Author Archives: Institute for Research in the Humanities

About Institute for Research in the Humanities

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.

ICUB – MPIWG workshop on Graphs, Networks and Digital Humanities, 8-11 October 2017

22181305_1863536353659958_2806493548237367213_oThe Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the ICUB research group on graphs and social networks (GraphNets) will organize, between 8 – 11 October, the international workshop on Graphs, networks and digital humanities. The workshop will be held at Casa Universitarilor (46, Dionisie Lupu St., Bucharest).

 Graphs, networks and digital humanities is a three-day international and interdisciplinary workshop for academics, researchers, post-doctoral students, PhD candidates and other interested participants, irrespective of their research fields, attracted by the idea of exploring the theoretical and applied nexus among social sciences, humanities, mathematics and computer science, under the umbrella of network analysis. The workshop provides a general platform for discussions and talks on the specific ways of applying network analysis to a great variety of research topics in the field of social sciences and humanities.

More details here.


IRH-ICUB Seminars

New Seminars series at the IRH-ICUB:

Images of the Knowledge System Pivoted Around Cosmology. A new form of codification of practical knowledge and its (practical) function from the 14th to the 17th century 
Optional intensive course, level: master and PhD students, but the course is also open to undergraduates
Lecturer: Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, & Visiting Professor, IRH-ICUB October 2017)

Reading Nature With Aristotle, Optional intensive course, 12 October  – 2 November
Lecturer: Stefano Gulizia (CUNY / IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor)

The Birth and Development of Theodicy: Plato and His Successors
Convener: Viktor Ilievski

Adorno’s Early Phenomenology
Convener: Christian Ferencz-Flatz

The Following Seminars will reopen in October-November:

Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach 
Convener: Diana Stanciu

Medieval Europe and Beyond
Conveners: Marian Coman and Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici

The grant proposal: from research design to writing strategies
Organized by Lorena Anton, Mihnea Dobre, Ionut Epurescu-Pascovici

Memory: From Brains to Narratives
Convenor: Lorena Anton

Digital Humanities Series
Organized by Mihnea Dobre and Timothy Tambassi.

Metaphysics after the ‘Scientific Revolution’ (1687-1781), October 2-3, 2017

V3University of Bucharest, IRH-ICUB and the Faculty of Philosophy

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Paola Basso (University of Bucharest)
Andrew Janiak (Duke University)
Fritz Nagel (University of Basel)
Anne-Lise Rey (University of Lille)

Organized by:
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest) and Grigore Vida (University of Bucharest)

The purpose of this conference is to investigate the redefinition of metaphysics in the period from Newton’s Principia, marking the apex of the so-called ‘Scientific Revolution’, to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. During this time metaphysics underwent significant transformations in response to the radical challenges posed by the new physics and empiricism. The Newtonian paradigm became dominant, but there was growing dissatisfaction with what was regarded as its lack of metaphysical foundation.

More details and program here.

Call for interns

Secțiunea de Științe Umaniste a Institutului de Cercetare a Universității din București anunță deschiderea a două posturi de interni (stagiari), în regim de voluntariat. Acești voluntari interni se vor ocupa de organizarea și promovarea evenimentelor ICUB (conferințe, școli de vară, seminarii de cercetare), vor face muncă de secretariat și de comunicare cu publicul.

Mai multe detalii.

PCE Grants at the IRH-ICUB

IRH-ICUB is happy to announce four new PCE grants (2017-2019) awarded by UEFISCDI:

The Mental Imagery of Eastern Christianity and Islam According to Western Travel Descriptions during the Second Half of the 16th Century, PI – Ionuț Alexandru Tudorie

The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy, PI – Dana Jalobeanu

The Structures of Conflict: A Phenomenological Approach to Violence, PI – Cristian Ciocan

The Phenomenological Analysis of Axiomatic Mathematics, PI – Iulian Danuț Toader

Appel à candidatures: École d’été francophone de byzantinologie. Étudier le Monde Byzantin. Méthodologies et Interprétations, 30 août – 5 septembre 2017

La Faculté d’Histoire de l’Université de Bucarest, le Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences sociales (CEREFREA Villa Noël) et l’Institut de Recherche de la même Université (IRH-ICUB), avec le soutien de l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie en Europe centrale et Orientale et sous la codirection scientifique de Monsieur Paolo Odorico (CéSor, EHESS, Paris), mettent en place une école d’été consacrée aux études byzantines, ayant pour sujet


qui aura lieu à Bucarest, du 30 août au 5 septembre 2017.

Peuvent y participer les étudiants inscrits au niveau Master (ou Master et Doctorat prévu en 2017-2018), Doctorat et Post-doc. Les étudiants doivent comprendre les deux langues de l’École d’été (français / anglais).

Date limite d’envoi des candidatures:

Avant le 10 août 2017 les candidats doivent envoyer un courriel à l’adresse e-mail : dans lequel ils déclarent leur intention de candidater, en indiquant comme objet : bourse d’études – Université d’été – Bucarest ou Fellowship for Summer University in Bucharest.


Cfp: Reformation and Modernity, November 17-18, 2017

Organized by: Faculty of Philosophy & IRH-ICUB, Center for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs, University of Bucharest

Invited speakers: Mircea Flonta (University of Bucharest), Günter Frank (Karlsruhe University), Hans Klaus Keul (University of Ulm), Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon), Ilmari Karimies (Univerity of Helsinki), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Charlotte Methuen (University of Glasgow), Vasilică Mugurel Păvălucă (Technical University Dortmund),  Michal Valčo (Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra), Wolfram Weisse (Hamburg University).

Submission of papers: Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) by email to by September 15, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2017. Along with the abstract, please send us your contact details: current affiliation, address and telephone number.

Conference languages: English and Romanian.

Please mark that, while there will be no conference fee, the organizers will not cover any travel or accommodation costs.

More details here.