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Forthcoming Events

27-28/04/2018 Rethinking the Future of Work: Competing Perspectives and Methodological Challenges International Conference

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Seminar: Salvați de vaccinuri sau vătămați de vaccinuri? Curente de gândire și acțiune privind vaccinarea în România contemporană

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Colloque international – Les représentations politiques des femmes dans les PECO

Evénement rattaché à la conférence internationale SCOPE 2018. Genre & Politiques. Les défis de la globalisation (

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23/03/2018 ”Voting Markets” with Alexandru Volacu (ICUB Fellowship)

This event will take place on the 23rd of March, at 1 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest. More information is available here.

15/03/2018 ”The Intractable Drivers of Russian Foreign Policy and Strategic Divergence in Eastern Europe” with Prof. Aurel Braun (Harvard University, University of Toronto)

This event will take place on the 15th of March, at 4 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest. More information is available here.

27/02/2018 ”Assessing the impact of the EU-RM Association Agreement. The Narrative of Change in Politics, Economics and Society” with Igor Munteanu (Associated Professor, ASEM, Director, IDIS) and Mihai Popsoi (Political Scientist)

This event will take place on the 27th of February, at 3 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

More information is available here.

08/02/2018 ICUB Seminar with Andrada Nimu (ICUB Fellowship)

This event will take place on the 8th of February, at 3 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest. More information is available here.

01/02/2018 “Gerrymandering and Malapportionment, Romanian Style: The 2008 Electoral System” with Aurelian Giugăl (ICUB Fellowship)

This event will take place on the 1st of February, at 3 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest. More information is available here.

18/01/2018 “Zevedei Barbu (1914-1993) and the Critique of Totalitarianism. Revisiting a Political Apostasy”

The event will take place on the 18th of January 2018, at 3 p.m., Conference Room (102), Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Șos. Panduri), Bucharest. More information is available here.

Call for abstracts: Rethinking the Future of Work International Conference

What does the ‘future of work’ mean and why is there such an interest in anticipating this particular future? Does the future of work stand for the future in general? What are the risks and methodological limits in researching the future of work? What will be the transformations in the world of work, what anxieties and possibilities will they produce? In the future, will work disappear or will become a privilege for few? Could and should the underlying persistence of the normativity of work be avoided in thinking the future of work? Can we rethink work beyond the cult of success, recognition and personal achievement? What lessons do historical and contemporary social movements against work and the claims of the ‘right to be lazy’ provide for the future of work? What are the skills most likely to be in demand in the future, and how should the existing education system adjust to the future of work? What are the new competencies and skills that social sciences in particular can provide in order to meet the demands of automation? What are the responsibilities of social sciences in constructing the future of work?

We invite contributions to answer these questions and/or to address the following topics, although the list is by no means exhaustive: histories of the philosophy of work; theories of value and work; work and recognition; classical economic debates about work; disappearance and relocation of jobs; precariousness and ‘precariat’; ‘gig economy’ and new models of employment; methodological aspects of approaching the future of work; designs and proposals for a post-work society; work and the idea of universal basic income.

The above questions and topics are not intended to set strict boundaries, but to facilitate open and thematically wide-ranging discussions. The conference wants to be an opportunity for an open, interdisciplinary discussion of the problems and questions surrounding the future of work.

Organizational details: Please submit proposals of 300-500 words abstract for a 20-minute presentation by 15 December 2017,  to Please also indicate your name, professional status and institutional affiliation. Decision notices will be emailed by 10 January 2018.  Please note that there is no participation fee. More information is available here.

26-30/06/2018 Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) Bucharest

The SRS is an international inter-disciplinary academic organization that promotes professional study, criticism, and research on all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova.

In 1918, the National Assembly at Alba Iulia proclaimed the unity of all territories inhabited by Romanians and thereby laid the foundation for the modern Romanian state. Yet the proclamation also insisted on a wide range of principles and forward looking reforms from full rights for all (including ethnic and religious minorities, press, and right to assembly) to land reform and a democratic political system. This unique historical moment arguably represents in a nutshell the issues and dimensions associated with questions of a Romanian identity, a national consciousness and culture, the place of intellectuals in Romanian public life, as well as the politics, policies, and economics of Romanian development, including in comparative and international perspective. “Marea Unire” also served as midwife to the birth of Romanian Studies.

