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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.

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This week at the IRH-ICUB

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

Monday, 27 March, 16h –  Presentation of the Humboldt Research Programs

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

Tuesday, 28 March, 17h – Dr. Bogdan Amuzescu, Evolution and Perspectives in Neural Networks Modelling

Masterclass on Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher

Thursday, 30 March

Invited speakers: Sarah Hutton (University of York), Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge).

Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy

Friday, 31 March – Saturday, 1 April

The IRH-ICUB and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest are happy to announce the 6th edition of the Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy.
Keynote Speakers: Sarah Hutton (University of York), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Tinca Prunea Bretonnet (IRH-ICUB)

Presentation of the Humboldt Research Programs, 27 March 2017

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Monady, 27 March, 16.00-18.00

This presentation is part of The grant proposal: from research design to writing strategies, IRH-ICUB workshop series.

This series of workshops aims to provide a venue for humanities and social sciences researchers to meet, share their experiences, receive hands-on advice on grant writing, and collaborate on their grant applications for national and European calls. The series is addressed primarily to researchers in the early stages of their career (typically up to five years after the PhD). It is hoped that out of this workshop series a small community of researchers will emerge who will continue to offer mutual support for grant applications through constructive criticism and peer-review.

New IRH-ICUB Seminar – The Devil in Politics

Convenors: Ana PETRACHE and Laurențiu GHEORGHE

Why is politics defined as a transaction with the Devil? Does this definition assume a justification of evil, a useful metaphor or an export of responsibility? Is the political struggle built on the Schmittian distinction between friend-foe or dose the diazotization of the enemy serve as a legitimation tool? Is speaking about the devil a secularization of the theological concept of evil, designed to simplify the political discourse, or is it something in the political experience so strange and so deep that it needs to be justified by a mythological figure? What is the relationship between violence, political order and evil?

We invite you to a common reflection about the role and meaning of the devil, concerning how it was understood in Christianity and Islam, but most importantly, how this notion is used when one speaks about evil in politics: totalitarian regimes, terrorist attacks or disproportionate usage of violence.

First meeting – 6 April, 18.30. The seminar will take place on alternate Thursdays. 

More details here.

Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 9 March 2017



The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities on Thursday, 9 March, 11h.

Our invited speaker is Prof. Andreas Witt (Institute for the German Language, Mannheim & University of Heidelberg).

Participants: Alexandra Cornilescu, Marius Diaconescu, Anca Dinu, Emil Ionescu, Ioan Pânzaru, Roxana Utale.

Prof. Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge) at the Faculty of Letters


Events organized by  the Faculty of Letters,  Department of Linguistics, and IRH-ICUB

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 18h – Microvariație în marcarea dativului și în structurile cauzative în dialecte romanice și grecești din Italia din sud (Department of Linguistics, Edgar Quinet st., 1st floor)

Friday, 24 February 2017, 14 h – Word order and V2 in late Latin (Faculty of Letters, Edgar Quinet st., Council Room).

Meaning and essence: ancient and contemporary perspectives, 10 March 2017


Organizers: Adrian Ludușan, Mihai Rusu, Iovan Drehe

This workshop aims to bring together a number of young res
earchers working in logic, philosophy of language, epistemology or argumentation theory on some key issues of common interest, but also of great importance for contemporary philosophy, such as theories of meaning and essentialism.

More details and program here.

Masterclass on Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher

March 30, 2017

Invited speakers: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Sarah Hutton (University of York). Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford)

The Institute for Research in the Humanities- ICUB, University of Bucharest is pleased to announce a one day intensive, interdisciplinary masterclass, focusing on published and manuscript writings of Isaac Newton.

Graduate students and researchers willing to apply should send a CV and a short letter of intention to Ovidiu Babeș (ovidiu_babes@yahoo.com) by the 1st of February.

More details here.