Press Release: We Have Always Been Cyborgs: A Philosophical Talk On Meta-, Post And Transhumanism With Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

The CCIIF Conferences – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas, subordinated to the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, is pleased to announce that the special guest of this year`s cycle of lectures-interviews is Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. The dialogue is occasioned by a large interest of our philosophical community towards one of his last books, On Transhumanism (Penn State University Press, 2020).

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is Chair of the Department of History and Humanities and a philosophy professor at John Cabot University in Rome and is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. He is editor of more than 10 essay collections, and author of the following monographs: Metaphysics without Truth (Marquette University Press 2007), Menschenwürde nach Nietzsche (WBG 2010), Transhumanismus (Herder 2016), Schöner neuer Mensch (Nicolai, 2018), Übermensch (Schwabe 2019), On Transhumanism (Penn State University Press 2020), We have always been cyborgs (Bristol University Press, 2021). In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor of the “Journal of Posthuman Studies” (a double-blind peer review journal, published by Penn State University Press since 2017). Furthermore, he is in great demand as a speaker in all parts of the world (World Humanities Forum, Global Solutions Taipei Workshop, Biennale Arte Venezia, TEDx) and a regular contact person of national and international journalists and media representatives (Die Zeit, Cicero, Der Standard; Die Presse am Sonntag, Philosophy Now). www.sorgner.de & www.mousike.de

The dialogue with professor Sorgner, devoted to his book, will engage moral, political and cultural approaches, and will be hosted by Oana Șerban, Executive Director of CCIF and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.

“Professor Sorgner has recently worked on a book called We have always been cyborgs (Bristol University Press), that will be published this year. It is a wonderful occasion to find out more about this monograph that is anticipated as a bestseller for those who are interested in transhumanism. I must say that it is an honour for our department to renew our dialogue with Professor Sorgner, as he is one of our most appreciated guests that shared with us his valuable knowledge and experience each time he has visited CCIIF. He has coined the term metahumanism and developed an ideological manifesto for this intellectual current and thanks to his sustainable efforts, researchers that work in the field of transhumanism enjoy a powerful network supported by conferences, meetings, debates and publications, in which professor Sogner has invested in the last decade his energy, talent and commitment.” (Oana Serban)

The conference will be broadcasted by the official channels of our faculty and university, including YouTube and other social media accounts. Stay tuned Monday, May 10, 2021, at 7PM.

Press Release: What We Think About When We Think About Soccer? A Philosophical Talk on Football, Power and Competition with Professor Simon Critchley

The CCIIF Conferences – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas, subordinated to the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, is pleased to announce that the special guest of this year`s cycle of lectures-interviews is Professor Simon Critchley. The dialogue is occasioned by a large interest of our philosophical community towards one of his last books, devoted to “a poetics of football”: What We Think About When We Think About Soccer (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas: continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, ethics, and political theory, among others. His most recent books include The Problem with Levinas and ABC of Impossibility, though he has written on topics as diverse as David Bowie, religion, and suicide. As moderator of The Stone at The New York Times, Critchley asks philosophers to weigh in on contemporary issues in art, literature, politics, and popular culture. Additional information about Professor Critchley is available at his personal website.

Recent Publications

Visit Simon Critchley’s website for a complete bibliography. Selected recent works include:

The dialogue with professor Critchley, devoted to his book, will engage phenomenological, aesthetical and moral approaches, and will be hosted by Oana Șerban, Executive Director of CCIF and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.

“It is an honour for us to have Professor Simon Critchley as a special guest of our cycle of conferences. Our dialogue will be inspired by some leading questions concerning his phenomenological reading of sport in the key of a poetics of soccer, his socialist considerations on the nature and experience of soccer or his implicit presuppositions related to the morals of football. I think this is a book that should be read by any philosopher who takes into account seriously the need to leave the Ivor Tower and turn philosophy back to society as a hygiene of life and an aesthetics of existence, in order to understand how vital is our professional engagement in philosophy and how it can support the understanding of power and competition in different strategic contexts, such as culture, sports or management.” (Oana Serban)

The conference will be broadcasted by the official channels of our faculty and university, including YouTube and other social media accounts. Stay tuned Monday, April 19, 2021, at 7PM.