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Current seminars

Lunchtime Seminar
The lunchtime seminar is the current research seminar of the IRH-ICUB, in which fellows and affiliated researchers of the IRH-ICUB are presenting work-in-progress. It takes place every Thursday during term-time (October-June).
Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach
The seminar Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach is convened by Dr. Diana Stanciu and is designed as an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions on the topic of consciousness between specialists in neuroscience, medicine, biology, physics, anthropology, linguistics, metaphysics, applied philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Digital Humanities
Conveners: Mihnea Dobre, Timothy Tambassi.
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.
The Grant Writing Seminar, 2018-2019
This series of workshops aims to provide a venue for humanities and social sciences researchers to meet, share their experiences, receive hands-on advice on grant writing, and collaborate on their grant applications for national and European calls. It is hoped that out of this workshop series a small community of researchers will emerge who will continue to offer mutual support for grant applications through constructive criticism and peer-review.

Medieval Europe and Beyond
Conveners: Marian Coman (University of Bucharest) and Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici (IRH-ICUB)
This research working group is intended as a venue for historians, social scientists, and philosophers interested in discussing recent developments in the study of medieval Europe. Comparisons between Latin Europe, Byzantium and Islam, and between late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period are encouraged. The research group is not limited to medievalists but open to colleagues in other fields.
Memory: From Brains to Narratives
The seminar Memory: From Brains to Narratives is convened by Dr. Lorena Anton, being constructed as an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions between specialists in anthropology, history, medicine, neuroscience, philology and linguistics, psychology, philosophy and sociology. Its aim is to bring together and deconstruct past and present ideas about the place of memory in human history, and to open doors towards the future of its contemporary evolution.
The Permanent Seminar on Recent Phenomenology
The seminar intends to address recent and eventually marginal programmatic writings in the field of phenomenology attempting to redefine the practice of phenomenological philosophy in our present day context. As such it aims to serve, on the one hand, as a means for getting hold over a field that has become increasingly hard to overlook; on the other hand, it should help build up a stable working group of (junior and senior) researchers interested in confronting the contemporary prospects of phenomenological thinking.


Past seminars

Adorno’s Early Phenomenology
Convener: Christian Ferencz-Flatz (University of Bucharest).Adorno’s criticism of phenomenology is well known. His relationship to the phenomenological method proves however far more complex, as can be inferred already from his long lasting engagement with the works of Husserl. In the early 1920s, Adorno finished his PhD with a dissertation on Husserl’s concept of “noema”, while several of his earlier papers deal extensively with technical issues of contemporary phenomenology. 
Body And Knowledge In Aristotle’s De Anima. Selected Readings And Arguments
Fabrizio Bigotti (University of Exeter) IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor
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.
Topics in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics and Science
As part of the IRH-ICUB visiting fellowship, Prof. Sorin Bangu (Univ. Bergen) organises a preliminary round table to discuss topics of interest in the philosophy of mathematics and science.
The Birth and Development of Theodicy: Plato and His Successors
Convener: Viktor Ilievski (IRH-ICUB, University of Bucharest)
The main purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum where the convener and the prospective participants would discuss one of the rare underrepresented areas of Platonic studies, that is, Plato’s contribution to the development of the great theodicean strategies, which take very prominent place not only in the writings of the early and late Christian thinkers, but also in the systems of some Hellenistic and Late Antiquity schools.
Reading Nature With Aristotle
Lecturer: Stefano Gulizia (CUNY / IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor)
This is an optional course with credits, primarily intended for Master students (History and Philosophy of Science), but also open to PhD students, postdocs, and members of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. The course focuses on the Aristotelian science of natural problems, which continues to be a most neglected area of Peripatetic thought despite having been the bedrock of influential debates up to the Enlightenment.
Images of the Knowledge System Pivoted Around Cosmology
Lecturer: Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, & Visiting Professor, IRH-ICUB October 2017)
The course/seminar will explore the process of expansion of the knowledge system that emerged during the late Middle Ages, which was based on the geocentric worldview and institutionally embedded in the newly founded European universities.

The Devil in Politics
Convenors: Ana PETRACHE and Laurențiu GHEORGHE
Why is politics defined as a transaction with the Devil? Does this definition assume a justification of evil, a useful metaphor or an export of responsibility? Is the political struggle built on the Schmittian distinction between friend-foe or dose the diazotization of the enemy serve as a legitimation tool? Is speaking about the devil a secularization of the theological concept of evil, designed to simplify the political discourse, or is it something in the political experience so strange and so deep that it needs to be justified by a mythological figure? What is the relationship between violence, political order and evil?
Early modern concepts of history and practices of historical writing
A reading-group organized by Veronica Lazăr and Grigore Vida
The reading-group aims to investigate some major theoretical writings about history – history understood as both object and discourse, reality and methods of apprehending it – from the end of the 16th century to the end of the Enlightenment, especially in France and England, but also in Scotland, Germany and Holland.


Atelierele „Tudor Vianu” – ICUB Master Classes 2017
Centrul de cercetare „TUDOR VIANU” ( al Universităţii din Bucureşti, înființat în iunie 2006, organizează din aprilie 2017 seria de workshop-uri de cercetare Atelierele „Tudor Vianu” – ICUB Master Classes 2017.  Proiectul de față se adresează în primul rând doctoranzilor în Literatură și Studii culturale și masteranzilor programului „Studii literare” (modulul I, „Cercetare literară” și modulul II, „Studii literare applicate”) din Facultatea de Litere.

Topics in Understanding
Convenor: Andrei Mărăşoiu (University of Virginia). Organized around classical texts of the last 15-20 years, our bi-weekly summer meetings aim to briefly survey recent topics in the philosophy of understanding.

Course: The Séance of Reading
Lecturer: Prof. Thomas J. Cousineau (Washington College/ IRH-ICUb Visiting Professor)
The course will take place in May, during the visit of Prof. Thomas Cousineau.

Course: Lectures on Romanian Historical Morphology in a Romance Typological Perspective
Lecturer: Prof. Martin Maiden (University of Oxford/ IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor))The course will take place in February, during the visit of Prof. Maiden.
Course: John Locke on Knowledge
Lecturer: Professor Peter R. Anstey, University of Sydney/ IRH-ICUB Visiting ProfessorReadings: to be provided in classVenue and time: Second Semester 2015-2016; Faculty of Philosophy, Amphiteater Titu Maiorescu (4 pm-6 pm unless otherwise stated), AND Institute for Research in the Humanities (Dimitrie Brandza str. 1) (2pm – 4 pm).
Topics in Philosophy of Mathematics: Categoricity
Research seminar coordinated by Dr. Iulian Toader (Fellow at IRH).
Art and Science in Early Modern Europe
Research seminar coordinated by Dr. Michael Deckard (Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Fulbright scholar at University of Bucharest).
Reading Group on Scientific Modeling
Research seminar coordinated by Dr. Kirsten Walsh (Fellow at IRH) and Dr. Adrian Currie (Visiting Scholar at IRH).
Causality issues in philosophy of evolutionary biology
Research seminar coordinated by Dr. Ciprian Jeler (Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest).

Sensory Perception
Is Sensory Perception Historically Relative? Walter Benjamin and Phenomenology. Research seminar coordinated by Dr. Christian Ferencz-Flatz (Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest).

Research Ethics
“Research Ethics and the University in the 21st Century”. Research Seminar organized by IRH-UB in collaboration with the Center for Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest.

Archives in the Digital Age
The purpose of this series is to investigate the several ways in which archival and manuscript investigations have contributed to substantial shifts and transformations in the history (and historiography) of science and philosophy.