Isomorphism of Knowledge: Scientific Projections on XXth and XXIst Century Literature, Bucharest, 10-11 May 2019
International Conference organized by the Department of Romance Linguistics, Ibero-Romanian Languages and Literatures; the Department of Classical Philology and Modern Greek; Center of Comparative Linguistics and Cognitivism; and the Humanities division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (IRH-ICUB).
Topics in Analytic Philosophy 3, 19-20 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.
Science Advice training for a complex World, 15 April 2019
Half-day workshop proposed by Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Global Young Academy)
Talk: Daniela Castaldo (University of Salento), 8 April 2019
Echoes of Ancient Greek and Roman Music in Victorian Painting: Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederich Leighton
This workshop will bring together researchers working on themes surpassing traditional Cold War narratives about Eastern Europe. By focusing on issues such as multilateralism, East-West relations and the engagement of the socialist regimes with the rest of the world the invited speakers will delve into portraying the initiatives and the strategies engaged by the communist regimes such as Romania in their efforts to establish a voice of their own in the global stage beyond the confines of the communist bloc.
Philosophical Cosmology in Early Modern Europe, 7 December 2018
The workshop focuses on philosophical cosmology in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (roughly late sixteenth century – mid-eighteen century). The papers will consist in a diversity of a case-studies, focusing on the interplay between physics, mathematics and theology within individual cosmological projects (e.g. Bacon, Roberval, Kant) and broad cosmological traditions.
Keynote speakers: Corinne Rossari (University of Neuchâtel), Michelle Sheehan (“Anglia Ruskin” University, Cambridge). As in previous years, we intend to cover a wide range of topics, encompassing all the domains and directions of research in the study of Romanian and in general linguistics, bringing together a large number of researchers from Romania and abroad.
Administrative accountability in the later Middle Ages: Records, procedures, and their societal impact, Bucharest, 16-17 November 2018
The colloquium will explore the multifaceted reality of administrative accountability in Western Europe, c. 1200-1450. Because the renewed interest in the subject makes methodological exchanges all the more timely, the colloquium will provide a venue for testing new approaches to the sources. Special attention will be given to underexplored archival documents, such as the castellany accounts (computi) of late-medieval Savoy, and to topics that have hitherto received less attention, such as the social impact of institutional consolidation.
Mathematizing Physics or Physicalizing Mixed Mathematics?, 1–2 October 2018
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. Instead, historians prefer now to speak about “forms of mathematization” and to focus on practices, understood in such a broad way that they can cover both experimental procedures and aspects of theory formation. According to this approach, various forms of mathematical practices came to play an important role in natural philosophy prior to, and sometimes independent of philosophical reflections on the status of mathematics, or the relation between mathematics and natural philosophy.
Ramus and the Reform of Learning, 27 September 2018
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.
From Natural History to the Metaphysics of Nature, 18-19 September 2018
This conference examines the relation between natural history, natural philosophy, and metaphysics, with special emphasis on the role played by metaphysics in the study of nature in the early modern period up to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Key seventeenth-century conceptions by Bacon, Descartes, and the early members of the Royal Society will be discussed together with their earlier roots.
Axiomatic Mathematics and Phenomenology, 3-4 September 2018
The aim of this workshop is to revisit the phenomenological analysis of axiomatized mathematical theories. In particular, we want to clarify the rationale, understand the development, and evaluate the cogency, of the view according to which if pure phenomenology cannot justify the axiomatic approach, then the axiomatic approach must be modified.
Romance Turn 9, 30 August – 1 September 2018
The Romance Turn brings together researchers from across Europe and overseas with the aim of sharing results and developing further research on the acquisition of Romance languages. Language acquisition studies both in children and adult learners are central to building our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain. The field has witnessed a continuous growth during the past three decades. Over this period empirical evidence provided by research conducted on the acquisition of Romance languages such as Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish has become increasingly productive.
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy and Science (17th edition), 28 June – 4 July 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.
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.
Ramus Workshop, 3 May 2018
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.”
Early Modern Logic and the Medicine of the Mind, 2 May 2018
A reading group dedicated to the intersections between two early modern developments: the re-interpretation of logic as an art of thinking well and the re-interpretation of natural philosophical inquiry as a procedure for curing the mind of its distempered tendencies. The discussants are Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Paris / ICUB, Bucharest), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Alexandru Liciu (Bucharest).
Facets of “Participation” in the Renaissance and the Early Modern Period, 19-21 April 2018
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.
