Ovidiu Țichindeleanu


Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, PhD in Philosophy (Binghamton University, State University of New York 2009). Philosopher and social theorist living in Chisinau, Moldova. Editor of IDEA magazine, and Collection Coordinator of IDEA Publishing House, Cluj, Romania. Co-founder of the independent platforms Indymedia Romania (2004), CriticAtac.ro (2010) and LeftEast International (2012). Member in the Board of Directors of El Taller International. From 2012 teaches at the Decolonial School of Roosevelt Institute, Middelburg, Netherlands.

World Philosophies - Radical Thought - Materialist Histories - Eastern Europe - Internationalism


"Ion Grigorescu: A Political Reinvention of the Socialist Man", Afterall, #41, 2016.
"NO to the Transition 2.0: Social recomposition, Decolonisation and Transautonomism",  Gazette of Political Art (GAP) #12, 2015/ LeftEast, February 2016.

"Footballing Posts about The End of the World, Immigrants and History Written in Images", Corner. Football + Society, #1, 2015.

"The Pedagogy of the Greek Case: Fundamentals of the Anti-EU Position", IDEA arts + society #47, 2015

"From The Alternative Library to the Claca Center: Steps Towards a Re-Composition of the Left. An Interview with Victor V.", IDEA arts + society #47, 2015

"After Dussel: The Critical Beginning of Philosophical Modernity between Las Casas and Guaman Poma”, IDEA arts + society #46, 2014

“Luis Camnitzer: A Synthesis of the Commitment to Art With a Commitment to a Better Life”, IDEA arts + society #45, 2014

“Independent Culture And the Return to the Things in Themselves: Reflections from Moldova”, Gazeta de Artă Politică, #7, September 2014

"Decolonial AestheSis in Eastern Europe: Potential Paths of Liberation ", Social Text, 15 July 2013

"Vampires in the Living Room. A View To What Happened to Eastern Europe After 1989 and Why Real Socialism Still Matters," in Corinne Kumar (ed), Asking We Walk. The South As New Political Imaginary, Vol.III, Bangalore, India: Streelekha 2013.

"Winning Reality: A Few Lines Full Of Hope About Art Getting Approached By Capital" , IDEA arts + society # 41, 2012 

"For a Critical Theory of Postcommunism", I-II, IDEA arts + society # 39, #40, 2012

“After Jan Assmann: Towards Democratizing Cultural Memory and Revisiting the Theory of Modernity”, Afterword to Jan Assmann,  Monotheism and the Language of Violence, traducere de Maria-Magdalena Anghelescu, Cluj, TACT, 2012

"Decolonizing Eastern Europe: Beyond Internal Critique," in Maria Rus Bojan, Ami Barak, Bogdan Ghiu (curators.), Performing History, IDEA arts + society #38, 2011, special issue for the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia 2011. 

"Opening towards Eastern Skins, European Masks", preface to Frantz Fanon, Piele neagră, măşti albe, translation by Vasi Ciubotariu, Cluj, TACT, 2011 

"Enclosures And Commons: Yet Again, For New Beginnings," IDEA arts + society #38, 2011.

"The Author of The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu," IDEA arts + society #38, 2011.  

"Towards A Critical Theory Of Postcommunism?" Radical Philosophy, #159/2010. www.radicalphilosophy.com

"Transition, Decolonial Thought and the Critical Theory of Postcommunism", IDEA arts + society #33-34, 2010.

"La modernidad del postcomunismo" (2006), translation by Desiderio Navarro, Criterios, La Habana, nº 36, 2010. http://www.criterios.es/. A review of the Criterios issue written by mi gran abuelito  Roberto Fernández Retamar can be read here: La hazaña de Criterio; also thoughtful reviews and criticism by Arturo Arango, Rafael Rojas.

"Where Are We When We Think in Eastern Europe?," Art Always Has Its Consequences,  WHW/Tranzit/kuda/Muzeum Stzuki: Zagreb 2010. www.artalways.org

"Non-Capitalist Economies and the Postcommunist Transition," in Eszter Lázár and Zsolt Petrányi (curators), Over the Counter. The Phenomena of Post-socialist Economy in Contemporary Art, Catalogue of the Exhibition, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest 18 June 2010 – 19 September 2010. www.ressler.at/non_capitalist_economies

"What Does It Mean To Ask What Is Democracy?", European Alternatives, TransEurope, #9, May 2010. www.euroalter.com.

"Football as Core of the Public Sphere", dossier: "The Presences of Football", IDEA arts + society #32, 2009

“Alain Badiou: Between Truth and Inspiration”, afterword to Alain Badiou, Manifest pentru filosofie, translation by Andreea Raţiu, Cluj, IDEA, 2008. 


