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.


Plenary Conference PHSS 2017: A Tribute to the Russian Democratic Revolution of February 1917 and to the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. The Falsification of History

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10.15-11.15
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Building AAdrian Niculescu

Keynote speaker: Assoc. Prof. ADRIAN NICULESCU

Faculty of Political Sciences, National School of  Political Science and Public Administration

PhD of Paul Valéry – Montpellier III University (2002), political refugee in France (July 1983-1989), grantee of the Italian Institute for Historical Studies “B. Croce”, Napoli (1984-1986), professor of Università Cattolica di Milano (1985-1996), correspondent of Free Europe Radio (1984-1996).

Initiator and Vice-president of the National Institute for the Memory of the Romanian Exile (INMER), secretariat de stat în cadrul Guvernului României (2003-2005),  Member of the Scientific Council of the Romanian Revolution Institute (July 2010-), Vice-commissioner of Instituto Nazionale per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano (2002-2012), Chevalier of the Order Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (2004), the Medal of Honor “Friend of the Jewish Communities of Romania” (August 2016), Vice-President of The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (February 2017-).

Books: Martor al Istoriei: Emil Ghilezan de vorbă cu Adrian Niculescu, ALL Publishers, 1998; Din Exil, după Exil, Univers Publishers, 1998; Aux racines de la démocratie roumaine – Pruncul Român, premier journal libre roumain, chonique de la Révolution valaque de 1848, Clusium Publishers, 2008; De la limes-ul lui Fokas la granița lui Eminescu – Studii de istorie, Clusium & Scriptor Publishers, 2009.

Co-authored books: Violările Drepturilor Omului în Epoca Ceausescu, Roma, 1989; Romania – Geografia e Storia, Roma, 2010.

 Domains of interest: History of Romania, History of Post-war World, Memory of Exile


Further details on the conference events will be available soon.

Call for Papers: Revolutions,the Archeology of Change

2017: 100 years have passed since the Bolshevik Revolution, but also 368 years since the English Revolution, 329 years since the Glorious Revolution, 252 years since the American Revolution, 228 years since the French Revolution, 169 years since the 1848 Revolution, 68 years since the Chinese Revolution, and 28 years since the ‘89 (Romanian) Revolution. In the same vein, one can ask how much time it took humankind to get used to some of its revolutionary inventions: the microscope (425 years), the steam engine (305 years), the light bulb (217 years), the telephone (141 years), the automobile (131 years), the plane (114 years), and the computer (69 years). Each and every region, state or nation preserves the memory of such events as a distinctive element of identity. But is there any connection between these “revolutionary” landmarks and our way of relating to them? When does a revolution start and where does it end? Is a revolution definable by its intentions (program) or rather by its results? Are there recurrent sequences in the dynamics of revolutions, or they are all only consequences of historical circumstances? What forces dispute the political power, and what resources are engaged in social mobilization? What social, political, and economic realities become the premises of social change, and how does the State react to political revolutions? What criteria serve us in judging whether a revolution has been successful?

We invite researchers in all fields to submit abstracts for the fourth edition of the PHSS conference until 17 March 2017 26 March 2017. Please see the Call for Papers using the following links in English and Romanian.

The third PHSS volume is published!

Dear Participants,

We are glad to announce that the third PHSS volume, Figures of Migration (eds Andreea Mironescu, Anca-Diana Bibiri, Camelia Grădinaru, Roxana Patraș, Emanuel Grosu), has been published at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Press.

The publication was supported by the Department of Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași.

Thank you for your valuable contribution!