CIVIS Blended Intensive Programme – Heritage & Innovation: Art Nouveau, past, present & future challenges

The programme aims to offer a unique opportunity to dive into the heritage of Art Nouveau in Brussels and beyond and to explore how Art Nouveau can act as a laboratory for current and future challenges.

Participants will undertake a journey through European culture and history as well as reflect on the links between Art Nouveau and today’s challenges related to architecture, urban renovation and heritage management.

How did Art Nouveau blossom and later expanded throughout Europe and beyond? What are the links between Art Nouveau and cultural and heritage management policies? How is this revolution in art and architecture still relevant today? How is Art Nouveau valorised today? How can public and private stakeholders make Art Nouveau accessible to a wide audience?

The programme is built around two focus points. On the one hand, the programme will shed lights on the full scope of Art Nouveau as a transdisciplinary and transnational movement. Lectures will focus on how Art Nouveau blossomed in Brussels and later around Europe and beyond. It will also address how Art Nouveau infused society well beyond architecture, expanding its influence to arts, ornamentation, furniture, etc. On the other hand, the programme will invite participants to reflect on the relationship between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau.

Lectures and discussions will focus on current issues related to urban renovation and preservation policies. They will also explore the links between cultural heritage and tourism as well as the valorisation of heritage. With a view to foster transdisciplinarity, participants will also be invited to broaden their perspectives by reflecting on hidden scientific aspects in Art Nouveau and bio-inspired and bio-mimetics structures.

Main topics addressed

  • The beginnings of Art Nouveau
  • Art Nouveau across Europe and beyond
  • Victor Horta, a pioneer
  • Brussels Art Nouveau: from Horta to van de Velde
  • Politics and Urbanism
  • Renovation, mediation, valorisation
  • Bio-inspired and bio-mimetics structures 

Learning outcomes

Following this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how Art Nouveau blossomed in Europe and to compare Art Nouveau developments in different countries.
  • Analyse the links between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau.
  • Work on the mediation of Art Nouveau heritage sites. In this context, they will be active and dynamic mediators involved in the democratization of knowledge about Art Nouveau architecture. 

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Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges International conference

Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges International conference
Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy,

CCIIF – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas


10.00 – Opening discourses: Professor PhD. Mihaela Pop, Professor PhD. Bogdan Todorova


First session

Analytical  trends in criticizing modernity



Prof. PhD. Vesselin Petrov

Rethinking the Transition from Modernity to Postmodernism from the Perspective of Process Philosophy



Prof. PhD. Constantin Stoenescu

Theory of Precedent in Arts. The Kuhnian Roots of Hancock`s Radical Hermeneutics



Prof. PhD. Ion Tănăsescu

Brentano`s view on the positive character of modernity



Teaching Assistant, PhD. Paul Gabriel Sandu

Life, Existence and the Abyss Between Them – Questioning the Incommensurability Hypothesis



Junior Researcher, Ioan Matei Stanciugelu

A critique of modernity and postmodernity inspired by Kant and Foucault


Coffee break




Second session

Social and artistic turns of modernity and postmodernity



Prof. PhD. Bogdana Todorova

A New “Eco-Sophia” as a New Paradigm of Modern Social Philosophy



Prof. PhD. Mihaela Pop

Mona Lisa and the Recent “Modernities” (Challenges faced by once modern aesthetic concepts)



Lecturer PhD. Oana Șerban

Alternative and Transitive Modernities: A Critique Inspired by Eisetstadt`s Theory on Multiple Modernities



PhD. Eva Ivan-Haintz

Artistic Modernity and the Representational Theory of Art



PhD Candidate, Andreea Baciu

Modernity through the Moral Public Discourse – Speech as a Form of Power and the Communicative Rationality as a Disposal of Power


The conference will be held online.



Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges International conference Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy,

Friday, April 8

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: 

Or dial: (RO) +40 31 227 6707 PIN: 973 723 602#

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CFA: CIVIS Summer School: The science, ethics and governance of genome editing – 25-29 July 2022 (University of Tübingen)

Call For Applications (Deadline: March 11th)
CIVIS Summer School: The science, ethics and governance of genome editing
25-29 July 2022 (University of Tübingen)
The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the pace of scientific development of genome editing technologies, particularly highlighted by the advances enabled by CRISPR-Cas9. One area of immense potential is the use of genome editing technologies in humans. Alongside the potential benefits, there are a number of ethical issues that arise, posing challenges for the development of robust governance of this technology. This Summer School will extensively explore the ethical implications of this emerging technology, noting the scientific and medical possibilities and realities, the perceptions and the various ethical approaches and implications as well as the options for its effective governance and regulation. This Summer School will combine lectures by experts in the field, alongside interactive group work and class discussion, a one-day class symposium, as well as evening events and class excursions.  
Extended deadline for applications (March 11th)! Funding support available!
For further details, eligible institutions for funding, and instructions on how to apply, please see:
Any questions, contact:

CfP – Heritage and innovation: Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenges

Call for applications: Students can now apply for the CIVIS summer school “ Heritage and innovation: Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenges”, to be held from 29 June to 8 July in Brussels.

Please visit the official course page on the CIVIS website for further information considering our project: . The deadline for application is 2 April 2022 for CIVIS students.
Who can apply? The summer school is open to Master and PhD students. Applicants from various backgrounds including architecture, art, history, philosophy, cultural management, urbanism, and engineering are welcome. A good level of English is necessary. Applicants will need to provide their CV and a letter of motivation.  
For any questions related with the CIVIS summer school program, you can consult our organizers by sending an email to 

CfP: Hybrid Inclusive Approaches to the Medical Humanities Summer School Athens, May 25-28th, 2022

CIVIS network, the University of Athens, the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the University of Bucharest are pleased to announce the launch of the hybrid Inclusive Approaches to the Medical Humanities, the first CIVIS summer school on medical humanities.

Taking place in person in the ancient philosophers’ historic sites of Athens, from May 25th to May 28th, 2022, as well as online, this summer school welcomes undergraduate, Master, and PhD students from the fields of healthcare (medicine, dentistry, midwifery, nursing) and humanities (philosophy, history of medicine). Participants will learn to balance the scientific part of medicine with the humane and humanistic part of it through medical and health humanities concepts. Consequently, they will deepen the understanding of the current challenging problems within modern medical practice to enhance the doctor-patient relationship and diminish the burnout syndrome as students and future healthcare providers. 

Speakers will offer specific lectures providing examples of applied medical humanities based on their expertise and experience. The tentative list of main subjects is:



Stigma in Pandemics (Past-present-future)

Historical point of view


Marianna Karamanou (Athens)

Jonathan McFarland (Madrid)

Valentina Gazzaniga (Rome)

Ourania Varsou (Glasgow)

Accessing Bio-Medical Information Resources and Communicating in a Healthcare Setting

Anamaria Nicola and Octavia Madge (Bucharest)

Narrative Medicine

Gavin Miller (Glasgow)

Katja Herges (Tübingen)

Lisa Kall (Stockholm)

Current Ethical Challenges of Biomedical Research/Genome Editing

Emanuel Socaciu and Constantin Vică (Bucharest)

Garðar Árnason and Oliver Feeney (Tübingen)

Metacognition in Medical Practice

and Education

Gabriela Florea and Ioan Mirea (Bucharest)


For in-person participants:

  • 1 ECTS credit will be given for completing all planned learning activities and answering a questionnaire on the final day of the program.
  • The program will also include extracurricular activities such as visiting relevant sites for the history of medicine and philosophy in Athens.
  • CIVIS network will offer 20 mobility scholarships for partner universities’ participants (Aix-Marseille University, University of Bucharest, Free University of Brussels, Autonomous University of Madrid, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Stockholm, University of Tubingen).

Also, online participation is limited to a certain number.

All submissions, either for in-person or online participation, should be sent at no later than March 15th, 2022.

Please include:

  • CV (including University affiliation, field, major, GPA, awards, recognition) – in English

Short essay (2,000 words maximum) in which the applicant will offer a personal answer to the question “How are the medical humanities important to the 21st Century?” – in English

Extended CfP: Ephemeris, The Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

Call for undergraduate papers Ephemeris 2022

Ephemeris is an undergraduate journal of philosophy dedicated to publishing exceptional undergraduate writing grounded in the distinct value and interest of the philosophical endeavor. Please note Ephemeris is available online only.

EXTENDED Due date for Ephemeris 2022

February 28, 2022.

Submissions: Work may be submitted by email to or via the portal at

You should receive a confirmation of receipt shortly thereafter.

Note: only MS Word (.doc, .docx), OpenOffice (.odt) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) formats are accepted.

Correspondence should go to

For more information about Ephemeris please visit our website at <>