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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.

Research Assistant position

IRH-ICUB is announcing a 4.5 months position for a student/research assistant (referent de specialitate) within the project „The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy” (Principal Investigator: Dana Jalobeanu). The successful candidate will join us for the remaining months of the project, helping with the organization of the closing conference and other scientific events. She/he will take part in our weekly seminars and meetings. We are looking for a master student in philosophy, history or related fields with an interest in history of science and plans to continue her/his career with a PhD in the field of early modern studies. Knowledge of the history of philosophy/history of science of the seventeenth century is required, as well as knowledge of English and Latin.

Deadline for applications July 21, 2019. Details about the competition procedure here:
https://unibuc.ro/despre-ub/organizare/administratie/directia-resurse-umane/posturi-vacante/posturi-cercetare/#1544693602256-6d9237ad-7fe3

The application file should have two components:

  • a CV and a letter of motivation by email to jalobeanu@gmail.com (by July18, 2019)
  • a standard application file (containing copies of the diplomas) to be sent to the University of Bucharest, Mihail Kogalniceanu str. 34-36. For details on how to put together the application file: office@g.unibuc.ro; or tel: 0040-21-307-73-00
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Ramism and its Influence on 17th Century Encyclopaedism, 8 November 2019

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Petrus Ramus (1515 – 1572) was one of the most influential educational reformers in history. Although his views in specific fields such as logic or mathematics are overlooked by the historians of the respective disciplines, the influence of Ramism in the 17th century is widely recognized (e.g. on Baconianism, Cartesianism, Pansophism etc.). Research in this direction was already undertaken by scholars such as Walter J. Ong or more recently Howard Hotson. However, there is still more to be said on the relation between Ramus and the early modern encyclopedists and this workshop will focus on Ramist metaphysics, physics, logic and mathematics and their respective influences in the case of figures such as Bartholomäus Keckermann, Johann Heinrich Alsted, Johann Heinrich Bisterfeld, John Amos Comenius, or János Apáczai Csere. These influence is to be addressed also considering the institutional and interdenominational contexts in which they occurred.

Participants:

– Danilo Facca (Polish Academy of Sciences) – The debate on Ramism and the metaphysics of the early Schulphilosophie (Altdorf, Helmstedt, Torun)

– Stefan Hessbrügen-Walter (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) – Ramist Physics: an Overview

– Petr Pavlas (Czech Academy of Sciences) – “Lex secundum qvam disponuntur omnia”. Trichotomic trees in Jan Amos Comenius’s pansophical metaphysics and metaphorics

– Iovan Drehe (ICUB Humanities) – Petrus Ramus and János Apáczai Csere on logic and mathematics

Research position

ICUB Humanities is announcing a 5 months research position associated with the project „The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy” (Principal Investigator: Dana Jalobeanu). The successful candidate should have a PhD in fields relevant for the project and significant publication record. Knowledge of English required, Latin and French considered an advantage. The  successful candidate is expected to publish on topics relevant for the project.

The successful candidate will join the team of the project on August 1, 2019. Deadline for applications June 21, 2019. There will be an interview, organized in July 1, 2019.

The application file should have two components:

  • a CV and a letter of motivation by email to jalobeanu@gmail.com (by June 21, 2019.)
  • a standard application file (containing copies of the diplomas) to be sent to the University of Bucharest, Mihail Kogalniceanu str. 34-36. For details on how to put together the application file: office@g.unibuc.ro; or tel: 0040-21-307-73-00

Talk: Babrak Ibrahimy (University of Derby, UK), ‘Einstimmung’ and ways of life in Wittgenstein – a political interpretation, 22 May 2019

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 18h, Faculty of Philosophy, Titu Maiorescu Room (Splaiul Independentei 204)

Babrak Ibrahimy (University of Derby, UK), ‘Einstimmung’ and ways of life in Wittgenstein – a political interpretation

Abstract: Wittgenstein uses the terms Einstimmung (consensus) and Lebensformen (ways of life) in a peculiar way. In his own work, they are rarely used politically, and yet, for students of political theory it is hard to see how these terms can been understood apolitically. It is therefore not surprising that, while always implicitly present, recent years have seen a rise of explicit use of Wittgenstein’s work in political theory. In this paper, I want to borrow Wittgenstein’s insights and connect his view to Carl’s Schmitt’s notion of the political. On the one hand, the move is not too radical precisely because at the outset of his treatise Schmitt refers to politics as competing ways of life. On the other hand, Schmitt and Wittgenstein could not be more different. This paper does not therefore aim to synthesise the two scholars, but only to show a possible political reading of Wittgenstein’s work.

Talk organised within the Wittgenstein’s Phenomenology: Bridging the Analytic-Continental Gap seminar, in collaboration with the Department of Theoretical Philosophy.

CFP: Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science 2019, 30 October – 1 November 2019

The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy

ICUB Humanities & Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

October 30th – November 1st, 2019

Invited Speakers: Philip Beeley (University of Oxford), Andrew Janiak (Duke University), Sébastien Maronne (University of Toulouse), Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud University Nijmegen), Friedrich Steinle (Technical University Berlin).

As we all know, early modern science came to the world dressed up in mathematical vestments. Much has been said about the shape and colours of these clothes. Traditional grand narratives of the “mathematization of nature” or “mechanization of the world picture” have gradually dissolved into more fine-grained and localized historiographical categories such as “forms of mathematization”, “artisanal knowledge” or “experimental practices”. However, in all these framings, questions about how natural philosophy became amenable to mathematical treatment are still central to understanding the emergence of modern science.

The eighth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to explore the diversity in methods, scopes, shapes and colours of some of the—well-known, and less well-known—projects of mathematization. It will focus, more precisely, on mathematical forms which have an experimental component. We aim to bring together scholars coming from different disciplines, thus cutting across the established divisions and traditional temporal delimitations.

We invite submissions for presentations of cca. 40 minutes on any topic related to early modern projects of mathematization (roughly speaking, 16th – 18th centuries). Please send an abstract of max. 500 words by June 10 to ovidiu.babes@icub.unibuc.ro.

The 8th edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science will be organized, jointly, by the ICUB Humanities and the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, and will mark the end of the research grant “The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy” (2017-2019).

For any additional information, please contact Ovidiu Babeș (ovidiu.babes@icub.unibuc.ro)

Isomorphism of Knowledge: Scientific Projections on 20th and 21st Century Literature, 10-11 May 2019

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International Conference organized by the Department of Romance Linguistics, Ibero-Romanian Languages and Literatures, Italian, Classical Philology and Modern Greek; Center of Comparative Linguistics and Cognitivism; and the Humanities division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (IRH-ICUB).

Invited Speakers: Christine Baron (University of Poitiers), Amelia Gamoneda (University of Salamanca), Francisco González Fernández (University of Oviedo), Pilar Alonso (University of Salamanca).

Invited Writers: Ion Manolescu, Vicente Luis Mora, Germán Sierra

Conference Website:     https://literaturaysaberes2019.wordpress.com/

Venue: The Conference will be held at the Instituto Cervantes of Bucharest (38 Elisabeta Street) and at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest (36-46 Mihail Kogalniceanu Street)

Organizing Committee (University of Bucharest): Coordinators – Melania Stancu, Borja Mozo Martín; Treasurer: Oana-Dana Balaş; Secretaries: Mihai Iacob, Mihaela Ciobanu, Aura Bunoro, Paul Buzilă, Alma Marhamati