It is not far-fetched to proclaim that Eastern Europe is dissolving, giving in, on the one hand, to globalising forces that make the region crumble into broken fragments of rubble and, on the other hand, to the disorientation generated by the traumas of the past and neoliberal capitalism. The only way that we can keep Eastern Europe alive—as a concept and not necessarily as a physical location—is by re-imagining it in perpetuity. Through uninterruptedly engaging in the emancipatory potential of a radical kind of collective imagination, we—both as dwellers and investigators of Eastern Europe—perpetuate its very existence.
Petrică Mogoș and Laura Naum are the editors and founders of Kajet, a journal of Eastern European encounters. The journal proposes an internationalist understanding of Eastern Europe and it seeks to decolonise the imagination and thought of the region. The Bucharest-based publication is printed annually and its next issue—vol. 5 On Easternfuturism—is out in the summer of 2021.