Associate Professor, Theory Department
University of Art and Design
Mara Raţiu is Associate Professor within the Theory Department of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (since 2014), teaching courses in philosophy and aesthetics of the visual arts and is currently Vice-Rector for International Relations and Institutional Partnerships within the same university (since 2012). She holds a PhD in Philosophy at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2011). Her main research interests are in aesthetics, contemporary artistic practices and institutions and their socio-political implications. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and she is the author of the book Arta ca activitate sociala / Art as social activity (2011). Also, she is the editor of the volume Discursuri asupra artei / Discourses on Art (2014). She has presented papers on aesthetics, contemporary art and higher art education in a dozen national and international conferences.
She is a GETTY – New Europe College Bucharest fellow (March-June 2010; October 2012-February 2013), as well as a RAVE Stipendium – IFA Stuttgart curatorial fellowship alumna (2003). She is a member of the Romanian Society of Philosophy and the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts. For her work in international relations within the academia, as well as for her constant support for the French-speaking culture in the Romanian context, Mara Raţiu was recently awarded the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques of the French Republic.