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Forthcoming Events

12/07/2017

ICUB Fellows Workshop

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 5.00 PM.

 

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Past Events

03/07/2017

”US Grand Strategy toward Europe in the Age of Trump: A Debate” with Christopher Layne and Gabriela Marin Thornton

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 2.00 PM.

More information available here.

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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

The Exact Sciences Division & Social Sciences Division of ICUB invite you to an interdisciplinary event which will take place on the 26th of June at the Conference Room of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (UB), starting at 14.00.

More information is available here.

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19/06/2017

”Moderation: A Difficult and Forgotten Virtue” with Aurelian Crăiuțu and Ioan Stanomir

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The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 3.00 PM.

The event is available on YouTube here.

More information available here.

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12/06/2017

Seminar: “Can inflation targeting promote institutional quality in developing countries?” with Dr. Alexandru Minea

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Panduri Campus), Room 102, starting at 5:00 PM.

More information available here.

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07/06/2017

Seminar: “Academic Writing and Publishing” with Dr. Alexandru Minea

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 5.00 PM.

More information available here.

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07/06/2017

Event: “Age and Aging in Social Research” Workshop

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The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 6.00 PM.

More information available here.

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06/06/2017

Seminar: „The Costs of Radical Utopianism: From Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin”

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The event will take place on June 6th, 2017 at the Council Room of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu No. 9), starting at 5 PM.

The recording of this event is available here.

More information available here.

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19/05/2017

Event: Scientometrics and Social Media in Promoting Research Results

The event will take place on the 19th of May, 2017 at the Council Room of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu No. 9), starting at 4 PM.

More information is available here.

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12/05/2017

Seminar: Women and men in the Romanian Parliament – the role of political parties in gender political representation with Oana Băluță

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Panduri Campus), Room 102, starting at 3:30 PM.

More information available here.

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05/05/2017

Seminar: Deciding and explaining – U.S. foreign policy decision making and framing with John Marshall Callahan

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Panduri Campus), Room 102, starting at 15:30.

More information available here.

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28/04/2017

Seminar: Open Government Partnership in Romania: State and Civil Society with Claudiu Tufiș

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Panduri Campus), Room 102, starting at 15:30.

More information available here.

The presentation is available here.

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07/04/2017

Seminar:  Making LLL a Reality for Teacher Education with Camelia Rădulescu

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, the 7th of April, to a conference regarding teacher education with Camelia Rădulescu (winner of the 2016 ICUB Young Researchers Grant Competition). The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus), Room 102, starting at 15:30.

More information available here.

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05/04/2017

CONFERINȚĂ: Performanța academică în Romania: probleme, soluții și instrumente de măsurare

Institutul de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB) organizează miercuri, 5 aprilie 2017, începând cu ora 18:00, în Sala Stoicescu a Palatului Facultății de Drept (Bd. M. Kogălniceanu nr. 36-46) dezbaterea cu tema: „Performanța academică în Romania: probleme, soluții și instrumente de măsurare”.

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Programul dezbaterii

• Gabriel Hâncean (Universitatea din București – Facultatea de Sociologie): Rețele de coautorat în sociologia academică din România, Slovenia și Polonia
• Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe (Universitatea din București – Facultatea de Geografie): Importanța calității publicațiilor în impactul științific al cercetărilor și în evaluarea personalului universitar din România
• Alexandru Corlan (Spitalul Universitar de Urgență București): Analiza numărului de doctorate din România
• Marian Zulean (Universitatea din București – Facultatea de Administrație și Afaceri): „Academiile” – Aici sunt banii dumneavoastră!
• Gabriel Vîiu (Universitatea din București – ICUB): Manipularea indicatorilor de evaluare a cercetării științifice prin autocitări
• Sorin Cheval (Universitatea din București – ICUB): Standardele minimale CNATDCU pentru Științele Pământului – între contestare și necesitate

Pentru participarea la eveniment vă rugăm să confirmați prezența dvs. până luni, 3 aprilie 2017,  printr-un e-mail la adresa oana.peiu@icub.unibuc.ro (în care să precizați numele și instituția).

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29/03/2017

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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Mai multe detalii despre conferința „Perspective actuale asupra dreptăţii sociale. Concepte, teorii şi practici contemporane” pot fi consultate la adresa http://infoub.unibuc.ro/2017/03/conferinta-icub-perspective-actuale-asupra-dreptatii-sociale-concepte-teorii-si-practici-contemporane/.

