The conference

The IEE-ULB invites you to participate in the conference by Valer Simion Cosma, The Anonymous People of Migration, on February 18th, 2020. Joins us as we explore the impact of free movement of people in the EU in the localities touched by migration. Cosma manages the project Anonimii Migrației.

The project

Anonimii Migrației is an interdisciplinary and multicultural cultural intervention project aimed at the cultural activation of 4 localities (3 of which are rural) in Sălaj county in order to produce a documentary theater show, a mini theater tour, a traveling photo exhibition and a printed brochure.

All these elements will be based on people’s testimonies as well as on an online forum and will draw attention to a serious problem that affects the whole of Romanian rural area, as well as small and medium-sized urban areas.

Villages are empty due to the fact that Romanians left to live and work elsewhere. Through a collaboration between artists and scientists, the project documents on video, audio and photos the stories of migration, loneliness and abandonment of the elderly and the remaining children in the targeted localities.

About the speaker

Valer Simion Cosma  is a historian, anthropologist, publicist and cultural manager. He works as a scientific researcher at the County Museum of History and Art Zalău and research assistant (Postdoc) at the Faculty of Theater and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, within the research project “Witch’s Iconography, an anthropological approach: cinema , theater, visual arts”. He is a doctor of history at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, with a thesis on the role of priests in the 19th century Transylvanian peasant world. He worked at the Research Innovation Foundation  in the project “Political Clientelism: a comprehensive framework for measuring electoral irregularities”, funded by UEFISCDI and coordinated by prof. Univ. Dr. Isabela Mareș (Columbia University).

Photo credits: Vlad Petri

Practical information


Introductory words: Ramona Coman, President IEE-ULB

Speaker: Valer Simion Cosma, manager of the Anonimii Migrației in Roumania

Discussant: Laura Calabrese: MAM, IEE-ULB

Date: Tuesday, February 18th 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Institute for European Studies (Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 39), Salle Spaak

Registration and more information

For more information, please e-mail  Jozefien Van Caeneghem (