Transnational Political Contention in Europe: Exploring Activism, Participation and Empowerment. 



Thursday May 4th

Conference opening in room T1 9:30 – 11:15

Welcome the participants: Toma Burean, Vice Dean dr. Orsolya Vince, Vahid Filep-Laszlo Rudamas

Guest Speakers presentations

Dr. Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca

Participatory democracy between opportunities and challenges


Care and empowerment among the urban poor

Dr. Felipe Gonzales Santos

City, University of London, UK


11:30-13:30 room T1 Panel Transnational Political Contention in Europe (TraPoCo)

Differently integrated: The diverse Europeanisation from below of city-engaged migrant solidarity initiatives

Federico Alagna, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze


Regional differences within global movements: Political attitudes and participation patterns of climate protesters in Western and Eastern Europe

Aron Buzogány, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

Dániel Mikecz, Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Political Science, Budapest

Piotr Kocyba, University of Leipzig


Transnationalisation vs. Green Nationalism: Discursive Framing of Recent Environmental Struggles in Serbia

Jelisaveta Vukelić (University of Belgrade)

Jelena Pešić (University of Belgrade)


Seizing Transnational Opportunities in Times of Populism: The Transformation of Civil Society Organizations’ Activism in Italy

Luisa Chiodi (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento)

Oliver Schmidtke (University of Victoria, British Columbia, CA)


11:30 -13:30 Panel room T2 Panel: Gender, Student and Energy Activism

Perception on Gender Equity in Management vs. Gender Activism in North-West Region, Romania

Dr. Bîrsănuc Elena-Manuela, Facultatea de Geografie, Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai”


Blurred boundaries and deepening gaps in civil activism. Mobilization around family and gender in Hungary

Róza Vajda

Research Documentation Centre,

Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary


Energy and the social contract: From ‘energy consumers’ to ‘people with a right to energy’

George Jiglău


Repertoires of Contention in Post-communist Romania: A Dynamic Perspective on Student Protests

Liviu Andreescu – Bucharest University, Romania

Vlad Botgros – West University of Timișoara, Romania

Viorel Proteasa - West University of Timișoara, Romania


Singing for change: Exploring African musical activism

Maria-Georgiana Roman PhD Student

The “European Paradigm” Doctoral School, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca


13:30-15:00 Lunch Break


15:00-16:30 Room T1

Offline, online and Facebook political participation

Szilvia VARGA E-mail:

(Doctoral School of) Communication, Public Relations and Advertising

Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences

Babeș-Bolyai University


Between Movement Party and Class Vanguard: Activist Models of Party Organization on

the Radical Left in Western Europe

Seongcheol Kim, University of Bremen (


Conflicts, mistrust and infiltration in the field – grassroots activism in illiberal Hungary

Szabina Kerényi and Gergely Olt


Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest



16:45-18:15 Room T1 Sharing and Reflecting on Gender-Related Experiences and Practices in academia

Organisers: Petruţa TEAMPĂU

Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Department of Political Science, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;

Oana-Ramona ILOVAN

IFSGen. The Network for Women’s History Research and Promotion of Gender Studies in Romania



Adriana MĂGERUȘAN, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Romania

Alina BRANDA, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of European Studies, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Ana-Maria STAN, Babeș-Bolyai University, University History Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Anna Maria COLAVITTI, University of Cagliari, Department of Civil and Environmental, Engineering and Architecture, Cagliari, Italy

Boglárka BARSI, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Győr, Hungary

Borna FUERST-BJELIŠ, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Zagreb, Croatia

Chiara BELINGARDI, University of Florence, Architecture Department and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Claudia POPESCU, University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, Documentary Exhibition Centre, Bucharest, ROMANIA

Claudia Septimia SABĂU, Babeș-Bolyai University, University History Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Daniela DETEȘAN, “George Barițiu” History Institute of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Elena BĂRBULESCU, Institute “Folklore Archive of the Romanian Academy”/Arhiva de Folclor a Academiei Române, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Eriada CELAela, Aleksander Xhuvani University, Elbasan, Albania

Florentina-Cristina MERCIU, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography and Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics – CICADIT, Romania

Georgeta FODOR, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology, Petru Maior Faculty of Sciences and Letters, of Târgu Mureș, Romania

Iwona MARKUSZEWSKA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Poznań, Poland

Judit TIMÁR, Institute for Regional Studies, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary

Klára CZIMRE SZILÁGY, University of Debrecen, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development Planning, Hungary

Liliana POPESCU, University of Craiova, Geography Department, Craiova, Romania

Luminiţa DUMĂNESCU, Babeș-Bolyai University, Scientific researcher II, Centre for Population Studies, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Margarida QUEIRÓS, University of Lisbon, Centre of Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography & Spatial Planning, Lisbon, Portugal

Milica SOLAREVIĆ, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia

Paulina TOBIASZ-LIS, University of Łódz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Łódz, Poland

Tiziana BANINI, Sapienza University, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Rome, Italy

Valentina ALBANESE, University of Insubria, Department of Law, Economy and Cultures, University of Insubria, Italy

Valeria CHELARU, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


15:00-16:30 Room T2 Cyberactivism and NGOs. The involvement of young people in public life in Romania


Olariu Maria- Intersectional activism in the LGBTQIA+ community from Romania. NGOs and youth community solidarity


Dănilă Georgiana-Dumitrița- The intersection of digital activism and gender equality. NGOs and youth engagement in online/offline activism


Bîrcă Andreea-Raluca- The impact of NGOs for Roma from the digital sphere in public policies in Romania.