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17/03/2017

Event: Women and the moral dimension of politics with Mihaela Miroiu

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, the 17th of March, to a conference regarding women and politics with Mihaela Miroiu, moderated by Claudiu Tufiș. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:30.

More information available here.

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10/03/2017

Round table: Work as a drama. Former prisoners’ experiences on the labour market with Ioan Durnescu

More information available here.

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23/02/2017

Event: Has the Global Age Come to an End? with Martin Albrow (Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK , Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association, Emeritus Professor, University of Wales) The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 16:00.

More information here.

Conference transcript here.

Videos from the event available here.

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31/01/2017

Event: Ethics and Integrity in Education. Plagiarism – Causes, Dimensions and Policy

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Tuesday, 31st of January, to a conference regarding plagiarism with Mircea Dumitru, Laurențiu Leuștean, Marius Andruh, Marian Popescu, Dumitru Sandu, Marian Zulean, Emilia Șercan and Liviu Andreescu. The event will take place at the Faculty of Law (Kogălniceanu Blv. no. 36-46), Stoicescu Room, starting at 15:00.

More information here.

Press release available here.

Press monitoring available here.

Videos from the event available here.

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13/01/2016

Event: The autonomy of religions – the unknown territory of the freedom of religion with Radu Carp

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, 13th of December, to a conference regarding the the autonomy of religions with Prof. Radu Carp. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 15:00.

More information available here.

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16/12/2016

Event: Provocări instituționale care stau în fața modernizării depline a României – o perspectivă liberală with Victor Giosan

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, the 16th of December, to a conference regarding institutional challenges regarding the modernization of Romania. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information available here.

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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)

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, the 9th of December, to a conference regarding migrant prostitution. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information available here.

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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)

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, 25th of November, to a conference regarding the connection between television and national identity. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information available here.

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18/11/2016

Conference: Behind Iron Curtains (BIC70), 2015-2016,Romanian Results Valentina Pricopie and Luminița Roșca

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, 18th of November, to a conference regarding the project Behind Iron Curtains (BIC70). The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information available here.

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11/11/2016

Seminar: Despre normativitatea echilibrului bugetar with Simina Tănăsescu and Simona Gherghina

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, 11th of November, to a public seminar aiming to discuss budgetary policy  with Prof. Univ. Dr. Simina Tănăsescu and Conf. Univ. Dr. Simona Gherghina. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information here.

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04/11/2016

Seminar: The impact of personal co-authorship networks on the citation distribution within academic communities

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you on Friday, 4th of November, to a public seminar aiming to discuss collaboration patterns in the case of East European sociologists with our fellow, Dr. Marian Hâncean. The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 205 starting at 15:00.

More information here.

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Internship opportunity – Social Sciences Division within the ICUB

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28/10/2016

Seminar:  The Everyday Life of Homeless and Social Workers from Sector 3, Bucharest

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you this Friday to a public seminar aiming to discuss the relation between street-level bureaucrats and homeless with our fellow, Dr. Andrei Vlăducu. The event will take place on Friday the 28th, October 2016 at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.

More information here.

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21/10/2016

Conference: The H2020/COURAGE Project and Its Problems: Conceptual Transfer, Interdisciplinary Methodology, Practical Solutions with Cristina Petrescu

The event will take place in Room 102 (Panduri, no,90 Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, University of Bucharest), starting at 15.00.

More information here.

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14/10/2016

Conference: Migrant Cosmopolitanism – Migration and the Emergence of a Global Political Subject with a Cosmopolitan Stance with Tamara Cărăuș

The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you this Friday to a public conversation aiming to discuss cosmopolitanism with our visiting professor, Dr. Tamara Cărăuș. The event will take place on Friday the 14th, October 2016 at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri nr.90), Room 102, starting at 15.00.

More information here.

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07/10/16

Conference: Is There Illiberal Democracy? A Problem With no Semantic Solution with Prof. Jeffrey C. Isaac.

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More information here.

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Comunicat de presă

Institutul de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB) organizează în cooperare cu European Sociological Association (ESA), ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa și DINAMIA’CET – Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, Portugalia, conferința internațională, „Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism. Critical Perspectives on Media, Culture and Society”, ESA RN18 Mid-Term Conference, Lisabona, 8-10 septembrie 2016.