The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and the Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest, are happy to announce the 7th edition of the Bucharest Graduate Conference on History and Philosophy of Science: Methodology, Experimental Practices and Concept Formation.
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science, 13-15 March 2018
Invited speakers: Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin), Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge), David Marshall Miller (University of Iowa), Cesare Pastorino (Technical University, Berlin), Friedrich Steinle (Technical University, Berlin).
The seventh edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science will focus on the interplay between quantification, practice(s) and the emergence of new epistemic genres in the early modern period (broadly conceived). We are especially interested in the several ways in which debates on epistemic genres and disciplinary boundaries contributed to the shaping of new “forms of mathematization” from the 16th century to the 18th century (and beyond).
Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum: an exercise in philosophical translation, 17-18 January 2018
This workshop is the fifth in a series of exploratory workshops dedicated to the investigation of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Previous meetings took place in Princeton (2012), Paris (2014), Berlin (2015) and Bucharest (2016). The present workshop aims at putting together members of the French, English and Romanian teams engaged in producing editions of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Discussions will focus on problems of translation and vocabulary, as well as on problems of philosophical interpretation.
Reformation and Modernity, 17-18 November 2017
500 years ago, a piece of theological writing triggered an intellectual and social process with tremendous intellectual, social and political consequences. In many senses, we are still living in its aftermath, trying to understand its impact upon the social and cultural framework which we now perceive as familiar. Our conference aims to provide a forum for discussing current debates and breakthroughs on the subject of the inter-relations between Reformation and Modernity.
Rethinking Disease. New Theoretical Foundations for Clinical Treatment, 10 November 2017
Organizers: Dr. Alexandra Pârvan (University of Pitești) and Professor Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts, IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor)
Spanning the disciplines of psychiatry and philosophy, medicine and the humanities, this workshop introduces new ways to construe psychiatric categories from a “post-psychiatry” viewpoint, one that looks beyond DSM and ICD-type approaches, and traditional explanatory models, towards a focus on person-centered clinical care informed by sociology of knowledge, metaphysics, phenomenology and art.
Digital Humanities, 02 November 2017 – Crystal Hall (Bowdoin College), Computing Galileo’s Library: The Humanities’ Role in Shaping Computation
Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery 24-28 October 2017
The aim of the masterclass is to explore the various facets of Galileo Galilei’s work. It puts together scholars working on several aspects of Galileo’s thought, including: experiments, humanist methods, and theorizing. We discuss themes such as Galileo, the engineer, the astronomer, the mathematician, the courtier, the natural philosopher, or the theologian.
Optional intensive course
Lecturer: Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, & Visiting Professor, IRH-ICUB)
ICUB – MPIWG workshop on Graphs, Networks and Digital Humanities, 8-11 October 2017
The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the ICUB research group on graphs and social networks (GraphNets) will organize, between 8 – 11 October, the international workshop on Graphs, networks and digital humanities. The workshop is held at Casa Universitarilor (46, Dionisie Lupu St., Bucharest).
Metaphysics after the ‘Scientific Revolution’ (1687-1781), 2-3 October 2017
The purpose of this conference is to investigate the redefinition of metaphysics in the period from Newton’s Principia, marking the apex of the so-called ‘Scientific Revolution’, to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.
École d’été francophone de byzantinologie. Étudier le Monde Byzantin. Méthodologies et Interprétations, 30 août – 5 septembre 2017
Polish-Romanian Workshop on Scientific modelling and explanation Philosophical & scientific perspectives from cognitive science and beyond, 26-27 June 2017
The workshop is part of an interacademic project (between Romania Academy, University of Bucharest and Polish Academy of Sciences) that aims to focus in particular on various types of models and their explanatory virtues, investigating the ways the representational power of models and possible explanatory usage depends on the kind of models (for example, immediate models, computer simulations, and mathematical models).
Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 20 June 2017
Scrisoare despre „umanism” – după 70 de ani, 31 May 2017
Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 12 May 2017
Participants: Fabio Ciotti (University of Tor Vergata), Liviu Dinu (University of Bucharest), Maurizio Lana (University of Eastern Piedmont).
Roundtable Discussion on Rivers and Seas in European History, 5 May 2017
The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion on Rivers and Seas in European History, 5 May 2017, 11h.
Participants: Dimitris Michalopoulos, Ovidiu Cristea, Viorel Panaite, Silvana Rachieru.
Roundtable Discussion on Digital Humanities, 7 April 2017
The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities on Friday, 7 April, 11.00-14.00.
