DANIELA GABOR is associate professor in economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a PhD in banking and finance from the University of Stirling (2009). Since then, she has published on central banking in crisis, on the governance of global banks and the IMF, and on shadow banking and repo markets. Her latest publication is a co-edited book with Charles Goodhart, Jakob Vestegaard, and Ismail Erturk entitled Central Banking at Crossroads (Anthem Press, 2014). She is interested in shadow banking activities, in particular repo markets, and the implications for central banking, sovereign bond markets and regulatory activity; political economy of global, interconnected banks and their presence in emerging/developing countries through the lens of dependent financialization.

TANJA OSTOJIĆ (b. 1972, Yugoslavia) is an interdisciplinary and performative artist and an independent cultural activist living in Berlin. She is a graduate of the University of Arts in Belgrade (1990-1995) where she also finished her masters degree (1995-1998). She was part of a post-doctoral program at the École Regionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France (1998-1999) and an interdisciplinary research internship at the Berlin University of the Arts (2012-2014). She is accustomed to include herself as a character in her performances using diverse mediums in her artistic research to examine social configurations and power relations. She often works from the point of view of migrant women, as political positioning plays an crucial role in her work. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and galleries. She has been invited to hold seminars, presentations and workshops at various academic conferences and art universities throughout Europe and America. Among her exhibitions we can mention the following: Lexicon of Tanja Ostojić (MoCAB Salon, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017), Feminism is Politics! (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, 2016), Bienala de la Pancevo (Serbia, 2016), contesting/ contexting SPORT (nGbK, Berlin, 2016), ECONOMY (Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 2013), Tanja Ostojić: Body, Politics, Agency (Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 2012), Global Feminisms (Brooklyn Museum, New-York, 2007).

MARGARETA (MAGDA) MATACHE is a Roma rights activist from Romania, director of the Roma Program at Harvard FXB, and instructor in the human rights department at Harvard University, USA. In 2012 she received a Hauser postdoctoral scholarship from Harvard FXB and founded the Roma Program at the same time. In April 2017, she successfully organised the FXB’s Fifth Annual Roma Conference marking the International Roma Day, entitled ‘Culture Beyond Borders: The Roma Contribution’. Her latest book, ‘Realizing Roma Rights’ has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2017. The volume, co-edited with Andrzej Mirga and Jacqueline Bhabha the research director of FXB, investigates racism against Roma and documents the increasing Roma political movement for building a more inclusive and fairer Europe. From 2005 to 2012, Margareta Matache was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS (www.romanicriss.org), a leading Roma rights organization that defends and promotes the rights of Roma. During her mandate, Romani CRISS took a stand against discrimination in landmark cases targeting the President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister of Romania at that time. Their advocacy and litigation efforts have also contributed to the approval of the domestic School Desegregation Bill.  Previously, she served as a youth worker and trainer on cultural diversity and minority rights, using non-formal education tools. She has also worked as an election observer for missions in Western Balkans and implemented regional projects, including ‘Roma and the Stability Pact in South-Eastern Europe’ and ‘Roma use your ballot wisely’. She completed her PhD on the topic of the development of Roma children,  in Political Sciences at the University of Bucharest. She holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policies. Her publications and research have ranged over the rights, agency, and participation of Romani children and adolescents, early childhood development, Roma women, anti-Roma racism, reparations, segregation in education, and participatory action research.

