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Philosophical Translations Seminar

Convenor: Grigore Vida

Every Friday, 14.00-17.00

We begin a new regular seminar at IRH–ICUB, dedicated to translations of classical texts in the history of philosophy and the sciences. The seminar aims to offer a venue and an expertise to scholars interested in philosophical translations. On the one hand, there will be meetings focused on specific translations, held by the teams actively engaged in them, where results can be presented and difficulties discussed. On the other hand, there will be open meetings, aiming to gather together more scholars and examine wider issues, like problems of philosophical translations in general, requirements of a critical edition etc. The meetings will take place at IRH–ICUB, but the teams will also organize travels to places like Noica’s hut in Păltiniș, as well as Sinaia, Buzău etc.

Current projects:

  • Francis Bacon, Novum organum (coordinated by Dana Jalobeanu). First meeting: 12 April 2019
  • The Leibniz–Clarke Correspondence (coordinated by Grigore Vida)
  • Martin Heidegger, Kants These über das Sein (coordinated by Cătălin Cioabă). Closed group

If you are interested in joining a project or proposing one, please send an email to


Talk: Daniela Castaldo (University of Salento), 8 April 2019

poster 8 aprilieMonday, 8 April, 17h

IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brândza 1

Echoes of Ancient Greek and Roman Music in Victorian Painting: Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederich Leighton

Daniela Castaldo – University of Salento (Lecce-Italy)

Subjects inspired by Greco-Roman Antiquity are among the most frequently represented in British Victorian painting. Among these, musical themes and characters offer an illuminating case-study for the reception of the ancient world in the 19th century, at the crossroads of classical tradition and new archaeological discoveries. Prof. Daniela Castaldo’s lecture will explore the musical imagery inspired by the ancient world in the paintings of Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) and Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). A closer look at their visual sources, meaning and symbolism makes possible to better understand the ‘modern’ interpretations of ancient music given by these Victorian artists.

Science Advice training for a complex World, 15 April 2019

Half-day workshop proposed by Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Global Young Academy)

15 April 2019, 09:30;

IRH-ICUB (Dimitrie Brandza 1);

Duration: 3 hours.

We are living in a period of post-science and post-truth and we can see the major consequences of this situation unfolding before our eyes. Propaganda for Brexit, for instance, has been run on a platform of misinformation and fake news, and one of the important Brexiteers, Michael Gove, has said that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. The complexity of the issues we currently face demands more input from scientists and experts, however, and speaks to the need of evidence-informed policy making. Decision makers cannot ignore experts and scientists if we want to improve society and have a chance at solving local, national and global problems. Wicked problems like climate change, migration and the dangers of AI do not have easy solutions and demand a sustained effort and collaboration between experts from different disciplines who can communicate with government experts and policy makers.

History and philosophy of science have an important role to play in this constellation of experts and policy-makers, because they are trained to make sense of science. As such, they can be an important bridge between the expert scientists, who are often focused on very specific scientific problems, and the policy makers, who struggle with broader questions about science and society. This is why ICUB and the Global Young Academy organize a training workshop in science advice for students and teachers in history and philosophy of science. After a short introduction into the field of science advice, participants will participate in informal exercises to gain practical experience in the processes and challenges of science advice. This training workshop also builds necessary skills for students in history and philosophy of science who are interested in job prospects in government and international organizations.

The workshop is free of charge but it is necessary to register because the available places are limited to 10. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please apply by sending a short CV and a motivational statement (of 1 paragraph) to Mihnea Dobre before April 10:

The workshop will be led by Koen Vermeir, research professor at the CNRS and the University of Paris, member of the executive committee of the Global Young Academy, and science advisor to the European Commission.

Fellowships for visiting professors – March 2019

The Institute of Research in Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is proud to announce the visiting professors fellowships awarded in March 2019:

Virginia Hill (University of New Brunswick), The diachrony of differential object marking – 2 months

Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), History of book circulation in 17th century Europe – 1 month

Bruce L. McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary), The Humility of the Eternal Son: An Outline of Reformed Kenotic Christology – 2 months

Workshop – Laws of nature: the emergence of a new concept in early modern Europe, 16 April 2019

The early modern period has witnessed the emergence of a new concept that played a crucial role in the foundation of the new philosophy and science, the concept of the laws of nature. The sources of this concept and its metaphysical and theological underpinnings are constantly debated in the literature. The one-day conference hosted by the IRH-ICUB aims to contribute to the ongoing discussions about this concept. Papers will explore various contexts in which the appeal to nature’s laws encouraged the spread of the new science, ranging from the first attempts in the seventeenth century, up to the eighteenth-century developments.

The conference is organized within the project Early Modern Cosmology Between “Mosaic Physics” and Mechanical Philosophy (1650-1713) (PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-0710) and with the support of the IRH-ICUB.

More details and program here.

CfA: Natural and Revealed Theology in the German Enlightenment, 23-24 May 2019

Organisers: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest) and Alessandro Nannini (University of Bucharest/New Europe College)

The conference aims to explore original perspectives on theological-related subjects in the German Enlightenment up to Kant, with particular focus on the Late Enlightenment. Over the last few decades, the relevance of the theology of the Enlightenment has gained unprecedented momentum among scholars of the eighteenth century, going well beyond its traditional boundaries and arenas. The rapidly growing interest in the topic is reflected in an intense editorial activity that brought attention to lesser known texts. Key issues such as secularization and re-sacralization have raised questions that touch upon a range of disciplines. It is now clear that particularly during the second half of the eighteenth century metaphysics, aesthetics, epistemology, politics, ethnology, and the arts benefitted from fruitful exchanges with theology, resulting in a range of new approaches to the relation between the human and the divine.

We welcome proposals for 30-minute papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • the relation between natural theology and revealed theology
  • natural theology and physico-theology
  • the relation between natural theology and other metaphysical disciplines, such as ontology, cosmology, and psychology
  • the role played by theology at large in the development of the philosophical disciplines, with particular regard to aesthetics and ethics
  • the relevance of the theological reflection at the Berlin Academy
  • the role of feelings and emotions in revealed theology
  • the significance of homiletics and theological hermeneutics in the intellectual debate
  • Catholic and Lutheran perspectives on faith
  • secularization and re-sacralization
  • connections between religion and the idea of Enlightenment
  • exchanges and transfers between German Enlightenment and the European Enlightenment

Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words as a docx. attachment to:

Deadline for submitting the abstracts: 6 April 2019

More details here.

CfP: Shifting Roles. The Manifold Identities of Phenomenology (The 5th Conference on Traditions and Perspectives of the Phenomenological Movement in Central and Eastern Europe), 26-28 September 2019

Organized in collaboration with the Romanian Society for Phenomenology and the IRH project: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0273: The Structures of Conflict: A Phenomenological Approach to Violence

DATE: Bucharest, 26-28 September 2019

DEADLINE: 3 March 2019

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Emmanuel Alloa (University of St. Gallen); Bruce Bégout (Université Bordeaux Montaigne); Mădălina Diaconu (Universität Wien); Claude Romano (Université Paris-Sorbonne); Bernhard Waldenfels (Bochum University)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Ileana Borțun, Cristian Ciocan, Christian Ferencz-Flatz, Paul Marinescu.