Mihaela Gligor

Mihaela Gligor studied Philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she also received her PhD in Philosophy in 2006, with a thesis on Mircea Eliade and Romanian Right Extreme.

In 2016, she defended (at the same university) her Habilitation in History, working on the subject An Alternative Intellectual History of Mircea Eliade’s Myth. In 2009, she was a Fellow at Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, with an I.C.C.R. (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Postdoctoral Scholarship (topic: The Nostalgia of Origins at Mircea Eliade and Rabindranath Tagore).

A specialist in Mircea Eliade’s life and work, and also interested in Philosophy and History of Religions, Indian Studies, and Interwar Intellectual History, Mihaela Gligor is now a Scientific Researcher in the field of Philosophy of Culture at The Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch, “George Baritiu” History Institute, Department of Humanities; Director and founder of Cluj Center for Indian Studies from Babes-Bolyai University: http://indian.centre.ubbcluj.ro/; Associate Professor and PhD coordinator within the Doctoral School of International Relations and Security Studies at Babes-Bolyai University; and a member of The Romanian Writers Union, Cluj Branch.

She is the recipient of VIRA 2017 Research Awards: Outstanding Scientist in Humanities 2017 (History and Philosophy), offered by Venus International Research Foundation, Chennai, India: http://viraw.info/2017/hss/gligor.html

Mihaela Gligor is also the founder and Editor-in-chief of International Journal on Humanistic Ideology (2008), ISSN: 1844-458X (ISSN on-line: 2285-4517) and Romanian Journal of Indian Studies (2017), ISSN: 2601-064X, both indexed and abstracted in scientific international data bases and published at Cluj University Press.

Latest book: Orient şi Occident. Topografii ale simbolului la Mircea Eliade [Orient and Occident. Topographies of Symbol at Mircea Eliade], Cluj University Press, 2016, ISBN: 978-973-595-951-7 [E-book, ISBN 978-606-37-0007-1] http://www.editura.ubbcluj.ro/bd/ebooks/pdf/1958.pdf

Research project: (In)Tolerance. Cultural and Political Interactions in Interwar Europe
The mystery of interwar Europe's intellectuals is far from being solved. Knowing the truth about the interactions between elites of those times is very important. My topic – (In)Tolerance. Cultural and Political Interactions in Interwar Europe – is a difficult and complex one, and I am convinced that the tumultuous interwar period, even very well studied, still has some new details to reveal. In several occasions, the political discourse was transferred to the cultural and scientific area, and biographies of many intellectuals were re-analyzed and their scientific legacy was contested.

Focusing on the delicate issue of (in)tolerance, my project intends to unveil some interactions in interwar Europe. The main objective is to find new and inedited documents, connexions and details about the intellectuals who shaped the interwar European culture and politics. Through an interdisciplinary research, covering the philosophical, socio-historical, cultural, literal and theological registers, and the connection between them, this research will focus on a comparison between the main trends in the epoch. The intention is to analyze the spreading of ideas and the role of young intellectuals in changing the paradigms in interwar Europe and influencing the young generation, both in cultural and political levels, insisting also on their views on national identity as a tool to manipulate the masses.

Dates of stay: 01 March 2019 - 31 July 2019.