Punctul critic (The Critical Point) – Journal of Social, Political and Cultural Diagnosis
The critical point is distributed in Romania and abroad. Its Advisory Board is made up of national and international personalities who are guarantors for its substantial content and objective analyses and studies.
Leaving aside the intrinsic interest aroused by the themes discussed, the distinguishing mark of the journal is the blend of contributors, some of them being researchers possessed of an academic background, while others are involved in the cultural-artistic environment.
The mix of contributors treating the same theme but from quite distinct perspectives make this journal look like a telling sample of the Romanian intelligentsia’s concerns, which cover the most relevant economic, social and cultural aspects of the nation’s life. The contributions of foreign personalities on international topics are landmarks and referential points on the way to genuine intellectual progress.
Punctul critic, founded in 2010, is a national journal for social, political and cultural diagnosis.
Founding Editor: Eugen Uricaru
Critical Point journal is not affiliated with any political party or group.
• Bernard Castelli, Researche and Development Institute in Paris (IRD)
• Andrei Marga, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
• Vasile Pușcaș, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
• Raffaela Gherardi, University of Bologna
• Marco Lucchesi, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
• Giacomo Marramo, University Roma III
• Vasile Pușcaș, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
• Gheorgh Lencan Stoica, University of Bucharest
Contributors to the current issue:
• Valeriu Antonovici, PhD. in Political Science
• Veronica Dumitrașcu, sociologist, researcher
• Andreas Grip, sociologist
• Vasile Leca, expert in Balkanic political issues, ambassador
• Adrian Mac Liman, Professor of Political Science at the Barcelona University
• Andrei Marga, PhD., Rector of the al Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
• Vasile Neacșa, PhD. – Institute for Studies in International Relations and Public Policy (ISIRP), Bruxelles, University of Liege, University of Finance and Banking
• Marius Văcărelu, Doctor of Administrative Sciences
• Corneliu Zeană, physician, PhD.
Publisher: The “Ideea Europeană” Cultural Foundation
The “Ideea Europeană” Cultural Foundation was founded in 2003 (Bucharest). The “Ideea Europeană” Publishing works under its aegis.
Ideea Europeană (The European Idea) is the title of a reputed journal of philosophy founded and steered by philosopher Constantin Rădulescu Motru in the first half of the the last century (1919).
The “Ideea Europeană” Cultural Foundation is in this way taking up an important cultur al tradition of Romania, setting out to launch and promote the values of democracy, multicultural dialogue, authentic values of the living Romanian culture, including literature, so as to insert them into the web of European and world goods.
The “Ideea Europeană” Cultural Foundation means prestige, a precise direction in culture, style, professionalism, the cult of well-done work, efficiency, the cult of friendship.
The “Ideea Europeană” Publishing has already brought out about 200 consecrated titles, their publication being accompanied by public launches, debates, public readings.
The “Ideea Europeană” body of contributors includes classics, such as Leo Tolstoi, F. Dostoevsky Rainer Maria Rilke, J.W. Goethe, Gilbert Durand etc., while the group of contemporaries includes Nicolae Breban, Ion Ianoși, Janina Ianoși, Nicolae Balota (France), Ștefan Borbély, Irina Petraș, Monica Săvulescu Voudouri, Victor Ivanovici (Greece), S. Damian (Germany), Philipe Palini (Italy) etc. Great books have been translated from French, German, Russian, Italian a.o. with the assistance of the Nicolae Iorga” Cultural Centre (French Embassy to Romania), of publishers: Gallimard, PUF (France), VECE (Russia), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Embassy of the Azerbaijan Republic to Romania, Fund for Central and East European Book Project, Romania’s Ministry of Culture, Cults and Cultural Patrimony, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Department for the Romanian Diaspora, The Romanian Writers’ Union, The Moldavian Writers’ Union, etc.
Several series have been published under the “Ideea Europeană” badge: 100 Masterpieces, Dictionaries · Encyclopaedias, Fiction, History, Theory & Literary Criticism, etc. The “Ideea Europeană” Club housed debates on European models ranging from classical times to fully-blown modernity: Leo Tolstoy, F. Dostoevsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nicolae Balotă, Nicolae Breban, etc.
“Ideea Europeană” is a regular contributor to national and international Book Fairs: Bookfest (Bucharest), and, respectively, to Gaudeamus, The Gaudeamus Caravan (Cluj, Iași, Timișoara, Craiova, etc.), The AMPLUS Book and Media Fair, LIBRIS. The display of the “Ideea Europeană” Publishing books was appreciated in Book Exhibitions in France, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Austria, UK, Germany, etc.
In 2006 the “Ideea Europeană” Foundation and the EuroPress Association launched an Appeal for the salvation of the living Romanian culture, which met with a vivid response from the written and visual media at home and abroad. The Appeal was signed by 900 colleagues from Romania, Israel, Moldova, USA, France, Germany, etc. In 2009, a black year for contemporary Romanian culture, the Appeal was again submitted to the attention of the then Prime Minister.
Romanian Ministry of Culture, Cults and Cultural Patrimony, National Museum of Romanian Literature, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Department for the Romanian Diaspora, Ministry of Culture and Education, The National Authority for Scientific Research, The Romanian Cultural Institute, The Romanian Writers’ Union, The Moldavian Writers’ Union, The Centre for the Research of the Jews’ History in Romania of the Hebrew University, The Cultural Centre in Jerusalem, The Association of the Romanian-Speaking Writers in Israel, The Haifa Cultural Centre, and other Romanian and foreign institutions.
Romania, France, Israel, Germany, Greece, USA, Switzerland, Russia, a.o.
Reading tours, touring libraries, debates, national conferences, jointly with the “Idea Eurpean[“ Cultural Foundation and the EuroPress Association (Iași, Cluj, Ploiești, București, Timișoara, etc.) – Europian (Salonic, Delphi, Athens) and non-European (Tel Aviv, Jerusalim, Haifa).
The PromoCult Programme, joined by the “Contemporanul”Association and the EuroPress Association, included a tour of conferences, debates and public reading sessions under the heading “Romanian Writers and the Diaspora. Greece.”
Asociația The Contemporanul”” Association, The EuroPress Association.
Literary Conversations, Poetry, Literary Dacia, Romania’s Cultural Broadcasting, Romania’s Cultural Channel, Bookagency.ro, Romania’s News Channel, Romanian Federation of Publishers and Booksellers, Romanian Association of Literary Journals and Publishers, European Journals and Other Media Association, Mediafax.
Romanian Federation of Publishers and Booksellers, Romanian Association of Literary Journals and Publishers (APLER: the 25 members are literary reviews).
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