Conferința reunește circa 100 de profesori universitari și cercetători din domeniul științelor sociale, de la universități din Marea Britanie, SUA, Canada, Portugalia, Turcia, Grecia, Suedia și România. Temele dezbătute vor fi legate de locul și rolul comunicării mediatice  în cadrul sistemului social și economic mondial. Perspectiva va fi una critică, orientată spre înțelegerea modului în care noile tehnologii media sunt folosite în societate.

De mare interes vor fi discursurile celor doi keynote speakers, Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY, USA) și Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster, UK), profesori de anvergură internațională, care vor pune în discuție valențele comunicării în cadrul capitalismului („communicative capitalism”).

Conferințe ESA reprezintă un prilej extraordinar pentru profesori universitari și cercetători de a-și prezenta rezultatele cercetării științifice în fața unui public exigent și informat. „Este o oportunitate deosebită pentru mine să obțin feed-back de la reprezentanții unei comunități academice internaționale”, a declarat dr. Thomas Allmer, lector la Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, explicând că „această conferință este o șansă extraordinară de a afla care sunt tendințele noi din cercetare chiar de la cei mai importanți reprezentanți ai câmpului academic din zona teoriei critice și economiei politice a media și a comunicării.”

La rândul ei, dr. Jaka Primorac, cercetătoare din Croația explică faptul că această conferință îi dă posibilitatea de a discuta despre proiectele sale de cercetare cu profesori și cercetători din domeniul științelor sociale din toată Europa.

Din partea ICUB, vor participa cu comunicări științifice despre situația jurnalismului din România, dr. Luminița Roșca și dr. Romina Surugiu (Departamentul de Jurnalism, FJSC).

Aceasta este a doua conferință ESA, la care participă ICUB în calitate de co-organizator, în 2016. Între 1-2 septembrie, a avut loc, la București, conferința Rețelei de Cercetare 35 „Sociologia Migrației” a ESA, cu tema „Ne aflăm în fața unei noi «Ere a Migrației»? Provocări metodologice, întrebări conceptuale, implicații politice” (LINK).

Mai multe informații despre programul conferinței pot fi consultate aici.

Pentru orice fel de întrebări legate de eveniment, vă puteți adresa la adresele de email:

Romina Surugiu, Universitatea din București, romina.surugiu(a)fjsc.ro

Paulo Alves, ISCTE-IUL (University Institute of Lisbon), paulomarquesalves(a)sapo.pt

Program disponibil aici: ESA RN18_Program_2016_4

Conference 1-2 September, 2016 – “Facing a New “Age of Migration”? Methodological Challenges, Conceptual Questions, Political Entanglements”

Under the head “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 will be held this year in Bucharest (1-2 September). The main theme of the Conference is to reflect on the question of whether or not European countries are currently facing a “new” age of migration and on the methodological and conceptual challenges posed to migration research within the current developments. The 49 papers to be presented in 7 sessions will bring to Bucharest scholars from all over the Europe. Bridget Anderson (COMPAS, University of Oxford, UK) and Michael Collyer (University of Sussex, UK) will share their insights on the current migration status as keynote speakers.

Organized by ESA RN 35 “Sociology of Migration”, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy (ICCV), The Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest (FSAS), The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), the conference will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Panduri Street, 90.

For any questions related to the event, please address your messages to:

Monica Şerban (ICCV): monas@iccv.ro

Karin Peters (ESA RN35): karin.peters@wur.nl

More information here:

  1. RN35ESA_Midterm_book of abstracts
  2. RN35ESA_Midterm_programme

Call for papers

We are delighted to announce ESS – European Social Survey conference in Romania, with confirmed participation of the ESS Director Dr Rory Fitzgerald from the ESS ERIC Headquarters, and the ESS Ambassador for Romania, Dr Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman.

European Social Survey is an ERIC – European Research Infrastructure Consortium, the largest and one of the most important academic studies in Europe, declared as a Landmark Project by the ESFRI – European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures. It has been conducted every two years since 2002 monitoring social change in Europe and beyond. Over the course of the ESS, 36 countries have participated in the survey.
http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/

The aim of the conference is to discuss opportunities for Romanian membership in ESS ERIC. Romania participated in Rounds 3 and 4 of ESS and the conference will focus on advantages of re-joining ESS ERIC. Presentations (up to 15 minutes) and discussions at the conference should explore the contribution of ESS surveys to scientific research, university teaching and evidence-based policies. Speakers are invited to present papers that use data from ESS surveys, on a wide range of substantive topics, particularly comparing European countries and where possible, including Romanian data.

