KAJET Journal no1


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Developed, designed, and printed in Bucharest, Romania, KAJET seeks to be more than just a mere signal from the periphery and to move beyond a purely anecdotal understanding of Eastern Europe. Concentrating the scope of interest onto the past, present, and future of communities inside Eastern Europe, you can find what lies at the heart of our first issue: a rejuvenation of the contemporary imaginations of what the notion of community used to mean, currently means, and will continue to mean.

How are Eastern European communities bringing themselves together during the unsettled times of our own contemporaneity? What makes the people from this geographical region truly Eastern European? How have Eastern European communities managed to survive the unsettled times provoked by war, turmoil, social unrest, and exodus toward the more prosperous West? How do Eastern Europeans tackle the issue of constantly being outsiders? Or, what (and how) do Eastern Europeans love? How do Eastern Europeans respond to their cities crumbling and shrinking?


18 essays accompanied by 18 visual projects created by 40 writers and artists and structured into 5 main chapters:

I. Being and Easternness – tackles the existence of an Eastern European paradigmatic identity;

II. Rituals of Resistance – explains how and why Eastern European communities resort to various mechanisms of self-defence;

III. Poor, but Sexy – covers the mixture of sub/countercultural dangers and ecstasies, perils and delights that shape this part of Europe;

IV. Visions of Space – narrates the geo-spatial structures of Eastern European architectonics by eliciting new conceptualisations of space;

V. Erecting Walls vs. Crossing Bridges – indulges our own fascination with a borderless world by incorporating the idea of dismantling walls to the benefit of constructing (and crossing) bridges.


Texts by Bojana Janković & Dana Olărescu, Jürgen Rendl, Zsuzsa Nagy-Sándor, Will Gresson, Petrică Mogoș, Laura Naum, Violeta Lungeanu, Hanna Stein, Eglė Ambrasaitė, Elke Krasny, Natalia Yeromenko, Lia Boșcu, Alina Lupu, Casper Fitzhue, George Jepson, Olivia Berkowicz, Megan Lueneburg, Voica Puşcaşiu, Stelian Dobrescu, Kateryna Filyuk.

Visuals by Alice Stoicescu, Anna Grozavu, Venesa Mušović, Elena Amabili & Alessandro Calvaresi, Nada Maleš, Bogdan Dumitrache, Alina Marinescu, Ana Maria Dudu, Mehmet Sıddık Özmen, Maria Băcilă, Kilian Müller, Antonia Corduneanu, Volodea Biri, Sasha Staicu, Tristan, Cristi Iacob, Stelian Dobrescu.

Contributors from: Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, New Zealand, Austria, Lithuania, Ukraine, Italy, England, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, USA, Turkey.

Nations covered thematically: Croatia, (East) Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine.


Edited by Petrică Mogoș, Laura Naum

Design by Alice Stoicescu

Publisher: Kajet, a journal of Eastern European encounters

Language: English

Pages: 240 pages

Size: 16,5 x 23 x (2) cm

Weight: 600g

ISSN: 2559 - 8015

Print run: 1000 copies

The project is co-funded by AFCN (the National Cultural Fund Administration).The project does not necessarily reflect the position of the AFCN. AFCN is not responsible for the contents of the project or the way the results of the projects are used. Those are the sole responsibility of the beneficiary.