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.

New IRH-ICUB Visiting Professors Fellowship awarded in May

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

Prof. Vasileios Syros (Radboud University Nijmegen/ Academy of Finland), A Scientific History of Political Corruption: Early Modern Perspectives


New Work in Logic and Philosophy of Science, 15 June 2018

Organizer: Sorin Bangu (Univ. Bergen/ ICUB-IRH Visiting Professor)

The conference showcases work-in-progress in logic, philosophy of mathematics and science by leading philosophers. The main aim of the event is to offer the audience a sense of what is currently taken to be relevant concerns in these fields; naturally, the speakers will also indicate possible directions in which progress can be made. The talks, followed by generous Q&A periods, will cover a large variety of issues, from formal logic to philosophy of medicine and philosophical issues in the sociology of high-energy physics. More specifically, the topics include: the challenge of justifying causal claims in medicine, the very logic of causal dependencies, the possibility to connect deterministic and indeterministic descriptions of physical systems, the distinction between deductive and inductive knowledge as relevant for understanding mathematical proofs, as well as reflections on natural kinds and the way in which high-energy physics laboratories produce knowledge.

Speakers: G. Sandu (Helsinki), A. Barberousse (Paris Sorbonne), R. Lie (Bergen), V. Ardourel (Louvain), A. C. Paseau (Oxford), S. Perovic (Belgrade).

More details here.

New course – Body And Knowledge In Aristotle’s De Anima. Selected Readings And Arguments

Fabrizio Bigotti (University of Exeter) IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor

Only a few works in the history of Western philosophical tradition have been read and commented upon as much as Aristotle’s De anima. The book, however, deserves attention on its own right, as a landmark in Aristotle’s thought. Besides its emphasis on the relation between the body and the soul, the De anima offers a series of precious insights into Aristotle’s philosophy and especially on the relation between universal knowledge and natural philosophy. From this standpoint, the work places itself at the conjunction of Aristotle’s metaphysical and natural investigations. This module aims at presenting Aristotle’s De anima by means of ten thematic encounters which will explore issues related to perception, emotion, understanding and intuition with help also from other works, and especially Metaphysica I and XII. The text will be read in English, key references from Greek will be translated and explained. Selected passages will be pre-circulated. A basic understanding of philosophy is desirable, but constancy in attending the course is essential.

More details here.

Digital Humanities – 10 May 2018

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.

DH 10 mai

10 May, 10.00-13.00

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) – Romanian participation 2012-2015

Giorgio Guzzetta (University College Cork)Extreme Reading: Scalable Text Analysis and Interpretation with Voyant

Federico Boschetti (CNR):  Euporia: Using Domain Specific Languages for Textual Annotation without Mark-up

Timothy Tambassi (ICUB, University of Bucharest)Thinking Bucharest Geo-ontologically

More details here.

Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy and Science (17th edition), June 28 – July 4, 2018

Invited speakers include: Arianna Borrelli (TU, Berlin), Antonio Clericuzzio (Rome), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Silvia Manzo (La Plata, Argentina), Oana Matei (Arad), Arnauld Pelletier (Bruxelles), Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest), Koen Vermeir (Paris).

The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar is an annual interdisciplinary meeting of scholars and students of early modern thought. Its aim is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas through formal and informal discussions, reading-groups and round tables. Morning sessions are organized as reading groups, while the afternoon sessions give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern philosophy and early modern science. Texts for the reading groups are distributed one month in advance.

More details here.

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.