Opinion Articles

"About Postcommunist Racism, Anticommunism and Decolonisation", CriticAtac.ro, 1.04.2016.

"Moldova's Movement From Below", with V. Sprinceana, V. Ernu, Jacobin Magazine, 3.17.2016.

"Waking Up From the Illusion of the West. A Conversation with Rozalinda Borcila", From the East Within the North, #1, 2016.

"Little History With Moldovans and Romanians", ObservatorCultural.ro, 28 January, 2016

"Moldova, January 20: And the People, How?", CriticAtac.ro, 21 January, 2016 

The Truth About Agents”, CriticAtac.ro, 1 October, 2014

Who 'Defends' Today Romania From the Russians? For an Ethics of the Liberation of Transition”, CriticAtac.ro, 21.05.2014

"Blood and Soil or Communal Power?", LeftEast, 21.02.2014. Romanian: "Sînge şi ţărînă sau putere comunală?", Criticatac, 02.03.2014. Portuguese: "Sangre e terra ou poder popular?"

“From Class Struggle to the World Social Forum”, CriticAtac.ro, 12.04.2013

"Rumanía, la transición como estafa"Salvador López Arnal, Entrevista a Corina Tulbure y Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, El Viejo Topo, no 305, Junio 2013

"Popular Movements in Europe: Towards A New End of the Transition?", CriticAtac.ro, 27 March, 2011. 

"2010 the Good and the Bad: Solidarity and Social Fascism", CriticAtac.ro, 2 February, 2011. 

"Wikileaks, Global Crisis and Romania", CriticAtac.ro, 27 December, 2010. 

"Intellectual Labor, Minimal State and Trade Union Protests", CriticAtac.ro, 2 November, 2010. 

"The Intimate Colonization and the Romanian Left" (2006), republished, CriticAtac.ro, 7 October, 2010. 

"A Few Things About Anticommunism, its Left, and an Other Left", CriticAtac.ro, 16 August, 2010.



Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch. Women, The Body, and Primitive Accumulation, HECATE, Bucuresti, 2016.

Walter Mignolo, Desobediencia epistémica: Retórica de la modernidad, lógica de la colonialidad y gramàtica de la descolonialidad, IDEA, Cluj, 2015

Sylvia Marcos, Indigenous Women and the Decolonial Cosmovision, IDEA, Cluj, 2014

Luis Camnitzer, "Contemporary Colonial Art (1969)", "Art and Politics: The Aesthetics of Resistance (1994)", IDEA arts + society #45, 2014

Immanuel Wallerstein, World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction, IDEA, Cluj, 2013

John Tagg: “The One-Eyed Man and the One-Armed Man: Camera, Culture, and the State”, from John Tagg, The Disciplinary Frame. Photographic Truths and the Capture of Meaning, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2009, in Idea arts + society #41, Cluj 2012

Silvia Federici, "Feminism And The Politics Of The Commons", IDEA arts + society #38, 2011. 

George Caffentzis, "The Future Of “The Commons“: Neoliberalism’s “Plan B“ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?", with Anca Emilia Bumb, IDEA arts + society #38, 2011. 

Brian Holmes: "Recapturing Subversion: Twenty Twisted Rules For The Culture Game"; "The Absent Rival: Radical Art In A Political Vacuum"; "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover: Exit Strategies From Liberal Empire"; "Invisible States: Europe In The Age Of Capital Failure"; "Continental Drift: From Geopolitics To Geopoetics," with Maria-Magdalena Anghelescu, Idea arts + society #36-37, Cluj 2010. 

Immanuel Wallerstein: Commentaries #299-ff, 2011-present, in CriticAtac.ro

Ivan Illich: "The Scopic Past And The Ethics Of The Gaze"; "Guarding The Eye In The Age Of Show"; "The Loudspeaker On The Tower," in Idea arts + society #35, Cluj 2010.

Walter D. Mignolo, "La colonialidad: el lado más oscuro de la modernidad", from Walter Mignolo, Desobediencia epistémica: Retórica de la modernidad, lógica de la colonialidad y gramática de la descolonialidad, Ediciones del signo, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010. Idea arts + society #33-34, 2010.

Aníbal Quijano  "Colonialidad del Poder, Eurocentrismo y América Latina", in Edgardo Lander (ed.), Colonialidad del Saber, Eurocentrismo y Ciencias Sociales, Buenos Aires: CLASCO-UNESCO 2003. Idea arts + society #33-34, 2010.