JULIE KLINGER (b. 1983), PhD Geography, is an Assistant Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Associate Director of the Global Development Policy Center’s Land Use and Livelihoods Initiative. Dr. Klinger’s research focuses on the dynamics of global resource frontiers, with a particular focus on social and environmental sustainability in China, Brazil, and the United States. In particular, she examines how diverse forms of violence and strategies for survival shape land use, environmental conservation, and livelihood security. Dr. Klinger’s research uses qualitative and quantitative methods combined with extensive fieldwork, often in local languages. She has published numerous articles on natural resources, environmental politics, and outer space. Her 2017 Book Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes was awarded the Meridian Book Prize for its “unusually important contribution to the art and science of geography.”

DON KALB (b. 1959) is a Professor within the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, as well as holding a teaching position at the Utrecht University . His work has addressed numerous topics including globalization, nationalism, labor history, and class, from a Marxist anthropological perspective. His empirical work has been mainly on economic transformations, class, and popular and political culture in Europe, in particular the Netherlands and Central and Eastern Europe. In 1999, Don was a director of the Social Consequences of Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe program at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Austria. In 2015, Don was a distinguished visiting professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City as a part of the university’s Advanced Research Collaborative initiative. Presently, alongside Chris Hann, Kalb directs the financialization research group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Don is the founding editor of anthropology journal Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, as well as the current FocaalBlog editor. Focaal focuses primarily on intersecting anthropological and historical debates examining local case studies within a global context.

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 SociologyTransdisciplinary 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’.

MARIUS TURDA (b. 1973) is a Professor in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine, at the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brooks University. Marius has been teaching at Oxford Brookes since 2005. He is the founder director of the Cantemir Institute at the University of Oxford (2012-2013) and founder of the Working Group on the History of Eugenics and Race (HRE), established in 2006. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society. He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Galton Institute, as well as the Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities. His main research interests relate directly to post-1800 European history and its connections to the wider world, namely political ideologies, empires and nation-states, biomedicine, history of ideas/intellectual history in Eastern Europe, as well as historiography, methodology and theories of history. He published and edited numerous volumes on the topics of race, ethnicity and eugenics, his latest publications including Science and Ethnicity II: Biopolitics and Eugenics in Romania, 1920-1944, Municipal Museum of Bucharest (2019), Historicizing Race : a Global History, Bloomsbury Academic (2018), The History of Eugenics in East-Central Europe, 1900-1945, Bloomsbury (2015), Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary, Palgrave (2014). He is the curator of the exhibition “Science and ethnicity. Anthropology research in Romania in the 30s”, which was hosted by the Museum of Arts and History, Zalău, Romania in January & February of 2019.

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.

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 kilometers 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). 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).