The SRS wishes to take the 100th anniversary of this unique moment in Romanian history as an invitation to reflect upon the past, reassess the moment’s impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future, including for Romanian Studies. The conference aims at taking a fresh look at the very creation of contemporary modern Romania. We wish to examine the significance of this historical moment for Romania and Moldova’s historical trajectories, domestically and within the wider European, Eurasian and even international contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

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Collectors and collections of cultural opposition at the University of Bucharest 

The event will take place on the 11th of January 2018, at 3 p.m., Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

More information is available here.



”Despre economie, cu și fără formule” Lucian Croitoru

The event will take place on the 7th of December 2017, at 3 p.m., Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.


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ICUB Fellows Seminar

The event will take place on the 23rd of November2017, at 3 p.m., Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

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NEOSTUD Conference

The event will take place in the Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9). More information is available here.

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International Conference: Queer and Feminist Studies in Eastern Europe International

Queer and Feminist Studies in Eastern Europe International Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore various accounts of Eastern European researchers (and their Western peers with similar interests) concerning topics connected to media, cultural studies, and their intersection with gender and queer studies, all placed in the social and academic context of Eastern European countries and the Balkans.

The organizers are a group of students, researchers, artists and activists who are aware of the necessity of such events in the current socio-political context of South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and beyond.


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Click here for the PROGRAM and Book of Abstracts.



The Third International Conference 


The modernity product, from which mass media feeds, was built on axiom of the political institutions’ laicization, education and culture. Print media, television, radio, and recently online media define themselves as institutions serving various public categories by offering them information and entertainment (essential in profane existence) and no access to the spiritual transfiguration (sacrality).

In a secular era, religion could only use the press as a medium to transmit its messages; while the press used religion and its institutions as subjects for news or reports, or as themes for entertainment products. In many instances, mass media framed in profane code religious events, and paid attention more to values like dramatism, human interest, and conflict then to values related to sacrality and its implications. The stereotype of media profanity dominated thinking about journalistic discourse, even when not connected to religion. The press was constantly accused of “dumbing down” – the “sacred” values of politics, of civil society, of culture, of social politics and so on.

However, the research from the past 20 years showed the multiple interferences between media and religion. These interferences were different than the ones between a support and content: mass media is now understood as a cultural product that can involve itself in ritual, mythological and religious dimensions. This awareness of the symbolic dimension of media was not accompanied by a thoroughgoing study of the relation between the founding categories of the two cultural systems: does a media event, attracting a powerful ritualization of media coverage, also involve a media content sacralization? Does the call for religious archetypes covered by dramatic events also involve a sacred perspective on those events and on their major actors? Does the mitologization of the journalistic discourse bring along a sacred sense/meaning?

More information is available here.



Disruptive Democracy, with Anthony T. Silberfeld, (The Bertelsmann Foundation, Washington D.C.)

The event will take place on the 9th of November 2017, at 3 p.m., Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.



Doctor Honoris Causa Ceremony – Professor Emeritus Peter Dahlgren (Department of Communication and Media, LUND UNIVERSITY)

Having been educated in the U.S., I returned to Sweden in 1980 and have been professionally active here since then. Most broadly, my work focuses on media and democracy, from the horizons of late modern social and cultural theory. More specifically, I often address the theme of democratic participation, in particular in relation to the digital media. I explore factors that can both promote and hinder civic engagement. Active in European academic networks and events, I have also been a visiting scholar at several universities, especially in France, as well as in Scotland, South Africa, and the U.S. My recent publications include Media and Political Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2009), the co-edited volume Young People, ICTs and Democracy (Nordicom, 2010), as well as a series of journal articles and book chapters.

The event will take place at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Constantin Stoicescu Room, starting at 14.00.