JUAN F. GAMELLA is an anthropologist, professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Universidad de Granada, Spain. He was head of the Social Anthropology Department from 2007-2010 and coordinated the group that developed the Grade in Anthropology at his university. He has done fieldwork in Sumatra, Indonesia, on development, social change and the expansion of the oil industry; and in the US and Spain on the history of drug problems and the spread of AIDs. Among his recent publications resulting from this research line we find: “Cannabis cultivation in Spain: A profile of plantations, growers and production systems”, with Alvarez and Parra, 2016; and the edited book: “Drugs and Alcohol in the Pacific”, 2002). He has been working with groups of Spanish Gypsies since 1993 in several areas of Andalusia, Madrid and, more summarily in the Basque Country and Catalonia. His recent publications in this field include a book on the factors underlying the successful pathways of Gitano college graduates, particularly successful Gitano women: “Historias de éxito. Modelos para reducir el abandono escolar de la adolescencia gitana”, 2011; and several papers on the study of the demographic transition of Spanish Gypsies combining ethnographic and demographic methods (“The decline of infant and child mortality among Spanish Gitanos or Calé (1875-2005) with E. Martín, 2017). He has also studied the anthropological linguistics of the mixed language developed by the Calé: “The long agony of Hispanoromani. The remains of Caló in the speech of Spanish Gitanos”, with C. Fernández and I. Adiego, 2015). Since 2013 he coordinates the Spanish team of the joint project “MigRom: The immigration of Romanian Roma to Western Europe: Causes, effects and future engagement strategies” from the EU Seventh Framework Program, from which several publications are in press, including the paper: “Transnational Reproductive Histories: Romanian Roma Women from seven family networks living in Spain”, 2017; and “Founder effects and transnational mutations. The familial structure of a Romani diaspora”, con Beluschi, Muntean and Gómez, 2017). He has been visiting researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2010-2011), the University of Cambridge (2001-2002), and the Johns Hopkins University (1998).

IULIA POPOVICI (b. 1979) is a journalist, theatre critic and a performing arts curator. She is a graduate of the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters (1998-2002) and holds a Drama Writing masters degree from the National University of Theatre and Cinematography from Bucharest, Faculty of Theatre (2004-2006). Since 2005 she has been editor at Observator Cultural, a weekly publication of cultural information and observatory. She is a member of the Board of Directors at ActiveWatch – the Press Monitoring Agency. As a curator, she has also been involved in several festivals and exhibitions: Temps d’Images (Cluj, 2011-2017), co-curator at the Regional Biennial of Choreography (National Dance Center, Bucharest, 2016), ‘Focus Romania’, Konfrontacje Festival (Lublin, Poland, October 2014), Romanian Showcase (organized by the National Dance Center, Bucharest, September 2013, April 2014). She executed the invisible theatre project entitled Reality Show, part of the art program in The Knot public space (Warsaw, July 7, 2010) and the project Carte blanche for performative independent art (The Knot, Bucharest, October 10, 2010). She is a member of the Romanian Theatre Union (Uniter) and the International Association of Theatre Critics – Romania (AICT.ro). She is the author of the volumes Elefantul din cameră. Ghid despre teatrul independent din România (The Elephant in the Room. Guide of independent theatre in Romania. Idea Design & Print/Colectiv A, Cluj, 2016), Metaforă. Protest. Concept. Performance Art în România și Moldova (Metafore. Protest. Concept. Performance Art in Romania and Moldova. co-author: Raluca Voinea, Idea Design & Print/Colectiv A, Cluj, 2017), Un teatru la marginea drumului (A Theatre at the Edge of the Road. Cartea Românească, București, 2008) and editor of the volumes  Sfârșitul regiei, începutul creației colective în teatrul european (The End of Direction, the Beginning of Collective Creation in the European Theatre, Editura Tact, 2015), Noi practici în artele spectacolului din Europa de Est (New Practices in the Eastern European Performing Arts, Editura Cartier, 2014), Psihoterrapolitica (ART Publishing House, Bucharest, 2011), Made in Poland (ART Publishing House, Bucharest, 2008).

BOGDAN POPA is a lecturer in gender studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK. He is an associate researcher at the Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests lie in trans, queer and feminist theory, the history of gender and sexuality, contemporary political theory, Eastern European studies, film theory and psychoanalysis. He published the following books Shame: A Genealogy of Queer Practices in the Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2017) and Sexul și Capitalul: O teorie a filmului românesc. (Sex and Capital: A theory of the Romanian film, Editura Tracus Arte, București, 2017).

