Teaching/Workshops/Conferences/Forums

 Basic Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology, 1996

An educational program that included a course development and a teaching process, and it was offered for a group of students from Babes-BolyaiUniversity selected through competition. Courses on political anthropology (Eniko Vincze), ethnicity and interethnic relations (Margit Feischmidt), field methods in cultural anthropology (Magyari Nándor László) , visual theory and practice (Csilla Könczei) were developed and offered in the academic year 1996-1997 as an extracurricular program. This was supported by Illyes Foundation (Budapest), and it functioned as part of a network of programs offered for the most excellent Hungarian speaker students on philosophy, literature, psychology, sociology and cultural anthropology. A year later, the team involved into this project initiated, together with other colleagues, a master program on Cultural Anthropology in Romanian language at the Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University. Moreover, in 2005 they sustained the idea of developing a Hungarian-language master program program entitled Complex cultural research, which also included courses and seminars offered in English. Due to several organizational changes at Babes-Bolyai University, since 2007 these programs are not functioning any more, but the institutional and professional expertize gained through them informed many other further initiatives, with or without the participation of the group from 1996.  Histories of these institutional developments are presented in the volume Anthropo. Imprints. Amprente. Lenyomatok (Cluj:EFES, 2007) together with papers produced by former graduate students, teachers and collaborators in teaching socio-cultural anthropology at Babes-Bolyai University.  ANTHROPO FINAL_2008

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Women and Men in East European Transition, 1996

A summer school and workshop co-organized with the Faculty of European Studies, Cluj, Romania, the Cultural Anthropology Program of Janus Pannonius University, Pecs, Mona Foundation, Budapest. With the participation of faculty, researchers and students from Central and Eastern Europe, and of scholars from Western Europe and USA. women and men progr_1996. Organized in July 1996, with the support of the East East Program of Soros Foundation, UNESCO Paris, and Neuman Foundation, Budapest. The outcomes of the conference were published in the volume “Women and Men in East European Transition” (Cluj: EFES, 1996).

 

How to Study Cultural Encounters? The Case of Migration, 1997

Methodological training co-organized with the Master’s Program on Cultural Anthropology, Cluj and the Cultural Anthropology Program of Janus Pannonius University, Pecs. For students on cultural anthropology from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania and Janus Pannonius University, Pecs, Hungary. Faculty from the two universities and from the University of California Los Angels participated as well. Organized in August 1997 with the support of the East East Program of Soros Foundation.

 

Women in Civil Society, 1999

A workshop organized in May with the participation of faculty from Babes-BolyaiUniversity and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the city of Cluj interested to promote women on different sites of society.

 

Fighting against Racism, 1999 

A workshop organized in May, as a result of the co-operation between Foundation Desire and the Tranzit House from Cluj, a centre for alternative contemporary art. With the participation of scholars, faculty and representatives of Roma organizations and of national and international organizations working on human rights. The event was sponsored by the Ministry for the Protection of National Minorities, Romania.

 

Development of a University Program on ‘Gender, Society, Culture’, 2000-2003, and 2005-2008

This program administered by Foundation Desire was developed and accomplished by the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies of the Institute for Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of European Studies. It aimed at developing a teaching and structural capacity on gender studies at Babes-BolyaiUniversity, Cluj. The M.A. program on Gender and Equal Opportunities was launched in the academic year 2003-2004 (Gender, differences and inequalities), and transformed into a two year long program in 2007 (Gender research and equal opportunities). It functioned as such till the summer of 2010. First at the Faculty of European Studies, and afterwards at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences.

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Renegotiating socio-cultural identities in the post-socialist Eastern Europe, 2003

A conference co-organized between 28-30 of June together with the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies from Babes-Bolyai University, and with the Foundation for Visual Anthropology from Sibiu. The conference had participants from Eastern and Western Europe and from the United States working on gender studies and cultural anthropology, and beside the plenary sessions and the thematic panels included an exhibition entitled “(Per)forming  Identities”, film screenings and book presentations. The resulting book Performing Identities was published in 2004 (Cluj: EFES). performing identities

 

The research of cultures across borders, 2006

Workshop with the participation of anthropologists from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania and from four anthropology departments from Hungary (Pecs University, Miskolc University, Corvinus University and ELTE) with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 

Teaching gender in Eastern Europe, 2006

Workshop with the participation of the members from the Centre for Gender Studies of Babes-Bolyai University, from the Department of Anthropology at the Goldsmith College University of London, from the Research Center for Gender Studies at Sussex University and the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest with the support of the Higher Education Support Program.

 

Academic cultures and the feminist critique, 2007

Co-organized by Foundation Desire in cooperation with the Centre for Gender Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, this international conference aimed at discussing about politics of gender inside and outside the academia, the power regimes of universities and feminist participation, and as well as about knowledge production and social change informed by feminims.

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Action research and feminism, 2008 

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Training for the promotion of the principle of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, 2008-2011

Activity conducted within the project “Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market” coordinated by the Roma Women’s Association ‘For Our Children’, in a partnership with Foundation Desire and other organizations. Trainings were offered to representatives and staff members of public authorities, non-governmental organizations, media, and companies on (1) Romani communities and cultures, (2) Equal opportunities and non-discrimination in labor, and (3) Inter-cultural communication. In 2009 members of Foundation Desire were contributing to writing up two of the three training guides. Foundation Desire also took care of the editing and publishing process. Moreover, collaborators of our Foundation took part in 2009 and 2011 on the trainings delivered in the cities of Cluj, Timisoara, Bucharest and Iasi.

