FROM PROVINCIAL TO GLOCAL. Transylvania as a real and metaphysical site of cultural diversity Rita Sebestyén, PhD www.sebestyenrita.com. Topics:. spaces, places, real/physical, meta-/virtual, τόπος, χώρα, heterotopia, utopia, de /re / territorialization
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FROM PROVINCIAL TO GLOCAL
Transylvania as a real and metaphysical site of cultural diversity
Rita Sebestyén, PhD
Geographically: 103,000 km2 (in the Carpathian basin).
Population: Romanian, Hungarian, German, Roma, Armenian, Serbian.
Hungarian minority in Romania:
in 1990: ≈ 2 millions
in 2012: ≈ 1,5 million /the rest:migrant
Deterritorialization (take control over a space or land that is already established): historical, cultural, revisionist theories of right-wing discourse.
Hungary (around 10 million inhabitants)
Romania (around 20 million inhabitants)
the heart of Budapest, Hungary
Islands and the sea: Ancient Greeks and Deleuze – Guattari.
Hungarian right-wing’s slogan: „once we had three seas – now we do not have any!”
Geophilosophy – how do we understand our existence by reading and mapping the world we live in?
From what perspective could we ever state that there any hierarchy among cultures or cultural phenomena?
Theatre: do it, talk about it, get international
Around 20 Hungarian theatres and theatre institutions in Romania:
•state subsidized or supported by the local government
•independent/ alternative/ private groups and companies
Játéktér/Spatiu de joc/ Playing Area: www.jatekter.ro
Periodical and site: around 50 contributors - from 19 to 75 years old: critics, researchers, theatre professionals (dramaturges, actors, stage directors), philosophers, sociologists, writers, and even a priest!
Representations of the Other:
Language, Body and Space in Cross-Cultural Performances
Romania, Hungary, The USA, Sweden,
The United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
Malta, Germany, India and maybe Uganda
Transylvania – re-drawing the counties in Romania and march for autonomy
ROMANIA – Roşia Montana: gold an cyanide in the territory of the country
HUNGARY – right-wing movements: Jewish and Roma people have no place in the imagined Great Hungary
How others see this region, I cannot understand:
to me, this little country is menaced motherland
with flames around, the world of my childhood swaying far,
and I am grown from this land as tender branches are
from trees. And may my body sink into this soil in the end.
When plants reach out towards me, I greet them as a friend
and know their names and flowers. I am at home here, knowing
the people on the road and why and where they are going-
and how I know the meaning when by a summer lane
the sunset paints the walls with a liquid flame of pain!
Rita Sebestyén, PhD