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The IRH-ICUB is a research division of The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest. Our mission is to promote and stimulate outstanding research in the humanities. The institute encourages international projects in disciplines such as history, philology, philosophy, intellectual history and religious studies, as well as interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects.

For more details about the ICUB events, please see http://icub.unibuc.ro/

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This week at the IRH-ICUB

IRH-ICUB Seminar, Adorno’s Early Phenomenology

Monday, 23 April, 18h

IRH-ICUB Seminar, The grant proposal: from research design to writing strategies

Tuesday, 24 April, 18h – Filling in the application form: a follow up discussion of the MSCA-IF grants

IRH-ICUB Seminar, Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Thursday, 26 April, 17h –  Dr. Diana Stanciu, Conscious Agency and Free Will

Upcoming Events

Romance Turn 9, 30 August – 1 September 2018

Axiomatic Mathematics and Phenomenology, 3-4 September 2018

Administrative accountability in the later Middle Ages: Records, procedures, and their societal impact, Bucharest, 16-17 November 2018


IRH-ICUB Fellowships and Grants – April 2018

The IRH-ICUB is happy to announce the fellowships and grants awarded in April 2018:

Fellowship for Young Researchers:

Stephen Howard – Kant and Rational Cosmology, 12 months

Sigrid Leyssen – Phenomenology, Filmology and the Experimental, 6 months

Mihai Ometiță – Modalities of Intentional Action, 12 months

Paschalis Pechlivanis – An Uneasy Triangle: Ceausescu, the Colonels and the Greek Left (1967-1974), 6 months

Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás – (Re)constructing the past of the aulos: ancient scholarship, mythography and local identities, 12 months

Young Researchers Grant (UB):

Dragoş-Alexandru Ivana – Crossing the Atlantic: Representations of Quixotism in the Early American Novel, 12 months

Facets of “Participation” in the Renaissance and the Early Modern Period, 19-21 April 2018

Platonism afis

The concept of participation is one of the most important and enduring strains within European religious and philosophical thinking. Discernable for the first time in the works of Plato, it was later taken up and further developed by the Neo-Platonists and through their influence became a staple of late antique and medieval thought. While it retained its prominence in the Renaissance and the Early Modern period, starting with the eighteenth century the theme of participation gradually lost its philosophical currency. The purpose of the workshop is to examine the various articulations of participation in some of the theological and philosophical writings of the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in the English milieu. It is primarily concerned with highlighting the peculiar features of this theme under its Renaissance and Early Modern guises in connection with epistemological and metaphysical issues. Special attention is also paid to the extent of the Cambridge Platonists’ engagement with this topic and the manner in which figures such as Henry More and Ralph Cudworth appropriated it in their philosophical and theological writings.

Invited speakers: Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), James Bryson  (University of Cambridge), Mark Burden (University of Bristol), Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge), Torrance Kirby (McGill University), David Leech (University of Bristol), Marilyn A. Lewis (University of Bristol), Adrian Mihai (University of Cambridge).

More details here.

IRH-ICUB Visiting Professors Fellowships awarded in March 2018

The Institute of Research in Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is proud to announce the visiting professors fellowships awarded in March 2018:

Prof. Fabrizio Bigotti (University of Exeter) – Representing Intensity in Early Moden Medicine and Natural Philosophy (1450-1650)

Prof. Laura Bisaillon (University of Toronto) – RedED Africa: Memory and Academic Exchanges between Communist Africa and Communist Europe after the Second World War

Prof. Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu (University of Western Ontario) –  Erosophy vs. Philosophy

Prof. Koen Vermeir (CNRS Paris) – The Power of Imagination and Emotion: Past & Present

Bucharest Graduate Conference on History and Philosophy of Science, 16-17 March 2018

Date: 16-17 March 2018

Venue: IRH-ICUB, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Graduate ConfThe Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and the Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest, are happy to announce the 7th edition of the Bucharest Graduate Conference on History and Philosophy of Science: Methodology, Experimental Practices and Concept Formation.The conference will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and at the IRH-ICUB, and our invited speakers are  Hasok Chang (Cambridge University), Friedrich Steinle (Technical University Berlin) and Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen).

More details here.


Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science, 13-15 March 2018

“Mathematical mixtures”: disciplines, epistemic genres and systems of practices in the (early) modern world

poster-02 BC

Invited speakers: Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin), Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University),  Friedrich Steinle (Technical University, Berlin).

The seventh edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science will focus on the interplay between quantification, practice(s) and the emergence of new epistemic genres in the early modern period (broadly conceived). We are especially interested in the several ways in which debates on epistemic genres and disciplinary boundaries contributed to the shaping of new “forms of mathematization” from the 16th century to the 18th century (and beyond).

More detais here.

Digital Humanities, 8 March 2018

DH 8 Martie11.00-13.00

Maria Bostenaru (“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism) – Research Networking Programme of the European Science Foundation NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in Arts and Humanities) – participarea Romaniei 2012-2015

The series on Digital Humanities (DH) hosted by the IRH-ICUB aims to explore various tools, methods, and research challenges at the crossroads between the traditional humanities and digital methods. It offers a venue for discussing projects and study cases. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the IRH-ICUB DH series encourages a roundtable discussion format, with papers on various disciplines and diverse case studies.

More detalis here.

Medieval Europe and Beyond – New Program

Conveners: Marian Coman (University of Bucharest); Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici (University of Bucharest).

This research working group is intended as a venue for historians, social scientists, and philosophers interested in discussing recent developments in the study of medieval Europe. Comparisons between Latin Europe, Byzantium, and Islam, and between late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period are encouraged. The research group is not limited to medievalists but open to colleagues in other fields. Each academic year is dedicated to a general theme. The theme for 2017/2018 is Understanding Medieval Violence.

The seminar meets every month during the academic year at the IRH-ICUB, 1 Dimitrie Brândză St., in the Seminar Room.

Second semester (Feb. – June 2018)

Wed., 21 March, 17.00 – Bathing in blood: the Jerusalem temple massacre (1099), Roundtable discussion of primary sources

Wed., 18 April, 17.00 – Violence in Heroic CulturesCătălin Țăranu (University of Bucharest)

Wed., 23 May, 17.00, Quantifying violence: Counting the dead in Vlad the Impaler’s Danubian campaign (1462) – Marian Coman (University of Bucharest)

Wed., 13 June, 17.00 – Youth gangs and violence in Byzantium – Oana Cojocaru (University of Bucharest)

More details here.