VICTORIA STOICIU  was born in the USSR, today the Republic of Moldova, in 1979. She graduated in Political Sciences (SNSPA) and is a PhD student at Babeş Bolyai University with a thesis on social movements in Romania. Since 2006 she has been the project coordinator of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Romania, where she is involved in projects related to the labour market, social policies and migration. Since 2015 she has been a Eurofund national correspondent, publishing regular reports on the evolution of labour relations in Romania. In this capacity she coordinated a series of projects, among which: ‘Impact of the economic crisis on Romanian labour mobility’, ‘Sustainable Romania’, ‘Ageing in Romania’, ‘Romanian youth: values, expectations and life style’. She is Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (GMF) scholar and graduate of the European School of Democracy within the European Council. Between 2011 and 2013 she was part of the CriticAtac coordinating tram. She published opinion articles and essays in DoR (Decât o Revistă/Just a Magazine), Dilema Veche (Old Dilema) Foreign Policy Romania, on www.republica.ro, www.contributors.ro etc. Over time she has been involved in various research projects in universities and institutions across Romania and abroad: precarious and atypical work (Dublin City University Business School, 2015-2016), youth migration (Novapolis Association, 2014-2015 ), research on labor mobility and social issues (Romanian Academic Society, 2001-2006).

NICOLAE – EMANUEL DOBREI (b. in 1980, Deva) graduated at the Faculty of Political Science within SNSPA in 2002, having obtained his PhD at the same institution in 2012 with a thesis on John Rawls’ theory of democratic legitimacy. After having worked as research assistant on public policy within the Education Sciences Institute (2007-2009), he worked as assistant professor (since 2009) and lecturer (2016) at the Faculty of Political Science – SNSPA. His fields of interest are political theory, political ideologies and the history of political ideas. In 2017 he established, together with colleagues with similar interests, the Bucharest Center for Political Theory, a center for research in political theory. He published and co-authored studies in the field of educational policies, chapters and articles about political ideologies, translations from Robert Tucker and Leszek Kolakowski. At the moment, he teaches the courses of Introduction to political philosophy, Radical political theories, Political ideologies, Normative analysis of American public policies and politics. Within the Faculty, he is part of the editorial team of the magazine “Political Perspectives”, coordinates the Annual Student Conference of the Political Science students, the Political Theory Workshop and the film club Cinepolis.

CORINA TULBURE (b. 1977, in Iași) is a collaborative media journalist in Spain, where she has been living since 2001. She works on the phenomenon of migration both in Spain and other countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Tunisia, Germany). She graduated in Letters in Romania and has a PhD from the University of Barcelona in the field of Discourse Analysis. She is co-author of the volume El último europeo (Oveja roja, Madrid, 2014). She has worked with organisations in Barcelona criticising the situation of undocumented migrants in Spain and their lack of access to public services. She collaborated with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) on the access of migrants to healthcare in Spain. She is a member of the ROMEST network, working with Eastern European Roma citizens in Catalonia. She is a member of the UNISINOS University, Brazil, Mercado laboral y pobreza research group.

JULIA ROTH is a post-doctoral researcher and instructor within The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s), a project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, at the Centre for Inter-American studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher within the interdisciplinary project desiguALdades – Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America at the Free University of Berlin, and a lecturer within the Latin American Institution (Free University of Berlin) and within the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (Humboldt University, Berlin). She conducted her research in Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, New York and Cuba. Her PhD thesis focused on Western gender constructions in Latin America. As a doctoral student, Julia Roth has obtained a scholarship within the Cultures in/of Mobility (Potsdam) and was a member of the doctoral studies program Gender as a Category of Knowledge, Humboldt University, Berlin. Her current research focuses on the production of transnational feminist knowledge in Hip Hop.

MANUELA BOATCĂ (b. 1975) 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. In September 2017 she was declared sociologist of the month by the prestigious publication ‘Current Sociology’.

CORNEL BAN (b. 1973, Năsăud) 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 (Ruling Ideas: How Neoliberalism Goes Local, Oxford University Press, 2018) dealing with the local adaptation and crisis resilience of global economic paradigms in Spain and Romania, has been awarded the Political Economy Award of the 2017th British International Studies Association.
In Romanian his book Dependență și dezvoltare (Dependence and Development. Editura Tact) was published in 2014.
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. Starting from 2018 he is a lecturer in political economy at the City University of London and associate professor at the Copenhagen Business School. In the past, he was assistant professor at Boston University and researcher at Brown University in the United State. Similarly, he was researcher at the European University Institute. Dr. Ban was born and raised a few kilometres away from Telciu.

OVIDIU ȚICHINDELEANU (b. 1976, in Cluj). 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).