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The Modernization of Romania. A Dialogue Between Two Volumes: Romanian Modernity (L. Vlăsceanu and M.-G. Hâncean) and Running Away from Competition. An Institutional Perspective on the Romanian Society (A. Miroiu)

The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest – Social Science Division invites you to a debate on „The Modernization of Romania”, which will start from an examination of the main arguments of two recent volumes: Romanian Modernity, co-authored by Lazăr Vlăsceanu and Marian-Gabriel Hâncean (Paralela 45, Pitești, 2014) and Running from Competition. An Institutional Perspective on the Romanian Society, authored by Adrian Miroiu (Polirom, Iași, 2016).

The event will take place on the 30th of October 2017, at 4 p.m., Room 102, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Str. Panduri nr. 90, sector 5, Bucharest.

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ICUB Fellows Seminar

The event will take place on the 26th of October 2017, at 3 p.m., Room 102, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

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13/10/2017 Conference: Legitimacy as a Problem: The Legislative Election of Constitutional Judges in México with Héctor Calleros-Rodríguez

This research argues that the election of constitutional judges (Justices of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in Mexico, constitutes a political process with four characteristics: a constitutional structure, negotiated conventions and a political and party-based appointment. The article also argues that the election of the constitutional judges relates to the principles of the supremacy of the Constitution, the division of power and the independence of the Judicial branch of government. The objective of this research is to present evidence supporting the claim on the characteristics of the political process. This qualitative research is based on the analysis of the nomination processes of two Supreme Court justices that took place in November 2012. Data also comes from parliamentary transcripts of sessions, records of debates and digital edition of three national newspapers. More information available here.

09-11/10/2017 The international workshop on Graphs, Networks and Digital Humanities (More information is available here.)

05/10/2017 ICUB Fellows Workshop

*****Internship – Anunț internship – 2017

Secțiunea de Științe Sociale a Institutului de Cercetare a Universității din București anunță deschiderea a două posturi de interni (stagiari), în regim de voluntariat. Acești voluntari interni vor face muncă de secretariat,  se vor ocupa de organizarea și promovarea evenimentelor ICUB (conferințe, școli de vară, seminarii de cercetare) și de comunicarea 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 sociale);

– 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 directorul, managerul 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 30 septembrie 2017.


28/09/16 ICUB Debate Social workers in Romania: Who? What? Where? How?
The value of research for social work stakeholders
(More information here.)

15-16/09/2017 Prendre la démocratie au sérieux – referendum et société civile dans le contexte contemporain (More information here.)

26-30/06/2017 Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) #Romania100: Looking Forward through the Past (More information here.)

12/07/2017 ICUB Fellows Workshop

03/07/2017 ”US Grand Strategy toward Europe in the Age of Trump: A Debate” with Christopher Layne and Gabriela Marin Thornton (More information available here.)

26/06/2017 ICUB Talks: ”From Katie Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler to Pretzel Rods to Frankenstein for President to Taxi Wars: One Odd OR Odyssey” with Prof. James J. Cochran (More information is available here.)

19/06/2017 ”Moderation: A Difficult and Forgotten Virtue” with Aurelian Crăiuțu and Ioan Stanomir (The event is available on YouTube here. More information available here.)

12/06/2017 Seminar: “Can inflation targeting promote institutional quality in developing countries?” with Dr. Alexandru Minea (More information available here.)

07/06/2017 Seminar: “Academic Writing and Publishing” with Dr. Alexandru Minea (More information available here.)

07/06/2017 Event: “Age and Aging in Social Research” Workshop (More information available here.)

06/06/2017 Seminar: „The Costs of Radical Utopianism: From Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin” (The recording of this event is available here. More information available here.)

19/05/2017 Event: Scientometrics and Social Media in Promoting Research Results (More information is available here.)

12/05/2017 Seminar: Women and men in the Romanian Parliament – the role of political parties in gender political representation with Oana Băluță (More information available here.)

05/05/2017 Seminar: Deciding and explaining – U.S. foreign policy decision making and framing with John Marshall Callahan (More information available here.)

28/04/2017 Seminar: Open Government Partnership in Romania: State and Civil Society with Claudiu Tufiș (More information available here. The presentation is available here.)

07/04/2017 Seminar:  Making LLL a Reality for Teacher Education with Camelia Rădulescu (More information available here.)

05/04/2017 CONFERINȚĂ: Performanța academică în Romania: probleme, soluții și instrumente de măsurare (More information here.)