The invitation to the conference has been extended to representatives of the ANCSI – National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, in trusting we are going to succeed to subscribe Romania to the European map of this important study.

The event will be organised on 20 – 21 October 2016, on a “noon to noon” format, at the new building of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Bucharest, Soseaua Panduri nr. 90. The language of the conference will be English.

The Program Committee consists of:
Prof. Liviu Chelcea, University of Bucharest
Prof. Horațiu Rusu, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu
Prof. Gabriel Bădescu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Prof. Augustin Stoica, National School of Political and Administrative Studies
Prof. Adrian Hatos, University of Oradea

There is no registration fee, but participants are expected to cover their own transportation and accommodation expenses. The event is supported by a  H2020 grant ESS-SUSTAIN.

Interested researchers are invited to send an abstract in English to:
Adrian Dusa <dusa.adrian@roda.ro>

The abstract must include a title and must not exceed 500 words (including bibliography if relevant). The deadline for submission is 15 September.

The registration for participants will be open at a later date.

CONFERINȚĂ

Secțiunea de Științe Sociale din cadrul ICUB a organizat vineri, 1 iulie 2016, ora 12.00, la Sala de consiliu a Facultății de Sociologie și Asistență Socială (Schitu Măgureanu nr.9) evenimentul ”FUNCTIONALISM, INSTITUTIONALISM, AND BEYOND: REVISITING DAVID MITRANY’S INTELLECTUAL LEGACY. A CONVERSATION”.

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The research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you to a public conversation aiming to introduce, reconstruct and establish the contemporary importance of the work of a significant but forgotten author of Romanian origins, active in the first half of the 20th century, David Mitrany, whose ideas (the functionalist theory of cooperation) – if refurbished and recalibrated to the current landscape of social sciences and public debate – may become a significant element in the construction of a new generation of theories regarding governance.

Reassessing and reconstructing “functionalism” leads, sooner or later, to an effort to revisit the fascinating and puzzling life and personality of its originator, David Mitrany.  Some excerpts from his bio, as presented on the London School of Economics archives page, offer a rather intriguing picture of this scholar: Professor of Political Economy; Assistant European Editor, Economic and Social History of the World War, sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1922-1929; Visiting Professor, Harvard University 1931-1933; Dodge Lecturer, Yale University, 1932; Nielsen Research Professor, Smith College, 1951; Member, British Coordinating Committee for International Studies, 1927-1930; Professor in School of Economics and Politics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1933-1939 and 1946-1956.

Far from being a neglected author in his time, Mitrany was a preeminent figure – when the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies was created, Mitrany was invited to become one of the fellows representing social sciences alongside experts such as Einstein, who was representing natural sciences. However, despite the recognition he received during those times and the recognition he receives today as being one of the key theorists inspiring the European integration project, his theoretical and scholarly legacy has been neglected. Moreso, although his ideas inspired an entire development in International Relation Theory (called “neoliberalism”, “neoliberal institutionalism” or “functionalist liberalism”) via a lineage of authors including K. Deutsch, R. Keohane and J. Nye, he left posterity no real disciples or school of thought under his name.

Prof. Dragoș Paul Aligica, visiting fellow at ICUB, will lead the conversations by presenting some introductory considerations regarding the nature, context and applicability of Mitrany’s ideas, with a view to their relevance for the contemporary agenda. In addition to that, Prof. Aligica will share some of the preliminary findings of his pioneering work in the David Mitrany Archives at London School of Economics.

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CONFERINȚĂ

Al 11-lea Congres al SIPE

Facultatea de drept a Universității din București  în cooperare cu ICUB și CEREFREA – Villa Nöel și în parteneriat cu Societas Iuris Publici Europaei (SIPE) vă invită la cel de-al 11-lea Congres al SIPE, cu tema „Migraţia: noi provocări pentru Europa, suveranitatea statală şi statul de drept socialˮ, organizat sub înaltul patronaj al Comisarului european pentru Migraţie, Afaceri Interne şi Cetăţenie, Dimitris Avramopoulos. Evenimentul se va desfășura în perioada 30 iunie – 2 iulie 2016, în Sala Stoicescu a Palatului Facultăţii de drept.

Locurile se ocupă în ordinea înregistrării prin completarea formularului.

Programul detaliat al evenimentului poate fi consultat pe aici: SIPE 11 Programme_15-02-2016.

