Dana.Jalobeanu1Dana Jalobeanu (director) is reader in Philosophy, member of the research center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, and of the research center Foundations of Early Modern Thought, University of Bucharest. She has studied physics and philosophy and has a PhD in philosophy of science. AOS: early modern experimental philosophy (Bacon to Newton), early modern science, philosophy of scientific experimentation. AOC: history and philosophy of science, general philosophy of science, European intellectual history (especially Renaissance and Early Modern). She is the executive editor of the journal Societate și politică and co-editor of the Journal of Early Modern Studies. She is one of the initiators and co-organizers, since 2001, of the Princeton-Bucharest seminar in early modern philosophy (12 editions since 2001). Recent works: The Art of Experimental Natural History: Francis Bacon in Context, Zeta Books: Bucharest, 2015. Dana Jalobeanu, Peter Anstey, eds., Vanishing matter and the laws of nature: Descartes and beyond, Routledge: London, 2011. [CV]

Mihnea Dobre (academic coordinator)mihnea-dobre is teaching and doing research at the University of Bucharest. He has a PhD in philosophy (Radboud University Nijmegen and University of Bucharest), and his research interest is in the history of philosophy and science. He works on the various aspects of the early modern period, with a focus on the relations between philosophy, science, and religion. He is the author of a monograph on Descartes and Early French Cartesianism: between metaphysics and physics (Zeta Books, 2017) and co-editor of the Cartesian Empiricisms volume (Springer, 2013). For a list of Dobre’s publications and conference papers, see his page. He is the book review editor at the Centaurus, An International Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Aspects. He is the PI of the research project on Early Modern Cosmology Between “Mosaic Physics” and Mechanical Philosophy (1650-1713). Dobre’s role within the institute is to coordinate research projects and to help potential applicants in preparing their research projects for submission to various calls. [CV]

Iulia Nitescu


Iulia Nițescu (secretary) has a PhD in Philology, Russian Studies, with a thesis which analyses how the religious symbols have become part of the political discourse. She has an MA in Religious Studies and BA in Russian and Swedish Language and Literature. Her main research interests are religious studies, Medieval Russia, the relation between religion and politics.


David Borchin

David Borchin is an MA student at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of History, his BA is in History at West University of Timişoara, Faculty of Letters, History, and Theology. His BA thesis is on the implementation of antisemitic policies during the period of 1938-1944 in the region of Banat in the Kingdom of Romania. His main research interests include totalitarian regimes and extremist political ideologies in the 20th Century and how these impacted the lives of ordinary people.


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Corina Dumitru is an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Modern Applied Languages (LMA) department. She is specializing in English and Spanish.





Larisa Gogianu is a PhD student at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy. Her doctoral research focuses on the problem of conceptual and theoretical change in evolutionary biology after the modern synthesis. She is also an undergraduate student in biology at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology. Her interests range from genetics to taxonomy, systematics and botanics. She wishes to specialize in the genetics of plants.

David Neagu


David Linus Neagu is an MA student at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest, Medieval Studies program. He has a BA in Armenian Historiography. Areas of interest: Crusades, Armenian History, Medieval Military History.


Cătălin Petrescu is an MA student at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, History and Practice of the Internațional Relations program. He also has a BA in International Relations and European Studies. His bachelor thesis was called “French and British perspectives on the events in Ukraine (2013-2015)”. His areas of interest are Ukraine and the post-soviet space.


Previous staff members

Laura Messina (Deputy Director) has a PhD iLaura.Mesinan Philology, and is lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. She works as researcher and scientific secretary of the Center of Excellence in Image Studies (CESI), as project director, member in interdisciplinary research teams, and POSDRU projects manager. She is a member of the Romanian School in Rome, Accademia di Romania, and had a series of research internships carried out in Italy, France, Czech Republic and Slovakia. She published authored books, studies and research papers in the field of philology (literary studies) and the history and theory of image and imagination, and coordinated several collective volumes and journals issues (Images, Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies, no. 1-3; Caietele VISUAL, no. 1-2). She is the scientific coordinator of the book series “Text şi imagine“, CESI / University of Bucharest. [CV]

Cristian Ciocan

Cristian Ciocan  (project coordinator) has a PhD from the University of Bucharest (2006) and a PhD from the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne (2009). He is the President of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology (founded in 2000), and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Studia Phaenomenologica. He was Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University “Albert-Ludwig” in Freiburg im Breisgau (2007-2008) and of the New Europe College (2009-2010), being also invited lecturer at the University of Cluj (2010 and 2011). Recent works: Heidegger et le problème de la mort: existentialité, authenticité, temporalité (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014); Întruchipări. Studiu de fenomenologie a corporalității (București: Humanitas, 2013). [CV]

Previous Interns




Irina Chiriță is an M.A. student, currently enrolled in the „Religious Studies” program at the University of Bucharest. She also has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Clinical Psychology. Her main areas of interest are Western esotericism and depth psychology.




Ovidiu Babeș is a PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. His dissertation deals with the connections between Descartes’ mathematics and his natural philosophy. He is also interested in early modern British experimental philosophy, history of mathematics and philosophy of language.

Dan Siserman (2015-2016) is PhD Student at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. His research topic focuses on Joachim of Fiore’s hermeneutics of history. His research interests include metaphysics, political theology and religious studies.

Claudia Dumitru (2015-2016) Her main area of research interest is in history and philosophy of science, with a focus on the second part of the seventeenth century in England and especially on the Royal Society. Her current research – and her project as a member of the larger From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy project – deals with the evolving relation between memory and natural history in the natural philosophy of the seventeenth century, with an emphasis on Bacon and on the circles of the Royal Society. Currently she is a doctoral student in the department of philosophy at Princeton University.


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