Participants: Ruxandra Cosma, Corina Doboș, Ionut Epurescu-Pascovici, Alexandru Nicolae, Constantin Vică.
Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy, 31 March – 1 April 2017
The IRH-ICUB and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest are happy to announce the 6th edition of the Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy.
Keynote Speakers: Sarah Hutton (University of York), Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Tinca Prunea Bretonnet (IRH-ICUB)
Masterclass on Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher, 30 March 2017
Invited speakers: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Sarah Hutton (University of York). Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford)
Meaning and essence: ancient and contemporary perspectives, 10 March 2017
Organizers: Adrian Ludușan, Mihai Rusu, Iovan Drehe
This workshop aims to bring together a number of young researchers working in logic, philosophy of language, epistemology or argumentation theory on some key issues of common interest, but also of great importance for contemporary philosophy, such as theories of meaning and essentialism.
Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 9 March 2017
The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities on Thursday, 9 March, 11h.
Invited speaker – Prof. Andreas Witt (University of Mannheim & University of Heidelberg).
Participants: Marius Diaconescu, Anca Dinu, Emil Ionescu, Ioan Pânzaru, Roxana Utale.
Talk: Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge), talks at the Faculty of Letters, 23-24 February 2017
Medierea discursivă în neoplatonism, 17 December 2016
Workshop organizat de Institutul de Filosofie Alexandru Dragomir în colaborare cu IRH-ICUB „Medierea discursivă în neoplatonism” face parte din proiectul de cercetare intitulat „Self-constitution and discursive mediation in Neoplatonism“ (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0569).
The 16th International Conference of the Department of Linguistics – Romanian Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, 24-26 November 2016
The event is organized by the Faculty of Letters, Department of Linguistics, the Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest – ICUB.
A Seminar on Two Williamsonian Perspectives, 11 November 2017
We invite you to the event A Seminar on Two Williamsonian Perspectives taking place on the 11th of November, 12:00 p.m., at the IRH-ICUB location 1 Dimitrie Brandza St.
Program: Sanna Hirvonen (University of Oxford), Alexandru Dragomir (University of Bucharest)
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science
From Natural History to Science: the Emergence of Experimental Philosophy, 24-26 October 2016
Invited speakers: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Andreas Blanck (University of Paderborn & Bard College, Berlin), Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin), Florike Egmont (Leiden University), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Raphaele Garrod (University of Cambridge), Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University).
The Janus Face of the Early Modern Imagination, 9-10 September 2016
A workshop from the Intellectual History of the Early Modern Imagination research project supported by the University of Bucharest, IRH-ICUB, FME and UEFISCDI, under the PNII-RU-TE-2014 framework.
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (16th edition), July 12- 16, 2016, Alba-Iulia, Romania
Invited speakers: Peter Anstey (IRH-ICUB & University of Sydney), Catalin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Alexander Baumgarten (UBB Cluj), Delphine Bellis (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS- Lyon), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Philippe Hamou (Universite Paris Ouest), Niccolo Guicciardini (University of Bergamo), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University), Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge).
Half-Day Workshops, 5-6 July 2016
This is part of the series of workshops organized by Dr. Iulian D. Toader
Speculative and Experimental Philosophy at the Berlin Academy, 21-22 June 2016
International Workshop – IRH-ICUB and New Europe College
Conveners: Peter ANSTEY (IRH-ICUB & University of Sydney) and Tinca PRUNEA-BRETONNET (IRH-ICUB)
Participants: Peter ANSTEY , Henny BLOMME , Sorin COSTREIE , Daniel DUMOUCHEL , Jean-François GOUBET, Ansgar LYSSY, Tinca PRUNEA-BRETONNET, Francesco Valerio TOMMASI
Half-Day Workshop, 20 April 2016
Workshop (1/2 day) organized by Iulian Toader (IRH-ICUB). Invited speakers: Andrew Irvine (University of British Columbia), Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest).
Workshop on Simplification and Reductionism in Early Modern Science, 14 April 2016
Organizers: Doina-Cristina Rusu and Martin Lenz
Invited speakers: Peter Anstey (University of Sydney & University of Bucharest), Laura Georgescu (Ghent University), Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Martin Lenz (University of Groningen), Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Bucharest)
Workshop on Baconian Themes in Natural and Moral Philosophy, 1 April 2016
International workshop organized by IRH-ICUB in collaboration with CELFIS (Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Bucharest); organizer: Doina-Cristina Rusu (CELFIS).
