Plenary Conference PHSS 2018: Marrying Humanities with Digital Technology

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Keynote speaker: Prof. Dan CRISTEA

It is easy to overwhelm an auditory by portraying the benefits brought by information technology in the life of a humanity researcher. When the auditory comes mainly from this domain and when the speaker is somebody like me, linked to IT by profession, the danger of exaggeration is even bigger. I will try in this talk to avoid this trap by presenting in a neuter voice not only the lovely facets of using digital technologies in the humanities, but also the long way to achieve this, the profile of the digital humanities researcher and their “sufferings” along the long way from convincing people to collaborate till a result is obtained. The majority of comments and convulsions are inspired by the activity of the Iași NLP-Group, therefore gathered from both the University and the Academy.

Dan CRISTEA is a professor at the Faculty of Computer Science of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași and a principal researcher at the Institute for Computer Science of the Iași branch of the Romanian Academy. The research group in natural language processing lead by prof. Cristea, which brings together people from both institutions, has been mainly involved in: computational morphology and lexicography, creation of linguistic resources, machine summarisation, anaphora resolution, temporal analysis in texts, etc. He is a correspondent member of the Romanian Academy and a full member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania.

Further details on the conference events will be available soon.

Abstract submission deadline extended to 15 April 2018

Dear All,
We would like to inform you that the abstract submission deadline for this year’s edition of the PHSS conference, titled Mapping Digital Futures, has been extended. The new deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, the 15th  of April 2018.

Thanks to all submitters so far! Further paper proposals may be sent to us at

Call for Papers: Mapping Digital Futures

Nowadays, technology does not constitute a separate sphere anymore; it is profoundly involved and embedded in the majority of domains, from daily life to modern devices of life research and enhancement. In their turn, digital technologies cover a vast area of methods (big data visualization, 3D-modelling, data mining) and practices (hashtag movements, gaming in alternative realities, computer-mediated and phone-mediated communication) that have systemic effects on society, economy, and politics. We are living in a brave new world, that is, the digital world: we interact online, we are able to make digital multitasking, we communicate through various means, we practice new forms of commerce and banking, and, perhaps most of all, we share information.

The digital turn alters the patterns that have been used before for interpreting the world, the models of interaction, and those of individual and collective expression, at the same time challenging both sciences and arts to yield new approaches and move for new hypotheses in current situations. In this context, one can notice a higher enthusiasm for exploring the inter-disciplinary relationships, a growth of interdisciplinary studies as well as a serious questioning of traditional paradigms on account of the people’s increased computer-reliance. Have the humanities a digital future? To what extent do the digital methods alter the traditional way of research in humanities and social sciences? How can the culture of democracy, the respect for diversity and mutual understanding be promoted though social media? How will technology change the approaches to problems concerning private life, security and conflict mitigation?

The 5th PHSS conference sets out to answer these contemporary questions. But we are also interested in „archeological” investigations of other technological revolutions in the past and of the impact they had in the evolution of cultures and also in the representations of the „future” in various historical stages. This year’s topic invites various approaches, from history, sociology, psychology, political sciences, communication studies, and economics, to the theory of culture, literature, and the arts.

We invite researchers in all fields to submit abstracts until April, the 15th 2018. Please see the Call for Papers using the following links in English and Romanian.

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The Digital Sublime: the myth of cyberspace revolutions (Workshop PHSS 2017)

Friday, 26 May, 18.15-19.30
“Ferdinand” Room, 2nd Floor, Building A

Invited Speakers

DIANA LEFTER, Management consultant at KPMG Romania
CORNEL FĂTULESCU, IT developer and coach, founder Agile Hub

We aim at extending radical management (agile, lean) concepts from software industry to the rest of the business world and to other domains, such as humanities and sociology. So, in our workshop, we will not talk about cyberspace or any other Internet metaphors (World Wide Web, virtual reality, global village, etc.). We will not cite copiously the works of Marshall McLuhan, Vincent Mosco or Ray Kurzweil. We will not envisage the forthcoming 3D-printers, flying cars or quantum computers. Instead, we will endeavor to deconstruct all these myths, and propose instead a down-to-earth approach. In fact, using radical management techniques is considered nowadays one of the revolutionary solutions in IT industry.

Diana and Cornel will explain in their presentations what radical management is and why it can be considered a Copernican revolution in the IT world. For decades, the finest management minds struggled to solve a fundamental conundrum: How do you get disciplined execution along continuous innovation? How can one discipline and structure novelty? Promising efforts to improve one dimension always seem to cause losses on the other one. Disciplined execution crushes innovation, and innovation by its nature is undisciplined. The problem has seemed insoluble. Yet, just over a decade ago, a set of major management breakthroughs occurred. These management practices, under various labels such as Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean, but more generally named radical management, have been field-tested and proven in thousands of organizations around the world.

