Engaging Transylvania – “Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania across Empires” Book Talk

Wednesday, March 8th at 5pm PT.

Dr. Anca Parvulescu and Dr. Manuela Boatcă

This event will be held in person and via Zoom. Register here.

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Buchanan Tower, Room 997, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z1


Engaging Transylvania – “Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania across Empires”   book talk with Prof. Anca Parvulescu and Prof. Manuela Boatcă

Anca Parvulescu and Manuela Boatcă present their recently coauthored book, Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania across Empires (Cornell UP, 2022). The book revisits the history of Transylvania as a series of migrations and imperial formations. It uses as the center of its archive Liviu Rebreanu’s novel Ion (2010), long considered the first Romanian-language modern novel, which it rereads as a marginal text of World Literature. Cross-pollinating literary studies and sociology, the book develops a comparative method for engaging with regions of the world that have inherited multiple, conflicting imperial and anti-imperial histories.

“Creolizing the Modern is above all a brilliant model of method. Revealing the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, Anca Parvulescu and Manuela Boatcă approach Transylvania as both a particular site of world-historical struggle in modernity/coloniality and an illustrative case study of the convergent operations of empires, extractive economies, stratified identities, and literary discourses.  A must read.” (Laura Doyle, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, author of Inter-imperiality)



Anca Parvulescu is a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of “Laughter: Notes on a Passion” and “The Traffic in Women’s Work: East European Migration and the Making of Europe”.

Manuela Boatcă is a professor at the Institute of Sociology and Head of School of the GlobalStudies Program at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She is the author of “Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism” and coeditor of “Decolonizing European Sociology“.