Mai multe informații pe pagina oficială a evenimentului, http://sipe-online.eu.

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Workshop invitation

Digitally mediated experiences – Interactions, knowledge forms, and ethical dilemmas (June 7th, 2016)

Moderators: Gabriel Marian Hâncean, Cosima Rughiniș, Constantin Vică

Laura Grünberg

Title: Gender, bodies and technology

Abstract: Following Shilling’s concept of “technological body”,  the presentation will critically reflect on the impact of scientific and technological discourses and practices on women’ s bodies, with a special focus on new  artificial reproductive technologies perceived as practices both against and contrary to nature.  When reproduction is cleaved off from sexual relations and the ‘normal’ pregnancy becomes profoundly technologically mediated, monitored, politicized, the concept of gender in general and (women’s ) bodies in particular  also undergo  significant redefinition and change that create reasons for a mixture of hopes and anxieties.

 Marian-Gabriel Hâncean

Title: How statistical software packages shape social data manipulation. Visual statistics and social network analysis

Abstract: Traditionally, in social network analysis, visualizations have been solely used for illustrative purposes (data description). Recently, owing to the technological innovations (development of software packages), visualizations extended their functionality as tools for data collection and analysis. The first section of the presentation introduces the historical development of graph images in the field of social network analysis. The second part discusses how visual displays are used in both exploratory research and confirmatory analysis. The last part of the presentation illustrates through an example the multi-functional nature of visual images for social research projects. Specifically, data on the personal collaboration networks of Romanian, Polish and Slovenian sociologists are visually deployed both at individual and population levels. Additionally, references to visual summarization techniques and related software packages are brought forward.

Toni Gibea

Title: On the use of smart-drugs in e-sports

Abstract: The objective of the presentation is to show why prohibiting the use of performance enhancing drugs (smart-drugs) in e-sports might not be the most safe and fair option. I will show how the debate on performance enhancing drugs (PED) in e-sports is different than the usual one in physical sports and how normative arguments work in the context of e-sports.

Ștefania Matei

Title: Dead people as moral agents. How digital technologies of commemoration change the way we die?

Abstract: Technologies play an intriguing role in defining and redefining what it means to be human. Moreover, technologies modulate our understanding of the self while mediating our experience of the world and others. Through technologies, we become present in the world not only antehumously, but also posthumously. Based on this consideration, I illustrate how technologies extend human capabilities and actions beyond death. Therefore, I claim that new forms of afterlife are accomplished through digital media of commemoration. In this context, I discuss how actual practices of memorialization and mourning are socio-technically organized to construct dead people as moral agents.

 Cosima Rughiniș

Title: Impromptu crowd science: a form of digitally mediated, methodical knowledge

Abstract: There is a rich variety of platforms for eliciting, organizing and centralizing lay knowledge on various topics, from wikis to Q&A platforms, forums and search engines. I discuss two forms of methodical knowledge produced in such digital settings with little, if any involvement of academic practitioners: the discussion of Bechel-Wallace test results, and the TVtropes.org platform. I argue that these two forms of distributed, empirically-grounded reflection may support alternative forms of examining gender and age as social institutions, outside academic settings.

Romina Surugiu, Luminița Roșca

Title: Alternative digital media. Social motivation, professional identity & journalists’ subjectivity

Abstract: The paper will focus on the construction of social motivation, journalists’ identity and subjectivity in the context of working for alternative digital media. Using empirical research (questionnaires and non-structured interviews) within the theoretical framework of media studies and new technologies, we will investigate how digital journalists position themselves in the context of new media, and in the context of the associated shake-up of traditional media institutions. The research will also try to sketch a profile of young digital journalists in the context of the social and institutional change brought by new ways of communication.

Radu Uszkai, Emanuel Socaciu

Title: Why types of immersion matter. The curious case of MMORPGs as (potential) experience machines

Abstract: There seems to be a widespread worry in both academic literature and media coverage that current VR technologies are experience machines of the sort stipulated by Nozick in his famous thought experiment. The main thrust of our argument would be to show that such a worry is not warranted, at least when it comes to current MMORPGs.

Constantin Vică

Title: Hegel, Labor, and the Robots. Why the vanishing of labor is the end of humanity

Abstract: The last years brought to the front the question of robots and automation and their connection with the disappearance of human labor. This issue was framed mainly in economic terms, leaving aside the ethical and philosophical aspects. I will focus on the philosophical part of the problem, which has to assess the critical change a world without labor would bring about. More precisely, I will inquire the the disappearance of the socially, autonomous self-conscious human, a generic man not just superfluous from the Nature – Machine relationship point of view, but also lacking the possibility to construe and experience his world.

