In November 2023, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest will celebrate 160 years of existence. The anniversary will be marked by a colloquium that will take place between November 2-4, 2023.
Members of the academic community of the University of Bucharest are invited to send the abstracts of the papers to the e-mail address of the coordinator of the scientific section corresponding to the candidature by Friday, March 31, 2023.
Communication proposals (1000 characters with spaces) will be accompanied by a short bibliography and will be written in Romanian. Accepted abstracts will receive confirmations from the coordinator of the scientific section by April 15, 2023. Full papers, drafted in accordance with the rules that will be communicated later, are expected by March 1, 2024.
“In the context of the celebration of the 160 years since its foundation, we invite you to register in one of the sections of the anniversary colloquium, intended to illustrate the essential place occupied by Bucharest Letters in the landscape of professional faculties in Romania and in Europe. All research directions open or represented in our institution propose a suite of topics for reflection, which we hope will arouse your interest”, is the message sent by the organizers.
Interested persons will send their proposals to one of the sections of the anniversary colloquium: Humanities and Arts – Field of Philology, Humanities and Arts – Field of Cultural Studies, Social Sciences – Field of Communication Sciences, Social Sciences – Field of Administrative Sciences.
The themes corresponding to each section, the list of coordinators and their e-mail addresses, as well as other details on the anniversary colloquium can be consulted here.
1863, the year the Higher School of Letters was founded
The Higher School of Letters, founded in 1863, would be the nucleus from which, the year following its formation, the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy would develop, whose first dean was the Latinist August Treboniu Laurian (until 1881, president of the Romanian Academy). Together with the Higher School of Sciences and Laws (which will later be divided into the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Sciences), the University of Bucharest will form (by Royal Decree no. 765 of July 4/16, 1864), the second institution of this way in the Romanian Principalities, after the one in Iași (year 1860).From 1874, the Faculty of Letters expanded its course offer (archaeology, comparative philology, psychology), and from 1877 the corresponding departments began to emerge, coordinated by personalities of the time, among them Alexandru Odobescu, Grigore Tocilescu, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu.We also mention Mihail Dragomirescu, Ovid Densușianu, Tache Papahagi, Titu Maiorescu, Constantin Dimitrescu-Iași, Ioan Bogdan, Lazăr Șăineanu, Nicolae Iorga, Vasile Pârvan, Simion Mehedinţi, Ioan Bianu, Alexandru Rosetti, Nicolae Cartojan, Ștefan Ciobanu, I. A. Candrea, Petre P. Negulescu, Constantin C. Giurescu, Ramiro Ortiz and many others.Over time, the institution has known several appellations: Faculty of Letters and Philosophy (1864-1897), Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (1897-1948). After 1948, it became the Faculty of Philology (until 1963), later of Romanian Language and Literature (until 1989) and, finally, the Faculty of Letters (after 1990).Currently, the educational offer of the Faculty of Letters covers several fields of study: language and literature (bachelor’s degree) and philology (master’s degree), cultural studies, communication sciences and administrative sciences, offering seven frequency degree programs, one reduced frequency degree program, 14 master’s programs and two doctoral schools in philology and cultural studies. With around 3,000 students and an elite teaching staff, made up of over 150 full-time, emeritus and associate teaching staff, the Faculty of Letters ranks among the top higher education institutions (with a humanistic profile) within the University of Bucharest.