Academic Opportunities at UB

The University of Bucharest offers a large variety of events such as conferences, workshops, training and summer schools. You can find them all here, waiting for you to apply and join our academic community.



(CfP)SCOPE 2019

6th International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research

Conférence Internationale Interdisciplinaire de Sciences Politiques, 6e édition

31 May – 2 June, 2018

University of Bucharest

The conference is open to senior and junior scholars of political research from social sciences and humanities, as well as to scholars from trans- and interdisciplinary areas relevant for political research. 

The official languages of the event are English and French. The primary working language is English and we expect most abstracts, papers, presentations and discussions to be in this language. Pre-organized panels or round tables in French may be also accepted.

Aiming to explore such scholarly and policy puzzles from various conceptual, empirical and methodological perspectives, while addressing timely case-studies, we invite scholars across different disciplines to submit papers, panels or round table proposals, especially (but not exclusively) around the following core topics:

  • Ethics and political theory;
  • Ethics and international affairs;
  • Ethics and public policy;
  • Ethics and human rights;
  • Values, beliefs and attitudes in contemporary societies;
  • Populism, social movements and electoral behavior in the age of social media;
  • Democracy and its critics;
  • Contemporary political ideologies;
  • Identity politics;
  • The politics of entitlement;
  • Transitional justice;
  • Comparative perspectives on civic education and global solidarity;
  • Methodological opportunities and challenges in approaching the study of values in political research;
  • Ethics of contemporary political research.

The best papers may be considered for publication within special journal issues or collective volumes with partner publishers. 

Abstract submission deadline: March 1st, 2019

For more details, please access the site dedicated to the conference:


CfP] Transnational Dimensions of Dealing with the Past in ‘Third Wave’ Democracies: Southern Europe, Central Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union in Global Perspective

                                       University of Bucharest, 1-2 April 2019

The scholarship on reckoning with the past after the “third wave of democratisation” has generally provided analysis of national case studies or comparative accounts of countries seen as discrete units, disconnected from transnational or international developments. This approach has overlooked the impact of globalization of memory cultures on national settings as well as the multiplicity of cross-borders and cross-regional entanglements that have framed justice and memory processes since the 1970s.

A transnational turn in memory studies developed in the last decade. Such approach has mainly focused on how the memory of the Holocaust has influenced and has been appropriated to criminalize wars and dictatorships in other historical contexts. Within Europe itself, this scholarship has primarily examined the competition between remembering the crimes of the Holocaust and the crimes of the gulag. The interactions and mutual influences outside this major axis, including the transfer of ideas and practices between “third wave” processes of dealing with the pasts as well as their effects at a global scale remain understudied.

This conference aims to fill this gap by looking at how post-dictatorial justice and memory experiences in Southern Europe, Central Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union after the “third wave of democratisation” have reciprocally affected each other. It also seeks to unpack how memorialization practices in these regions were shaped by and influenced in turn criminalization discourses in other geographical contexts (Latin America, Asia, Africa). The conference focuses on transnational activism, transfers of knowledge and expertise at bilateral, regional or international levels, the impact of legal and mnemonic narratives outside their countries of origin, and the role of international organizations and NGOs in dealing with mass violence. The conference aims thus to trace the multidirectional circulation of ideas, norms and models of reckoning with authoritarian regimes both within these regions, and between them and other areas of the world.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following subjects:

  • Circulation of ideas, norms and practices across national borders in various professional and social fields (e.g. law, memorialization sites and practices, historiography, forensics, heritage etc.).
  • Transnational mobilization for justice and memory of Southern European, Central Eastern European and former Soviet Union actors in international institutions, global NGOs, or at venues on other continents.
  • The role of Southern Europe, Central Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in globalizing narratives and norms of dealing with the past. Entanglements within these regions, and between them and other areas of the world.
  • The role of regional and international organisations and global NGOs in memory and justice processes in South Europe, Central Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  • Competing memories of rights wing and left wing dictatorial regimes.
  • Local actors’ re-appropriation of and resistance to ideas and paradigms originating in other national or global venues.

The language of the conference is English.

Please submit your proposal including authors’ names, email addresses and affiliations, a short CV and an abstract of around 300 words by 25th November 2018. The organizers will provide a response by 10th December 2018. Selected participants will be invited to submit their papers (max. 7,000 words including tables, figures, and references) by 15 March 2019. The organizers intend to publish a selection of papers in a special issue of an international academic journal.

Please, submit paper abstracts to:

Funding opportunities for travel and accommodation are available, but we ask that contributors also explore financial support at their home institutions.

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Political Science – University of Bucharest, the Institut Universitaire de France, and the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena.

For more details, please contact Raluca Grosescu ( or Eva-Clarita Pettai

Summer courses in Romania language, culture and civilization


Are you ready for an intercultural experience? Then we are inviting you to discover Romania, its language, culture and civilization during the 58th edition of the Summer Courses in Romanian language, culture and civilization organized by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest between July 23 to August 6, 2018.

Deadline for registration: June 20, 2018

For more details please access the website dedicated to the event.


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Competing Perspectives and Methodological Challenges


The Institute of Research University of Bucharest, through its Social Science Division is organizing a conference in April 27-28, 2018. The conference wants to be an opportunity for an open, interdisciplinary discussion of the problems and questions surrounding the future of work.

Important dates:

  • 15 December 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
  • 10 January 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • 27 – 28 April 2018: Conference days

More information can be found here .


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