Cristina Voinea, Emilian Mihailov

Title: Morality enhancing apps

Abstract: In the last decade the boom in the development of apps for mobile technology has tackled a wide variety of practical issues from smoking cessation, health and environmental monitoring, to education and entertainment. These apps are created for various purposes such as persuasion, guiding decision making and facilitating access to information. Not surprisingly, giving their potential, some have been developed to inform and improve ethical decision making. Our aim is to identify and classify types of morally enhancing apps and to critically asses the values informing their design.

Location: Sala 8 – Tudor Vianu, Centrul de Cercetare in Etica Aplicata, Facultatea de Filosofie, Splaiul Independentei 204

Full workshop agenda available here.

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Call for papers

Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism

Critical Perspectives on Media, Culture and Society

European Sociological Association (ESA) – Research Network 18: Sociology of Communications and Media Research in cooperation with ISCTE IUL – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, DINAMIA’CET – Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and ICUB – Institutul de Cercetări al Universității din București/Research Institute of University of Bucharest are pleased to invite you to the conference ”Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism – Critical Perspectives on Media, Culture and Society”, an ESA RN18 Mid-Term Conference 2016.

Location: ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon

Dates: September 8-10, 2016

Keynote Speakers.

Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY, USA): Communicative capitalism and class struggle

Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster, UK): Karl Marx and communicative capitalism

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The proliferation of digital media in the 21st century has once again shown the deeply ambivalent and contradictory potentials of technological development. Digital technologies have been celebrated for enabling new levels of democratic communication, participatory media production, community building and media activism. From Wikipedia, to open source programming, open access publishing, and peer-to-peer file sharing, we have witnessed the rise of a range of alternative forms of communication and media production that seemed to challenge established media business models and momentarily contested corporate power.

However, far from decreasing the dominance of corporate media, the expansion of digital culture, the Internet and social media further strengthened the power of multinational corporations over media culture and human communication. Despite the rhetoric of ‘social’ media, sharing, community and collaboration, the majority of the digital media sphere remains privately owned and controlled. In this corporate media system, multinational corporations maintain almost exclusive control over large parts of the media and communication technology, infrastructure and content.

Power in communicative capitalism is uneven and corporate control confronts us with a range of problems such as the systematic surveillance of Internet users, an increasingly commercialized online environment, devastating environmental impacts of the production and usage of media technologies and the global exploitation of digital labour. (Digital) media technologies are deeply entangled with the on-going economic, social, environmental and political crises.

Mobilizing the empowering qualities of digital technologies and their potential to contribute to progressive social change requires an effective critique of corporate dominance, challenging power inequalities and strengthening radical alternatives.

This conference invites contributions that offer a critical analysis of corporate media culture and alternatives to it and thus contribute to rethinking power in communicative capitalism.

Abstract submission

Submission deadline for abstracts: May, 15, 2016.

An abstract should be sent to:

Dr. Romina Surugiu (University of Bucharest) romina.surugiu@fjsc.ro,

Dr. Roy Panagiotopoulou (University of Athens) rpanag@media.uoa.gr,

and Dr. Marisol Sandoval (City University London) marisol.sandoval.1@city.ac.uk

Abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachment (250-400 words abstract, title, author name(s), email address, institutional affiliations). Please insert the words “ESARN18 submission” in the subject.

Conference fees

80 Euros for ESA RN18 members / 100 Euros for non ESA RN18 members (conference dinner included)

60 Euros for ESA RN18 members / 80 Euros for non ESA RN18 members (without conference dinner)

25 Euros for students (Bachelor and Master) (without conference dinner) / 45 Euros (conference dinner included)

You can become a member of ESA RN18 by joining the ESA and subscribing to the network. The network needs material support, so we encourage you to join or renew your membership. The network subscription fee is only 10 Euros: http://www.europeansociology.org/member/

Participation support for 4 PhD students and/or independent researchers will be available. This will not cover all costs, but part of them (accommodation and full conference fee). Preference will be given to presentations that suit the overall conference topic.

