at “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, graduate of Babeş-Bolyai University, the Faculty of History and Philosophy. My academic interests revolve around social history in general, with a marked interest in the history of crime. I have published several articles in scientific journals on such topics as banditry and brigandage in the early modern Romanian provinces and I currently prepare a PhD thesis on the same topic.
George Iordăchescu (b. 1990) is a doctoral researcher since 2015 at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, in the Department of Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage where he is completing a Ph.D. thesis on political ecology of wild nature in Eastern Europe. His research interests span from environmental humanities to critical studies of museology including but not limited to ecotourism, forest commons, protected areas and commodification of nature, neoliberal conservation and market environmentalism, ecocriticism and green cultural studies. He is member of ESEH– European Society for Environmental History, EASA– European Association of Social Anthropologists, IASC– International Association for the Study of Comons, EURHO– European Rural History Organization and FLARE– Forests and Livelihood, Assesment, Research, Engagement.
Adina Mocanu received her PhD in Humanities from University of Barcelona, in 2017 . She completed two masters programs: MA in Romanian studies at Craiova University, Romania and MA in “Construction and Representation of Cultural Identity” at Barcelona University, Spain. She is interested in gender studies, feminism,political theory, childhood studies and Comparative Literature. She is also editor of the cultural Romanian review Prăvălia culturală.
Andrei-Sorin Herța (b. 1988 in Romuli, just a few kilometres near Telciu), I am a PhD candidate at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca with a thesis on political ecology of nature conservation and sustainable development. I hold an MA degree in Applied Anthropology at the same university with a dissertation discussing the concept of workplace resistance based on an ethnographic study. My research interests revolve around two major fields, environmental anthropology and anthropology of work. As a PhD student of Faculty of Sociology and Social Work I taught between 2015 and 2018 the seminars Work Management and Introduction to Anthropology. Since 2014 I am a member of the Sociolink group. Currently, besides doctoral research, I am a member of an interdisciplinary research team in a project focusing on rural entrepreneurship and its relationships with local government. My specific research interests are related to rural world, local knowledge, protected areas, forest exploitation, nature tourism, ethnography of science and the theory of the Anthropocene.
Adrian Rista (n. 1981 la Arad) is a lawyer with a more than ten years’ experience working with several NGOs, being interested in social economy, mobility, and human rights. He coordinated campaigns for the rights of cyclists in Bucharest and was a visiting lecturer at the „Vasile Goldiș” Vest University of Arad. He came to Telciu the first time in 2016, irreversibly and irrevocably connecting to this locality and the projects run by this centre, a member of which he became recently.
Vlad Emilian Gheorghiu was born and raised in, County Mures, and has been a resident of Bucharest for the past 15 years. He attended the courses of the “Tudor Vianu” National College of Informatics, Bucharest, specialising in informatics. He graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Management, specialisng in Project Management within the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, and in 2017 from the Anthropology Master’s Programme within the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Buvharest. He has been workin as a web designer and programmer for nealry 15 years and is involved in event organisation for over 10 years.
Andreea Aștilean (b. 1996) is a college student at the Babeș-Bolyai university, where she’s been studying sociology since 2015. Her research topic centres on the urbanization of the post-socialist cities in Cluj-Napoca. She will graduate in June 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduation, Andreea plans to continue her master’s degree in human resources. Her research interests include LGBTQ+ communities, gender studies, anthropology, religion and history.
Pati Murg (b. 1995 in Jiu Valley) is a 3rd year student studying sociology at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work in Cluj-Napoca. At the moment she is working very hard on her final dissertation about the aesthetics of kitsch in Romania and has an interest in political theater. Member of the Contrasens podcast, which focuses on subjects from the social sciences field and has the main goal of bringing academic ideas to a broad audience, in a public space. She is interested in visual anthropology, differences between “high culture” and “low culture” in the cultural industry, feminism and social politics.