New Research in Phenomenology, Psychology and Psychoanalysis

The Romanian Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference
24-25 November 2017, Cluj-Napoca

Plenary Speakers

Dylan Trigg
Dylan Trigg is a senior FWF Lise Meitner Fellow at University of Vienna, Department of Philosophy. He is the author of several books, including Topophobia (2016), The Thing (2014), The Memory of Place (2012). With Dorothée Legrand, he is the co-editor of Unconsciousness Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis (2017). For more info, click here.

Dorothée Legrand
Dorothée Legrand is a researcher in philosophy (CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Archives Husserl, Paris, France) and psychoanalyst. Her work associates (post-)phenomenology (including subversive readings of phenomenology as those of Levinas and Derrida) and psychoanalysis, in order to conceptualize the body as subjectively loaded with an irreducible alterity. She is particularly interested in how a subject consciously and unconsciously performs itself, by engaging its speaking body to address and respond to another. In her theoretical and clinical work, this characterization of the body is tied to her consideration of neurotic and psychotic mobilizations, transformations and alterations of (inter-)subjectivity.

Virgil Ciomoș
Virgil Ciomoș is Professor and director of the Department of Philosophy of "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca. He was a Visiting Professor at Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris Est, Poitiers, Lyon 3, Jean Monnet, Associate Researcher at the Hegel and the German Idealism Research Center of the University of Poitiers and the Metaphysical Research Center: Concepts and History of the Catholic Institute in Toulouse, member of the AUF Fundamental Rights Committee, Paris (Francophone University Agency) and member of EPFCL, Paris (School of Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Field Forums). He is also founding president of the Romanian Society of Phenomenology and of the European College. His research deals with Aristotelianism, transcendental philosophy, phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
Bustan Smadar
Bustan Smadar is a philosopher and a scientist, teaching philosphy at the Institut Catholique de Paris and conducting clinical studies on pain and suffering at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Hospital Ambroise Paré (Paris). She is the co-founder at Harvard and the coordinator of the interdisciplinary and international program on suffering and pain ( Her phenomenological theory on pain and suffering was tested experimentally in the German-Luxembourg PASCOM project. First book in French: From Intellectualism to Ethics - Emmanuel Levinas and the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl (Ousia, 2014).
Delia Popa
Delia POPA is Assistant Professor at Villanova University (USA). Her main areas of research are Classical Phenomenology, Social Theory, Aestetics and Psychopathology, on which she published several papers. Her first book was on Emmanuel Levinas: Les aventures de l’économie subjective et son ouverture à l’altérité (Lumen, 2007). She is also the author of Apparence et réalité. Phénoménologie et psychologie de l’imagination (Olms, 2012) and co-editor of Person, Community and Identity (2003), La portée pratique de la phénoménologie. Normativité, critique sociale et psychopathologie (2014) et Approches phénoménologiques de l’inconscient (2015).
Cristian Ciocan
Cristian Ciocan is Assistant Professor at the University of Bucharest, Center of Excellence in Image Study (CESI), member of Doctoral School in Philosophy, President of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology, and Editor-in-Chief of Studia Phaenomenologica. He is editor of the Newsletter of Phenomenology, and of the Newsletter of Romanian Philosophy.
Tamás Ullmann
Tamás Ullmann, ELTE University of Budapest, Institute of Philosophy, Professor. Area of research: German Idealism, Phenomenology, French Philosophy, Psychoanalysis. Main publications: La genèse du sens, 2002. In Hungarian: A láthatatlan forma [The Invisible Form] 2010. With Csaba Olay: Kontinentális filozófia a XX. században. [XXth Century Continental Philosophy] 2011. Az értelem dimenziói. [Dimensions of sense] 2012.

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The Romanian Society for Phenomenology

The Romanian Society for Phenomenology was founded in 2000 to promote research in phenomenology, coordinate the development of this discipline in Romania, and help constitute a specialized phenomenological community in Romania. The Society is a founding member of the Organization of the Phenomenological Organizations. Since May 2002, the Society has been editing the Newsletter of Phenomenology, a newsgroup powered by Yahoo. This free weekly newsletter includes up-to-date information regarding the most important events in the field of phenomenology. Since 2007, the Society has also been editing the Newsletter of the Romanian Philosophy, a newsgroup powered by Google. The main publication of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology is the international yearbook Studia Phaenomenologica.



The European College Foundation was created in 1997 by its first president, Virgil Ciomoş, on the basis of an important French donation. Its purpose was to create a center of reflection and intervention for the development and consolidation of Romanian civil society. Its activities focus on several sensitive areas such as political, ethnic or confessional discrimination, the democratization of public life as well as the debate and promotion of the most appropriate strategies for integrating the ethical dimension into codes of ethics of different professions. Last but not least, the Foundation supports the development of innovative research and editorial projects in the media and academia in Romania.
The Faculty of History and Philosophy is the successor of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy which activated in the University of Cluj between 1872 and 1948. After 1990, taking into account the experience of prestigious departments and faculties in other countries, the Faculty of History and Philosophy has taken important steps towards modernizing its structure and teaching programmes. The Faculty of History and Philosophy has an essential mission of education and research, provided by a prestigious teaching staff comprising 77 professors, associate professors, lecturers and assistants, preparing specialists in History, Archaeology, Art History, Archiving, Sciences of Information and Documentation, Jewish Studies, Ethnology, Cultural Tourism, International Relations and European Studies, Security Studies, Philosophy.
Center for Applied Philosophy (CAPH) functions as a research center in the field of Philosophy, with applied and interdisciplinary vallencies within the Faculty of History and Philosophy, "Babeș-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca.
The Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Cluj (KAB) has been established by the General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) in 2006, as their 6th regional committee, first that is outside Hungary’s borders. The main purpose of the Regional Committee is to create and maintain communicational channels for Hungarian scientists and researchers all over Romania’s educational institutions and research centers. KAB represents and supports the researchers in its bond and offers a platform for exchange of views and reflections on the scientifical research and its results in the area. Since its creation in 2008, the Committee on Philosophy of KAB organizes and coordonates conferences, presentations and lectures of well known researchers, mainly in the following areas of research: social and political philosophy, classical and contemporary phenomenology, philosophy of psychoanalysis, critical theory.

Where and When?

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