If you want to apply for participation support, please indicate this in your abstract submission by adding the sentence “I want to apply for participation support for PhD students and/or independent researchers”. The notifications about participation support will be sent out together with the notifications of acceptance or rejection of presentations. Additional information to prove your condition as PhD student or independent researcher will be requested.

The registration details and the online registration form: DINÂMIA’CET-IUL website (http://dinamiacet.iscte-iul.pt/). The link for the call for papers and other information about the conference: http://esarn18.tumblr.com/

Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/MZNf4V4uoS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578557759138243/

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Workshop

”Research and Innovation in Social Sciences: Current Status and Future Perspectives” / ”Cercetarea şi inovarea în domeniul ştiinţelor sociale: starea actuală şi perspective de viitor” 22.04.2016

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The Social Sciences Division of ICUB aims to promote “smart” research, build a state-of-the-art research infrastructure within our university and provide scientific evidence for public policy decisions. Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented research projects in such domains as law, public administration, business, sociology, political science, international relations, psychology, journalism and communication. We are currently in the process of evaluation of the ICUB Fellowship for Young Researchers and Young Researchers Grant (UB) applications, as well as inviting Visiting Fellows.

Based on the mission statement, The Social Sciences Division organizes a series of workshops and seminars with and for academics affiliated with ICUB but also open to all academics and PhD students belonging to the University of Bucharest – and to the general public interested in social sciences.

The workshop ”Research and Innovation in Social Sciences: Current Status and Future Perspectives” aims to debate the current status of the R&I in the Romanian universities, analyze the instruments of evaluation and offer some recommendations for policymakers.

The guest speakers are professors who elaborated studies and analyses on these topics, such as Lazăr Vlăsceanu,  Adrian Miroiu, Mihai Păunescu, Gabriel Hâncean, Gabriel Viiu, as well as the director of ICUB, professor Laurențiu Leuștean and the president of the UB Senate, professor Marian Preda, member of the Social Science Division.

Workshop agenda:

  • Diagnosing the social sciences domains, ranking and classification;
  • Instruments for measuring research performance in social sciences;
  • Impact of social sciences for economic and social development;
  • Social sciences within the 2014-2020 National Research, Development and Innovation Plan (PNDCI III Program);
  • Perspectives for Social Sciences Development in the UB – and in Romania.

Presentations & Studies:

  1. Research-driven classification and ranking in higher education: An empirical appraisal of a Romanian policy experience” (Gabriel-Alexandru Vîiu, Adrian Miroiu, Mihai Păunescu)
  2. Ranking political science departments: the case of Romania” (Gabriel-Alexandru Vîiu, Mirela Vlăsceanu, Adrian Miroiu)
  3. Policy Incentives and Research Productivity in the Romanian Higher Education. An Institutional Approach” (Lazăr Vlăsceanu, Marian-Gabriel Hâncean)
  4. ”Aspecte metodologice în măsurarea performanței în cercetare – Evaluarea în vederea finanțării instituționale suplimentare” (ICUB Presentation, Bogdan Florian)  HERE
  5. ” The Scientific Collaboration Structure of the Romanian Academic Community of Sociologists (A Social Network Perspective)” (ICUB Presentation, Lazăr Vlăsceanu, Marian-Gabriel Hâncean) HERE
  6. Evaluarea guvernanţei sistemului public de CDI şi a performanţelor Institutelor Naţionale de Cercetare – Dezvoltare 

Begins at: 12.30

Location: Room 102 (Conference Room, Campus Panduri, no.90, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work) – see the map.

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Conference Invitation

Friday, 16.10.2015, 17:00 (5 pm), ICUB Social Science section headquarters

(Sos. Panduri nr. 90-95, sala 102)

IMunteanu

The Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB) – Social Science Section has the pleasure to invite affiliated teachers, post-doctoral fellows, students and teachers at UB at the Conference “Post-Riga Narratives in Moldova”, held by Igor Munteanu, prorector at ULIM (Free International University of Moldova), former Moldavian ambassador to the United States and reputed researcher in the field of political science.

The event will take place on Friday, 16th of October 2015, from 5 pm, at ICUB Social Science section headquarters (Sos. Panduri nr. 90-95, room 102). You are warmly welcome!

Institutul de cercetare al Universității din București (ICUB) – Secția Ştiințe Sociale are plăcerea să invite profesorii afiliați, bursierii post-doctorali precum și studenții si profesorii UB la Conferința cu tema “Post-Riga Narratives in Moldova” susținută de Igor Munteanu, prorector al Universității Libere Internaționale din Moldova, fost ambasador al acestei țări în Statele Unite și reputat cercetător în domeniul științelor politice.

