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.

Internship 2018-2019

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.

Perioada de voluntariat este de 3 – 6 luni, cu posibilitate de prelungire. Pentru a deveni intern al ICUB, voluntarii trebuie să îndeplinească următoarele condiții:

– sa fie masteranzi sau absolvenți de master, sau doctoranzi într-una din specializările reprezentate în Institut (secțiunea de științe umaniste)

– să aibă un interes susținut pentru activitatea de cercetare

– să cunoască foarte bine cel puțin o limbă de circulație internațională

– să fie dinamici, activi și dornici de a lucra în echipă

Pe perioada de voluntariat, internul voluntar va fi integrat în echipa ICUB, lucrând atât cu coordonatorul secțiunii, managerii de proiecte și administratorul de secțiune cât și cu bursierii străini și profesorii invitați. La încheierea perioadei de voluntariat va primi o adeverință din partea Universității din București și eventuale recomandări pentru aplicații ulterioare.

Pentru a aplica, cei interesați trebuie să trimită un CV și o scrisoare de intenție, în limba engleză, la, până la data de 21 septembrie 2018.


Mathematizing Physics or Physicalizing Mixed Mathematics?, 1–2 October 2018

Invited speaker: John Schuster (University of Sydney)

The workshop is organized under the framework of the national research grant (code: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0228), “The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy.”

The history of the emergence of modern science is still very much about how natural philosophy became mathematical. But the classical narrative about the “mathematization of nature” (at least in the Koyré version) has become somewhat obsolete, with its claims about a replacement of the Aristotelian view with the Platonic one, which recognized a mathematical structure of reality.

Besides “physico-mathematics”, however, there was another form of “blending” mathematics with physics, sometimes called by its practitioners “mathematical physics”, which has remained very much understudied until today. It emerged out of an experimental context and can be contrasted with the “physico-mathematical” approach: while the latter starts with usually strong metaphysical presuppositions, mixing axioms of mathematics with axioms or principles of natural philosophy, “mathematical physics” is a much more bottom-up procedure, in which mathematical objects are constructed trough measurement and quantification. It shows that Thomas Kuhn’s division between the mathematical and experimental traditions is too rigid, since the two could, in fact, nurture each other. John Schuster has proposed an important view, according to which it is more appropriate to speak about a “physicalization” of the mixed mathematical sciences instead of a mathematization of physics.

More details here.

Ramus and the Reform of Learning, 27 September 2018

Invited speakers: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Dominique Couzinet (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne)

The workshop is organized under the framework of the national research grant (code: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0228), “The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy.”

In this workshop we aim to explore topics related to Petrus Ramus’ way of seeing the sciences in the light of his sources, his personal views on the arts and sciences, and their influence. More specifically, we will discuss about his sources (e.g. Proclus), his way of seeing the relation between what he considered “theoretical” mathematics (i.e. arithmetic & geometry) and “physical” mathematics (e.g. physics, optics, architecture, geography etc.), his views on technology, and his influence in the 16th-century Cambridge, in order to consider the possible direct or indirect link to the projects of figures such as Francis Bacon.

More details here.

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.