The Social Sciences Division within the ICUB would like to officially congratulate our visiting professor, Stephen J. Cutler, PhD, Professor of Sociology Emeritus and Emeritus Bishop Robert F. Joyce Distinguished University Professor of Gerontology, University of Vermont and – now – Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucharest!

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24-25/03/2017 CONFERINȚĂ: Perspective actuale asupra dreptăţii sociale. Concepte, teorii şi practici contemporane

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17/03/2017: Event: Women and the moral dimension of politics with Mihaela Miroiu (More information available here.)

10/03/2017: Round table: Work as a drama. Former prisoners’ experiences on the labour market with Ioan Durnescu (More information available here.)

23/02/2017: Event: Has the Global Age Come to an End? with Martin Albrow (More information here. Conference transcript here. Videos from the event available here.)

31/01/2017: Event: Ethics and Integrity in Education. Plagiarism – Causes, Dimensions and Policy (More information here. Press release available here. Press monitoring available here. Videos from the event available here.)


13/01/2016 Event: The autonomy of religions – the unknown territory of the freedom of religion with Radu Carp (More information available here.)

16/12/2016 Event: Provocări instituționale care stau în fața modernizării depline a României – o perspectivă liberală with Victor Giosan (More information available here.)

09/12/2016 Event: Sexuality, labour and mobility: Analyzing bonded migrant prostitution between subjectivity, affect and political economies with Dr. Irene Peano (Visiting Professor SSS-ICUB) (More information available here.)

25/11/2016 Event: Télévisions et nations en «semi-périphérie» européenne: comment constituer une identité nationale par la télévision (1958-1980). Études de cas : la Roumanie, la Bulgarie et la Belgique with Dr. Anne Roekens (Université de Namur) (More information available here.)

18/11/2016 Conference: Behind Iron Curtains (BIC70), 2015-2016,Romanian Results Valentina Pricopie and Luminița Roșca (More information available here.)

11/11/2016 Seminar: Despre normativitatea echilibrului bugetar with Simina Tănăsescu and Simona Gherghina (More information here.)

04/11/2016 Seminar: The impact of personal co-authorship networks on the citation distribution within academic communities (More information here.)

Internship opportunity – Social Sciences Division within the ICUB – For more information, click here.

28/10/2016 Seminar:  The Everyday Life of Homeless and Social Workers from Sector 3, Bucharest (More information here.)

21/10/2016 Conference: The H2020/COURAGE Project and Its Problems: Conceptual Transfer, Interdisciplinary Methodology, Practical Solutions with Cristina Petrescu (More information here.)

20-21/10/16 ESS – European Social Survey Conference (More information here.)

14/10/2016 Conference: Migrant Cosmopolitanism – Migration and the Emergence of a Global Political Subject with a Cosmopolitan Stance with Tamara Cărăuș (More information here.)

07/10/16 Conference: Is There Illiberal Democracy? A Problem With no Semantic Solution with Prof. Jeffrey C. Isaac (More information here.)

8-10/09/16 „Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism. Critical Perspectives on Media, Culture and Society”, ESA RN18 Mid-Term Conference (More information here.)

1-2/09/16 “Facing a New “Age of Migration”? Methodological Challenges, Conceptual Questions, Political Entanglements”, the third Midterm Conference of the Research Network 35 “Sociology of Migration” of the European Sociological Association (More information here.)

01/07/16 ”Functionalism, Institutionalism, and Beyond: Revisiting David Mitrany’s Intellectual Legacy. A Conversation” (More information here.)

15/02/16 Al 11-lea Congres al SIPE (More information here.)

07/06/16 Digitally mediated experiences – Interactions, knowledge forms, and ethical dilemmas (More information here.)

22/04/16 ”Research and Innovation in Social Sciences: Current Status and Future Perspectives” (More information here.)


16/10/2015 Conference: “Post-Riga Narratives in Moldova” with Igor Munteanu

17/07/2015 Workshop ICUB – Social Sciences Division

17-19/06/2015 International Conference – Society for Romanian Studies

02/06/2015 Workshop of Research Grants and Research Funding Opportunities – Horizon 2020


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