Terminologia în materia drepturilor fundamentale și un posibil nou concept

Călin-Ioan Rus

Phd candidate, Faculty of Law. Babes-Bolyai University




16:45-17:45 Transparency and Autonomy Dimensions of Local Democracy

Leaders, institutions, or context? Explaining local government compliance with transparency regulations in Romania

Cristina STĂNUȘ

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania



The erosion of local fiscal autonomy by one-size fits all governmental approaches to societal disruptions

Daniel Pop




Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Care for Migrants: Insights from a Qualitative Study in China, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, and South Africa

Keywords: mental health care, migration, informal interpreting, informal care

Presenter: Ovidiu Oltean (UBB, Romania), Alina Forray (UBB, UMF Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

co-authors and contributors of the study: Răzvan Cherecheş (UBB, Romania), Saskia Hanft-Robert (Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany) Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Christine Anthonissen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Andrien Liem (Monash University, Malaysia), Mike Mösko (Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany), Barbara Schouten (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Houda Al Kalaf (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Brian Hall (University of Macao, China), Rena Zendedel (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Ted Sanders (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)



Room T3 Guest speakers Student panel opening

11:45-13:00 Radu Hossu and the vicemayor of Brasov (TBC)

15:00 – 18:00 Student presentations room T3

Practicarea religiei ortodoxe și greco-catolice în România Socialistă și Republica Sovietică Socialistă Moldovenească

Vlas Laurențiu, Șișeștean Alexandru și Pop Mihai-Cosmin


Flags, Banners, Chants and Slurs

Onur Petenchia, Vladimir Răduță, Manța David


Ce înseamnă să fii GAY? Asumarea identității sexuale, incluziune socială și participare politică în rândul bărbaților homosexuali din Cluj-Napoca.

Fabian-Friczi Arpad-Csongor


Provocările activistelor în România

Taisia Crâșmăreanu


Hărțuirea în cluburile de noapte: Experiențe feminine și strategii de evitare

Puiu Carina, Molnos Klaudia, Ciobanu Diana

UBB, Facultatea de Științe Politice, Administrative și ale Comunicării, departamentul de Științe Politice, linia română, anul II


Evoluția sociabilității angajaților din barurile și cafenelele moderne

Brânză Iulian


Friday May 5


room T1 10-11:15

Keynote speaker Struggle for the Rioni Valley in between Political and Civil Society Terrains

Dr. Lela Rekhviashvili

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Lepzig, Germany


Room T1 11:30-13:30 Rountable Talk on Protest with Stakeholders in Romania

Luminița Dejeu Declic, tbc other reps

Istvan Szakats (TBC), Ruth Borgfjord (TBC) Queer Sisterhood


Dr. Irena Myzeqari, European University of Tirana, Albania - The politics of women’s sexuality in the literary work of Ismail Kadare

Dr. Eriada Çela, University of Elbasan, “Aleksander Xhuvani”, Albania - Exploring Women’s Images on Magazine Covers during Communist Albania

Dr. Petruța Teampău, FSPAC, UBB, Cluj – Ceausescu’s anonimous women in the pages of “Femeia”

Dr. Oana Ilovan, Faculty of Geography, UBB, Cluj - Women's Roles and the Socialist Nation in “Cutezătorii” Magazine. Representations in Comics


Room T1 17:00-18:30

Academic_Puszi: A Documentary on Precarity, Hypermobility, and Mental Health in Academia

With a presentation of the author: dr. Georgiana Turculeț

The link of the documentary screening:

Also the Documentary website:


Room T2 11:30-13:30

The role of participatory innovations in the quality of democracy

The aim of this panel is to examine the public’s awareness, as well as its actual and prospective participation at the local level in several major forms of participatory schemes, including Participatory Budgeting, referendums, citizen assemblies and citizen juries.

Two of the proposed papers will present recent findings from a large-scale survey that includes a conjoint experiment conducted in 2022 in 10 European countries (Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK). The remaining papers are based chiefly on qualitative approaches and are focused on participatory budgeting.


Gabriel Bădescu, Daniela Angi, Irina Kantor, Bogdan Radu, Nicu Urs, Dalila Ciuclan


Room T2 15:00 – 16:30 PRODEM talk and meeting about parties and social movements

Participants: Diana Margarit, Dana Trif, Dan Mercea, Felipe Gonzales Santos, Toma Burean, Alexandru Polgar

“Movement parties for democracy”: The Rise of Hungary’s Momentum and Romania’s USR

PLUS Political Parties

Dana S. Trif, Babeș-Bolyai University

Diana Mărgărit, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Babeș-Bolyai University

Toma Burean, Babeș-Bolyai University


Political preferences and attitudes of women in Romania

Toma Burean



Organizers and sponsors:

Event co-financed in the framework of the project Transnational Political Contention in Europe (TraPoCo), with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Center for the Study of Democracy

Center for the Comparative Study of Migration

Political Science Department, College of Political Science Public Administration and Communication, Babes-Bolyai University

Event cofinanced by ProDem which is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.