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Promoting equal opportunities and non-discrimination for Roma women through public debates and roundtable discussions, 2011

Together with other partner organizations within the project “Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market“, Foundation Desire elaborated position documents regarding the main issues of the project, also including the presentation of project results. These documents were presented with the occassion of meetings, roundtable discussions and public debates with local authorities (for example the county councils for equal opportunities from Cluj and Timisoara) and national authorities (for example in the Palace of the Romanian parliament), but as well as with representatives of civil society organizations and media.

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Romani women for equal opportunities, 2011

International conference organized within the project “Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market” coordinated by the Roma Women’s Association ‘For Our Children’, in a partnership with Foundation Desire and other organizations. Conference participants came from civil society organizations from Romania and from abroad, and as well as from Romanian public authorities, and representatives of European institutions. [Romani women FINAL conference agenda]. Conference conclusions [conclusions conference romani women for equal opportunities 2011] were also published in the Project Album produced at the end of the project. As a special moment of the three day long conference, Romani Design from Budapest and local Roma girls and women offered the conference participants and unconventional program. Through a fashion parade they not only gave participants a moment of relaxation, but raised awareness about the social and political relevance of fashion in terms of human and cultural recognition and inter-cultural communication. Fragments from the conference’s panel “Romani women’s activism”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX-llnSAL4I

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Fundația Desire a organizat în 12-13 aprilie 2014 în Cluj întâlnirea/atelierul de constituire a Rețelei Nord-Vest pentru participarea comunităților marginalizate de romi la elaborarea, implementarea și monitorizarea politicilor publice locale pentru dezvoltare incluzivă (RPRP N-V). Cu participarea delegaților membrilor fondatori: Fundația Desire, Cluj; Fundația Ruhama, Oradea; Asociația Șanse Egale, Zalău; Asociația Umanitară Împreună pentru Ei, Baia Mare; Asociația Comunitară a Romilor din Coastei, Cluj; Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai din Cluj-Napoca: Facultatea de Sociologie și Asistență Socială, și Facultatea de Studii Europene.

Constituirea rețelei regionale civico-academice “RPRP N-V”

Foundation Desire organized on 12-13 April 2014 in Cluj, the constitutive workshop of the North-Vest Network for the participation of marginalized Roma communities in the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of local public policies for inclusive development (N-V NPRP). With the participation of delegates of founder members: Foundation Desire, Cluj; Foundation Ruhama, Oradea; Association Equal Opportunities, Zalău; Humanitarian Association Together for Them, Baia Mare; Community Association of Roma from Coastei, Cluj; Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, and the Faculty for European Studies.

The creation of the civic and academic regional network “N-V NPRP”

Documentul de constituire: în limba  română.

Founding document: in English

 

Conferința finală ROMEDIN, Școală și societate, 13 martie 2016

Pornim de la constatarea faptului că dreptul la educație școlară este un drept universal al omului, iar sistemul de învățământ european și românesc este susținut prin politici educaționale care își propun să egalizeze șansele copiilor din categorii sociale diferite în ceea ce privește participarea lor școlară, sau care crează oportunități pentru cultivarea și dezvoltarea diversității etno-culturale. Totodată observăm: problemele societății mai largi, inclusiv cele legate de adâncirea inegalităților sociale și de persistența stigmatizărilor etnice, dar și cele înrădăcinate în modul în care se distribuie resursele publice, continuă nu doar să se reflecte, ci să se și reproducă în și prin sistemul de învățământ. Conferința noastră discută despre relația dintre școală și societate prin experiențele trăite ale cadrelor didactice, părinților și altor persoane implicate în proiectul ROMEDIN din partea mai multor instituții publice și organizații civice. Oferind și o retrospectivă asupra derulării și rezultatelor proiectului, conferința se dorește a fi spațiu al unei dezbateri publice despre rolul școlii în generarea și promovarea unei schimbări bazate pe principiul dreptății sociale.

 

FORUM PENTRU LOCUINȚE SOCIALE, 3 Octombrie 2016

Eveniment organizat de Fundația Desire cu ocazia Zilei Mondiale a Locuirii (3 octombrie 2016) în cadrul Campaniei Căși sociale acum!, cu sprijinul Human Rights Initiative/Open Society Foundations, în colaborare cu Fundația Tranzit și Atelierul de Critică Socială de la Facultatea de Studii Europene a Universității Babeș-Bolyai. Locație: Casa Tranzit, str. Barițiu nr. 16 (intrarea prin strada Fără Nume).

Cu ocazia Forumului, lansăm Inițiativa cetățenească pentru o politică justă de locuire socială pe care vă chemăm să o susțineți.

Alături de invitații noștri – activiști, sociologi, antropologi, arhitecți, consilieri locali și locatari din Pata Rât, cât și colegii noștri de la Frontul Comun pentru Dreptul la Locuire (FCDL) și din rezistența Vulturilor 50 din București – , vom participa la construirea argumentelor în favoarea unei politici de locuire socială care răspunde și nevoilor persoanelor marginalizate social.

De asemenea, prezentăm expoziția multimedia care redă evoluția politicii de locuire socială din orașul Cluj, precum și istorii personale ale proceselor de evacuare și relocare ale unor persoane cu domiciliul actual pe strada Cantonului fără număr, din zona Pata Rât.

 

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ORAȘE PENTRU LOCUIT, NU PENTRU PROFIT!  Forumul Justiției Locative, ediția a III-a, Cluj