Evenimentul se va desfășura vineri, 16.10.2015, începând cu ora 17.00, la sediul Facultății de Sociologie și Asistență Socială, sos. Panduri nr. 90-95, sala 102. Vă aşteptăm cu drag!

Dr Igor Munteanu is acting as Vice-Provost for International Cooperation and Academic Partnerships at ULIM (Free International University of Moldova). ULIM is the largest private university in Moldova. Previously, Dr Munteanu served as E.P. Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America (September 2010 – June 2015). Before 2010, Dr Munteanu led IDIS Viitorul, an influential think tank in Moldova. He served in the International Board of PASOS (Policy Association Network) between 2008-2010. He was also teaching Law and Public Policy at ASEM (2005 – 2010). Dr Munteanu served as Expert to the Institutional Committee of the Council of Europe (2001-2008), implementing various country-reporting assignments. He shared Membrership to the BSTF (Black Sea Trust Fund) since 2007 and Member of the external evaluation board of the Balkan Trust for Democracy since 2007. Between 1996 and 1999, Dr Munteanu chaired the Arena Politicii Journal, as the single professional journal for political sciences and policy analysis. In 2002, he pursued his PhD at the Law Department of ULIM on regions and EU regionalism. He wrote and edited a number of studies and books on political transition after USSR, economic modernization and regional economies. Between 1997 and 2005, Dr Munteanu was involved as free lance political analyst with Radio Free Europe (RFERL). He also served as Political Advisor to the first President of Moldova (Mircea Snegur) during 1992-1994.

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Workshop ICUB – Social Science Section – Friday, July, 17, headquarters: Sos. Panduri 90.

Press Release and Meeting Minutes:

This workshop involved the presentation of the research report status for the six post-doctoral researchers who benefit from ICUB grants. The two young researchers (Delia Bădoi and Octaviana Jianu) who finished their three-month grant delivered a final presentation. The other four young researchers with six-month grants (Adriana Ştefănel, Ana Maria Vlăsceanu, Loredana Manasia and Mara Stan) presented a mid-term report concerning mainly the publication strategy and shared their impressions on scientific publications, rating, standards and editorial norms. The Operational Plan 2015 and the National Strategy of research, development and innovation 2015-2020, recently adopted by the Romanian Government, were also brought into discussion, aiming to identify international opportunities for research funding and means to apply for winning projects.

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Follow-up discussions concerned visiting fellows, application to various initiatives from the European and global research community, including calls for papers, applications or attending conferences. Information on all such projects of interest needs to be actively disseminated and promoted extensively with the aid of ICUB’s scientific committee, affiliated fellows and faculty deans, using means such as electronic platforms, newsletters, official website, alumni groups, mailing lists, blogs etc. It was agreed, as Prof. Luminiţa Roşca suggested, for all members of the ICUB’s social science Scientific Committee and fellows to send an abridged version (one page executive summary) of their academic resume to be uploaded to the blog. Input for an inter-disciplinary collaboration included:

  • Mr Dragoş Iliescu’s research network proposal for Big Data collection using crawler type engines, combining IT, psychology, biology, medical sciences and possibly sociology and law
  • A Decision Study Laboratory / Center formed the joint topic of interest for a large number of ICUB members
  • Mr Marian Preda suggested, at the level of each faculty at UB, to draw and put together a list of potential acquisitions of equipment and research facilities that can be accessed through POC projects funding. This joint effort would result in applying for a POC project (operational program for competitiveness) at UB level.

Mid-term presentations by post-doctoral researchers:

Ana-Maria Vlasceanu – Presentation ICUB

Mara Stan – Learnt time

International Conference – Society for Romanian Studies – Bucharest, June 17-19, 2015.

For details please access: http://www.society4romanianstudies.org/#!2015-conference/c1pl4

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Invitatia la Seara Departamentului de sociologie organizata in data de 18 iunie 2015 incepand cu orele 18.00 la Casa Universitarilor (Str. Dionisie Lupu, nr. 74).

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Va rog sa trimiteti confirmarile pana la data de 15 iunie 2015 la urmatoarele adrese de email: claudia.ghisoiu@gmail.com, facultate.sociologie@gmail.com.

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Workshop of Research Grants and Research Funding Opportunities – Horizon 2020: June, 2nd, 2015

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