Participants: Silvia Manzo (National University of La Plata, Tehnical University Berlin), Dana Jalobeanu (IRH, University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (CELFIS, University of Bucharest), Peter Anstey (IRH, University of Bucharest & University of Sydney), Sorana Corneanu (IRH, University of Bucharest)
An Interdisciplinary Masterclass on the Nature and Status of Principles in Western Thought, 15–18 March 2016
Organizers: Dr Dana Jalobeanu (Director, IRH-UB) and Prof Peter Anstey (Sydney University)
Invited speakers: Dr Vincenzo de Risi (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) and Dr Aza Goudriaan (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
Half-Day Workshop, 26 February 2016
This is part of the series of workshops organized by Dr. Iulian D. Toader
Program: Alexandru Dragomir, Constantin-C. Brincus, Andrei Sipos
Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium, 11-12 February 2016
New Europe College, Str. Plantelor 21
Organizers: Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-UB) and New Europe College (NEC); Divna Manolova (IRH-UB), Ionuţ Alexandru Tudorie (University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-UB, CELFIS, University of Bucharest)
Manipulating Flora. Gardens as Laboratories in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, 21-22 January 2016
Invited speakers: Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre), Florike Egmond (Leiden University), Alette Fleischer (Amsterdam University), Hiro Hirai (Radboud University Nijmegen), Cesare Pastorino (TU Berlin), Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Bucharest).
Organizers: Fabrizio Baldassarri, Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei.
Simplification & Distortion as Scientific Strategy, 10 December 2015
Organiser: Kirsten Walsh (IRH Fellow)
Talk: John Symons (University of Kansas), Progress in posthuman science, 27 November 2015
Half-Day Workshop in Philosophy of Science, 24 November 2015
Christian Damböck (Vienna), “Carnap’s notion of analyticity and the two wings of analytic philosophy”
Antigone Nounou (Athens), “On Scientific Understanding without Explanation”
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science, 9-7 November 2015
Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest & The Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Invited speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton University); Paul Lodge (University of Oxford); Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin)
Master-class on Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Projects, 6-11 October 2015
The purpose of this master-class is to discuss and to set in context some of Newton’s philosophical, scientific and theological projects. It aims to address a number of well-known (and difficult) questions in a new context, by setting them comparatively against the natural philosophical and theological background of early modern thought. By bringing together a group of experts on various aspects of Newton’s thought with experts on Descartes, Bacon and Leibniz, the master-class facilitates interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives.
Half-day workshop in robo-ethics, 2 June 2015
Organized by the Center for Research in Applied Ethics (CCEA) & Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest (IRH-UB)
There is a familiar argument (at least since Bentham) that moral progress is brought about through the successive enlargement of the moral sphere. The spectacular recent advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence provide the opportunity for moral philosophers to openly address the question if robots are the next candidates in line to be awarded membership to the moral community.
Workshop “Natural History, Mathematics, and Metaphysics in the Seventeenth Century”, 26-27 May 2015
In the recent years, there was a new evaluation of the traditional history of science and its emphasis on the so-called ‘scientific revolution’ of the seventeenth century. Classic themes were complemented with new studies of the multi-faced transformations of early modern scientific views into what we came to label as the “modern science.” New studies reflected upon the evolution of natural histories in the years between the publication of Francis Bacon’s works, the birth of the Royal Society, and the publication of Isaac Newton’s Principia. The role of mathematics was discussed beyond the mere statement that modern science rested upon a process of ‘mathematization’. Metaphysics was also evaluated from new perspectives, which broadened its role in the disciplinary transformations that marked the early modern period. In our workshop, we aim to put together scholars working on all these aspects of the seventeenth-century philosophy and science and to open the discussion in what we hope to represent a series of conferences and workshops on the history of science.
Masterclass “Plato and Platonism”, 18 May – 5 June 2015
The Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest (IRH-UB) organizes a masterclass entitled “Plato and Platonism” between 18 May and 5 June 2015. It aims to offer to a number of maximum 20 students a series of 15 lectures (2 hours each) held by scholars focusing on the Platonic tradition from a variety of perspectives: history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and logic.
Masterclass “Space, Time, and Motion in the Early Modern Period”, 18-22 May 2015
The masterclass “Space, Time, and Motion in the Early Modern Period” aims at exploring early modern discussions about the concepts of space, time, and motion from Descartes to Kant. It will combine lectures with reading groups and panel discussions, offering an intensive and motivating research environment for all the participants. The masterclass is addressed to graduate students and post-doc researchers willing to spend a week in Bucharest at the The Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Bucharest (IRH-UB), working on an intensive time schedule of daily morning meetings between 18 and 25 May 2015.