Director of the Romanian Young Academy

Dr Diana Stanciu is the initiator, fundraiser and director of the Romanian Young Academy (RYA) sponsored by Stiftung Mercator and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and hosted by the University of Bucharest. She received her first PhD at the University of Bucharest (2004) and her second one at the KU Leuven (2012). She has been teaching and doing research at the University of Bucharest (1995-2009 and since 2015 onwards), the Central European University (1997-1998), the University of Athens (1999), the University of Cambridge (FCO-CEU graduate research grant 2000-2001), the University of St. Andrews (2006), the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (Humboldt fellowship 2007-2008), the KU Leuven (2009-2014), the University of Oxford (2014-2015 and 2018-2019), and the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Gerda Henkel fellowship 2018-2020). She was also a fellow of advanced studies institutes such as New Europe College, Bucharest (2001-2002), Collegium Budapest (2003), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh (2006) and The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship 2006, research focus group 2008-2009). Along the years, Dr Stanciu specialised in the history of philosophy, epistemology, cognitive science and practical ethics while concentrating on conscious agency, free will and moral decision-making at the interface of philosophy and neuroscience. Since April 2016 she has become the convenor of an interdisciplinary research seminar and a series of lectures on Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach at the research institute of the University of Bucharest. Dr Diana Stanciu is the author of several monographs and edited volumes published by Peeters, Brill, De Gruyter, Peter Lang and Bucharest University Press and of numerous articles published in internationally peer-reviewed journals such as Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, European Review of History, Studia Patristica, etc. or in collective volumes issued by Springer, Mohr Siebeck, Oxford University Press, Brill, Garnier, LIT Verlag, Aschendorff, Peeters, etc.

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