We will try to figure out how the principles of radical management can be applied in projects including professionals from the fields of humanities, new media, sociology, history. We will be delighted if we would be able to figure out in our workshop ways of applying what is best in our apparently un-matching worlds. Step by step. Together.

Foto_Diana LefterDiana LEFTER, product owner & management consultant at KPMG Romania

An IT professional, with more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry in US and Canada, Diana started her career as a software developer and continued with various management positions. She is promoting collaboration, empathy and authenticity as key values for working in the IT world. She does not have any books published, but she has exciting “stories” about many large scale software implementations she managed through the years, working with people all around the world, often from remote locations.

She is also an artist at heart and mother of one son. Currently, she is a product owner at KPMG Romania, very much involved in the IT community, where she can be heard speaking often. A product owner is a person who designs and architects a product in such a way as to delight the customer J

Her newest passion is extending radical management (agile, lean) concepts from software industry to the rest of the business world and also other domains, such as humanities and sociology.

Foto Cornel FatulescuCornel FĂTULESCU, IT developer and coach, founder Agile Hub

I am a fan of removing “forms without contents” through education, joint vision, focalization of energies, fair-mindedness and great patience.

Plenary Conference PHSS 2017: The European ”Miracle” Revisited

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 11.45-12.45
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Building A

Prof Vasile Isan

Keynote speaker: Prof. VASILE IȘAN

Prof. dr., Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, Director of the Department for European Integration and Community Programs, Ministry of Education and Research (2005-2006), Rector of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași (2008-2016), Member of GDS (Group for Social Dialogue) Iași.

Lectures taught: International Economic Relations; Transactions in International Trade I-II; International Transports and Expeditions; International Business Environment; Management of International Business; Economics of Business; Transactions in Foreign Trade; International Economics and International Trade; Economic Sustainability

Co-authored volumes: L’economia dell’agricoltura della Romania (CEFAL Publishers, Bologna, 1993); Economia afacerilor, 4 vol. (Graphix Publishers, Iași, 1994-1997); Sectorul public – iluzia bunăstării generale (Ankarom Publishers, Iași, 1997); Tranziție și integrare europeană, 3 vol. (Sedcom Libris Publishers, Iași, 1996-2002)

Co-editor: Globalization and Higher Education in Economics and Business Administration (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” UP, Iași, 2009).

Domains of interest: Theory of International Commerce; Economic Sustainability;
International Corporations, International Business Environment

Further details on the conference events will be available soon.

Plenary Conference PHSS 2017: The Supplement of Soul, the Charismatic Person and the Triggering of Revolutions

Friday, 26 May 2017, 15.00-16.00
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Building A

Wilhelm Dancă

Keynote speaker: Acad. Prof. WILHELM DANCĂ

Pr. Prof., Dean of the Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, University of Bucharest, Member of the Romanian Academy, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Graduated “St. Joseph” Roman-Catholic Institute of Theology of Iasi, PhD in Philosophy of Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Rome, Italy), Professor of Philosophical Sciences and Rector of the Roman-Catholic Theological Institute of Iasi (2001-2011).

Books: Logica filosofică. Aristotel și Toma de Aquino (Iași 2002); Fascinația sacrului. De la Mircea Eliade la papa Ioan Paul al II-lea (Iași 2002); Sacro e simbolo in Mircea Eliade (Iași 2004); Fascinația adevarului. De la Toma de Aquino la Anton Durcovici (Iași 2005); Fascinația binelui. Creștinism și postmodernitate (Iași 2007); Anton Durcovici. Lecții tomiste despre Dumnezeu (Iași 2008); Și cred și gândesc. Viitorul unui dialog controversat (București 2013); Teologia are nevoie de filozofie? Contribuții la înțelegerea conceptului de teologie fundamentală (Iași 2015).

Coordinated volumes: Euharistia în viața Bisericii. Colocviu teologic dedicat Marelui Jubileu (București 2000), Creștinii laici. Identitate și misiune (Iași 2001), Truth and Morality: The Role of Truth in Public Life (Washington D.C. 2008), Faith and Secularization. A Romanian Narrative (Washington D.C. 2014).

Editions: Nu sunt de acord. Declarații din arestul Securității București (1950) (Iași 2011), documents on the martyr bishop Anton Durcovici

Translations from Latin: Toma de Aquino, Expunere la Simbolul apostolilor/ Symbolum Apostolorum (Iași 2016).

 Domains of interest: Philosophy, Theology, Anthropology, History of Religions


Further details on the conference events will be available soon.